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Madonna at Eurovision: Defies BDS & Supports 2-State Peace

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Madonna defied BDS by performing at this year’s Eurovision contest held in Tel Aviv (her fourth visit to Israel). She subtly signaled support for a two-state solution by having one dancer wearing a Palestinian flag on her back while arm-in-arm with another dancer with an Israeli flag on his back. Somewhat enigmatically, a couple of […]

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One State, Two State, No State, New State

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Israel’s independence day is celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar (in 2019, it was from sundown May 8th through sunset May 9th); the Gregorian calendar date when Israel declared independence was May 14, 1948.  The map is from the United Nation’s plan to partition the Mandate of Palestine into Jewish and Arab states.   Passed in the […]

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Baskin: Netanyahu Wants Hamas State in Gaza

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Veteran Israeli-American analyst and peace advocate Gershon Baskin recalls Ariel Sharon’s 2005 “Disengagement” from Gaza in his latest Jerusalem Post column (“The Birth of the State of Palestine in Gaza“), writing plausibly that Sharon was diverting attention from the unofficial Geneva Accord, which was gaining traction at the time as an exercise proving that Israelis […]

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‘Dual Loyalty’? A Liberal Jew Pleads ‘Guilty’

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The following is most of a Facebook post on the issues swirling around Rep. Ilhan Omar by Walter Ruby, a veteran journalist (posted here at TTN, with his approval): • Ilhan Omar has made me and many American Jews extremely uncomfortable by asserting that US support for Israel is “all about the Benjamins” and raising the […]

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Tzipi Livni Bows Out; What Might Have Been

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Tzipi Livni is a remarkable figure of the last two decades of Israeli political life.  The progeny of a family of followers of Revisionist (rightwing) Zionist leader, Ze’ev Jabotinsky, she emerged into politics as a Likud MK and then as an important government minister under Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert — eventually succeeding Olmert as leader […]

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‘Two States/One Homeland’ is All about 2 States

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On Jan. 15, Partners for Progressive Israel (PPI) sponsored a webinar erroneously entitled “Beyond Two States: Is Confederation the Solution to the Israel-Palestine Conflict?”  All three speakers are Israeli citizens: Galia Golan is a professor emerita at Hebrew University and a longtime left-Zionist peace activist; Thabet Abu Rass is currently the co-CEO of The Abraham Fund […]

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New Web-zine: The Tel Aviv Review of Books

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There’s a refreshing openness in a new online magazine, The Tel Aviv Review of Books — an English-language review of Israeli books (whether or not translated into English).  Among its intriguing contents in its December (inaugural) issue are separately authored reviews of two new Hebrew works on the decline of Israel’s left: Collapse—The Disintegration of the […]

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