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Israel Condemns Palestinian Unilateralism and Calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Israel Condemns Palestinian Unilateralism and Calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Following the recent Palestinian initiative to go unilaterally to the U.N. in order to declare statehood, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel, Israeli Justice Minister Tzippi Livni, and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the Palestinian Authority. Ariel called for Pollard to be released unconditionally, while associates of Lieberman stated that he would permit his ministers […]

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Analysis: Recent U.S.-Israeli Tensions Based on Cultural Misunderstandings

Analysis: Recent U.S.-Israeli Tensions Based on Cultural Misunderstandings

The recent tensions between the Obama administration and Israel are based upon cultural misunderstandings. If U.S. decision makers understood Israeli culture and mentality, Ya’alon’s statements would not be so offensive to them. A basic understanding of Israeli culture by U.S. decision makers could enhance Israeli-American relations. Last week, Samantha Quint wrote an article for the […]

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Dr. Mordechai Kedar: “The Eight State Solution is the Best”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar: “The Eight State Solution is the Best”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, the director for the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam (under formation) and a lecturer in the Arabic department at Bar Ilan University, believes that the two-state for two-people solution is out of touch with the Middle East reality. He believes that an eight-state solution better reflects the […]

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Analysis: Palestinian Incitement Encouraged the Recent Escalation in Violence

Analysis: Palestinian Incitement Encouraged the Recent Escalation in Violence

There has been a recent escalation in the level of violence between Gaza and Israel. The IDF attacked Gaza and Southern Israeli cities have been bombarded with qassam rockets. The root of this recent escalation is the level of incitement that presently exists within Palestinian society. Life in Southern Israel as we speak is very […]

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Turkish Jewish Association in Israel: The Turkey Crisis Won’t Affect Israel

Turkish Jewish Association in Israel: The Turkey Crisis Won’t Affect Israel

  In the wake of the scandal that broke out in Turkey recently, when it was reported that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan allegedly instructed his son to hide large sums of cash, demonstrations similar to the Gezi Park protests have broken out throughout the country, demanding Erdogan’s resignation. However, Rafael Sadi, the spokesman […]

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Egyptian Jewish Refugee Praises John Kerry’s Policy on Jewish Refugees

Egyptian Jewish Refugee Praises John Kerry’s Policy on Jewish Refugees

Levana Zamir, President of the International Association of Jews from Egypt, and the Egyptian Jewish community generally suffered greatly as a result of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the wake of the 1948 war. For this reason, Zamir and other members of the Egyptian Jewish community are extremely grateful to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry […]

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Center for Near East Policy: “UNRWA Educates Palestinian Children to Hate”

Center for Near East Policy: “UNRWA Educates Palestinian Children to Hate”

  Western countries continue to fund UNRWA out of the belief that by doing so, they are helping to provide for the humanitarian needs of the Palestinian refugee community. The United States, as of 2010, donated $247,872,993 to UNRWA, making them the largest financial contributor to the international Palestinian refugee assistance organization. However, recent reports […]

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Jordanian Palestinian pro-democracy activist: “Kerry’s peace plan is unrealistic”

Jordanian Palestinian pro-democracy activist: “Kerry’s peace plan is unrealistic”

In an interview with Jerusalem Online News this week, Jordanian Palestinian pro-democracy activist and journalist Mudar Zahran, who has been mentioned as a possible successor to the Jordanian king, came out against Kerry’s peace plan, stressing that the main person who benefits from it is the Jordanian monarchy. Zahran feels that the average Palestinian and […]

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Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister: “The Jordan Valley will remain a part of Israel”

Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister: “The Jordan Valley will remain a part of Israel”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to face an uphill battle when it comes to finding a solution that is acceptable to both the Israelis and Palestinians over the future of the Jordan Valley. The Palestinian side refuses to accept any kind of Israeli military presence within the Jordan Valley, while Israel adamantly […]

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Sderot Media Center: “Gaza must be taken under consideration in the peace talks”

Sderot Media Center: “Gaza must be taken under consideration in the peace talks”

In an interview with the Foreign Policy Association, Sderot Media Center CEO Noam Bedein expressed concern that the present situation in Gaza is not being taken under consideration in the context of the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority: “Right now, there is no mention of Gaza and its Hamas control.  It is […]

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About the Author

Rachel Avraham
Rachel Avraham

Rachel Avraham is the President of the Dona Gracia Mendes Nasi Center for Human Rights in Middle East (under formation) and is a political analyst at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights. She is also a fellow at the Haym Salomon Center, a news and public policy group. For over 6 years, she has been an Israel-based journalist, specializing in radical Islam, abuses of human rights and minority rights, counter-terrorism, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, Iran, Kurdistan and other issues of importance. Avraham is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab Media," a ground-breaking book endorsed by Former Israel Consul General Yitzchak Ben Gad and Israeli Communications Minister Ayoob Kara that discusses how the media exploits the life stories of Palestinian female terrorists in order to justify wanton acts of violence. Avraham has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University. She received her BA in Government and Politics with minors in Jewish Studies and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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