Dr. Joel Fishman

Dr. Joel Fishman is a historian and Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Political Affairs.

Publications by Dr. Joel Fishman

Message from the Editor

Message from the Editor  Read More »

Building the Positive Peace: The Urgent Need to Bring the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Back to Basics

It is generally accepted that the peace process, launched in 1993, went off the tracks and failed to meet the expectations of the interested parties: the state of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the international community  Read More »

Palestinian Incitement and Peace: An Insurmountable Incompatibility

Joel Fishman on The Eichmann Trial Diary by Sergio Minerbi

Palestinian Incitement and Peace: An Insurmountable Incompatibility by Joel Fishman

Joel Fishman on The Eichmann Trial Diary by Sergio Minerbi

Joel Fishman on Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World and Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization

Bunkum as History: The Revisionist Quest for Lost Innocence
Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World, by Patrick J. Buchanan, New York: Crown, 2008, 518 pp.
Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, by Nicholson Baker, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2008, 567 pp.
Reviewed by Joel Fishman  Read More »

Joel Fishman on Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis

Eurabia: A New Geopolitical Concept
Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, by Bat Ye’or, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2005, 384 pp. French version: Eurabia: l’axe euro-arabe, Jean-Cyrille Godefroy, 2006, 348 pp.
Reviewed by Joel Fishman   Read More »

Joel Fishman on Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter

The 1930s: Déjà Vu All Over Again
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, by Jimmy Carter, Simon & Schuster, 2006, 265 pp.
Reviewed by Joel Fishman  Read More »

The Big Lie and the Media War Against Israel: From Inversion of the Truth to Inversion of Reality

From the 1960s, inversion of truth and reality has been one the most favored propaganda methods of Israel’s adversaries. One of its most frequent expressions has been the accusation that the Jewish people, victims of the Nazis, have now become the new Nazis, aggressors and oppressors of the Palestinian Arabs. Contemporary observers have identified this method and described it as an “inversion of reality,” an “intellectual confidence trick,” “reversing moral responsibility,” or “twisted logic.” B  Read More »

Joel Fishman on Neu-alter Judenhass: Antisemitismus, arabisch-israelischer Konflikt und europäische Politik

A State-of-the-Art Contribution to Our Knowledge of Contemporary Anti-Semitism
Neu-alter Judenhass: Antisemitismus, arabisch-israelischer Konflikt und europäische Politik
(New-Old Jew Hatred: Anti-Semitism, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and European Policy) by Klaus Faber, Julius H. Schoeps and Sacha Stawski
Reviewed by Joel Fishman  Read More »

Joel Fishman on La France, Israël et les Arabes: le double jeu?, by Freddy Eytan

A Stormy Romance of France and Israel
Joel Fishman on La France, Israël et les Arabes: le double jeu? by Freddy Eytan  Read More »

Hidden in Plain Sight: Alexis de Tocqueville’s Recognition of the Jewish Origin of the Idea of Equality

Although Alexis de Tocqueville examined in depth the idea of equality in his classic Democracy in America, and attributed its origin to Christianity, he explicitly recognized its Jewish provenance in a letter to Arthur de Gobineau of 24 January 1857. This finding is significant, because Tocqueville’s pioneering study identified the central importance of equality in modern democracy and described its benefits and dangers. This year marks the bicentennial of Tocqueville’s birth (29 July 1805-16  Read More »

Joel Fishman on The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People under Siege

A Historical Analysis of the Jewish Condition after Oslo
The Oslo Syndrome: Delusions of a People under Siege by Kenneth Levin
Reviewed by Joel Fishman  Read More »

Democratic Universality and Its Adversaries

Judaism and Christianity emphasize man’s freedom to act morally. Their legacy provides a foundation of thought which effectively supports the proposition that democracy is for all, although it may require an extended time-frame. Some European elitists consider democracy to be the enemy of excellence, with the leveling effects of egalitarianism destroying genuine diversity and strengthening the weak.  Read More »

Joel Fishman on Europe’s Crumbling Myths: The Post-Holocaust Origins of Today’s Anti-Semitism

Europe’s Crumbling Myths: The Post-Holocaust Origins of Today’s Anti-Semitism by Manfred Gerstenfeld
Reviewed by Joel Fishman  Read More »

A Case Study: Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.: A Battleground for Israel’s Legitimacy

In spring 2004, a group of pro-Palestinian radicals initiated a proposal that would have twinned Rafah in Gaza with Madison, Wisconsin. This initiative was significant, because only a few American cities have adopted Palestinian towns. Its acceptance would have meant a victory for the Palestinian Authority and its supporters by advancing their long-term objective of delegitimizing the State of Israel and by creating a climate congenial to politically correct anti-Semitism.  Read More »

The Cold-War Origins of Contemporary Anti-Semitic Terminology

Several important manifestations of anti-Semitism originate in the ideology and political culture of the former Soviet Union, whose legacy has survived its demise. A special type of political language which it devised has served as the bridge which links the earlier Soviet-styled anti-Semitism to that of the present.
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Ten Years Since Oslo: The PLO’s “Peoples War” Strategy and Israel’s Inadequate Response

Israel and the PLO have been confronting each other according to completely different paradigms of conflict. Since the late 1960s, the PLO has adopted a "people’s war" paradigm that continued to guide its policies even after the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords.  Read More »

The Broken Promise of the Democratic Peace: Israel and the Palestinian Authority

The idea of the democratic peace, although not explicitly named, was an essential element of the Oslo Accords. The term "democratic peace" is generally understood to have two components: the assertion that democracies are inherently peaceful, and that they do not, as a rule, wage war against other democracies.  Read More »

Failure of Perception and Self-Deception: Israel’s Quest for Peace in the Context of Related Historical Cases

An examination of the historical record reveals many examples of failures of perception, and of leaders and governments refusing to integrate compelling information of existential importance. Taking account of new information and responding to changing circumstances is vital to man’s relationship with his environment. When a dysfunction in the process of absorbing important new knowledge and correcting mistakes occurs, the faculty of rational judgment may be fatefully impaired.  Read More »