The Surprisingly Practical Mahmoud Abbas

December 10th, 2013

Mahmoud Abbas is full of surprises. His latest fan is Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev, who, after a meeting last week in Ramallah, said that the Palestinian president “presented his position [on Israeli security] with a frankness I have not yet heard from a leader in the Arab world.” Bar-Lev concluded, “There is someone to talk to and plenty to talk about.” Read More...

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A view from the J Street’s congressional and leadership mission

March 7th, 2013

Today, the unraveling continues and the need for a two-state solution to be implemented is beyond urgent if there is a hope to keep the democratic and Jewish dream of Israel alive. In my first week here, I was privileged to join a J Street congressional and leadership mission for three of their six days in Israel. I want to share some of what I learned in those three full days. Read More...

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An Earthquake

May 14th, 2012

A week into J Street’s Leadership Mission to Israel, the earth shook. An earthquake Friday, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, rattled Israelis but caused little damage.

The "real earthquake" during our trip – and the one that made headlines – was, of course, political not geological. A surprise midnight deal between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Opposition Leader Shaul Mofaz shook Israeli politics, brought Kadima into the government, and averted early elections.

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Kadima Joins Government, Preempts Planned Elections: What Does It All Mean?

May 8th, 2012

This morning’s announcement that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Leader of Kadima Shaul Mofaz will form a unity government, instead of holding early elections, raises many critical questions. Will this development bring the government toward the center and create the space for Israel’s leadership to substantively address the key challenges the country faces? Or will it go down in history as little more than a maneuver designed to ensure the political survival of those involved? Read More...

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J Street Comments on Tzipi Livni’s resignation from the Knesset

May 1st, 2012

Throughout her 13 years in government, Tzipi Livni has defined the ideal of public service in Israel, pursuing her vision of the best interests of Israel with passion, dignity and integrity. Read More...

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