When I visited Israel in the summer of 2012 and the American Presidential campaign was in full swing, my group met with an anonymous source who told us that the highest levels of the Netanyahu government, possibly including the Prime Minister himself, considered an Obama victory to...
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February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pmWhen my husband and I put our 2-year-old to bed, we help him with the usual array of activities: changing into pajamas, reading a book, drinking milk, singing songs and -- most beloved to me -- chanting the Shema and Ve'ahavta.
Each evening at the conclusion of the nighttime Shema,...
February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pmWhile attending a Muslim American conference in Doha, Qatar, in 2005, an Arab leader asked me at the dinner table: "Tell me, why didn't Israelis accept the Saudi peace proposal of 2002? In fact, they did not even respond to it. Did it not offer them everything that they ever wished...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm
The question on the Palestinian street now is who will successfully claim credit for expelling Israel from Gaza and northern Samaria - Hamas, an organization that carries out terrorist attacks, or Fatah, the official Palestinian ruling party?
Whatever the answer turns out to be, one...
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The Oslo agreement was the first agreement ever signed between the Israeli government and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), intended to put an end to the national struggle that is the heart of the larger Arab-Israeli conflict.
The Olso agreement was the natural...
May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm
April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Question: How is the Middle East road map, which President Bush will submit to Israelis and Palestinians next month, be helpful to the United States and Israel?
Answer: The United States is in the midst of a difficult war, in which U.S. objectives are likely to be compromised unless...
April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Protest Against French Anti-Semitism
About 40 protesters lined up in front of the French consulate in Westwood on April 12 and 19 to protest anti-Semitism in France. The group, led by StandWithUs, the same organization that helped arrange recent pro-Israel rallies in Los Angeles,...
May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Two of the keenest American academic minds on the politics of the Middle East -- one Jewish, the other Arab -- debated the present and future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Monday evening, and reached agreement on at least three points.
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is...