Mideast expert describes age of `permanent revolution,’ one of hundreds of talks at Limmud NY.
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With all of the dizzying, fundamental changes in the Middle East, where the Arab Spring has given way to radicalism in Egypt and complete chaos in Syria, a key transformation in the Israel-Palestinian relationship has taken place that has largely gone unnoticed.
Palestinians are bankrupt and demoralized — yet politics and intifadas have lost their appeal.
Jerusalem — Just as he does every day, on March 30 Mahmoud Abu Sneineh trimmed succulent pieces of lamb off a vertical spit, wrapped them in a fresh pita brushed with tehina, and served the shwarma to hungry customers lined up at his eatery in east Jerusalem.
Joseph Braude drew on his Iraqi Jewish heritage and Arabic expertise to explore the workings of Moroccan policework.
A native of Providence, R.I., a son of Arabic and Lithuanian culture, Joseph Braude grew up in two worlds — his Baghdad-born mother’s tales of a childhood in Iraq and his Lithuanian-born grandfather’s Midrash lessons. There were the kasha varnishkes and qar’yie (an Iraqi vegetable dish) at Shabbat meals, and both Sephardic-style and Ashkenazic-style charoset on Passover.
Bibi could face backlash; victory for Hamas, trouble for Abbas?
The agreement to free Israeli Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit after more than five years in captivity was due in part to Israeli fears that the Arab Spring might undermine Egyptian military rulers who had been pressing Hamas to make a deal.
But even before he is freed, political analysts were weighing the repercussions of Tuesday’s dramatic developments to win Shalit’s freedom.
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) has called on the Egyptian government to lift its ban on the export of lulavs in time for Sukkot.
Egypt is one of the largest suppliers of the palm fronds that form the spine of the ritual lulav, and the ban threatens to cause "financial hardship for families and communities simply wishing to fulfill their religious obligations," Berman wrote Wednesday to Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf. (See Helen Chernikoff's report on the ban here.)
In contrast to the “Arab Spring” that began last winter and spread among Mideast countries, with violent protests leading to deadly confrontations over autocratic rule, the “Israel Spring” that has captured the attention and pulse of the Jewish state is, in a sense, a reinvigoration of democracy and an impassioned call for a return to social justice.
An interesting poll in today's edition of The Hill.
On Israel, some 27 percent of voters surveyed by the Capitol Hill newspaper said this country is “too supportive of the Jewish state,” with 31 percent saying U.S. policy is not supportive enough – and 31 percent saying it's just “about right.”