Middle East

Will the Real Benjamin Netanyahu Please Stand Up?

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

With the old peace process precariously poised between Palestinian flirtations with seeking international redress, U.S. congressional threats to funding, and Middle East Quartet incantations to resume negotiations, October promises to be just as rhetorically intense on the Israel-Palestine front as was the long-awaited September. Much depends on one's reading of Israel's man at the helm -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Palm Fronds and Political Thickets

  • By
  • Jonathan Guyer,
  • New America Foundation
October 7, 2011 |

In late August, after extended verbal clashes between Israel and Egypt, which followed a deadly terror attack on Israel emanating from Sinai and Israel's aggressive response to it, a Saudi newspaper already foresaw "the ghost of a new crisis ... on the horizons of the two countries." No, the paper wasn't anticipating an Egyptian mob's shocking September 9 siege of Israel's Cairo embassy. Rather, it was the effects of a ban issued by the Egyptian agriculture minister on the export of lulavs, a key ingredient in the observance of the festival of Sukkot.

Why Fewer Young American Jews Share Their Parents' View of Israel

  • By
  • Dana Goldstein,
  • New America Foundation
September 29, 2011 |

"I'm trembling," my mother says, when I tell her I'm working on an article about how younger and older American Jews are reacting differently to the Palestinians' bid for statehood at the United Nations. I understand the frustrations of the Palestinians dealing with ongoing settlements construction and sympathize with their decision to approach the U.N., but my mom supports President Obama's promise to wield the U.S. veto, sharing his view that a two-state solution can be achieved only through negotiations with Israel.

September 23, 2011: A historic day for Israel-Palestine?

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
September 23, 2011 |

Cynicism and skepticism always have their place, but today might just go down as an historic day on the Israeli-Palestinian front. No, there is no direct or quick fix move from the Palestinian application for U.N. membership to the actual realization of a Palestinian state (and certainly not when one factors in the Israeli response) but the Palestinian U.N. move does represent the most definitive break yet with the failed and structurally flawed strategies for advancing peace of many a year.

Obama and Israel: Why 'Leading From Behind' Won't Work

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
September 20, 2011 |

Last week, Susan Rice, America's ambassador to the UN, met with Jewish pro-Israel groups to update them on the extensive range of initiatives this Democratic administration is undertaking to block Palestinian aspirations at the United Nations.

Israel’s Self-Inflicted Isolation

  • By
  • Peter Beinart,
  • New America Foundation
September 19, 2011 |

Benjamin Netanyahu's fury over the Palestinian bid for recognition at the United Nations reminds me of that famous line from the movie Cold Mountain: "they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say, "Its rainin'!"

A Palestinian Autumn in New York — What to Expect at the U.N.

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
September 14, 2011 |

While the relentless pace of developments in the Middle East shows little sign of flagging, the region will briefly cast its gaze to New York next week -- with the backdrop for the next installment on Israel-Palestine being provided by Manhattan's East side digs of the United Nations. Any thoughts of the Arab awakening "proving" that Palestine was in fact a marginal concern in the region were unequivocally banished in recent weeks.

Political Repression 2.0

  • By
  • Evgeny Morozov,
  • New America Foundation
September 1, 2011 |

Agents of the East German Stasi could only have dreamed of the sophisticated electronic equipment that powered Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s extensive spying apparatus, which the Libyan transitional government uncovered earlier this week. The monitoring of text messages, e-mails and online chats — no communications seemed beyond the reach of the eccentric colonel.

Can Tahrir Square Come to Tel Aviv?

  • By
  • Daniel Levy,
  • New America Foundation
August 25, 2011 |

“The Corner of Rothschild and Tahrir,” reads one of the posters at the site where Israel’s summer of social protests began—on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv, which has become the movement’s tent-city HQ. Few of the protest leaders would flinch at acknowledging the inspiration they drew from the Arab Awakening, but it is a new, challenging and often uncomfortable feeling for many Jewish Israelis to consider the surrounding Arab world as providing a spark worth emulating.

Fault Lines in Bahrain

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 5:00pm

At this Aug. 9, 2011, event, the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force and Al Jazeera English presented an exclusive screening of "Fault Lines."

After screening the 30-minute documentary -- which can be viewed as part of the full-event video available at right -- the participants explored the question of why Washington has backed democracy in one Arab country, but not another. Highlights of that conversation are available in the short video that is displayed above. 

 

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