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  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    2 weeks ago

    The dust has barely settled from this summer’s disastrous outbreak of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and already the Israeli government has announced the expropriation of nearly 4,000 dunams (approximately 1,000 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

    ...
  • Bill and Hillary disagree on Netanyahu? Not so much

    2 weeks ago

    Politico and Haaretz have seized on C-Span video from Iowa that they claim suggests Bill and Hillary Clinton diverge on how ready Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is for peace.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be stumping for an as yet unannounced presidential bid in...

  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)


    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

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  • Missing Joan, Surfin’ Israel, playing for peace and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    Goodbye, Joan

    Love her, hate her – but you're surly gonna miss her.

    Jewish comedian Joan Rivers passed away in New York on Thursday, aged 81. Known for her controversial humor and for her lack of boundaries – she was heard all the way to Israel, especially when she wasn't...

  • British Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace and tolerance

    August 28, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

    “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations...

  • Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 11, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Mr. Ban,

    By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

    You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters (Part 2)

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Roni, Dor, Yuval and Hofni are Israelis who were called for reserve duty when Operation Protective Edge launched. Here are open letters they wrote to Israelife's readers (translated from Hebrew by yours truly.)

    [For part 1, go here. For more about everything that's Israel, visit ...

  • Giving the key to Abbas: the delusional option and a realistic one

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 4, 2014 | 3:38 am

    The problem with Gaza is easy to understand and much harder to solve: reasonable people and administrations – and the list includes Israel, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority and the international community – do not want to control Gaza. The only people who want to control Gaza are...

  • From Israel, a Holocaust survivor worries about her Gazan daughter

    July 29, 2014 | 11:14 am

    In her living room in the Israeli town of Ramle, Sarah says she wants a peaceful life. At 79, she deserves one.

    A Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, Sarah was sent to a Nazi concentration camp in Serbia as a child, arriving in Israel at age 17. Her entire family perished in the...

  • More than 70 Israeli academics signed a petition condemning the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2014 | 8:20 am

    On July 24th, more than 70 Israeli academics signed a petition condemning the Israel Defense Forces actions in Gaza. According to their statement: “The signatories to this statement, all academics at Israeli universities, wish it to be known that they utterly deplore the aggressive...

  • We will defend Israel

    July 24, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    I remember it like yesterday. Blissfully ignorant of the horror that had been unfolding, I happily sent my kids off to school in Los Angeles, California that fateful morning of September 11, 2001. Within the hour, all children returned to the nestled safety of their homes, as we...

  • A prayer for peace

    July 24, 2014 | 8:40 am

    As an American visiting Jerusalem for a month, the Tuesday night of the first air raid siren in the city was a new experience for me. Rationality told me that I was safe. Under the protection of the Iron Dome, the probability of one of Hamas’ rockets reaching the ground was slim,...

  • Changing the world, one step at a time - Q&A with advocate Brigitte Gabriel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 24, 2014 | 8:32 am

    Brigitte Gabriel (49,) a bestselling author, activist, a leading expert on global Islamic terrorism, and founder and President of ACT! for America, has one fascinating life story. She was born in Lebanon to a Maronite Christian family, and spent her childhood in amid the Lebanese...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    July 21, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

  • Israeli soldiers writing about the Gaza crisis - read their letters

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 21, 2014 | 8:27 am

    A letter written by a 24 year-old Israeli soldier called for reserve duty near the Gaza border line:

    "Last Wednesday, we received the phone call: we were called to defend our country. Some of us had to put aside studying for Finals and other exams, others left their wives and...

  • Peace Peace: A Prayer During War

    July 18, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Rachel is crying for her children


    She refuses to be comforted


    From beyond the grave she cries


    Through the centuries


    Her tears flow


    Hagar cries too


    From beyond the grave
  

    Their tears intermingle


    The tears of the mothers


    Grieving over dead sons and...

  • Not criticism, anti-Semitism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 17, 2014 | 8:32 am

    So many people around the world lost their lives in armed conflicts, but all eyes are on Israel, which is often being compared to the Nazis. This is where criticism becomes anti-Semitism.

    In the past couple of weeks, hundreds of people died in Yemen, as a result of clashes...

  • The Audacity of Hope: Raising Little Messiahs.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 14, 2014 | 7:43 pm

    “Seventy years ago these beautiful men would likely have been members of the Nazi party” emailed me a friend while watching Germany battle for the World Cup. 

    I saw another perspective.  As I watched many fellow Jews cheer for Germany, I realized one day peace is possible.

    ...
  • The agenda behind New York Times headline

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 3, 2014 | 7:45 am

    A headline – few short words that frame a whole story. Earlier today, The New York Times published an article referring to the rockets being fired from Gaza to Israel and the Israeli Defense Forces' response. In what appeared to be an objective headline, lies a very specific...

  • Maya Angelou: Teacher of Quiet, Lady of Grace

    By Ilana Angel

    May 28, 2014 | 7:23 am

    This was originally posted on October 16, 2013. Dr. Angelou passed away today and my heart weeps. I will forever admire this woman. Thank you Maya, for easing my sorrow and teaching me to see the joy that surrounds me daily.

    I was speaking to someone about Maya Angelou yesterday...

  • Honoring Bloomberg, welcoming the Pope, building an internet empire and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 26, 2014 | 8:20 am

    A Holy visit

    Pope Francis landed in Israel this Sunday, as part of his first visit to the Middle East. After visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem, he invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace. Both Abbas and Peres accepted the invitation,...

  • The Blame Game

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Lately, the so-called “peace talks,” aimed to resolve the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, changed their course from trying to negotiate the terms of ending this very complicated situation. It seems that in the past few weeks, all sides involved are...

  • Life without Keren: an interview with Rivana Tendler, who lost her daughter in Second Lebanon War

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 2, 2014 | 8:35 am

    On this Memorial Day, I would like to tell you the story of Sergeant Major Keren Tendler, who died on August 12, 2006, during the Second Lebanon War. Her mother, Rivana Tendler, told me the story of a bright young girl who suddenly was no more, and shared the reality of life...

  • Israelis and Palestinians Commemorating Remembrance Day Together

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 13, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    For the past 8 years, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO called Combatants for Peace has held an alternative Remembrance Day/Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in Tel Aviv. The mission of the alternative commemoration is to recognize bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have suffered from...

  • Oslo Accords pioneer Ron Pundak dies

    April 11, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    Ron Pundak, an Israeli historian who helped engineer the Oslo Accords, has died.

    Pundak, who died Friday of cancer at the age of 59, was an expert on Jordanian and Palestinian history who, through his contacts, began talks with Palestinian leaders in 1992 with the permission of...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 11, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    ...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Land Day, Women’s Activism, and a March for Peace: Updates from Israel Social TV

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 9, 2014 | 5:35 am

    This week in the Social Order:

    + Land Day Commemoration in Jaffa - Statistics on the ongoing Israeli actions to confiscate Palestinian assets since 1967.

    + Israeli Historian and social activist Professor Ilan Pappe gave a lecture about the "One Democratic State" solution.

    +...

  • Save the Ministry of Foreign Affairs!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 26, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Last week, Tel Aviv University took political science students - including me - on a field trip to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem, in order for us to examine the various possible career paths there. Since high school, it has been very clear to me that my future would...

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