The UN is No Friend to Israel

By James Legee, November 28, 2012

This Thursday, Palestine hopes to achieve non-member observer state status in the United Nations General assembly.  It is likely that they will succeed. This recognition continues a trend of what can be described as at best, cold, and at worst, hostile, relations between the United Nations and Israel. Throughout the United Nation’s history, Israel has [...]

The Dream of Success: How Israel and the United States Make it Happen, Part II

By James Legee, October 30, 2012

For the first part, look here. The roots of success are found in a civil society and the rule of law.  In America and Israel, hateful speech is met not with violence, but with counter arguments, moral suasion, and sanction. Anecdotally, when swastikas began to trend on twitter, the Times of Israel held a public [...]

The Substance of Hate

By James Legee, September 27, 2012”

For what is hopefully the last time, the leaders of the world at the United Nations General Assembly were unfairly forced to endure another vitriolic speech from the “President” of Iran.  I use the term President loosely, for the Iranian people suffer under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s rule, despite his claims of service to the noble people [...]

The Harsh Reflections in the Mirror

By James Legee, September 19, 2012

There is an old adage, that one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter, a cliché meant to assuage the consciences of those who support the objectives of murderers and turn a blind eye to their means.  But are their ends any sort of freedom?  Hardly.  The terrorists Israel faces from Hamas and Hezbollah do [...]

Why Not Recognize the State of Palestine?

By John Michaelson, August 6, 2012

The Palestinian Authority is going to the UN to ask to be recognized as an observer state.  It doesn’t seem like it should be a notable event, but it is fraught with danger.  Something like 100 countries recognize Palestine as a state and most of the Western countries have relations with the Palestinian Authority even [...]

Four Conversations I am Tired of Having on Israel: Part 1

By Elke Weiss, July 31, 2012

Working in Hasbara often becomes very repetitive as I am forced to debunk the same myths ad infinitum. Therefore, in the interests of brevity, I have picked the four of the ones that annoy me the most and have put my new elevator pitch that I have prepared and will be using in the future. [...]

Delegitimize the Terrorists, NOT Israel

By John Michaelson, July 24, 2012

Without a powerful patron Israel’s opponents struggle to keep pace with her military might. Her opponents, then, sponsor terrorism as a way to hurt Israel. Terrorism very rarely leads to success, but it publicizes a cause. If nothing else, terrorism keeps a people under siege. These terrorist groups are locally rooted, internationally sponsored, and directed at [...]

Israel’s Existential Risk from Iran

By John Michaelson, July 23, 2012

Question: Why #Israel can have NBC weapons and not #Iran? Answer: Israel does not pose an existential threat to its neighbors. –from the @actforisrael twitter feed. Israel acquired nuclear weapons as a deterrent.  Military victory conditioned many to see the Israeli Defense Force as a potent juggernaut capable of taking on any foe.  This was an image that [...]

Catastrophe and Utopian Ideology: Nakba Day and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, May 18, 2012

May 15, 1998 marked the 50th anniversary of the end of the British Mandate of Palestine, and the creation of the State of Israel. It was nearly five years after the signing of the “Declaration of Principles on Interim Self-Government Arrangements,” better known as the Oslo Accords, between Israel and the PLO that led to [...]

UNRWA-nomalous: Part I

By Aaron Eitan Meyer, April 20, 2012

The continued existence of the United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has played a key role in the Arab-Israeli Conflict for decades, but not necessarily a positive one. In fact, the title of a 2008 Jonathan Spyer piece puts UNRWA’s role succinctly into perspective: UNRWA: Barrier to Peace. Yet UNRWA was not [...]