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An Open Letter to the Arab Street An Open Letter to the Arab Street
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 by Benjamin Kerstein | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

First and foremost, congratulations. Even from our vantage point on the other side of a seemingly unbridgeable divide between our peoples, the extraordinary nature of what you have accomplished in recent weeks is obvious.
The Old Young Guard The Old Young Guard
Monday, March 7, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

One of the most significant movements of Jewish renewal in the 20th century was Hashomer Hatzair: the Young Guard.  Founded as a youth group in Vienna in 1916, the movement set itself in opposition to what it regarded as the emaciated character of Jewish life.
J Street’s Last Hurrah? J Street’s Last Hurrah?
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

In a little over three years, a liberal lobby calling itself "passionately and unapologetically pro-Israel" appears to have either supplanted or co-opted other likeminded groups on the Jewish Left—among them, Americans for Peace Now, the Israel Policy Forum, and the New Israel Fund.
Military Virtue, and Virtue Military Virtue, and Virtue
Monday, February 28, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

On February 14, Benny Gantz was appointed the twentieth chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). It wasn't supposed to be that way. Yoav Galant, a decorated soldier and former head of the IDF's southern command, had been named to the position at the end of 2010.
Strange Bedfellows Strange Bedfellows
Thursday, February 24, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

To the already boiling Middle East cauldron, add the prospect of new bilateral relations between two powers that have historically kept each other at arm's length: Egypt (Sunni, Arab, lately a client of the United States) and Iran (Shiite, Persian, patron of Hizballah and Hamas). One bone of contention between them has long been the Jewish state of Israel.
The Athens & Jerusalem Two-Step The Athens & Jerusalem Two-Step
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by Aryeh Tepper | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

The eastern Mediterranean is in a state of serious flux. Historically, under such volatile conditions, old bonds tend to dissolve and new partnerships to emerge. The present is no exception. One example of this is Greece's surprising new friendship with Israel and its outreach to the American Jewish community.
Thankless in Turtle Bay Thankless in Turtle Bay
Friday, February 18, 2011 by Elliot Jager | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

After more than six months of internal squabbling, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud) and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (Israel Beitenu) have, at last, agreed to dispatch the seasoned diplomat Ron Prosor as Israel's ambassador to the United Nations.  But what, realistically, can any Israeli ambassador hope to achieve at the UN?
The Riddle of the Satmar The Riddle of the Satmar
Thursday, February 17, 2011 by Allan Nadler | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

A prospect terrifying to secular Israelis and Zionists worldwide has been the rapid growth of the Jewish state's ultra-Orthodox (haredi) community. Given the stranglehold of haredi political parties on recent coalition governments, and the encroachments by non-Zionist haredi clerics upon Israel's chief rabbinate, once religiously moderate and firmly Zionist, the fear is not entirely irrational.
The Tribes Speak The Tribes Speak
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 by Alex Joffe | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Unrest is spreading in the Middle East, but everywhere it displays a unique character. Take Jordan. In an unprecedented public letter to King Abdullah II, thirty-six of the country's tribal leaders have warned that "Jordan will sooner or later be the target of an uprising similar to the ones in Tunisia and Egypt."
The <i>New York Times</i> Revises the Peace Process The New York Times Revises the Peace Process
Monday, February 14, 2011 by Sol Stern | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

"The Peace Plan that Almost Was and Still Could Be": blazoned over the entire cover of the February 13 New York Times Magazine, the sensation-seeking headline comes accompanied by a photograph from the back of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, each with his arm around the other.
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The EU’s Israel Problem Daniel Hannan, Jewish Chronicle. “The reason most Euro-enthusiasts resent Israel is that it is the supreme embodiment of the national principle—that is, of the desire of every people to form their own state.”
Iran's Conditional Friends Ehud Eilam, BESA Perspectives. Although the conventional wisdom assumes that Iran could count on the support of Hamas and Hizballah in the event of a war against Israel, current realities suggest otherwise. (PDF)
Lessons from the Master Efraim Halevy, Foreign Policy. Mossad’s former Deputy Director says we should stop calling Iran an existential threat: “It is a terrible mistake to tell your enemy that it is in his power to destroy you." (Interview by Aaron David Miller)
Secular Jerusalem Fights Back , Associated Press. After years of setbacks, Jerusalem's secular residents have begun to push back against attempts by the city's growing Haredi community to impose religious mores on the general population.
The Educated-But-Untrained Rabbi Jessica Steinberg, Times of Israel. Concerned that Israeli congregational rabbis lack the people skills of their American counterparts, the founders of Barkai bill their new training program "a trade school for rabbis."
Barak's New Bargain Mortimer B. Zuckerman, U.S. News. Ehud Barak’s new idea: incorporate some settlements into Israel and pull out of the rest of the West Bank.  A retreat from Zionism—or a way to save it?
Telling Israel Like It Is—In Arabic Philippe Assouline, Times of Israel. Boshra Khalaila, an Israeli Arab, has suffered for defending Israel internationally.  “But to be accused of treason,” she says, “is the price you have to pay to make a difference.”
Likud: the New Labor? Avi Shushan, Ynet. Likud once distinguished itself from Labor by paying some attention to Sephardic Jews.  But to judge by the current candidates, “today’s Likud is identical to the party it once loathed.”
Closing the Gaps Ron Gerlitz, Batya Kallus, +972. Over the last ten years, the Israeli government has initiated significant and innovative processes to close the gaps of inequality, advance economic development, and promote employment for its Arab population.
Mounting Tension Daniel Tauber, Jerusalem Post. When Israeli police arrest Jews for the crime of praying on the Temple Mount, they are subjecting peaceful citizens to the whims of a violent minority.