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August 11: More Settlements

Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel announced on this date in 2013 that 1,187 new housing units would be built in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. His move was denounced by Meretz MK Zehava Galon as an effort “by the [Israeli] government . . . to assassinate the political negotiations” with the Palestinians, […]

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The Other Zionist Election: The One for Americans

by Ralph Seliger THE ORGANIZATION FOUNDED IN 1897 by Theodor Herzl to establish a modern Jewish state still exists. It’s called the World Zionist Organization, and it’s guided by resolutions of the World Zionist Congress, which convenes at four-year intervals. In the United States, there is an election going on at this very moment, with […]

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A Prisoner Release instead of a Settlement Freeze

by Alan Elsner Even the firmest supporters of a two state-solution to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians could be forgiven for holding their noses when reading about this week’s release of twenty-six Palestinian prisoners, all of whom had been convicted of murdering Israelis. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended this release — the […]

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An Unsettled Peace Process

by Alan Elsner Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is annoyed. Before meeting with visiting German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday in Jerusalem, Netanyahu complained about a recent European Union decision to stop EU grants, prizes and loans from going to Israeli entities located in the occupied territories or that conduct activities there. “I have to say,” Netanyahu […]

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Partners for Progressive Israel on the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

by Ron Skolnik WITH THE PROCEDURAL DISCUSSIONS BEHIND US, and with formal negotiations for Israeli-Palestinian peace scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Partners for Progressive Israel expresses its appreciation for the efforts of the many leaders — from Israel, Palestine, the US, the EU, the Arab League and elsewhere — who have created this new opportunity for diplomacy. […]

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Upper West Side: Hands in Pockets

by Susan Reimer-Torn Whenever I choose to take an afternoon cappuccino break at a popular Upper West Side coffee shop, I am hoping to be regaled with some overheard conversation at the communal table. One recent, greyish midweek afternoon, I was not disappointed. The two studious-looking young women facing me were deep into deliberation. One […]

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King Bibi and His (High) Court

by Ron Skolnik When Time magazine recently entitled its profile of Israel’s prime minister “King Bibi,” my thoughts raced back to my teen years, growing up in what Phil Ochs satirically referred to as “the State of Richard Nixon.” In the summer of 1973, Congressional hearings into the Watergate break-in had just revealed the existence […]

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