Israeli – Palestinian Negotiations are not RipeApril 26, 2021
Nine pre-conditions that enabled Arab-Israeli negotiations to unfold successfully in the 1970s and 1990s are not present today. Egyptian-Israeli and Jordanian-Israeli agreements occurred because the respective sides wanted them and needed them.
Political Statements on a Two-State Solution to Resolve the Arab (Palestinian)-Israeli Conflict, 1937–PresentApril 19, 2021
Speculation again abounds whether a two state solution might be a seriously considered outcome to Palestinian-Israeli differences. A long history of its mention but not its implementation persists. Advocacy by external voices persists, but no one seems ready to make the critical political trade-offs required.
Lessons to Strengthen Israel EducationApril 15, 2021
Newsworthy stories unfold in Israel at breathtaking rates. Repeated elections, COVID-19 responses, path-breaking Supreme Court decisions, the Abraham Accords — all are worthy of community discussion and age-appropriate student exploration. Yet few Jewish students and their parents possess sufficient understanding or discussion skills to explain them beyond a passing headline.
The Return of Palestinian PoliticsApril 12, 2021
Palestinian legislative elections are scheduled for May 22. Whether or not the vote takes place, finally scheduling elections was nothing short of remarkable. Palestinian politics has been in gridlock, with elections suspended since the terrorist group Hamas won a parliamentary majority in 2006. However, PA President Abbas could still postpone the elections.
The Impact of Covid-19 on Middle Eastern and North African Studies: A Curated Reading List (March 2020 through April 2, 2021)
Think tanks, scholars and analysts are producing excellent assessments of the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic is having on Middle Eastern countries. The number of monthly articles devoted to the pandemic was extraordinarily high until mid-July 2020, when the topic took a back seat to intense discussions on speculations about Israel’s possible annexation of portions […]
Preliminary Election Results for 23 Knesset ElectionMarch 25, 2021
One of the most striking elements to emerge from the preliminary results is that the current Knesset is going to be much more fragmented. If only eight party lists were elected to the Knesset a year ago, thirteen factions succeeded in entering the parliament in this round.
Origins of Israeli Democracy: Jewish Political Culture and Pre-State PracticeMarch 16, 2021
Neither Israel’s political culture nor Israel’s democracy based on Jewish self determination simply materialized on May 15, 1948. A connection exists from Jewish self-rule in the Diaspora to Zionist political autonomy during the Yishuv and to contemporary Israeli political culture. Likewise, the origins of Israeli democracy are found in the hundreds of years of Jewish Diasporas transitioning into the Zionist movement to the state; from aliyot before the Palestine Mandate to 1948 and since. Components of Israeli political culture...
2019-2021 ElectionsMarch 9, 2021
Israel entered a period of political instability when its governing coalition fell apart in December 2018 over the issue of Haredi military service. The articles, activities and other digital resources below provide insights into how and why Israel’s Knesset elections in April and September 2019 failed to produce a new government, leading to a third election within a year on March 2, 2020. The urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic helped break the political logjam with a unity government featuring a rotation agreement for prime minister between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, but that government failed to survive into 2021. For the fourth time in less than two years, Israelis are electing a new Knesset on March 23, 2021.
Nachman Shai: Veteran Labor Voice seeks Return to KnessetFebruary 21, 2021
Former three-term Knesset member is motivated to run in the March 23 elections to create a better Israel for his children and grandchildren, provide a voice for the vital senior population, topple Prime Minister Netanyahu, and restore the Labor Party’s legacy.
Israel-Indo Asian RelationsFebruary 18, 2021
Until the 1990s, when Israel’s increased engagement with Asia notably expanded, her relations particularly with China, India and Japan, were limited for three broad reasons. First, Israel’s state-seeking and state-building endeavors focused westwards on Europe, the Americas and Africa. Once statehood unfolded in 1948, no trade evolved with hostile Middle Eastern Arab neighbors after the […]
The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli and Middle Eastern HistoryFebruary 9, 2021
In our ebook for teens, college students and adults, The June 1967 War: How It changed Jewish, Israeli, and Middle Eastern History, according to many, we captured the drama and essence of the war’s enduring and so far unending impact. The June 1967 Middle East War transformed Israeli, Jewish, and Middle Eastern History. In the span of six weeks, in May and June 1967, Israel, its neighbors and the international community were engulfed with varying emotions including admonition, arrogance, audacity, astonishment, bravado, boasting, daring, euphoria, fears of annihilation, hesitation, humiliation, indecision, miscalculation, pride, procrastination, relief, resignation, self-doubt, self-importance, and tension.
Options and Realities for Biden’s Foreign Policy in the Middle EastJanuary 27, 2021
President Biden comes to the presidency with more Washington experience than any other former president. While he has designated a foreign policy team with significant experience, his immediate priorities will be domestic. With a razor thin senate majority why would he expend political capital in trying to find solutions to Middle Eastern issues that are highly complex, seemingly intractable, and culturally embedded? The exception might be seeking to curtail Iran's nuclear and regional aggressiveness.