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  • Safest place for Arabs is Israel

    By David Suissa

    August 10, 2014 | 10:04 am

    In a Twitter world of one-second images and three-second sound bites, it’s not surprising that Israel would be seen by most of the world as an enemy of Arabs.

    Especially since the start of the Gaza war, the images against Israel have been lethal. Never mind Hamas’s “dead baby...

  • Why do people hate Israel?

    By Dennis Prager

    July 23, 2014 | 11:14 am

    We live in a bad world.

    There is nothing new about that. The world has been pretty bad since its inception. That’s why God destroyed it and started all over again (with little to show for the new experiment, one might add).

    From a moral perspective, look at the world since...

  • A Marshall Plan for Ukraine: A dream or reality?

    February 4, 2014 | 10:20 am

    Ukraine is on the verge of a civil war. Although the government resigned and the former Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov left for Vienna to visit his son, the rest of the Cabinet carries on anti-Ukrainian politics implemented by President Yanukovych and vigorously endorsed by the...

  • In court, defiant Morsi says he is still Egypt’s president

    November 4, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi, given his first public forum since his overthrow in a trial where he could face execution, declared on Monday he was still Egypt's legitimate president and shouted: "Down with military rule!"

    Morsi, an Islamist who was toppled by the army in...

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  • Israel lobbying U.S., EU to support Egypt’s military government

    August 19, 2013 | 7:28 am

    The Israeli government is pressing its efforts to convince the United States and the European Union to support the military-backed government in Egypt.

    The New York Times reported late Sunday that Israeli ambassadors in Washington and the European capitals will lobby foreign...

  • Democracy for Egypt?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2013 | 3:49 pm

    Let's try to make this simple:

    For both the United States and Israel, the most convenient situation amid the inconvenience that is current Egypt is for the military to be in charge. Not just now, but for the foreseeable future, as well. Alas, however, the more the military is...

  • Democracy for Egypt? Come back in twenty years…

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 9, 2013 | 6:15 am

    Let's try to make it simple:

    For both the US and Israel, the most convenient situation in the inconvenience that is current day Egypt is the military remaining in charge. Not just now, but for the foreseeable future as well. Alas, the more the military is visible as the...

  • DOMA and same-sex marriage- why Israel is not next in line?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 27, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    A few months ago, I read that a group of MK's from the coalition calls for a bill to determine Israel as Jewish first, and democratic second. Now the vote is closer than ever, as newspapers in Israel are filled with opinion columns and updates, and the fear of the bill's passing is...

  • President Obama, is Turkey a Democracy?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 5, 2013 | 7:51 am

    If you had a chance to take a look at our new Israel Factor survey you might have noticed that besides the questions related to presidential candidates, we also included a question on policy: "Please rank the Obama administration’s policy on the following topics from 1 (terrible...

  • Egyptian women struggle to fight sexual harassment

    February 28, 2013 | 11:35 am

    Despite its calls for democracy, freedom of speech and revolution against traditional Egyptian society, the current anti-government demonstrations have witnessed one negative phenomenon – an increase in harassment of women.

    Women have been attacked and in some instances raped in...

  • Q&A: “Of course the Israelis are a pain in the neck; that’s because they are a democracy”

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 7, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Gil Troy is Professor of History at McGill University and a Research Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Engaging Israel Program. His columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Jerusalem Post, Open Zion, History News Network and other major...

  • An outsider’s viewpoint on the Sandy Hook shooting

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 18, 2012 | 11:39 am

    First and foremost, I would like to say that my heart goes to the victim's family and friends. This is a terrible loss of innocent people whose only crime was to go to school. Here, in Israel, the story reached the first pages of the newspapers, and shock stroke us all. In the name...

  • What happened to Rabin’s memorial day?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 29, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Yesterday, we mention the 17th annual Memorial Day for the murder of the Israeli Prime Minister, Izhak Rabin. Rabin was murdered by an Israeli, Jewish assassin, during an assembly for peace on November 4th, 1995. Moments after the end of the assembly, right after joining the...

  • Protests Spring

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2012 | 1:12 pm

    Last year, the world entered a new phase of protests calling for social justice. It probably existed earlier, that longing for equality in the society, but last summer, the entire world felt it simultaneously. Israel, of course, took a meaningful part in the summer of protests. I am...

