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#79 Contemporary Readings, September 2019

October 4, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Einat Admony, “How Celebrity Chef Einat Admony Learned to Love Israeli Food,” Daily Beast, September 17, 2019.

Tony Badran, “Welcome to the End of the Process,” The Caravan Journal, September 26, 2019.

Dany Bahar and Zvi Eckstein, “Israeli Voters Don’t Care About the Economy. They Should,” Foreign Policy Magazine, September 12, 2019.

Katherine Bauer, “The Economics of Calm,” The Caravan Journal, September 26, 2019.

Ilan Berman, “China in the Middle East: Reshaping Regional Politics,” Middle East Forum, Fall 2019.

BICOM Staff, “Netanyahu fails to win 61 seat majority,” BICOM, September 18, 2019. 

Aya Chajut, “Film That Tells Story of Rabin’s Assassin Wins Israeli Oscars,” Haaretz, September 23, 2019.

Barry Davis, “A Tale of Two Musicians,” The Jerusalem Post, September 15, 2019.

Alex Fishman, “Electoral deadlock distracts Israel from growing threat in Gaza,” Ynet News, September 25, 2019.,7340,L-5596924,00.html

Reulel Marc Gerecht, “The Israeli-Palestinian Struggle, Continued,” The Caravan Journal, October 1, 2019.

Gershon Hacohen, “Israel’s New Existential Challenge,” BESA, September 4, 2019.

John Hannah, “Israel Should not worry about Ilhan Omar. It Should Worry About Xi Jinping,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, September 19, 2019., 2019 | Commentary Magazine

Charles Hill, “The Unbalanced,” The Caravan Journal, September 17, 2019.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, “Israel Election Results: Fewer Women and LGBT People — but Lots of Ex-generals — in New Knesset,” Haaretz, September 24, 2019.

Ofer Kenig, “Farewell Elections, Hello 35th Government,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 22, 2019.

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “Conditional Partnership 2019: Relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel,” Israel Democracy Institute, September 22, 2019.

JISS Staff, “Might at a Critical Moment,” JISS, September 2019.

Yossi Kuperwasser, “A U.S.-Israeli Defense Pact: How to Ensure That its Advantages Outweigh its Disadvantages,” JCPA, September 19, 2019.

Guillaume Lavallée, “Israeli economic growth overshadows struggles of working poor,” The Times of Israel, September 11, 2019.

Jonathan Lis, “Israeli President Delivers Rare Rebuke After Netanyahu Gov’t Approves Cameras in Ballots,” Haaretz, September 8, 2019.

David Makovsky, “The Premier Who Cried Gevalt: Why Netanyahu Lost His Majority,” The Washington Institute, September 19, 2019.

Ghaith al-Omari, “How Will Palestinians Respond to Netanyahu’s Annexation Announcement?” The Washington Institute, September 11, 2019.

Assaf Orion and Shahar Eilam, “The American Jewish Community and Israel’s National Security- A Call for Action,” INSS, August 2019.

Emanuele Ottolenghi, “From Latin America to West Africa: Hezbollah’s Complex Web of Connections is fueling its terrorist Activity,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, August 29, 2019.

David Pollock and Tamar Hermann, “The Increasingly Right Stuff: Religious Parties in Israel’s Upcoming Election,” The Washington Institute, September 5, 2019.

Itamar Rabinovich, “The Meager Prospects Of Progress On The Palestinian Issue,” The Caravan Journal, September 19, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “Iran attacks Saudi Arabia,” The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, September 26, 2019.

Dennis Ross, “How to Think About Israeli-Palestinian Peace,” The Caravan Journal, September 24, 2019.

Natan Sachs, “The end of Netanyahu’s unchecked reign,” Brookings, September 20, 2019.

Jonathan Schanzer, “Israel and China,” Foundation for Defense of Democracy, August 27, 2019.  

Tal Schneider, “Who will be charged with putting together a ruling coalition? A lot will depend on President Reuven Rivlin,” Globes, September 18, 2019.

Liza Schoenfein, “Everything Is ‘Sababa’ In Adeena Sussman’s Long-Awaited Israeli Cookbook,” Forward, September 2, 2019.

Yoram Schweitzer and Orna Mizrahi, “The Complexity behind Hezbollah’s Response to Israel’s Attacks,” INSS, September 4, 2019.

Chemi Shalev, “Election Countdown On Election Day, It’s the Prince of Darkness vs. Israel’s Very Soul,” Haaretz, September 17, 2019.

Simona Shemer, “Israeli Musical Trio A-WA Rocks NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert,” nocamels, September 5, 2019.

Lee Smith, “The Great Demystifier,” Tablet, September 10, 2019.

Mike Smith, “Israeli tech looks to the future — whoever wins the election,” The Times of Israel, September 10, 2019.

Allison Kaplan Sommer, “Israeli Baseball’s Fantastic Voyage to the 2020 Olympics,” Haaretz, September 30, 2019.

Jessica Steinberg, “Upcoming Piano Festival is about more than the piano,” The Times of Israel, September 4, 2019.

Samuel Tadros, “The Peace Fantasy,” The Caravan Journal, September 19, 2019.

Avi Waksman, Hagai Amit and Ronny Linder, “Israel’s Next Government Has a Long Economic to-do List and Little Time to Start on It,” Haaretz, September 18, 2019.

#78 Contemporary Readings, August 2019

September 5, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Morsi Abu Mokh, “Between the Rational and the Emotional: Factors Influencing the Political Participation of Arab Citizens in Israel,” Moshe Dayan Center, August 12, 2019.

Ofer Aderet, “Israeli Tech Pioneer Who Made It Possible to Talk on Skype and Watch YouTube Dies,” Haaretz, August 23, 2019.

Yoni Ben Menachem, “Abbas Tries to Convince the Palestinian Public He’s Not Corrupt,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 27, 2019.

Uri Berkovitz, “Germans flock to Israel seeking technology,” Globes, August 12, 2019.

BICOM Staff, “September 17 Israeli Elections – Everything You Need to Know,” BICOM, September 2, 2019.

Stewart Clarke, “Yitzhak Rabin Assassination Film ‘Incitement’ Coming to Market at TIFF,” Variety, August 13, 2019.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Contemporary Jewish Academics and the Masochist Tradition,” Begin Sadat Center, August 20, 2019.

Gilad Cohen, “Lowering the cost of living in Israel,” Times of Israel, August 20, 2019.    

Shlomi Eldar, “Israel, PA find creative ways to save West Bank from economic collapse,” Al-Monitor, August 29, 2019.

Oded Eran, “Natural Gas in the Eastern Mediterranean: Will Economic Wisdom Prevail?” INSS, August 26, 2019.

Shmuel Even, “Is a New Wind Blowing through the State Comptroller’s Office?” INSS, August 11, 2019.

David M. Halbfinger, Ben Hubbard and Ronen Bergman, “The Israel-Iran Shadow War Escalates and Breaks Into the Open,” New York Times, August 28, 2019.

Israel Democracy Institute Staff, “The Positions of the Israeli Right-Wing,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 26, 2019.

Chris Jones, “As the musical ‘The Band’s Visit’ heads out on the road, a dilemma: Duplicate the Tony winner or create something new?” Chicago Tribune, August 29, 2019.

Roee Kibrik and Nimrod Goren, “Israel’s Foreign Service is Being Wekaened and We are Payiong the Price,” Jerusalem Post, July 31, 2019.

Tzvika Klein, “Why Do So Many Israelis Only Connect With Judaism When They Come to America?” Tablet, August 23, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli technology chosen to ease Lake Chad water crisis,” Israel21c, August 26, 2019.

David Koren, “On Demography and Economic Development in Jerusalem,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategic and Security, August 17, 2019.

Ruth Margalit, “How the Religious Right Transformed Israeli Education,” The New Yorker, August 23, 2019.

Rachel Neiman, “The true stories behind 10 best-loved Israeli love songs,” Israel21c, August 13, 2019.

