Israel

Israel’s Critical Requirements for Defensible Borders:
The Foundation for a Secure Peace

President Obama has declared that “the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states.” But what are Israeli requirements for “secure” borders? This study, which has been updated to 2014, presents a comprehensive assessment of Israel’s critical requirements for defensible borders.  Read More »

Changing the Historical Narrative: Saeb Erekat’s New Spin

The Palestinians have not lived in the country for generations, but rather are immigrants who arrived relatively recently.  Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Rejects Even Discussing the Rights of the Jewish People to a State

Since his return from Washington, where he met with President Barack Obama, Mahmoud Abbas has demonstrated on successive occasions that he is only willing to harden his position on peace with Israel. For example, on March 22, 2014, Abbas spoke […]  Read More »

Arafat and the Jewish State: Setting the Record Straight

To say that Arafat recognized Israel as the Jewish state is a clear distortion of the historical record.   Read More »

Link Israeli Support for Gaza Infrastructure to Dismantling Terror Infrastructure

Israel’s situation regarding Gaza cannot be understood without grasping two terms: hudna and tahdiya. Hudna is a binding religious concept based on the agreement that the Prophet Muhammad made with the Quraysh tribe, in which he undertook a total ceasefire. […]  Read More »

Future EU Sanctions Against Israel? Real, Imagined, and Somewhere in Between

Is the scenario of a full-scale EU boycott of Israel at all realistic?  Read More »

Erekat Is Wrong: The Jewish Presence in the Land Dates Back for Millennia

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat claimed at the Munich Security Conference on Jan. 31 that the Palestinians cannot accept Israel as the Jewish state because they lived in the region long before the Jews. In the context of the current […]  Read More »

Africa and Israel, A Unique case of Radical Changes in Foreign Policy, by Arye Oded

Africa Ve’Israel, Yehudiut Vetahapuhot Be’Yehase Hutz shel Israel [Africa and Israel, A Unique case of Radical Changes in Foreign Policy], by Arye Oded, Magnes Press, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2011, (in Hebrew). Reviewed by Yosef Govrin In his new work, […]  Read More »

Evangelical Anti-Zionism as an Adaptive Response to Shifts in American Cultural Attitudes

INTRODUCTION Since the founding of the Jewish state in 1948, Evangelical Protestants in the United States have been regarded—with good reason—as Israel’s most reliable supporters. In 2008, Jody C. Baumgartner and a number of other researchers reported that Evangelicals are […]  Read More »

Charles Taylor and Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century

INTRODUCTION: THE CHALLENGE OF DIVERGENCE The Jewish world is losing its ability to discuss its cultural differences. Our intra-Jewish dialogue is becoming less coherent. Indeed, the very ideas underlying our Jewish identities, ideas shaped by our language of values, are […]  Read More »

Hamas: Abbas Does Not Represent the Palestinians in Negotiations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to the Middle East in an effort to promote a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and, as a first step, to press the two parties to sign a framework agreement by […]  Read More »

Saturday People, Sunday People: Israel through the Eyes of a Christian Sojourner, by Lela Gilbert

The title of Gilbert’s book alludes to an oft-repeated slogan of radical Muslims: “On Saturday we kill the Jews, on Sunday we kill the Christians.”   Read More »

The Clash of Civil Religions: A Paradigm for Understanding Israeli Politics

Almost thirty-five years after Camp David and twenty years after the Oslo Accord, a fundamental question remains unanswered: does the majority of the Israeli public support a left-wing or right-wing ideology?   Read More »

God, Jews and the Media: Religion and Israel’s Media, by Yoel Cohen

Several years ago, Bar Ilan University held a symposium on religion and the media. As a newspaper reporter, I was curious as to what the panelists might have to say about the moral issues occasionally faced by journalists.  Read More »

From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel, by Robert Wistrich

Historian Robert Wistrich, who holds the Neuberger Chair for Modern European and Jewish History at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is the head of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, publishes prolifically.   Read More »