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Reminder: Israel is Old

Reminder: Israel is Old

Jews have lived in the land of Israel for thousands of years. They faced several forced expulsions, the most recent lasting nearly 2,000 years. Even throughout that time, Jews lived in the Levant continuously, albeit in much reduced numbers. Two stories appeared this week in the press about archeological discoveries in Israel. In December 2012, […]

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A Coalition Conflicted

A Coalition Conflicted

In 1967, in the wake of the Six-Day War, the Arab League convened in Khartoum and issued their Three Nos: No peace with Israel, no recognition of Israel, no negotiations with Israel. Thirty-five years later, in 2002, they met in Beirut and offered their solution to the Israeli-Arab conflict: The Arab Peace Initiative (API). The […]

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Warnings

Warnings

This week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu flew to Russia in an attempt to dissuade Putin from selling Syria the S-300, a long range surface-to-air missile system. While Netanyahu was en route, Moscow leaked that the missiles had already been delivered. During a three hour meeting with Netanyahu, Putin went further, warning him against future Israeli […]

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Israel and the U.S. Working in Concert Against Iran

Israel and the U.S. Working in Concert Against Iran

For years, the U.S. has seemed determined on preventing an Israeli attack on Iran. Both Presidents Bush and Obama stood firm in their opposition to Iran becoming a nuclear state. But Bush outright vetoed Israel’s request in the final months of his presidency, and Obama has stood resolutely opposed to green lighting a military option […]

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The 19th Knesset is Formed, at Great Cost to the 20th Knesset

The 19th Knesset is Formed, at Great Cost to the 20th Knesset

  This week Benyamin Netanyahu built a coalition, securing himself a third term as Israeli Prime Minister. He will shortly become the longest serving Prime Minister of Israel since David Ben Gurion. While his retention of this top spot was all but assured going into the election, it was also widely assumed that he would […]

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Egypt Lays Gaza Tunnels To Waste

Egypt Lays Gaza Tunnels To Waste

In 2004, it was reported that Israel was considering building a four kilometer wide, 15-25 meter deep moat around Gaza, in order to prevent weapons from being smuggled to Hamas. This conversation took place in the run-up to Israel’s Sharon-led disengagement from Gaza. It literal terms, it obviously went nowhere. (Although one might argue that […]

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Syria Will Not Retaliate Against Israel…Why?

Syria Will Not Retaliate Against Israel…Why?

Last week, Syria was hit by an airstrike, just a few miles from Damascus. Israel has all but taken responsibility (credit?) for the strike. This level of aggression between the two neighboring nations is rare. The two have continued their battles in rhetoric and by proxy since the birth of the Jewish state, but Israel […]

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As the Dust Begins to Settle

As the Dust Begins to Settle

So the election in Israel is over. But the process has just begun. There were some definite surprises in Tuesday’s election. It was widely known that the Likud-Beitanyu merger would take less seats combined than the two parties held separately going into the election. The 18th (and outgoing Knesset) had Likud with 27 seats and […]

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The Likud is Dead; Long Live the Likud

The Likud is Dead; Long Live the Likud

Someone once told me that they had recently been in Israel and that it had been a “crazy” time there. I told them that one of the first times I went, Ariel Sharon announced the disengagement from Gaza. The next time I went, Israel completed said disengagement. The time after that, Sharon fell into a […]

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War in the 21st Century

War in the 21st Century

Operation Pillar of Defense appears to be over, thanks to a ceasefire brokered by Egypt. There have been flareups in the few days since the ceasefire was agreed upon, but for now it seems to be holding. There were significantly less Israeli and Palestinian casualties from this conflict then there were in the last full […]

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Foreign Money in Israeli Politics

Foreign Money in Israeli Politics

There has been much talk this election season of Israel in general, and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin (Bibi) Netanyahu in particular, being injected into the American political system. It has recently come to light that this is actually a relationship that works in both directions. Fifty-eight percent of all money raised over the last two […]

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An Interview with Peter Kosminsky, Creator of the Promise

An Interview with Peter Kosminsky, Creator of the Promise

  British filmmaker Peter Kosminsky’s newest project is entitled The Promise. It tells the story of Erin, a young British girl straight out of high school who chooses to spend part of her gap year in Israel. Shortly before leaving, she finds the diary of her grandfather, Len, a man whom she barely knows. While […]

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American Politicians Undress to Impress in Israel

American Politicians Undress to Impress in Israel

This week, the big story regarding Republican lawmakers and their inappropriate outfits in Israel has centered around a group of approximately thirty members of a GOP House delegation, their staff and their families drinking and taking a swim in the Sea of Galilee. The incident took place almost exactly a year ago, but has just […]

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Israel Creates a New University

Israel Creates a New University

  A little less than two weeks ago, a committee headed up by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy and appointed by Prime Minister Netanyahu released the Levy Report. The Levy Report attempted to define, once and for all, the legal standing of settlement activity in the West Bank. It found that settlement expansion […]

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Photo Exposes More About Israel Than Its Subjects

Photo Exposes More About Israel Than Its Subjects

  Last week, a photo was published that showed two male Israeli soldiers, in uniform, holding hands. The picture was taken from behind, thus the viewer only sees their backs. But the two look very comfortable together. It quickly came out that the photo was staged. One of the men was gay, the other was […]

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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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