No Camels Staff, “6 Israeli Eateries Nab World Luxury Restaurant Awards,” No Camels, August 13, 2019.

Assaf Orion and Galia Lavi, “Israel-China Relations: Opportunities and Challenges,” INSS, August 2019.

Orit Perlov and Udi Dekel, “Israel in Iraq: Expanding the Campaign against Iran,” INSS, August 27, 2019.

David Pollock, “Half of Palestinians Still Want All of Palestine – But Most Would Compromise for Less,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, August 13, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “Middle East Demographics to 2030,” Moshe Dayan Center, August 30, 2019.

Dennis Ross and Stuart Eizenstat, “Israel should resist Trump’s efforts to politicize support,” The Hill, August 22, 2019.

Shmuel Sandler, “Comparing Netanyahu and Ben-Gurion,” Begin Sadat Center, August 30, 2019.

Chemi Shalev, “Israel’s Shining Political Superstar [Liberman] Is a Prime Minister unto Himself,” Haaretz, July 31, 2019.

Zach Sharf, “‘The Spy’ Trailer: Sacha Baron Cohen Goes Dramatic in Netflix’s Espionage Limited Series,” IndieWire, August 28, 2019.

Nadav Shragai, “The Unique Status of the Jerusalem Suburb of Wadi Hummus,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, August 12, 2019.

Tehila Shwartz Altshuler, “The Crossroads between Ethics and Technology,” Israel Democracy Institute, August 6, 2019.

Rich Tenoria, “Ethiopian-Israeli filmmaker shines the camera on life her community left behind,” Times of Israel, August 9, 2019.

Dymytro Spilka, “Blueprints for security: how Israel is leading a fight against cybercrime,” Times of Israel, August 15, 2019.

Ken Stein, “Forming a Nucleus for the Jewish State: 1882-1947,” Center for Israel Education, August 16, 2019.

Yasmin Yablonko, “Israeli tech cos squeezed by strong shekel,” Globes, August 13, 2019.

Roie Yellinek, “Israel’s Budding Relationship with the GCC,” Begin Sadat Center, August 25, 2019.

Raz Zimmt and Tomer Fadlon, “The Economic Crisis and the Protest Movement in Iran: One Year after the Renewal of Sanctions,” INSS, August 28, 2019.

#77 Contemporary Readings, July 2019

August 5, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Adnan Abu Amer, “How to read Hamas’ visit to Iran,” Al-Monitor, July 26, 2019. 

Mohammed Bani Salameh and Ayman Hayajneh, “How Jordan Can Cope the End of the Syrian Civil War,” Middle East Forum, Summer 2019. 

BICOM Staff, “September 17 Israeli Elections – Everything You Need to Know,” Britain Israel Communications and Research Center, July 18, 2019. 

Hannah Brown, “2019 Ophir Award Nominations for Israeli Film Prizes Announced,” Jerusalem Post, July 22, 2019.

Center for Israel Education, “Scholarly Introductions to The Letters and Papers of Chaim Weizmann: 1885-1952,” Center for Israel Education, July 2019.

Dan Diker and Sander Gerber, “Lessons Learned in Bahrain,” Jerusalem Post, July 25, 2019. 

Josefin Dolsten, “Elijah Cummings started a program that brings African-American teens to 

Israel,” JTA, August 1, 2019.

Mark Dubowitz and Saeed Ghasseminejad, “New Sanctions May Deal Heavy Blow to Supreme Leader’s Business Empire,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, July 2, 2019.

Shira Efron, et al, “The Evolving Israel-China Relationship,” Rand Corporation, 2019. 

Karen Elliott House, “Profile of a Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, Promise and Peril in Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030,” Belfer Center, April 2019. 

Jonathan Frenkel, “The Israeli startups taking NYC property-tech by storm,” Israel21c, July 21, 2019. 

Marcus M. Gilban, “Brazilian-Israeli kids’ music video celebrates roots in 2 countries,” Times of Israel, July 25, 2019. 

Shahar Golan, “Ethiopian-Israeli musicians use stage to promote struggles,” Times of Israel, July 12, 2019.

Daniel Gordis, “Why American Jews Mostly Shrugged Off the Ultimate Insult,” Bloomberg, July 17, 2019. 

Green Cars Congress, “Volvo Cars Tech Fund invests in Israeli technology start-ups MDGo and UVeye,” Green Cars Congress, July 23, 2019. 

Eytan Halon, “OECD: Weak Labor Productivity Hampering Growth of Israeli Economy,” Jerusalem Post, July 15, 2019. 

Ari Hoffman, “After Seventy Years, Israeli Judaism Is Settling in and Getting Comfortable,” Mosaic Magazine, July 10, 2019. 

Yaakov Katz, “Why is Israel Outsourcing Its National Infrastructure to China?” Jerusalem Post, August 2, 2019. 

Jeffry Kemp, “American Policy and Changing Alignments in The Middle East,” Center for the National Interest, 2018. 

Benjamin Kerstein, “Legendary Conductor Zubin Mehta Retires After 50 Years as Musical Director of Israel Philharmonic,” Algemeiner, July 15, 2019.

Michael J. Koplow, “There’s Something Happening Here, What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear,” Israel Policy Forum, July 18, 2019. 

Tal Kra-Oz, “As Jerusalem’s Film Festival Kicks Off, So Does a New Round in Israel’s Culture Wars,” Tablet, July 26, 2019.

Joshua Krasna, “The Israel-Jordan Treaty at 25,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, July 26, 2019. 

P. R. Kumaraswamy, “India’s New Israel Policy,” SWP Berlin, March 2019. 

David Makovsky, “Jared Kushner’s all-or-nothing mistake in the Middle East,” Washington Post, July 1, 2019. 

Arye Mekel, “A New, Pro-Israel Government in Athens,” BESA Center, July 19, 2019. 

Michael Oren, “The Three Myths of the Iran Deal,” The Atlantic, July 18, 2019.

Nadav Shragai, “2,000 years, one path: The Pilgrim’s Road being excavated in Jerusalem,” Israel Hayom, July 5, 2019. 

Omar Rahman, “Trump’s economic proposal is an opportunity in disguise,” Brookings Institute, July 26, 2019. 

Octavian Report, “State of Israel: an Interview With Michael Oren,” Octavian Report, Summer 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “The Kushner Plan: Economics of Politics, which Comes First?” Moshe Dayan Center, July 29, 2019. 

Robert Rockaway, “Yossi and the Mossad: A former Israeli spy describes his life and work in the 1960s and ’70s,” Tablet, June 25, 2019. 

Dennis Ross, “There’s a Deal to Be Had Between the U.S. and Iran,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, July 20, 2019. 

Jeff Ruby, “Galit Is a Bridge to Israeli Food,” Chicago Tribune, July 18, 2019. 

Chemi Shalev, “Israel’s Shining Political Superstar Is a Prime Minister unto Himself,” Haaretz, July 31, 2019. 

Barbara Silverstein, “The Upscale Israeli Food Craze,” Canadian Jewish News, July 10, 2019. 

Shoshana Solomon, “Israel provides $56 million boost for joint Israel-US research projects,” Times of Israel, July 31, 2019. 

Gil Troy, “Center Field: A Negative, Defensive Zionism,” Jerusalem Post, July 23, 2019. 

Josh Weiss, “‘Entebbe’ Meets ‘Argo’: ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ Director Declassifies Topical Israeli Spy Film,” Forbes, July 26, 2019.

Eyal Zisser, “The Many Implications The End of the Syrian Civil War,” Middle East Forum, Summer 2019.

#76 Contemporary Readings, June 2019

July 5, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Muriel Asseburg and Nimrod Goren, “Divided and Divisive Europeans, Israel and Israeli-Palestinian Peacemaking,” SWP Berlin, 2019.

Laura Adkins, “This 20 year-old Israeli combat soldier is also a drag queen,” Jewish Telegraph Agency, June 28, 2019.

