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Israeli Intransigence? Try Palestinian Rejectionism Israeli Intransigence? Try Palestinian Rejectionism
Thursday, November 17, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The conventional wisdom in diplomatic and media circles concerning the Israeli-Arab conflict is that Israeli intransigence—especially on the building of West Bank settlements—is the dead weight that prevents the achievement of a two-state solution.
On the Road Again On the Road Again
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 by Diana Muir Appelbaum | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The chronically tense relations between the Israeli government and Bedouins in the Negev—where unrecognized villages are built, razed, and built again—are certain to grow even more tense with the Israeli Cabinet's recent approval of a plan that will recognize about half these villages but demolish the other half.
Finally, a Palestinian “Peace Now”? Finally, a Palestinian “Peace Now”?
Monday, November 14, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

What if a group of youthful Palestinian activists, fed up with Hamas and Fatah for leading the Palestinian Arabs over and over down bloody, self-defeating dead ends, were to emerge as a new political and social force—something like a Palestinian "Peace Now"?
Ladies in Waiting Ladies in Waiting
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The winter session of the Knesset began this week and, in what is surely a sign of the times, two of its most closely watched stories involve female political leaders.  One is a rising star; the other is struggling to stay alive.
The Great Orthodox Comeback The Great Orthodox Comeback
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 by Lawrence Grossman | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The resurgence of Orthodoxy may be the most profound, and is certainly the most surprising, transformation of Judaism in the past 60 years. 
Shalit: The French Connection Shalit: The French Connection
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 by Simon Gordon | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

When Gilad Shalit was released on October 17, Israel was not the only country to welcome the liberation of one of its citizens. Although Shalit was born and raised in Israel, he also holds French citizenship, through his grandmother.
Are Young Rabbis Turning on Israel? Are Young Rabbis Turning on Israel?
Monday, October 24, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

For all the theological, ritualistic, and institutional differences separating the Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform movements, what distinguishes the groups in the minds of many ordinary American Jews comes down to branding.
Political Contrail Political Contrail
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

This month marks the 30th anniversary of an emotionally fraught and bitterly waged political confrontation between the Reagan administration and the organized Jewish community.
Career Corps Career Corps
Tuesday, October 4, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The United States has its military academies at West Point and Annapolis. The British put their officers through Sandhurst. But how will the Israeli Defense Forces, a citizen army, train its officers for the 21st century?
Israel Studies 101 Israel Studies 101
Monday, October 3, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The modern American research university is a house of many rooms. The field of Israel Studies, which has emerged in the past decade, occupies one of the newest—and smallest—of those rooms.
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Round Two Shai Feldman, National Interest. As prime minister for a second term, Netanyahu will claim a stronger mandate to strike Iran’s nuclear program.  But President Obama looks set to use his second term to prevent an Israeli attack.
Dreams of the Promised Land , Israel State Archives. A declared supporter of Israel, Martin Luther King was officially invited to Israel several times during the 1960s, and gladly accepted each invitation.  So, why did his visit never take place?
Polling the Palestinians Rick Richman, Commentary. Over half of Palestinians would oppose a two-state solution, even if Israel withdrew from 97% of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to a recent opinion poll.
The Leftist Alternative Evelyn Gordon, Jerusalem Post. While Netanyahu looks certain to lead Israel's next government, he favors a new coalition with the center-Left.  But that prospect may hinge on the electoral success of Am Shalem. 
Lions of Israel , Toldot Yisrael. 65 years ago this month, 35 Haganah soldiers died trying to bring supplies to kibbutzim in the besieged Etzion Bloc.  A new documentary tells their story from eyewitness accounts. (Video)
Israel's Unrepresented Anglos Jonathan Gimpel, Jerusalem Post. Unlike other minority communities in Israel, the Anglos are not united as an interest group.  But they are united in their ideals—as the rise of Jewish Home testifies. 
The Fight for Azerbaijan Alex Vatanka, Foreign Affairs. Although Azerbaijan has deep historical connections with Iran, it shares Israel's desire to keep the Islamic Republic at bay.  So, both Iran and Israel are working hard to win its heart.
Germany's True Colors Christiane Hoffmann, René Pfister, Spiegel. Angela Merkel has maintained Germany's close relationship with Israel.  But she no longer has the support of the German people for doing so.
The Price of Philanthropy Hagit Peleg-Rotem, Globes. By funding national institutions through philanthropic donations, Israel gains gleaming new facilities at no cost to the public purse—but at the expense of public control.
Barak's Last Battle Jonathan Tepperman, Foreign Affairs. "Barak's basic approach to security, although he never articulated it as such, boils down to expecting the worst and acting accordingly.  It's a logical position for a chastened former peacemaker."