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U.S. Funding Rigorous Study of Palestinian and Israeli Textbook Incitement

By Naomi Zeveloff

Billed as the first scientific study of incitement in Palestinian and Israeli textbooks, researchers hope it will settle a long-running Mideast dispute.Read More


Peres's Conference, Netanyahu's Challenge

By J.J. Goldberg

At the recent Israeli Presidential Conference, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that “peace is within reach.” The problem is that almost nobody believes him.Read More


New Hasidic Radicals Bellow Down Tel Aviv’s Streets

By Benjamin Preston

The Na Nach, a radical subgroup of Breslover Hasids, are a growing presence across Israel, and their public form of ecstatic prayer is yielding a mixed reaction.Read More


Rainbow Flags Aflutter, Orthodox Groups Enter a Float in Gay Pride Parade

By Nathan Jeffay

Orthodox participation in Tel Aviv’s annual pride parade is emblematic of Israel’s growing community of Orthodox-identified out gays and lesbians.Read More


Misgav Residents Say They Want To Combat Urban Sprawl, Not Exclude Arabs as Neighbors

By Nathan Jeffay

Should Israeli municipalities have the right to screen prospective residents for “social suitability”? The Knesset says yes, and one Northern Israeli village is facing the consequences.Read More


‘Land Swaps’: Is There Enough Land To Swap?

By Nathan Jeffay

It is the magic formula that could end the occupation while letting the majority of settlers stay put. But how would an Israeli-Palestinian land swap, the basis of President Obama’s Middle East vision, outlined on May 19, actually work? The main practical problem of an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank is the fact that some 300,000 Israeli settlers live there. Not only would a full evacuation be hazardous for any Israeli government on the domestic political front, but it also would be logistically difficult and exceedingly costly.Read More


Bibi and Obama Now Set To Battle for Congress, Public Opinion

By Nathan Guttman

President Obama’s declaration affirming the significance of Israel’s 1967 borders in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations is animated in no small part by the need to face the challenge of a looming UN General Assembly vote recognizing Palestine as an independent state, the White House has told Jewish leaders.Read More


Israeli Philanthropists Launch Nation’s First American-Style Jewish Federation

By Nathan Jeffay

A brand new American import has arrived in Israel, but it isn’t the usual fast-food chain or a television sitcom. Rather, it’s that staple of U.S. Jewish life, the community federation. For the first time, a group of philanthropists in the leafy city of Ramat HaSharon near Tel Aviv have created an Israeli charity — Takdim-The Ramat HaSharon Community Foundation — based almost entirely on the federation model. They are in talks with several American federations that are considering mentoring the organization.Read More


Scant Response to Video of a Violent Israeli Prison Night Search

By Nathan Jeffay

Video of Palestinian prisoners being shot during a night search aimed at boosting morale among jailers was aired recently on Israeli television. Nathan Jeffay explores why there has been only minimal public outcry to the shocking footage.Read More


In Fatah-Hamas Deal, What Role for Salam Fayyad?

By Nathan Jeffay

It may turn out to be one of the strangest political revivals on record — a comeback without the protagonist having gone anywhere. In the hours and days after the Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas hammered out a unity agreement for governing the West Bank and Gaza in late April, media reports presented Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad as politically dead and buried. A moderate who told The New York Times at the start of his premiership that it was his “full intention to disappoint Hamas,” Fayyad went on to become hated by the Islamist movement and less than popular with Fatah and its leader, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He was said to be a certain casualty of reconciliation between the two factions.Read More





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