Ami Ayalon, “Donald Trump’s dangerous deal,” Ynet News, June 23, 2019.,7340,L-5533424,00.html

Tony Badran, “Hezbollah Isn’t Broke. So Why Is Everyone Claiming Otherwise?” Tablet Magazine, May 31, 2019.

Naama Barak, “Meet the Israeli conductor harmonizing East and West,” Israel21C, June 6, 2019.

BBC Staff, “The Arab world in seven charts: Are Arabs turning their backs on religion?,” BBC, June 24, 2019.

Hannah Brown, “Revealing the Funny Side of the Mossad [Israeli TV],” Jerusalem Post, June 26, 2019.

Tamara Cofman Wittes, “Will the Bahrain workshop lead to progress on Middle East peace?” Brookings Institute, June 25, 2019.

Amichai Cohen, “For These Do-Over Elections, We are all Smarter,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 16, 2019. 

Anthony Cordesman, “Iran: More War(s) In the Middle East? There Still May Be Options,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, June 20, 2019.

Tyler Cowen, “Israel’s Economic Miracle Most visitors come for the history, but Israel’s economy is also something to marvel at,” Bloomberg, June 6, 2019.

James M. Dorsey, “Russian-Iranian Strains Raise Possibility of US-Israel-Russia Deal on Syria,” BESA Center, June 14, 2019.

Giora Eiland, “Before Israel is dragged into a U.S.-Iran war,” Ynet News, June 28, 2019.,7340,L-5538096,00.html

Tomer Fadlon and Sason Hadad, “Economic Prosperity is Not a Recipe for Resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” INSS, June 25, 2019.

Seth Frantzman, “Military Options for Targeting Iran without Ground Forces,” Middle East Forum, My 23, 2019.

Hillel Frisch, “Ahead of the Bahrain Conference, Hamas Casts Its Lot with Iran,” BESA Center, June 18, 2019.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “What Hiding One’s Kippa Says About Europe,” BESA Center, June 11, 2019.

Nimrod Goren, Eyal Ronen and Emir Bayburt, “Israel, the EU, and the Mediterranean: Understanding the Perceptions of Israeli Elite Actors,” Peter Lang, 2019.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “The Six-Day War and the Israeli Dream,” BESA Center, June 13, 2019.

Eytan Halon, “Where do Israeli Businesses Stand Amid the Escalating Trade War?” Jerusalem Post, June 18, 2019.

Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman, “Israel Should Prepare for Another Mass Immigration,” Jerusalem Post, July 1, 2019.

Nathan Jeffay, “How Israeli Jews are increasingly becoming part of a growing craze for Arab tunes,” The Jewish Chronicle, June 14, 2019.

Emily B. Landau and Shimon Stein, “New US initiative: Creating an Environment for Nuclear Disarmament (CEND),” INSS, June 13, 2019.

Shauna Lyon, “A Tel Aviv Restaurant Brings Bacchanalia and Technique to Hell’s Kitchen,” New Yorker, June 21, 2019.

Magid, “Bahrain summit puts Jordan in a tough spot,” Middle East Institute, June 12, 2019.

Michael Milshtein, “Seventy Years since the “First Hudna:” The Legacy of the Rhodes Agreements,” Moshe Dayan Center, June 6, 2019.

Orna Mizrahi and Oded Eran, “The Negotiations between Israel and Lebanon on the Maritime Border,” INSS, June 24, 2019.

Daniel Neep, “Why hasn’t the Asad Regime Collapsed? Lessons learned from Syria’s History of Turanny,” Crown Center at Brandeis University, June 2019.

Paul Salem, “Thinking Arab Futures: Drivers, scenarios, and strategic choices for an improved Arab World,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Summer 2019.

Sophie Schulman, “With Tech Talent Too Expensive, Israeli Startups Look to High School,” Algemeiner, June 30, 2019.

Joel Singer, “An Oral Agreement Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Written On,” Joel, June 12, 2019.

Amy Spiro, “Assessing the Gal Gadot Effect on Israel’s Image,” Jerusalem Post, June 22, 2019.

Ken Stein, “Egyptian-Israeli Negotiations’ Documents Reader: 1973-1979,” Center for Israel Education, June 2019.

Jessica Steinberg, “As ‘Shtisel’ mania sweeps US, promoter aims to widen the world’s lens on Israel,” Times of Israel, June 20, 2019.

Bret Stephens, “The Pirates of Tehran If Iran won’t change its behavior, we should sink its navy,” New York Times, June 14, 2019.

Mehmet Yegin, “Turkey between NATO and Russia: The Failed Balance,” SWP Berlin,  June 2019.

#75 Contemporary Readings, May 2019

June 5, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Meirav Arlosoroff, “Shabbat Costs Israel Billions of Dollars Every Year,” Haaretz, May 16, 2019.

Shay Atias, “The Barring of Eurovision from Jerusalem Is a Win for the BDS Movement,” BESA Center, May 14, 2019.

Naama Barak, “South Koreans are flocking to Israel for Bible study… why?” Isreal21c, May 26, 2019.  

Barukh Binah, “US Policies toward Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, May 2019.

Brian Blum, “Openness to new tech makes Israeli biotech a leader, says Philips exec,” Isreal21c, May 6, 2019.

Lee Cahaner, “The Ultra-Orthodox Community on the Conservatism-Modernism Spectrum,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 31, 2019.

Center for Israel Education, “June 1967 War theme page: a collection of multimedia resources and primary source documents,”,

Amichai Cohen, “Israel’s New Elections Are the Latest Symptom of an Assault on Its Institutions,” Israel Democracy Institute, May 31, 2019.

Mohammad Darawshe, “To Close the Rifts, Leadership is Needed,” Dayan Center, May 20, 2019.

Steven Davidson, “In A-Wa’s New Yemenite-Israeli Hip Hop Album, Home Is Not A Place — It’s A Feeling,” Forward, May 31, 2019.

Udi Dekel and Carmit Valensi, “Russia and Iran: Is the Syrian Honeymoon Over?” INSS, May 27, 2019.

Gadi Eizenkot, “Israeli Security Today: Facing Multiple Challenges on Multiple Fronts,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 17, 2019.

Oded Eran, “Concerns for Jordan’s Stability,” INSS, May 21, 2019.

Josef Federman, “Tough act to follow: Young maestro leads Israel Philharmonic,” Seattle Times, May 22, 2019. 

Shanna Fuld, “Cuisine to Die for, Tel Aviv Combines Food Fair with Eurovision Events,” Jerusalem Post, May 17, 2019. 

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Anti-Semitic Cartoons in the Anti-Israel Media,” BESA Center, May 24, 2019.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen , “The Meaning of ‘Mamlachtiut,’” BESA Center, May 26, 2019. 

Tamar Hermann and Or Anabi, “How Jewish Israelis Feel Towards Non-Jews and the Current Conversion Process – Shavuot Survey,” Israel Democracy Institute, June 4, 2019.

Efraim Inbar, “No reason to fear PA economic collapse,” Jerusalem Post, May 2, 2019.

ISRAEL21c Staff, “Israel, US science academies sign cooperation agreement,” Isreal21c, May 7, 2019.

Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, “A Memo to Jared,” BESA Center, May 12, 2019.

Debra Kamin, “Israel’s Best-Kept Secret: This Food City on the Mediterranean,” Wall Street Journal, May 14, 2019.

Yaakov Katz, “Israel Destroyed Syria’s Nuclear Potential. What Would The World Look Like Now If They Hadn’t?” Newsweek, May 26, 2019.

Jared Kushner and Robert Satloff, “Inside the Trump Administration’s Middle East Peace Effort: A Conversation With Jared Kushner,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 2, 2019.

Yaakov Lappin, “Egypt and Iran Vie for Influence in Gaza,” BESA Center, May 7, 2019.

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Election Redo: Implications for the Trump Peace Plan,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 31, 2019.

Orna Mizrahi and Yoram Schweitzer, “Does Hezbollah Want a War with Israel Now?” INSS, May 23, 2019

Roisin O’Connor, “Israeli heavy metal band Orphaned Land: ‘The boycott is a great excuse for antisemites to jump on board,'” IndependentUK,May 18, 2019.

