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In Israel, Jews under Attack…From Other Jews?

Over the course of the last month, Conservative and Reform synagogue’s in Israel have been under attack. They have been vandalized and had stones thrown at them. They have had their windows broken and the ensuing glass shards scattered amongst their playgrounds and sanctuaries. Some of these attacks have come during Shabbat, while the congregation […]

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Israel Makes Impressive Strides at Invulnerability

In the past few weeks, Israel has had a few significant firsts. Amidst the upsurge in violence erupting almost daily between Hamas and Israel, Israel has been rolling out some new, and very impressive, defense programs. Israel has implemented a long-sought defensive shield for its hard-hit south. They have dubbed it the Iron Dome, and […]

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Israel Has Essentially Ignored the 2002 Arab Peace Plan…Until Now?

In 2002, Saudi Arabia put forth its Arab Peace Initiative. The plan consisted of the following:  Israel would withdraw to the Green Line and cede all lands conquered during the Six Day War in 1967. They would also allow any refugees displaced by the creation of the State to return should they so choose. In […]

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Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav Headed to Jail

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav, of Iranian descent, was convicted in December of rape and obstructing justice. He was sentenced today to seven years in jail. He has repeatedly denied any wrong doing, but was found guilty for rape, as well as molesting and sexually harassing several other women while serving as President. The Presidency […]

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Israel and Hamas Relations Tense, Even for Israel and Hamas

On Saturday, 50 rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel. This was the most concentrated attack from Gaza since the Israeli invasion in late 2008. What is more surprising than the attack is the fact that Hamas has taken credit. Hamas typically denies involvement, at least directly, into such acts. Credit was taken […]

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IDF Seizes Egypt Bound Ship Thought to be Carrying Iranian Arms Intended for Hamas

This morning, Israel intercepted a ship, the “Victoria,” about 200 miles off of its Mediterranean coast.  The ship was believed to have departed from Syria, to have stopped over in Turkey and to be headed to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria. The Victoria is German owned and operated by a French shipping company. The […]

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Remember When Israel and Turkey Were Allies?

Israel has viewed Turkey as an ally since before it declared statehood. Turkey, along with Ethiopia and Iran (the latter of course being a much different story) made up Ben-Gurion’s Periphery Doctrine. Recognizing that in the short-term, Israel would not be able to work with its Arab neighbors, he looked to reach out to Israel’s […]

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Israel has an International Problem

This week, both Denmark and Britain upgraded the status of the delegation of their Palestinian representatives. Both European nations moved their delegations from the third-ranked “general delegation” up to “mission.” While this means very little on the ground, it is a sign of warming relations between parties. And that is not all. Denmark and Britain […]

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Netanyahu Condemns Price-Tag Policy

David Ben-Gurion famously stated that the state must have a monopoly on the use of force. Israel’s monopoly is currently being undermined in the West Bank. On February 28th, Havat Gilad was razed by Israel.  Havat Gilad, or Gilad’s Farm in English, is a small outpost of just “six families, some youths, three rabbits, two […]

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Iran Passing Ships Through the Suez Canal…Again?!?

Shortly after Hosni Mubarak stepped down from the Presidency of Egypt, Iran requested permission from Egypt to cross through the Suez Canal. This had not happened since the Iranian Revolution and the fall of the Shah over thirty years ago. Obviously, many people – Israel most particularly – were concerned. This would bring the Iranian […]

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No Temporary Borders For Palestinian State This Month

Benjamin Netanyahu recently stated that “The Palestinians aren’t ready to reach a final-status agreement to end the conflict, in light of the instability in the region,” referring to the current unrest raging throughout the Middle East. In light of this, he had been reportedly considering a Palestinian state with temporary borders in order to work […]

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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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