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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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Some Key Take-Aways from the Kidnapping in Israel

Some Key Take-Aways from the Kidnapping in Israel

Last week, three young Israeli Yeshiva students (two 16-year-olds and a 19-year-old) were kidnapped. They were tremping in the West Bank. Tremping is easily translated into English as hitchhiking, but it typically lacks the questionable connotations which that word can conjure in America, at least after “the Summer of …

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Netanyahu and the Israeli Presidency

Netanyahu and the Israeli Presidency

In 2009, Benyamin Netanyahu regained the Israeli Prime Ministry, a position he had held previously from 1996–99. His party, Likud, took 27 seats out of the Knesset’s 120. Kadima, a centrist party started by Ariel Sharon, had won 28 seats, but Israeli President Shimon Peres determined that Likud stood the …

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Military Post Attacked Outside Yitzhar

Military Post Attacked Outside Yitzhar

Earlier this week, there was an attack on an Israeli military outpost outside of Yitzhar, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
It started with stones being thrown at the soldiers’ quarters. The site was then ravaged by hundreds of rioters. They slashed tents, destroyed a water tank, a heater, a …

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Israel and Iran Get Serious… On Twitter

Israel and Iran Get Serious… On Twitter

Earlier this week, Israel seized a Gaza-bound ship carrying advanced Iranian weapons made in Syria.
The story broke while Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu was in the United States to meet with President Barack Obama and to address the annual AIPAC conference.
Iranian …

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Some Key Takeaways from the Abbas Speech to Israeli Students

Some Key Takeaways from the Abbas Speech to Israeli Students

On Sunday, approximately 300 students from across Israel traveled to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The meeting was arranged by Labor MK Hilik Bar. Abbas spoke at length, in both prepared remarks and during a question and answer session. Below are some highlights:

On dividing Jerusalem

Just

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Time for Turkey to Apologize to Israel?

Time for Turkey to Apologize to Israel?

In 2010, public attention was focused on a supply flotilla originating from Turkey making its way to Gaza. Israel claimed the shipment was illegal and demanded the Mavi Marmara turn back. The ship continued and, about 80 miles off the coast of Gaza, Israeli soldiers boarded. Conflict ensued. Nine Turkish …

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About the Author

Josh Klemons
Josh Klemons

Josh Klemons received a Master's Degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in the Middle East from the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, DC.

He has lived, worked and studied in Israel and done extensive traveling throughout the region. He once played music with Hadag Nachash.

Follow him on twitter @jlemonsk

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