Arik Rudnitzky, “Arab Voting in the 21st Knesset Elections,” Moshe Dayan Center, May 20, 2019.

Paul Salem, “Thinking Arab Futures Drivers, scenarios, and strategic choices for an improved Arab World,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, May 2019.

Robert Satloff, “Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan Would Be a Disaster,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, May 10, 2019.

Jonathan Schanzer, “The Gaza Conundrum: Israel has many options, none good,” Commentary, May 2019.

Pnina Shavit Baruch, “The Proposed Changes to Judicial Oversight of Government Powers: Justified Measures or an Erosion of Democracy?” INSS, May 19, 2019.

Joel Singer, “Trump’s Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty in the Golan Heights and Netanyahu’s Promise to Annex the Jewish Settlements in the West Bank – Poison Pills to Middle East Peace,”,May 19, 2019.

Jonathan Spyer, “Iranian Missiles in the Iraqi Desert,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, May 20, 2019.

Jessica Steinberg, “This year’s Israel Festival dares audiences to challenge artistic boundaries,” Times of Israel, May 27, 2019.

Ryan Torok, “Israeli Culture, Food and Music Celebrated at Israel Festival,” Jewish Journal, May 15, 2019.

Eyal Tsir Cohen, “What we can learn from yet another round of conflict in Gaza,” Brookings Institute, May 16, 2019.

Amos Yadlin, “Paying for calm on the Gaza front, cannot be our policy,” Ynet News, May 11, 2019.,7340,L-5506434,00.html

Ben-Dror Yemini, “Liberman is blackmailing Netanyahu for the future of Israel,” Ynet News, May 28, 2019.,7340,L-5516775,00.html

#74 Contemporary Readings, April 2019

April 30, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Said Affassi, “First Arab Cultural Center to open in Israel’s largest Bedouin city,” I24News, April 26, 2019.

Harriet Agnew and Mehul Srivastava, “Israel looks to ultraorthodox to fill tech skills shortage,” Financial Times, April 7, 2019.

Muriel Asseburg, “The Deal of the Century for Israel-Palestine,” Stiftung fur Wissenschaft und Politik, April 20, 2019.

Julia Bainbridge, “Israeli restaurants, however they’re defined, arrive in Atlanta,” Atlanta Magazine, April 25, 2019.

Naama Barak, “Tel Aviv culinary platform plates up emerging chefs,” Israel21c, April 21, 2019.

Yossi Beilin, “After Years of undermining judiciary, Netanyahu needs its help,” Al-Monitor, April 29, 2019.

Raphael G. Bouchik-Chen, “Trump’s Foreign Policy is Not Chaotic,” Begin-Sadat Center, April 25, 2019.

Rachel Brenner, “Understanding Israeli Business Culture,” Times of Israel, April 30, 2019.

William Cubbison, “What Do Israelis Think About the Golan Heights?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 31, 2019.

Meir Elran, Carmit Padan, “Long-Range Rocket Fire on Israel’s Depth: Lessons for Homefront Defense,” INSS, April8, 2019.

Shai Feldman and Khalil Shikaki, “Trump’s Peace Plan: Engagement or Swift Rejection,” Middle East Brief, April 2019.

Alex Fishman, “Israel should prepare for the day China will rule the Middle East,” Ynet News, April 30, 2019.,7340,L-5501134,00.html

Ambassador Avi Gil, “The Evolving World Order: Implications for Israel and the Jewish People,” Jewish people Policy Institute, April 16, 2019.

Nimrod Goren and Merav Kahana-Dagan, “The Israeli Election Results and Israel’s Foreign Policy,” MITVIM, April 2019.

Michael Gurfinkiel, “Winner in Israel Turns Out to Be New Voting Law,” New York Sun, April 14, 2019. 

Richard N. Haass, “The Structure of a Diplomatic Revolution,” Project Syndicate, April 18, 2019.

Gershon HaCohen, “The West Bank’s Area C: Israel’s Eastern Line of Defense,” Begin-Sadat Center, April 19, 2019.

Pinhas Inbari, “The Palestinian Authority’s New Prime Minister, Muhammed Shtayyeh,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, April 16, 2019.

Ofer Kenig, “Farewell Elections, Hello Government,” Israel Democracy Institute, April 10, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “The edgy creator gallery in a Jerusalem back alley,” Israel21c, April 29, 2019.

Ivan Levingston, “Bank of Israel Cuts Growth Forecast, Holds Rates Before Election,” Bloomberg, April 8, 2019.

Martin Kramer, Alberto Fernandez, Simon Henderson, and others, “Sudden Succession Essay Series,” The Washington institute for Near East Policy, April 2019. 

Bruce Maddy-Weitzman, “Takin’ it to the Streets in Algeria and Morocco,” The American Interest, April 25, 2019.

Michael Milstein, “The Economic Crisis in the Palestinian Authority: Time for a Strategic Alert,” INSS, April 30, 2019.

Abdel-Monheim Said, “The new great debate (autocracies vs liberal democracies),” al-Ahram Weekly, April 2019.

Itamar Radai, “‘On the Deck of the Titanic:’ Arab Politics in Israel and the 2019 Elections,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 17, 2019.

Max Reider, “‘The Passenger’ [Opera] Makes its Israel Debut,” Jerusalem Post, April 30, 2019. 

Paul Rivlin, “The Oil Market Swings: Shale and Geo-politics,” Moshe Dayan Center, April 30, 2019.

Liana Saperstein, “Eden Dersso Is the Changing Face of Tel Aviv’s Hip-Hop Scene,” Vogue, April 2, 2019.

Robert Satloff, “Trump Must Not Let Jared Kushner’s Peace Plan See the Light of Day,” The Washington institute for Near East Policy, April 10, 2019.

Ken Silverstein, “Israel’s Natural Gas Discoveries Are Bridging Political Divides and Are Forging Economic Ties,” Forbes, April 18, 2019.

Klara Strube, “Rare Israeli-Cultivated Desert Truffles ‘Worth More Than Uranium’ May Soon Be Widely Available,” No Camels, April 21, 2019.

George N. Tzogopoulos, “A New EastMed Friendship, with US Support,” Begin-Sadat Center, April 10, 2019.

TOI Staff, “Poll: Two-thirds of Israeli Jews support unity government without Haredi parties,” Times of Israel, April 23, 2019.

Avi Waksman, “Israelis’ Economic Confidence Growing, Government Survey Finds,” Haaretz, April 11, 2019.

Ehud Yairi, “Israel’s Armistice with Hamas, Growing Tensions with Abbas,” The Washington institute for Near East Policy, April 24, 2019.

#73 Contemporary Readings, March 2019

April 1, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Ghaith Al-Omari, “Oslo’s Mangled Legacy,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Winter 2019.

Inball Arieli, “How chaos drives success, from the IDF to Tesla,” Israel21c, March 3, 2019.

Amb. Allan Baker, “U.S. Recognition of Israeli Sovereignty over the Golan Heights: Some Legal Observations,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 31, 2019.

Louis René Beres, “Beyond Realpolitik: Israel’s Strategic Imperatives,” BESA Center, March 31, 2019.

Daniel Byman, “Israel’s Four Fronts,” Global Politics and Strategy, March 19, 2019.

Mohamed Chtatou, “What Arab Monarchies Should Take Away from their Neighbors’ Instability,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, March 22, 2019.

William Cubbison, “What Do Israelis think About the Golan Heights?” Israel Democracy Institute, March 31, 2019.

Barry Davis, “From Electro to Acoustic [Israeli Music],” Jerusalem Post, March 28, 2019.

Dan Diker (Ed.), “Defeating Denormalization: Shared Palestinian and Israeli Perspectives on a New Path to Peace,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 24, 2019.

Economic Times Bureau, “From India to Israel: 3 grand festivals of food, music and fervor you must attend,” Economic Times, March 28, 2019.

