Nir Eisikovits

Of Recognition, and Reality

‘Just say it!” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu recently exclaimed, calling on Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as the homeland of the Jewish People. He was responding to a shrug from Abbas: “Israel can call itself the Zionist Jewish Empire.” With unfailing regularity, questions about recognition return to haunt and undermine Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking.

If It’s ‘Apartheid,’ Then Who’s the Palestinian Mandela?

Of all humanistic disciplines, history is the easiest to exploit for the advancement of one’s political worldviews. Former president Jimmy Carter’s recent book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” is an interesting case in point.