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Barack Obama – Friend or Foe?

Read this New York Times article, Gaza War Strains Relations Between U.S. and Israel, and join us this Shabbat for a discussion: Barack Obama – Friend or Foe?

 

Two insights on Israel

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Two insightful articles about the two major issues confronting Israel today, written by one of Israel’s most insightful commentators, Yossi Klein Halevi:

  • In Israel faces up to religious extremism, Klein Halevi examines the “perception that “Israeli democracy is under imminent threat by religious fundamentalism,” and it’s underlying truth—that Israel’s ultra-Orthodox “itself is in deep crisis.”
  • Can the Center Hold? explores the paradox facing centrist Israelis: supporting a two-state solution while remaining “deeply skeptical of Palestinian intentions.”

“The Arabs made a mistake”: In their Own Words

November 1, 2011 Leave a comment

There is a Yiddish expression, “Az mir lebt derlebt min … if you live long enough you live to see everything.”  These two articles prove the point!

  • Abbas faults Arab refusal of 1947 U.N. Palestine plan: Arabs made a “mistake” by rejecting a 1947 U.N. proposal that would have created a Palestinian state alongside the nascent Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview aired on Friday.
  • Israel and the Apartheid Slander: In this New York Times Op-Ed, Richard J. Goldstone states, “In Israel, there is no apartheid,” demonstrating how Israel’s Arab citizens live freely—and equally—alongside their Jewish neighbors, in stark contrast to the way black South Africans were treated by their government in the days of apartheid. A former justice of the South African Constitutional Court, Goldstone led the U.N. Human Rights Council’s fact-finding mission on the Gaza conflict of 2008-9, which produced what has come to be known as the Goldstone Report.