Ahmed Eleiba, “Balance of Power in the Middle East (Iran, Syria, Iraq),” Al-Ahram Weekly, March 28-April 3, 2019.

Daniel Estrin, “Thousands of Israelis Now Call Berlin Home and Make Their Cultural Mark,” NPR, March 7, 2019.

Shmuel Even and Sason Hadad, “Is the IDF Ready for War?” INSS, March 25, 2019.

Robert Farley, “Israel’s Air Force Is One of the Best in World For a Reason,” National Interest, March 22, 2019.

Eitan Fischberger, “A (Euro)vision for the Future,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, March 19, 2019.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “The EU Cannot Fight Antisemitism Effectively,” BESA Center, March 21, 2019.

A.J. Goldman, “A Golden Bear [Film Award] for Israel,” Tablet, February 21, 2019.

Dore Gold, “Testimony: Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty on the Golan Heights,” US House of Representatives, July 17, 2018.

Toby Greene, “With Gantz, has Israel’s Centre found its feet?” Fathom Journal, March 2019.

Eitan Halon, “Bank warns: Economic slowdown without ultra-Orthodox, Arab integration,” Jerusalem Post, March 28, 2019.

Ephraim Inbar, “What Happens after the “Deal of the Century” is Tabled?” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 6, 2019.

Yusri Khaizran, “Civil Trends in Israel’s Arab Society in Light of the “Arab Spring,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 14, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “United Hatzalah opens new emergency response unit in Colombia,” Israel21c, March 20, 2019.

Amb. (Ret.) Dr. Haim Koren, “Israel and Egypt: Strategic Partnership, Civil Remoteness?” MITVIM, March 2019.

Yaakov Lappin, “Hamas Is Willing to Risk War to Avoid Economic Collapse,” BESA Center, March 10, 2019. 

Ivan Levingston, “Even Israel Is Getting the Trump Treatment on Trade,” Fortune, March 9, 2019.

Luca Miehe and Stephan Roll, “Three Scenarios for the Development of the Sisi Regime in Egypt,” SWP Berlin, March 2019.

Michael Milshtein, “A Middle Eastern “Apocalypse Now:” The Islamic State (IS) as a Social and Cultural Phenomenon,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 6, 2019.

Hassan Mneimneh, “Another Course Correction Needed: Towards a Better Reception of U.S. Positions in the Middle East,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 25, 2019.

Nicu Popescu and Stanislav Secrieru, “Russia’s return to the Middle East Building sandcastles?” Chaillot Paper, July 2018.

Mike Richar, “Exploring Israeli Cuisine Through 5 Quintessential Foods,” The Manual, March 4, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “China: Economy, Energy and the Middle East,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 28, 2019.

Scott Roxborough, “Why the world is watching Israeli TV series,” Deutsche Welle, March 25, 2019.

Elyakim Rubenstein, “The Players of Camp David,” The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Winter 2019. 

Alexander Jacob Shapiro, “Examining Newly-Formed Mixed Arab-Jewish Municipal Coalitions,” Moshe Dayan Center, March 14, 2019.

Natan Sachs, “The end is nigh for Netanyahu,” Brookings Institute, March 4, 2019.

Assaf Shapira, “Alliance of Interests,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 10, 2019.

Pnina Sharvit Baruch, “The Violent Events along the Gaza-Israel Border: The Report of the Commission of Inquiry of the Human Rights Council,” INSS, March 12, 2019.

Jagdish N. Singh, “Erdoğan’s Dangerous Ambitions Threaten India and Beyond,” BESA Center, March 27, 2019. 

Shoshana Solomon, “Clouds gather as Israel emerges from economic ‘golden decade,’” Times of Israel, March 14, 2019.

Shoshana Solomon, “Japanese investment in Israel blossoms as firms scout for tech,” Times of Israel, April 1, 2019.   

Amy Spiro, “Israeli DJs React to Renewed Michael Jackson Allegations,” Jerusalem Post, March 10, 2019.

Jonathan Spyer, “Armed Opposition Groups in Iran,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, March 12, 2019.

Gil Stein, “Why this Israeli band of disabled musicians said no to Eurovision,” Jewish Weekly, March 13, 2019.

Ken Stein, “The Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty at 40: Lessons Learned and Impacts Sustained,” Center for Israel Education, March 27, 2019.

Todd Stein, “Rep. Omar’s comments are worse than you think,” Times of Israel, March 11, 2019.

Bret Stephens, “Ilhan Omar Knows Exactly What She Is Doing,” New York Times, March 7, 2019.

Shibley Telhami, “Will Israel’s Palestinian Arab citizens turn out to vote?” Brookings Institute, March 25, 2019.

Yohanan Tzoreff, “Is the PLO Still the “Sole Representative of the Palestinian People?” INSS, March 18, 2019.

Adv. Alona Vinograd, “Behind Every Man Stands… Another Man,” Israel Democracy Institute, March 10, 2019.

Ofra Winter and Udi Dekel, “Egypt and Israel: From Peace between Leaders and Armies to Peace between Peoples,” INSS, March 27, 2109.

Yad Izhak Ben-Tzvi Insititute, “Between Jerusalem and Cairo: 40 Years to the Israel-Egypt Peace Agreement,” INSS, March 14, 2019.

Amos Yadlin, Zvi Magen, “The Netanyahu-Putin Meeting: What was Agreed, and What are Russia’s Intentions?” INSS, March 18, 2019.

#72 Contemporary Readings, February 2019

March 5, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Michael Barak, “Civil War? The rift between Fatah and Hamas, as seen on social media,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 7, 2019.

Naama Barak, “Tel Aviv’s most unlikely nightlife hot spot,” Israel21c, February 19, 2019.

Amiram Barkat, “Israel’s economic skies darken,” Globes, January 1, 2019.

Amiram Barakat, “Jerusalem and Tel Aviv both have negative migration,” Globes, February 18, 2019.

BICOM, “Israeli Elections: Everything you need to know,” British Israel Communications and Research Center, February 15th, 2019.

BICOM, “The Netanyahu investigations: What next after the Attorney General’s announcement?” February 2019. file:///C:/Users/kstein/Downloads/Netanyahu-Investigations-paper%20(1).pdf

Edwin Black, “BDS Prosecution Efforts at UCLA and UCI,” BESA Center, February 5, 2019. 

Alan Boyle, “‘Big step for Israel’: SpaceX launches lunar lander along with high-flying satellites,” Geek Wire, February 21, 2019.

Itai Brun, Sarah J. Feuer, Itay Haiminis, “Eight Years after the Upheaval: Alternative Approaches to Understanding the Current Middle East,” INSS, February 26, 2019.

Center for Israel Education, “How Israel Votes Whiteboard Video,” Center for Israel Education, February 28, 2019.

Udi Dekel, “Obstacles to Israel’s Strategic Objectives: Main Insights from the INSS 12th Annual International Conference,” INSS, February 12, 2019. 

Shira Feder, “Mike Solomonov’s New Venture Shows Israeli Food Is More Than Falafel and Hummus,” Forward, February 7, 2019.

Brandon Friedman, “The Crisis in Palestinian Politics: From National Consensus to National (Dis)Unity,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 6, 2019.

Sophie Friedman, “L’Chaim: exploring Israel’s burgeoning wine culture,” The Bowdoin Orient, February 22, 2019.

Jennifer Greenberg, “Why Women are Rocking Tel Aviv’s Electronic Music Scene,” Jerusalem Post, February 28, 2019.

Tsilla Hershco, “The “Yellow Vests” in France: Social Protest, Violence, and Antisemitism,” BESA Center, February 28, 2019.

Nick Ismail, “Israel’s tech start-up scene: the heartbeat of the economy,” Information Age, February 19, 2019.

Israel Democracy Institute, “Investigation – A Guide for the Perplexed,” Israel Democracy Institute (explains various possibilities about the indictments presented to PM Netanyahu and what next), February 14, 2019.

Jerusalem Center – Iran Desk, “Iran’s President Rejects Foreign Minister Zarif’s Resignation,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 27, 2019.

Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, “Americans’ Two Conceptions of Israel,” BESA Center, February 21, 2019.

Dan Kaken, “Israel agrees to reopen economic agreements with Palestinians,” Globes, February 7, 2019.

Israel Kasnett, “Israelis and Palestinians unite to create economic viability,” Jewish News Syndicate, February 28, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli wine, art and music provides ‘cultural foreplay,’” Israel21c, February 3, 2019.

Martin Kramer, Norman Stillman, Jacob Lassner, “The Enduring Legacy of Professor Bernard Lewis,” ASMEA, November 2018.

Ori J. Lenkinski, “Israel Museum’s Dance: Dancing in the Dark,” Jerusalem Post, February 19, 2019.

Yaakov Lapid, “Can Israel Defeat Hamas Without Toppling It?” BESA Center, February 21, 2019.

Ivan Levingston and Michael Arnold, “Israel’s Economy Beats Expectations on Consumer Spending,” Bloomberg, February 17, 2019.

Elior Levy, “Gaza suffers from brain drain as young professionals look for better life,” Y-Net, Jan 18, 2019.,7340,L-5446415,00.html

Lacie Levy, “Israel Is Innovating Its Way To Success,” Business Facilities, February 2019.

David Makovsky, “Dueling Narratives in Israel’s Election Campaign,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 22, 2019.

David Makovsky, “Israel’s Battle of the ‘Benjamins’: Netanyahu vs. Gantz,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, February 11, 2019.

Elhanan Miller, “The Enigmatic Benny Gantz,” Tablet Magazine, February 11, 2019.

Rachel Neiman, “Israel National Library launches free Israeli music app,” Israel21c, February 11, 2019.

Volker Perthes, “The EU and its members will have to come up with their own policy for the new reality in Syria,” The Security Times, February 2019.

Claire Polansky, “How Exporting Cannabis Will Boost Israel’s Economy,” Times of Israel, February 10, 2019.

Adi Pick, “Israel and Japan in Talks to Enter a Free Trade Agreement,” Calcaslist, January 15, 2019.,7340,L-3754321,00.html

Sever Plocker, “Why do Israelis have a soft spot for generals as politicians?” Ynet News, February 7, 2019.,7340,L-5459654,00.html

Haviv Rettig Gur, “Netanyahu and the Kahanists: A moral compromise that may ruin his legacy,” Times of Israel, February 25, 2019.

Paul Rivlin, “Tunisia 2019: The Success and Failures of the Arab Spring,” Moshe Dayan Center, February 28, 2019.

Itamar Sharon, “Danube days: Hungary launches culture year in Israel with song and dance,” Times of Israel, February 20, 2019.

Eldad Shavit, “President Trump versus his Administration,” INSS Insight,February 12, 2019,

Nadav Shragai, Lenny Ben-David, “New Waqf Council Managing the Temple Mount,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, February 28, 2019.

Amy Spiro, “Band’s Visit to End Its Broadway Run,” Jerusalem Post, February 5, 2019.

Jonathan Spyer, “The Rise of Iraq’s Shia Militias: An Emergent Threat to Israel,” The Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, February 20, 2019.

Itay Stern, “Israeli Director’s Film Wins Top Prize at Berlin Festival,” Haaretz, February 16, 2019.

Ofir Winter, Gallia Lindenstrauss, “Beyond Energy: The Significance of the Eastern Mediterranean Gas Forum,” INSS, February 3, 2019.

Raz Zimmt, “The Khamenei Roadmap on the 40th Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution,” INSS, February 20, 2019.

#71 Contemporary Readings, January 2019

February 2, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Amb. (Ret.) Barukh Binah, “US Policies towards Israel and the Middle East,” The Israel Institute for Regional Foreign Relations, January 2019.

Anat Ben Haim and Udi Dekel, “Israel’s Dilemma over Syrian Reconstruction,” INSS, January 27, 2019.

Nir Boms and Stephane Cohen, “Iran and the New State of Play in Southwest Syria,” Moshe Dayan Center, January 22, 2019.

Alan Boyle, “Israeli lunar lander passes tests in preparation for SpaceX launch to the moon,” Geek Wire, January 30, 2019.

Jeffrey Feltman, Samantha Gross, Martin Indyk, Kemal Kirişci, Suzanne Maloney, Bruce Riedel, Natan Sachs, Amanda Sloat, Angela Stent, Tamara Cofman Wittes, and Bruce Jones, “The new geopolitics of the Middle East: America’s role in a changing region,” Brookings Institute, January 2019.

Seth J. Frantzman, “Israeli Strikes in Syria Reveal New Battlefield for Post-civil War Era,” Jerusalem Post, January 21, 2019.

Matti Friedman, “There Is No ‘Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,’” New York Times, January 16, 2019.

Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Angela Merkel’s Legacy and the Jews,” BESA Center, January 3, 2019.

Cassandra Gomes-Hochberg, “In the Heart of the Negev, Where Musicians and Hikers Meet,”Jerusalem Post, January 22, 2019.

Eytan Halon, “Israel Gives Green Light to Medical Cannabis Exports,” Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2019.

Ari Kalker, “Is Zionism Dead?” Jerusalem Post, January 26, 2019.

Matthew Kalman, “Israel’s “startup nation” is under threat from the tech giants that nurtured it,” MIT Technology Review, January 8, 2019.

Knesset, ” Elections for the Knesset,” The Knesset, January 2019.

Daniel Kurtzer, “Israeli politics: A guide to the perplexed,” New York Daily News, January 22, 2019.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli jazz musician wins international piano competition,” Israel21c, January 8, 2019.

David Makovsky and Dennis Ross, “We need to talk about Iran and Russia in this Israeli election,” Ynet News, January 2, 2019.,7340,L-5439738,00.html

Haim Malka, “Turbulence Ahead The North African Maghreb in 2019,” Center for Strategic and International Studies, January 2019.

Judy Maltz, “Nonreligious Israeli Teachers Are Suddenly in High Demand in America,” Haaretz, January 23, 2019.

Yehuda Mersky, “The End of the World that 1948 Made,” Tablet Magazine, January 2, 2019.

Emmanuel Navon, “The New Emerging Energy Hub in the Eastern Mediterranean,” Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, January 18, 2019.

Margaux Nijkerk, “France’s Role in Syrian Reconstruction, and the Implications for Israel,” INSS, Winter 2019.

Daniel Pipes, “Europe’s Jews vs Israel,” Israel Hayom, February 2, 2019.

Gideon Rahat, “Why Are There so Many Political Parties, and Why Does This Fragmentation Obstruct Governance?” Israel Democracy Institute, January 27, 2019. 

Rachel Ringler, “The Grand Canvases of Nirit Takele’s Ethiopian-Israeli Experience,” Tablet, January 15, 2019.

Natan Sachs, “Iran’s revolution, 40 years on: Israel’s reverse periphery doctrine,” Brookings Institute, January 24, 2019.

Yoram Schweitzer, Aviad Mendelboim and Adi Gozlan, “Suicide Attacks in 2018: Fewer Attacks and Victims in Fewer Countries,” INSS, January 7, 2019.

Meir Shemuel, “Israel and Iran Exchange Blows in Syria: A View From Israel,” Atlantic Council, January 25, 3019.

Michael Singh, “Beijing’s Curious Silence on the Syria Withdrawal,” Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2019.

Shlomo Slonim, “The Birth of Israel: U.S. Envoy McDonald’s Tireless Efforts,” Middle East Forum, Winter 2019.

Shoshana Solomon, “Israeli tech exits decline as ecosystem matures, global uncertainty weighs,” Times of Israel, December 30, 2019.

Amy Spiro, “Israeli Director’s Shia Labeouf Biopic Wows Sundance,” Jerusalem Post, January 27, 2019.

Jiri Valenta and Leni Friedman Valenta, “The Birth of Israel: Prague’s Crucial Role,” Middle East Forum, Winter 2019.

