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#132 Contemporary Readings February 2024 – Including Israel-Hamas War

Assembled by Scott Abramson and Ken Stein, Center for Israel Education Hussain Abdul-Hussain, “Is Gaza Really the Biggest Case of Arab Suffering?” Algemeiner, February 28, 2024, Hezki Baruch, “Netanyahu Presents: The Plan for ‘The Day after Hamas,’” Arutz Sheva, February 23, 2024, Yoni Ben Menachem, “Why the Palestinian Authority Opposes Marwan Barghouti’s Potential […]

Annotated Hamas Bibliography – in-depth assessments, analyses, objectives,  regional and international implications

Among Palestinians, Hamas popularity soars, two state solution at lowest ebb, Rise in European Anti-semitism, and Michael Mihlstein’s insightful analysis an essential read.

Israel’s 9/11 — Administrative Horizons for Post-Conflict Gaza

Register now Five months since Hamas brutally murdered 1,200 Israelis and others on Oct. 7 and kidnapped more than 240, Israel still seeks to balance freedom for all hostages with Hamas’ military and political destruction. Until the day that was the greatest shock in Israel’s 75 years, many Israelis were prepared to accept a compromise […]

The Netanyahu Government’s Administrative Horizon for Postwar Gaza

Israeli Prime minister provides minimal detail for the Gaza Strip’s post war civilian restructuring, focusing entirely on immediate and long term Israeli security needs with no imposed Palestinian state nor international negotiating intervention acceptable.

Jewish Cultural Life in Palestine, 1945-1946

Gerda Luft’s, “Cultural Life in Palestine,” is representative of the dozens of excellent analyses of Jewish life and politics in Palestine/Israel and the world located in the annual Palestine Yearbooks, later the Israel Yearbook, published from 1945 forward.

Interviews with Saudi Prince Bandar Bin Sultan on Arab world and Palestinian leaders

Ambassador Bandar Bin Sultan served as Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States from 1983-2006. From 2005 to 2015 he head the country’s National Security Council. He offers a scathing attack on Yasir Arafat’s failure to embrace multiple negotiating overtures proposed by Presidents Carter and Reagan. Additionally, he expresses his anger at the present Palestinian leadership for criticising the UAE’s recognition of Israel in the 2020 Abraham Accords

Forming a Nucleus for the Jewish State: 1882-1947

With 20 maps and prose, trace the progression of Jewish physical and demographic growth toward state building from 1882 to 1948 (25,000 to 600,000), with two-thirds in place by 1940.

A Collection of Reasoned Views for the dysfunctional condition of the Palestinian Arab’s political state of affairs

Steady disintegration of Palestinian Arab society from 1945-1949 is detailed by five Arab and non-Arab historians citing local social cleavages, economic impoverishment, fear, indebtedness, and political dysfunction.

Israel’s 9/11 — More Rabbinic Wisdom: Ireland, Spain, Canada and California

Jews worldwide have shared Israel’s devastation since Hamas and others killed 1,200 people and took more than 240 hostages Oct. 7. But Diaspora Jewish communities have struggled for empathy and allyship from neighbors. Rabbis are uniquely positioned to observe and comment on how the Israel-Hamas war has affected their communities and how they are responding. […]

How Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin viewed the 1993 Oslo Accords – A collection in his own words

In September 2023, thirty years after the historic signing of the Oslo Accords, there is occasion to review Prime Minister Rabin’s understanding of them. I assembled this collection years ago from Daily Reports- Near East and South Asia, 1993-1995. Two short items about Rabin’s views are also found or linked here. Rabin provided a summary of his views of the Accords in a Knesset speech in October 5, 1995. Some of Rabin’s reasons for signing the Accords are also provided in Yehuda Avner’s The Prime Ministers.

UNGA (Palestine Partition) Resolution

The UN recommended establishing Arab and Jewish states in Palestine, with an international regime for Jerusalem. Zionists were jubilant; Arab states and the Palestinians were indignant and rejected two state solution. No Arab state is established, Israel is in 1948