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The Bus-Gender Freedom Flap

The Bus-Gender Freedom Flap

Israel has recently been awash in controversy over nothing new in the country’s history — the intersection of policy, society, and religion. The most recent tussle has centered around whether segregating buses based on gender should be permissible. Some in the ultra orthodox community argue that separate seating spaces for men and women would be […]

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Misguided Dueling over the Jewish Vote

Misguided Dueling over the Jewish Vote

  As the 2012 election nears, Democrats and Republicans are both courting the American Jewish community, although the process is inherently an antithesis to one of their key talking points. Earlier this week, six GOP presidential candidates attended a forum by the Republican Jewish Coalition, condemning President Obama for what they say is a lackluster response […]

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Inaccurate Democrat-Israel Rift Detrimental To All Parties

Inaccurate Democrat-Israel Rift Detrimental To All Parties

Democrats are apparently panicking, well, at least according to several news outlets who are using this week’s congressional race as a barometer of President Obama’s popularity among Jews and the pro-Israel community. In a special election held this week to replace ousted Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) in a heavily Jewish neighborhood, Democrats lost the seat for the […]

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A Turkish Declaration of War

A Turkish Declaration of War

The Middle East is known for its wars. Often, Israel is at the center of the conflict, whether through being attacked by its neighbors, launching a preemptive strike to ward off an impending assault or merely subject to the verbal tirades of its opponents. Some critics of the state also argue that Israel has launched […]

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The Narrative Matters on the UN Vote

The Narrative Matters on the UN Vote

  The Palestinian’s unilateral declaration of statehood at the United Nation’s in September is right around the corner, but what was initially considered by some as a shrewd maneuver to force their terms as part of the peace process is now facing a much larger uphill battle. Given that the peace process — propelled by […]

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House Dems En Route to Israel, West Bank

House Dems En Route to Israel, West Bank

Over two dozen House Democrats are preparing a week-long trip to Israel and the West Bank only a month out from Palestinian attempts to unilaterally declare statehood and days after reports surfaced that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reversed his opposition to using 1967 borders as the baseline for negotiations. The group of Democrats […]

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Israel-U.S. Symbiosis in Credit and Airports

Israel-U.S. Symbiosis in Credit and Airports

  Both Israeli and U.S. politicians often discuss the shared values and interests of the two countries, but shared outcomes are also a big part of that package and emerge time and time again in the economic, foreign policy and security realms. As Washington struggled to cobble together a debt limit increase and deficit reduction […]

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Israeli Democractic Process Must Uphold Democratic Values

Israeli Democractic Process Must Uphold Democratic Values

Update: Knesset passes anti-democratic BDS law, with many members absent, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Israel has the most vibrant democracy in the Middle East, with the Knesset (parliament) including representatives from Jews and non-Jews alike. However, once more, extremists in the Knesset are trying to use the democratic process […]

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White House On Shalit, Possibly Detrimental

Abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit has been in Hamas captivity without access to international humanitarian assistance for nearly five years. In a courageous, albeit potentially treacherous, move by the White House, the administration condemned the detention in the “strongest” of terms and called for his release. Shalit’s abduction, and the vigor of requests for his […]

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We Have To Act Like It

Israelis often pride themselves as being the only democracy in the Middle East. Israelis compare their actions to those of their neighbors, often using the clause, “Well, Hamas did worse” as rationale for an Israeli action. For Israel to take the high ground, the Jewish state must act like it by actually being more democratic, […]

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Ban Ki-Moon and Israel

Ban Ki-Moon and Israel

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he would seek a second term in the top post at the international agency, with another five year tenure spelling possible disaster for Israel. The Middle East has been in the throes of a so-called Arab Spring, with some governments — such as the Syrian regime — conducting countless […]

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The Syrian Match

Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad might soon face a firing squad of U.S. missiles, fighter jets and aircraft carriers in the wake of hundreds, if not thousands, of murders on the streets of Damascus and throughout the country. While Assad’s actions might lead to sanctions or another non-military response, the situation could escalate — like […]

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What a Difference Three Days Makes

What a Difference Three Days Makes

All Americans, nay, all English speakers should read this blog. It appears that the English language has changed nearly overnight because the same comments by President Barack Obama on Sunday garnered a substantially different reaction than those nearly identical remarks on Thursday. Either the English language morphed over the weekend, or Obama critics simply weren’t […]

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Spinning the Speech

The bulk of headlines this morning on President Barack Obama’s speech on the Middle East yesterday emphasized that the Israelis, Palestinians, Hamas, or the Arab world are incensed by some policy outlined yesterday. These complaints are only about spinning the speech for future negotiations and not based in reality, with Obama using the opportunity to […]

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Obama Chides Palestinians on a Crucial Issue

President Barack Obama’s historic speech today on the future of the so-called Arab Spring and Israel-Palestinian negotiations included several harsh words for both Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and in some instances backed the same policy employed by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who, instead of embracing the gesture, is now responding defiantly. While Obama’s […]

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About the Author

Ben Moscovitch
Ben Moscovitch

Ben Moscovitch is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter and has covered Congress, homeland security, and health care. He completed an intensive two-year Master's in Middle Eastern History program at Tel Aviv University, where he wrote his thesis on the roots of Palestinian democratic reforms. Ben graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in English Literature. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. Twitter follow: @benmoscovitch

Areas of Focus:
Middle East; Israel-Palestine; Politics

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