Washington Institute Staff, “Sending the Right Message in Cairo: Advice for Secretary Pompeo,” January 7, 2019.

Amos Yadlin, “The Strategic Challenges facing Israel,” Britain Israel Communication and Research Centre, January 2019.

Amos Yadlin, Itai Brun, Udi Dekel, “The Ten Leading Challenges Facing the New IDF Chief of Staff,” INSS, January 15, 2019.

Abraham B. Yehoshua, “Amos Oz, my brother, my teacher,” Ynet News, January, 1, 2019.,7340,L-5437046,00.html

Yasmin Yablanko, “Japan business chief: We’re building Society 5.0 with Israeli tech,” Globes, January 22, 2019.

#70 Contemporary Readings, December 2018

January 3, 2019

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Major General (res.) Yaacov Amidror, “The Withdrawal of the US from Syria in Broad Perspective,” JISS, December 26, 2018.

Hady Amr, Ilan Goldenberg, Kevin Huggard, and Natan Sachs, “Ending Gaza’s perpetual crisis: A new U.S. approach,” Brookings Institute, December 2018.

Tony Badran, “The Curtain Is Falling on Bibi’s Lebanese Belly Dance,” Tablet, December 13, 2018.

Dany Bahar, “Migrants and the Startup Nation: Addressing Israel’s Growing Demand for Skills by Increasing the Country’s Role in the Developing World,” Brookings Institute, December 2018.

Amb. (Ret.) Barukh Binah, “US Policies towards Israel and the Middle East,” MITVIM, December 2018.

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, “Nick Cave: cultural boycott of Israel is ‘cowardly and shameful,'” The Guardian, December 11, 2018. 

Nicky Blackburn and Abigail Klein Leichman, “35 ways Israel inspired the world in 2018,” Israel21c, December 26, 2018.

Brian Blum, “The 15 biggest acquisitions in Israeli history,” Israel21c, December 27, 2018.

Dr. Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak, “Turkey at the Eastern Mediterranean Crossroads,” JISS, December 12, 2018.

Mike Desimone, “Israel: New World Wines with a Bordeaux Connection,” Wine Enthusiast, December 2018.

Ofir Dror, “Israeli Edtech Companies Inspired by Recent China-Israel Deal,” Calcalist, December 9, 2018.,7340,L-3751620,00.html

Joanna Dyduch, “The Visegrád Group’s Policy towards Israel: Common Values and Interests as a Catalyst for Cooperation,” SWP Berlin, December 2018.

Alon Einhorn, “21.2% of Israeli Population Lives Below the Poverty Line – New Report,” Jerusalem Post, December 31, 2018.

Brandon Friedman, “Saudi Arabia: A Future Interrupted,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 18, 2018.

Shuki Friedman, “Two Democracies for Two Peoples,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 12, 2018.

Caroline Glick, “Why Should Israelis Vote if their Vote is Meaningless?” Jerusalem Post, December 27, 2018.

Shalom Goldman, “David Ben-Gurion Asks 51 Jewish Scholars: ‘Who Is a Jew?’ Tablet, November 30, 2018.   

Haaretz Staff, “Natalie Portman Eulogizes Amos Oz: ‘My Heart Is Broken,'” Haaretz, December 30, 2018.

Maj. Gen. (res.) Gershon Hacohen, “Lebanon’s Strategic Symbiosis,” BESA Center, December 10, 2018.

Jessica Haflin, “Best cookbooks for Israeli food,” Israel21c, December 4, 2018.

Eytan Halon, “Israeli Food-tech Start-up Produces World’s First ‘cell-grown’ Steak,” Jerusalem Post, December 13, 2018.

Prof. Tamar Hermann, Ella Heller, Or Anabi, Fadi Omar, “The Israeli Democracy Index 2018,” Israel Democracy Institute, December 2018.

Yaakov Katz, “Elections Will Be Greatest Test of Netanyahu’s Career,” Jerusalem Post, December 28, 2019.

Joshua Krasna, “Israel and the Gulf States: Some Things Change, Some Stay the Same,” JISS, November 29, 2018.

Anat Kurz, Kobi Michael, Gabi Siboni, “Six Days, Fifty Years: The June 1967 War and its Aftermath,” INSS, November 2018.

Francis Lam, “Exploring the soul of Israeli food with chef Michael Solomonov,” The Splendid Table, December 28, 2018.

Kobi Michael and Udi Dekel, “The Escalation in the West Bank: The Need for a Change in Israeli Strategy and Policy,” INSS, December 18, 2018.

Fiamma Nirenstein, “Mission Impossible? Repairing the Ties between Europe and Israel,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, December 2018.

Emanuele Otteolenghi and Jose Luis Stein, “Trump Should Cut Hezbollah’s Lifeline in the Americas,” Foundation for Defense of Democracies, December 13, 2018.

Adi Pick, “Supporting Arab Entrepreneurs Is Vital for Israeli Economy, Says Innovation Authority Chief,” Calcalist, December 11, 2018.,7340,L-3751844,00.html

Maxim Reider, “For the Love of [Classical] Music,” Jerusalem Post, December 19, 2018.

Arik Rudnitzky, “The 2018 Municipal Elections in Arab Localities: an Overview,” Moshe Dayan Center, December 10, 2018.

Eldad Shavit and Udi Dekel, “The United States Decision to Withdraw Forces from Syria: Significance for Israel,” INSS, December 24, 2018.

Jessica Steinberg, “In first, Andalusian Orchestra Ashdod performs in Morocco,” Times of Israel, December 26, 2018.

Dana Stroul and Soner Cagaptay, “As Washington Prepares to Withdraw from Syria, Turkey Is Set to Invade,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, December 19, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “New Bank of Israel governor installed amid economic turmoil,” Times of Israel, December 24, 2018.

Vox Tablet, “Amos Oz Still Dreams of Life on the Kibbutz,” Tablet, September 23, 2013.

#69 Contemporary Readings, November 2018

December 3, 2018

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
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Hicham Alaoui “Failed Dream of political Islam,” LeMonde Diplomatique, November 2018.

Anadolu Agency, “Israeli saz player gives Jerusalem the sound of Turkey,” Hurriyet Daily News, November 30, 2018.

Irad Atzmon Schmayer, “Locust Schnitzel? Israeli High-tech Firms Cooking Up the Future’s Meat Alternatives,” Haaretz, November 30, 2018.

Mitchell Bard, “Eighty Years After Kristallnacht, the Murder of Jews Continues,” Algemeiner, November 2, 2018.

Dr. Mordechai Chaziza, “Chinese VP Visits Israel Innovation Conference,” BESA Center, November 5, 2018.

Barry Davis, “Israeli Jazz for the Asking,” Jerusalem Post, November 27, 2018.

Edward P. Djerejian, Marwan Muasher, and six others, “Two States or One? Reappraising the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse,” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, September 18, 2018. 43 pages,

Dr. James M. Dorsey, “The Fragility of Middle East Alliances,” BESA Center, November 12, 2018.

Rachana Dubey, “Ten Israeli films to be screened at IFFI in Goa, India,” Times of India, November 13, 2018.

Jospeh Dubroff, “Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 Economic Reforms in Light of Recently Assertive Foreign Policy Choices,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 25, 2018.

Wilson Fache, “Palestinians fear for their lives as real estate battle rages in Jerusalem,” The National, November 27, 2018.

Seth J. Frantzman, “How Hamas Brought Israel to the Brink of Election Chaos,” The National Interest, November 16, 2018.

Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, “Can Organized Jewry in Germany Behave “Normally?” BESA Center, November 6, 2018.

Jonathan Gratch, “Millennial musicians breach borders at Tel Aviv Jazz Fest,” i24News, November 29, 2018.

Shaun Ho, “The Future of Sino-Israeli Relations: Optimism or Caution,” Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, November 27, 2018.

Raymond Kelly, Michael Silber, David Cohen, “NYPD’S Top Cops; This is how we Should Combat Violent Anti-Semitism,” Jerusalem Post, November 21, 2018.

