Israel

New Poll: 75% of Israeli Jews Oppose a Palestinian State on the 1967 Lines, Israeli Withdrawal from the Jordan Valley, and the Division of Jerusalem

Since 2005, the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has conducted opinion polls on the peace process, Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines, continued Israeli control of the Jordan Valley, and the proposed division of Jerusalem. According to the latest poll […]  Read More »

The Significance of the First Hizbullah Attack against Israeli Forces since 2006

For the first time since the Second Lebanon War in 2006, Hizbullah claimed responsibility for an attack against Israeli forces.  Read More »

Mahmoud Abbas Justifies Palestinian Terror in His UN General Assembly Speech

Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the UN General Assembly reflects the political reality that there is no Palestinian partner today for a settlement with Israel based on compromise.  Read More »

Israel’s Decision to Declare 988 Acres of West Bank Territory as State Land

The area is in the least controversial of the settlement blocs.  Read More »

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 »