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H is for hate. H is for Hamas

H is for hate. H is for Hamas Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anyone naïve enough to divine any signs of Hamas moderation in its quest for Israel's elimination or that it will play nice for the Palestinian Authority's September UN statehood bid, needs the services of a top ophthalmologist (although preferably not Syrian dictator Bashar al-Asad, who is a l

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Different Israeli views on the Tent Protest movement Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Or Avi-Guy

The "tent protest" in Israel is well into its third week, and shows no signs of dying out. Last Saturday, more than 300,000 people, across the country - from Kiryat Shmona in the north to Eilat in the south, took to the streets, demanding "social justice". This protest is seen by many in Israel as a

Palestinian UN bid - 'land for war'? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This blog post looks at the Palestinian UN bid and considers analysis from: Veteran Washington insider Steven Rosen who writes that the current proposal for UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state does not meet the legal requirements for statehood. Efarim Karsh and Asaf Romirowsky who h

Tent Protests and Economic Inequality in Israel

Tent Protests and Economic Inequality in Israel Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

As the tent protest movement continues to dominate headlines inside Israel, one of the facts often heard in explaining the background to its growth is that economic inequality inside Israel is very high... Such claims are not necessarily wrong, but they do oversimplify a complex reality. Those wide

 Understanding Israel's Tent Movement

Understanding Israel's Tent Movement Categories: Israel, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Israeli tent movement which began on July 14 as a grass-roots economic protest over housing costs has grown in strength and spread to many other cities in Israel and dominated the news there. Thousands of Israeli protesters are camping in tents in the middle of central streets in major Israeli

Essay: The Illusion of Return

Essay: The Illusion of Return Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Geoffrey Levin

Not far from Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the storied birthplace of Jesus Christ and the West Bank's most popular tourist site, there lies a landmark of a very different kind. Sitting horizontally on a gate in front of the al-Ayda Refugee Camp is a 10-metre long iron key, weighing nearly two

Bibi's Home Truths

Bibi's Home Truths Categories: Israel     Author: Amotz Asa-El

It may be more Woodstock than Tahrir Square, but the energy springing from a protesters' tent city along Tel Aviv's fashionable Rothschild Boulevard represents economic, social and political realities that challenge Binyamin Netanyahu's leadership in a way he cannot ignore. Some 300 tents sprang up

After September

After September Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Pinhas Inbari

For the most part, the international community is tired of the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the prospect of the United Nations "ending" it in September by recognising Palestinian statehood is appealing to many. Moreover, many in the international community consider a solution based on

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence?

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence? Categories: Europe, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

The Palestinian Authority (PA) "is broke", and according to a recent New York Times article, "the immediate cause of the crisis is the failure of foreign - especially Arab - donors to fulfill promises of aid." According to AP, Arab donations have decreased dramatically over the past couple years, as

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