Joshua Krasna, “Israel and the Gulf States: Some Things Change, Some Stay the Same,” JISS, November 29, 2018.

Kim Lavi and Udi Dekel, “Looking at the Gaza Strip: From Short Term to Long Term,” INSS, November 20, 2018.

Derek Lief, “Jordan’s Summer of Discontent and Its Consequences,” Moshe Dayan Center, November 25, 2018.

Peter Lintl, Stefan Wolfrum, “Israel’s Nation-State Law,” SWP Berlin, November 2018.

David Makovsky, “Why Has Netanyahu Reversed Course on Early Elections?” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 20, 2018.

Sarah Moosazadeh, “Israeli-Iranian Singer Unites Different Cultures,” Jerusalem Post, November 12, 2018.

Tarek Osman, “Arabs and Europeans: The way forward,” Al-Ahram Weekly, November 2018.

David Pollock, “New Polls Show Most Gazans Want Israeli Jobs, Not Hamas Mobs,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 29, 2018.

Itamar Rabinovich, “Israel and the Arab World,” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Jennifer Richler, “Finding a New Path: Israel Wakes up to the Nedds of ex-haredim,” Tablet, November 16, 2018.

Armin Rosen, “The BDS Debate Enters its Next Phase (goes to Congress,), Tablet, November 19, 2018.

Nathan Sales, “Tehran’s International Targets: Assessing Iranian Terror Sponsorship,” The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, November 13, 2018.

Robert Sarner, “At Paris conference, expat Israelis strategize how to empower growing ‘diaspora’,” Time of Israel, November 4, 2018.

Avram Sela, “Israel and the Palestinians,” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Shalom Salomon Wald, “India’s Israel relations, the Middle East and China,” Jewish People’s Policy Institute, November 2018.

Anita Shapira, “Political History of Israel.” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018.

Shoshana Solomon, “As obesity surges, Israeli startup develops sweet protein to help cut calories,” Times of Israel, November 8, 2018.

Amy Spiro, “Several Israel-Themed Films Heading to Sundance,” Jerusalem Post, November 29, 2018.

Kenneth Stein, “US-Israel Relationship,” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018,

Shimon Stein, Emily B. Landau, “Trump’s Intent to Exit the INF Treaty: Implications for US-Russian Arms Control and Strategic Stability,” INSS, November 18, 2018.

Yael Yishai, “Civil Society and Israel Democracy,” (Hazan, et al ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society, Oxford University Press, 2018.

#68 Contemporary Readings, October 2018

November 2, 2018

Assembled by Ken Stein and Eli Sperling
Emory University and Center for Israel Education
[email protected] or [email protected]

Adnan Abu Amer,  “Have Palestinians given up on resistance?” Al-Monitor, October 26, 2018.

Entsar Abu Jahal, “How Palestinian Exports of $1 Billion Impact Trade Deficit,” Al-Monitor, October 31, 2018.

Anna Ahronheim, “The Most Vegan Army in the World,” Jerusalem Post, October 3, 2018.

Daniel L. Byman, “Will Israel and Iran go to war in Syria?”Brookings, October 5, 2018.

Omer Dostri, “China-Israel Relations: Growing Cooperation Amidst Conflicting Interests,” JISS, October 25, 2018.

Oded Eran, “Israel’s Stake in the Egyptian Natural Gas Pipeline: Strategic and Economic Benefits,” INSS, October 23, 2018.

Frank Fang, “China’s Growing Economic and Military Interests in Israel Tech investments and military tech transfers aimed at countering US,” Epoch Times, October 28, 2018.

Shai Feldman, “Forty-Five Years After the 1973 War, Israel Faces Another Year of Decision,” October 15, 2018.

Daniel Friedman, “An Israeli wedding between an Arab and a Jew,” Ynet News, October 15, 2018.,7340,L-5371760,00.html

Hillel Frisch, “Comparing Hebrew and Arabic Wikipedia Entries on the 1973 War,” Begin Sadat Center,October 31, 2018.

Jerusalem Media Center: Ceasefire, Confderation and Gender in the Palestinian Community, Poll no. 93, October 16, 2018,

Polina Garev, “Is Berlin the new promised land for Israelis?” i24News, October 18, 2018.

Jessica Haflin, “Eyal Shani, Israel’s world-famous roasted-cauliflower king,”Israel21c, October 4, 2018.

Haisam Hassanein, “Sisi’s Anti-Israel Rhetoric: New Speeches, Old Problems,”Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 17, 2018.

Human Rights Watch, “Palestine: Authorities Crush Dissent,” Human Rights Watch, October 23, 2018.

Alex Joffe and Asaf Romirowsky, “As the US Cuts Funding, UNRWA Employees Flee Gaza,”Begin Sadat Center,October 25, 2018.

Abigail Klein Leichman, “Israeli named BBC Philharmonic chief conductor,” Israel21c, October 10, 2018.

Ariel Koch, “Al-Qaeda’s Propaganda in the Virtual Turkey,” Moshe Dayan Center, October 15, 2018.

Melanie Lidman, “New fund utilizes Israeli tech to help small farmers in Africa,” Time of Israel, October 11, 2018.

Peter Lintl and Stefan Wolfrum, “Israel’s Nation-State Law Netanyahu Government Lays the Foundations for a Majoritarian System,” SWP Berlin, October 2018.

Shalom Lipner, “After the midterms, could a threatened, volatile Trump flip on Israel?”Brookings, October 24, 2018.

David Mikics, “Ivory Tower Bigots,” Tablet, October 16, 2018.

Tarek Osman, “Arabs and Europeans: The way forward,” al-Ahram Weekly, October 2018.

Oren Peleg, “Can California Embrace Israeli Water Technology?” Jewish Journal, October 24, 2018.

Oded Raanan & Vera Michlin-Shapir, “Israel-Russia Relations: Mutual Esteem or Cold-Eyed Utilitarianism?” Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy, October 14, 2018.

Ofek Riemer, “Not by the Media Alone: The Israeli Campaign against the Conversion of Rockets in Lebanon to Precision-Guided Missiles,”INSS, October 23, 2018.

Paul Rivlin, “The Sanctioned States: Economic Crises in Iran and Turkey,” Moshe Dayan Center, October 24, 2018.

Asaf Romirovsky, “Normalizing Anti-Semitism in the US,”Begin Sadat Center,October 12, 2018.

Dennis Ross and David Makovsky, “If Trump Wants the Ultimate Deal, He Must Not Repeat These Mistakes,”Washington Institute for Near East Policy, October 2, 2018.

Shoshana Solomon, “Australian-Israeli startup creates water-based fuel for electric vehicles,” Times of Israel, October 30, 2018.

Jessica Steinberg, “This balaboosta reigns over her own Israeli food empire, in New York City,” Times of Israel, October 15, 2018.

Aaron Davdi Miller and Hillel Zand, “Progress Without Peace in the Middle East,” The Atlantic, November 1, 2019.

Gilead Sher and Mor Ben-Kalifa, “Challenge to the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty,” INSS, October 29,

Meir Y. Soloveichick, “Jimmy Carter: The Sunday-School Years,” Commentary Magazine, October 2018.

Rebecca Stadlen Amir, “7 extraordinary Israeli-designed music videos,” Israel21c, October 11, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “Co-hosting trade conference with Netanyahu, China’s VP hails Israeli technology,” Times of Israel, October 25, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “In first, ‘Hatikva’ anthem played at UAE contest as Israeli judoka wins gold,” Times of Israel, October 28, 2018.

Times of Israel Staff, “TV report: Israel silent as Iran hit by computer virus more violent than Stuxnet,” Times of Israel, October 31, 2018.

Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos, “Merkel’s Approach to Israel Has Not Progressed,”Begin Sadat Center,October 15, 2018.

Amos Yadlin, “How to get out of the Palestinian trap,” Ynet News, October 18, 2018.,7340,L-5373585,00.html

Jim Zanotti, “Israel: Background and U.S. Relations,” Congressional Research Service, July 31, 2018.