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Iran is Mad at Google but Likes Wikipedia

Iran is Mad at Google but Likes Wikipedia

If you go to Google Maps and type in “Persian Gulf,” you will be taken to the waterway between Saudi Arabia and Iran. It will put a marker in the middle of the waterway. But it will not inform you the name of said waterway. If you go to Google Maps and type in “Arabian […]

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Molotov Cocktails in Israel?

Three Molotov Cocktails were thrown, early this morning, in South Tel Aviv. If Jews were involved, they were not the targets, but the perpetrators. The victims were African refugees, fleeing war and genocide – primarily from Sudan, but also from Eritrea. Israel has a difficult and tenuous relationship with their ever-growing African refugee community. They […]

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Passports, Embassies and the U.S. Supreme Court

Passports, Embassies and the U.S. Supreme Court

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict, long entrenched in the Executive and Legislative branches of the American government, is finally working its way deep into the Judicial as well. This week the Supreme Court ruled, 8-1, that the lower courts could make a decision on the issue of placing Israel as the country of birth in the passports […]

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Israel Is Ready To Attack Iran, But are the Israelis?

Israel Is Ready To Attack Iran, But are the Israelis?

Anyone casually following the news of Israel recently would assume that the question is not if, but when, Israel will attack Iran. No Israeli leader seems to be able to speak publicly without mentioning the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program and Israel’s need to prevent it from moving forward. President Obama just gave an exclusive interview […]

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The State of Haredi Education in the State of Israel

The State of Haredi Education in the State of Israel

There is currently a bill before the Knesset that seeks to offer financial assistance to Haredi youth leaving the ultra-Orthodox world. The proposed law would offer them the same sort of assistance that is currently offered to new immigrants. These benefits can cover everything from tax breaks on homes and cars to tuition remission for […]

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The Altalena Rises

The Altalena Rises

Just weeks after Israel declared Independence in May of 1948, and the ensuing war broke out, the IDF sunk a ship armed with fighters and weapons making its way to Israel. The ship was the Altalena and the fighters and weapons were working their way into Jewish hands, not Arab. The situation was complicated and […]

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President Romney is Going to Israel!

President Romney is Going to Israel!

Republican candidate for President, Mitt Romney, said this week that if he becomes President, he will visit Israel during his first foreign trip. So he is only two elections away from those famous Israeli breakfasts and some photo ops at the Kotel with those awkward cardboard kippahs. So he has obviously earned the votes of […]

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An International Seat, Frozen Assets and a Million Dollar Bounty

An International Seat, Frozen Assets and a Million Dollar Bounty

After many long and tense months (years? decades?) the “situation” from the UN is starting to “resolve” itself. The US threatened a veto should they not be able to find the votes to keep the Palestinians from passing their resolution in the Security Council aimed at fully recognized statehood in the UN. The Palestinians went […]

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Gilad Shalit Returns Home

Gilad Shalit Returns Home

This week, Gilad Shalit, after five years of captivity deep in the recesses of the Gaza Strip without visitation from anyone, including the Red Cross, returned home to much fanfare. His family was there, his Prime Minister was there. The world was watching. Gilad of course was not the only one to return home this […]

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Obama Feeling the Love from Israelis

Obama Feeling the Love from Israelis

Last week, President Obama gave a speech to the UN. In it, he spoke about keeping nuclear weapons from Iran and working with the Israelis and the Palestinians to reach peace through negotiations, not through half-measures and paperwork filed at the UN. He came out hard against Palestinian recognition of statehood in the UN General […]

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Everyone Disagrees with the Palmer Report. That’s Good, Right?

Everyone Disagrees with the Palmer Report. That’s Good, Right?

It has been said that the best compromise is one that leaves all parties unhappy. If that is true, then the UN’s Palmer Report was a massive success. So why is everybody so angry? The Palmer Report says that Israel “used unreasonable force in the raid of the Turkish vessel Mavi Marmara, but added that […]

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There is something Happening in Israel That is Not about the Conflict. Did You Hear?

There is something Happening in Israel That is Not about the Conflict. Did You Hear?

Israel’s periphery has rarely had a large voice in Israeli politics. Jerusalem and Tel Aviv make the noise; those in the north and the south typically just keep their heads down and try and go about their business. But today, a hundred thousand people throughout Israel’s periphery marched in solidarity with the current protests that […]

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An Israeli at the IMF?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently posted a job opening, that of chief managing director. Their outgoing chief left in a hurry and a search is currently underway to replace him. Several names have been tossed around in consideration of the position, including the head of Israel’s central bank, Stanley Fischer. Despite his high qualifications, […]

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Bibi Gets a Standing Ovation?

The last few days have been very dramatic, as far as American/Israeli relations are concerned. I am not going to spell out everything that has been happening in the wake of the AIPAC conference that took place this past weekend in Washington, DC. One need not look further than earlier posts on this blog to […]

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Turkey’s Challenge

The smoke has hardly cleared from the revolution in Egypt, and the Egyptian people already have a new adversary: Turkey. Recent reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas may have taken place in Egypt, but few have cheered more loudly for the results than Turkey. And while Egypt has the power, but not quite the will […]

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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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