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Unexpected Responses to a Massive Aid Program

Unexpected Responses to a Massive Aid Program

This week, Israel and the U.S. signed a $38 billion military aid package. It was controversial, but not necessarily for the reasons you would think.

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English vs Hebrew: How the IDF Shares Information on Home Demolitions

English vs Hebrew: How the IDF Shares Information on Home Demolitions

Messages sent in Hebrew and English are usually similar, but there are sometimes differences. In the case of the latest home demolition, the message was only in Hebrew.

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Netanyahu has joined Snapchat

Netanyahu has joined Snapchat

Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, having mastered traditional media outlets, is quickly proving he is also quite adept at social media.

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With #AskNetanyahu, Bibi Asks for Trouble

With #AskNetanyahu, Bibi Asks for Trouble

Bibi Netanyahu invited the world to engage with him on Twitter using #AskNetanyahu. What happened next: exactly what you would have expected.

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A Few Thoughts on Israel at the UN

A Few Thoughts on Israel at the UN

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu recently spoke at the UN General Assembly meeting on behalf of the Jewish state.

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Netanyahu’s Problematic Remarks on the Iran Deal

Netanyahu’s Problematic Remarks on the Iran Deal

The main conclusion to be drawn from Bibi’s address to the American Jewish community is he needs new talking points.

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Israel has Hired a Cartoonist

Israel has Hired a Cartoonist

Recently, the Foreign Ministry of Israel released a cartoon mocking (Western) reporters, portraying them as clueless and ignorant.

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What Did Scott Walker Learn During His “Listening Tour” of Israel?

What Did Scott Walker Learn During His “Listening Tour” of Israel?

On the eve of the Israeli elections back in March, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu proclaimed that there would be no Palestinian state under his watch. This created an international outcry and he quickly walked the statement back after a great success on election day.

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An Israel Itinerary for Scott Walker

An Israel Itinerary for Scott Walker

This Sunday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will follow the lead set by so many American presidential hopefuls before him by visiting Israel. He’s not bringing press with him. Apparently he’s not going to talk — he’s going to listen.

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White House NSC Tweets Critique of Netanyahu

White House NSC Tweets Critique of Netanyahu

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Congress. President Obama was not pleased.

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Netanyahu’s New Ad

Netanyahu’s New Ad

On Saturday, the Likud released an ad starring Prime Minister Netanyahu as “the kindergarten cop.” He is an adult in a room full of small children, scolding them and admonishing their behavior.

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Netanyahu’s Reactions

Netanyahu’s Reactions

Tensions are currently high in Israel, even by Israeli standards.

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Obama and Netanyahu: Smiles and Ice

Obama and Netanyahu: Smiles and Ice

Obama and Netanyahu enjoyed a very cordial meeting this week at the White House. One hour later, the White House and the State Department issued a rebuke to continued settlement activity in East Jerusalem, employing particularly harsh language against Israel.

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Israel and Iran: Drone On

Israel and Iran: Drone On

Iran claims to have shot down an Israeli stealth drone flying above Natanz, located deep within Iran and home to one of the Islamic Republic’s key uranium enrichment sites.

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Facebook and the Middle East Conflict: The Saga of the Sisyphus of Social Media

Facebook and the Middle East Conflict: The Saga of the Sisyphus of Social Media

About two months ago, Mike Hudack, the Director of Product at Facebook, in a rant about the current state of our news consumption, posted this on his Facebook wall:
…And we come to Ezra Klein. The great Ezra Klein of Wapo and msnbc. The man who, while a partisan, does not …

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About the Author

Josh Klemons
Josh Klemons

Josh Klemons has an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in the Middle East from American University. He has lived, worked and studied in Israel and done extensive traveling throughout the region. He once played music with Hadag Nachash.

He now works as a digital storyteller/strategist with brands on finding, honing and telling their stories online. Follow him on twitter @jlemonsk and check him out at www.joshklemons.com.

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