President Trump's recognition of Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights has been widely celebrated by Israelis. But do those same Israelis know of the hundreds of thousands of people expelled from the territory during the 1967 war? By Tom Pessah The vast majority of Israelis are still unaware that over 130,000 residents of the Golan Heights were expelled from their villages, towns, and cities during the 1967 war. In fact, over the past decades, the territory has become a “consensus” issue among most Israelis, with many seeing no reason to return it. So while President Trump stunned the world last week by recognizing Israel's annexation…Read More... | 22 Comments
After a decade of poor reportage, chaos in the region, and right-wing rule under Netanyahu, the Jewish Israeli public has hardened in its attitudes toward Islam. By Daniel Amir Zvi Yehezkeli is Israel’s Arabist par excellence. After over a decade as head of the Israel Channel 10’s Arab desk, Yehezkeli has become a trusted figure in Israel’s news-heavy culture. He speaks Arabic fluently, and leverages his looks and command of the language to easily blend into Muslim communities around the Middle East, Europe, and North America. In 2012, before the rise of ISIS, Yehezkeli starred in an undercover television documentary series, “Allah…Read More... | 4 Comments
Endless threats and the inclination toward a preventative strike are likely to push Israel into an arms race and a much wider and unnecessary war of attrition with Iran. By Shemuel Meir Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu are striving together to cancel the JCPOA nuclear agreement with Iran. Even Netanyahu’s new mantra, that he only wants to “fix” the deal, is actually mean to bring about its cancelation in a slightly more roundabout way. Subjecting Iran to new conditions would lead it to abandon the deal, thereby causing its collapse. [tmwinpost] Alongside the attempts to kill the agreement, however, an…Read More... | 4 Comments
Netanyahu called Trump and Putin's ceasefire in Syria a 'bad deal.' But it could be the one thing that prevents Israel from being dragged into war — whether by miscalculation or military escalation. By Shemuel Meir The dramatic announcement by presidents Trump and Putin of a ceasefire in “south-west Syria” earlier this month was greeted in Israel with skepticism. Official Israel wasn’t impressed with the agreement reached by the two superpowers to establish and enforce a buffer zone on Israel’s northern border in the Golan Heights, free of all military activity. [tmwinpost] In the first Israeli cabinet meeting held after…Read More... | 1 Comment
Increasingly hawkish rhetoric directed at Hezbollah, along with providing humanitarian aid to Syrian rebels, may lead Israel into a war no one wants. Israel's interest is a stable Middle East, but it won't happen without an end to the occupation. By Asher Kaufman At the annual Herzliya Conference last week, the head of the Israeli Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Herzi Levi, told the crowd that "Iran, the Assad regime, and Hezbollah — these are the main threats in the region... and a major threat to the State of Israel." Levi added that "one can clearly see Hezbollah building a military industry with…Read More... | 5 Comments
There was a lot of spin in the coverage of Iran's missile strikes on ISIS in Syria last week. We can learn more from what Israel's leadership didn't say than what it did. By Shemuel Meir An extraordinary strategic event took place last week in the Middle East, when Iran launched surface-to-surface missiles against targets in Syria. This was the first-ever missile strike directed by Iran at a country bordering on Israel. Amazingly, all hell didn't break loose. What happened? How did Israel view the launch of the missiles? Did it grasp its full implications? How did it respond to…Read More... | 1 Comment
According to Israel's leaders, the Middle East is made up of primitive tribespeople and Islamic radicals who cannot be negotiated with. They're wrong. By Idan Barir and Ori Goldberg Nearly a month ago, a hearing at the Knesset's State Control Committee that looked into the State Comptroller's report on Israel's handling of Operation Protective Edge, brought together Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Meretz chairwoman Zehava Galon. During the hearing, Galon asked the prime minister what kind of future he proposes for Israeli citizens. His response had quite an impact on his supporters, who shared the video on social media under the…Read More... | 15 Comments
For all the talk of intervention or lack of intervention, there's one strategic error the U.S. made in Syria that nobody's discussing — President Bill Clinton's failure to give full American backing to an Israel-Syria peace deal when it was still possible. By Gilad Halpern The headline "A president is born" is probably being written at this very moment, if it hasn’t been yet. Donald Trump's order to strike Syria's al-Shayrat airbase in response to Damascus' use of chemical weapons against civilians received bipartisan praise, even among his most devout detractors on both sides of the aisle. For the first…Read More... | 3 Comments
We asked Syrian activists one question: How can we help? They responded with only one request: solidarity, to feel that the world knows what’s happening to them, that we aren’t indifferent. Join us in posting a photo of yourself with the hashtag #StandUpForSyria. Don’t remain silent any longer. By: Eli Bitan, Elizabeth Tsurkov, Yael Marom, Orly Noy, Haggai Matar, Gil Gertel, Alma Biblash, Eddy Zensker, Dahlia Scheindlin, Mairav Zonszein, Mya Guarnieri Jaradat, Natasha Roth We have all seen the horrible images from Idlib province in Syria, where Assad is once again brutally massacring his own people. This is of course…Read More... | 1 Comment
Aleppo, your stories will come back to my ears, like a child who sits on his grandmother's knees. By Mati Shemoelof Aleppo, I, Matityaho Ibn Shifra, your old daughter, a grandson of your Arab-Jews, mourn the erasure of your city of poetry, Aleppo, how did they forget to save your libraries? Aleppo, was it not fireworks that lit the skies of the Arab spring? Or were the night stars shining all night long? Aleppo, tell me who is the devil that drops explosive barrels upon your residents, and thinks that in this way — they will write his name in…Read More... | 2 Comments
A new map seeks to provide new information on the Palestinian cities, towns, and villages that were erased and replaced since the inception of the Zionist movement. By Tom Pessah Immigrants coming to Israel are unlikely to know the name “Mlabes,” but Israelis are more acquainted with it. After all, it is the name of a local newspaper, a young singer, a shawarma joint, and a chapter of the Israeli Scouts. [tmwinpost] But all these have one thing in common: they are associated with the city of Petah Tikvah, northeast of Tel Aviv. According to the Petah Tikvah City Archive's website, Mlabes was the…Read More... | 31 Comments
Hundreds of Israelis form a 'human chain' between the Russian and U.S. embassies in Tel Aviv, protesting the slaughter of civilians in Syria. Photos and text: Keren Manor / Activestills Hundreds of Israelis assembled in Tel Aviv on Sunday night to protest the ongoing slaughter in Syria and to show solidarity with Aleppo and with the Syrian people. The demonstrators, holding signs and chanting slogans, formed a "human chain" between the Russian and U.S. embassies on Tel Aviv's HaYarkon Boulevard. Protesters chanted against the crimes being committed in Syria and against the role of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government…Read More...
Sadiq Jalal al-Azm, who passed away last week, was a Syrian intellectual of the highest order. He placed a mirror in front of both the Arab world and its tendency to blame the West for all its ills. By Dror Ze'evi The Arab states are in trouble. Their citizens are unable to break through the walls of prejudice, they fail to significantly contribute to the intellectual currents of the world, and women and minorities are excluded from taking part in society and the state. Arabs are trapped by ignorance and are exploited by their leaders, which make cynical use of…Read More...
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