Israel Behind the Conflict

Unlike most countries in the Middle East, Israel supports a vibrant economy, true democracy, freedom of speech and religion, and a positive can-do attitude. First time visitors are often amazed and surprised that Israel is as metropolitan as it is.

With more companies on the NASDAQ than any country outside of North America, and noted as the Middle East hub for technology, medicine, scientific research and more, Israel is one of the leading world contributors to our collective knowledge.

Blog Entries:

  • Teaching Hate and Seeing Violence is no Recipe for Peace For the last few years I’ve had the privilege and tremendous responsibility of working in civic education.  Teaching involves more than just facts or formulas, but an effort to shape the intellect and work to better the soul of one’s students.  My goal was never to foist my views, but to challenge students on their ...
  • Democracy is Difficult and Wonderful Making sense of Israel’s election results is difficult, even for Israelis.  Israelis certainly find it bewildering and they’ve lived with the process their entire lives.  American outsiders looking in find it inscrutable.  Despite their difference in appearance, Israeli and American democracy share the same goals: to reflect the voices of the people, but to restrain ...
  • “Who’s the more foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him?” Clearly, this is a fraught time in Israel-Palestinian relations.  A third intifada may not happen, but violence is increasing.  Abbas– unable to achieve his goals despite grandstanding at the UN– is threatening to resign and let the Palestinian Authority fall apart (or fall to Hamas).  Many blame Israeli intransigence.  Settlements are the issue, some say.  ...
  • Tools of the Sheikh Much is being made of Al-Jazeera’s purchase of Al Gore’s television channel, Current TV. Current TV was created by Gore and businessman friend Joel Hyatt. The channel was unabashedly progressive and specifically aimed at a young market. Though it was intended to revolutionize television, Current TV not only failed to change television, but it also ...
  • A Terrible, Wonderful, Violent, Peaceful Year What a year! What a terrible, wonderful, violent, peaceful year! Parts of the world are moving in slow motion, while other parts are moving too fast for us to grasp.  Israel’s neighbors are caught in a maelstrom of change.  The Arab Spring is a poisoned pill for Israel: the fall of the old despots held the promise ...
  • The UN is No Friend to Israel 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 been ...
  • 15 Seconds Even if you can’t fight with Israel, you can support her efforts online.  Please, share these posters with your friends.  Get the word out that Israel’s fight is a fight for self defense!
  • Rally to Support Israel! If you’re in Los Angeles, come out to support Israel this weekend!
  • War’s One Truth “War is hell.” There has never been and never will be a more apt description.  War is ugly.  It is bloody.  It is shameless.  It is unconscionable. And, sometimes, war is necessary. We cannot avoid war when our enemies pursue it so relentlessly and that is a shame.  Hamas has launched hundreds of rockets at Israel.  For a ...
  • Tell Us What You Really Think, Vincent Browne If you haven’t heard Vincent Browne’s inflammatory comments, check them out here. Dear Vincent Browne, As a young journalist, I look to people like you to be my models of proper behavior.  It is the job of a journalist to speak truth to power, to scrutinize every word they say, and to hold them accountable. When you called ...

 

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