How Israel Is Turning Anti-Occupation Activists into Dissidents

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by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man Israel’s parliament is expected to pass the so-called “NGO Law” in the coming days, a piece of legislation meant to stigmatize left-wing and human rights organizations in Israel as agents of foreign powers. The law singles out… Continue Reading  

Herzog’s Alternative Plan: Politics Before Policy

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by Mitchell Plitnick On January 19, at the annual Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference, the leader of Israel’s opposition and head of the Zionist Union party, Isaac Herzog, unveiled an alternative approach to the issue of Israel’s nearly… Continue Reading  

Toward a New Israel-Hezbollah War?

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By Aurelie Daher Reacting to the January 28 Hezbollah attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and injured seven more, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened retaliation, declaring, “Whoever tries to challenge Israel on its borders will find out that we are… Continue Reading  

Livni Joining With Labor: Not A Game-Changer

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by Mitchell Plitnick The media in Israel is abuzz with the news that Tzipi Livni will bring her Ha’Tnuah party into a joint ticket with the much larger Labor party. Now there is a tandem that can outpoll Likud, they… Continue Reading  

Myth-Making and Obama’s UNGA Speech

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by Mitchell Plitnick Once again, in his speech Wednesday at the United Nations, President Obama revealed the reduced importance of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on his agenda. He also revealed just how out of touch his entire country is with respect to reality.… Continue Reading