  • Egyptian Democracy Now!

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 27, 2012 | 2:24 pm

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  • Clinton says no going back on democracy in Egypt

    June 14, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    The United States expects Egypt’s military authorities to fully transfer power to a democratically elected civilian government as planned, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

    “There can be no going back on the democratic transition called for by the Egyptian...

  • The Arabpreneurs

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 2012 | 10:01 pm

    Last week, I wrote about innovative ideas for addressing poverty and the class divide in America.

    This week I will solve the Middle East crisis.

    OK, maybe I’m over-promising.

    But on stage in a large ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel earlier this month, two Israelis, a...

  • Letters to the Editor: Hollywood, Israel, Democracy, survivors

    February 22, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    The Hollywood-Israel Relationship

    I read with interest the cover story “Zionism and the Three-Picture Deal” (Feb. 3). After decades of efforts to engage prominent Hollywood Jewish celebrities and executives for Israel, it is satisfying to feel that the leaders in the industry...

  • Itamar Rose - Women’s segregation / Banish darkness

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 30, 2011 | 12:48 pm

  • Right-wing legislation democracy debate in Israel

    December 16, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    Legislation promoted by right-wing lawmakers in Israel is raising concern that democratic values are under threat in a country that has long billed itself the only democracy in the Middle East.

    One bill could potentially paralyse dovish Israeli advocacy groups by imposing sharp...

  • Spreading the myth of “Israel’s theocracy”

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 14, 2011 | 3:52 am

    Eric Alterman isn’t Israel’s biggest fan. For some good reasons, but mostly bad ones, he thinks that Israel is “Turning into a Theocracy”, a catchy headline that is far from being true. But I do understand why the Altermans of the world, from a safe distance, would find it easy to...

  • Egypt’s Islamists claim most seats in run-off vote

    December 7, 2011 | 8:29 am

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday it won most seats in a first-round parliamentary vote, with early tallies suggesting liberals had backed some of its candidates to block hardline Salafis.

    The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), which has promised to work with...

  • Opinion: Israel's Supreme Court is danger to democracy

    December 2, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Listen to the defenders of Israel’s system for selecting judges for the supreme court and you might think democracy is coming to an end. They are strongly opposed to a legislative initiative that would change the process to one reflective of the US. Arguing that the status quo be...

  • Egypt Islamists expect gains in post-Mubarak poll

    November 29, 2011 | 8:06 am

    Egyptians voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary election that Islamists hope will sweep them closer to power, even though the army generals who took over from President Hosni Mubarak have yet to step aside.

    The election, the first since a revolt ousted Mubarak on February 11, unfolded...

  • Egypt votes in first post-Mubarak election

    November 28, 2011 | 7:33 am

    Egyptians voted on Monday in their first election since a popular revolt ousted Hosni Mubarak, amid fears the generals who replaced the deposed leader would try to cling on to power.

    In the nine months since the end of Mubarak’s 30-year rule, political change in Egypt has faltered,...

  • Egypt vote tests troubled political transition

    November 27, 2011 | 6:53 pm

    Egyptians vote on Monday in the first big test of a transition born in popular revolutionary euphoria that soured into distrust of the generals who replaced their master, Hosni Mubarak.

    In the nine months since a revolt ended the ex-president’s 30-year rule, political change in...

  • The Muslim world is out of control

    October 28, 2011 | 9:07 pm

    The Muslim world is out of control. And that’s a good thing.

    The control of ruthless dictators has declined markedly in less than a single year. Two brutal despots, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in Tunisia, are gone for good, and while it will take time for...

  • Star Choreographer Hofesh Shechter Discusses His “Political Mother”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 18, 2011 | 2:31 am

    Hofesh Shechter has become one of the top new names in the world of dance since relocating from Israel to England a decade ago.  But while the star choreographer insists his work is apolitical, his experience of the realities of life in Israel can’t help but emerge in the mix.

    His...

  • Opinion: Democratizing capital in Israel: Head stands in Israel

    August 25, 2011 | 4:43 pm

    In Shai Agnon’s short story, “Peace Everlasting,” the following process unfolds in the Land:

    “… they appointed measurers for the entire country, to measure the length and width of the land, and they selected a committee to … weave a carpet the size of the country. They...

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