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Going Back To Basics With The Bedouins

For those looking for something a little different, spend a night sleeping under the big black canvass of a Bedouin tent.
Special To The Jewish Week
06/09/2011 - 20:00

 It seemed like a crazy idea at first — to take the children out to the desert and spend the night at a Bedouin camp sleeping inside a big black tent. But within minutes of arriving at our remote destination and after being greeted in classic Bedouin hospitality-style with a refreshing cup of sweet tea, our initial fears were put to rest.

Almost at once the tranquil serenity of this nomadic lifestyle succeeded in wiping away (some of) the stresses of our city life.

A Bedouin musician plays a stringed instrument at Chan Hashayarot (Caravan Inn) near Beersheva. Photos by Ruth Eglash

Israel Travel June 2011

The Family Travel Issue From roughing it in a Bedouin tent to getting coddled at the top hotels. Plus, funky beach towns near Tel Aviv and high-end kosher taking hold in culture capital.
06/09/2011 - 20:00
Israel Travel June 2011

Toward A Song Of Freedom

Can art break barriers and build bridges between Israel and Egypt? It’s a long shot but some Israeli writers and musicians hold out a glimmer of hope.
Israel Correspondent
05/31/2011 - 20:00

Like a lot of other Israelis, and Jews, around the world, I watched the unfolding people’s revolution in Egypt earlier this year with a combination of admiration and trepidation.

There were dueling thoughts inside my brain. My inner New Yorker couldn’t help humming “Could be … who knows…,” the shout of hopeful anticipation from West Side Story; but it was soon drowned out by my outer Jerusalemite paranoia, which kept asking, “But is it good for the Jews?” “Is it good for Israel?”

Writer-filmmaker Etgar Keret, left, and singer Achinoam Nini right.

When September Comes…

Palestinian statehood, growing isolation for Israel and a ‘new chapter’ for the region.
Staff Writer
05/31/2011 - 20:00

In seeking United Nations recognition as an independent state — bypassing a negotiated settlement with Israel — Palestinians are tapping into the Arab clamor for self-determination and threatening to isolate Israel on the world stage, according to several Israeli analysts.

“Unfortunately, we are on the brink of a severe crisis,” said Yoram Meitel, chair of the Chaim Herzog Center for Middle East Studies and Diplomacy at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Foreshadowing of September? Palestinians breach Israel’s border fence with Syria during Nakba Day protests last month.

For Israel, The Time To Act Is Now

A leading Israeli think tank founder says the country’s leaders should ‘drive’ the peace process.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/31/2011 - 20:00

When Christian fundamentalists predicted that May 21 would mark the end of the world, Jews laughed. We know that the end of the world won’t happen until September, when the Palestinians bring their declaration of the statehood to the UN General Assembly. Or when the Iranians get the Bomb. Or whenever President Obama utters the word “1967” and is not referring to Haight-Ashbury or Carl Yastrzemski.

Old allies, old reality: Bibi Netanyahu and former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. getty images

The Year Of Thinking Biblically

A plea for adaptability and openness in a world increasingly colored, as in the Bible, in stark black and white.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/31/2011 - 20:00

When Christian fundamentalists predicted that May 21 would mark the end of the world, Jews laughed. We know that the end of the world won’t happen until September, when the Palestinians bring their declaration of the statehood to the UN General Assembly. Or when the Iranians get the Bomb. Or whenever President Obama utters the word “1967” and is not referring to Haight-Ashbury or Carl Yastrzemski.

How can we not rejoice at what we saw in Tahrir Square, the author writes. getty images

The Worst Case

On every front — from the Muslim Brotherhood to the White House — Israel’s back is against the wall, argues the author.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/31/2011 - 20:00

From an Israeli standpoint — and this is a non-partisan, across-the-board situation — the Middle East is heading toward crisis and disaster.

Just to list developments that are clearly happening is quite worrisome. The fact that the U.S. government doesn’t understand this long list of factors, nor do European governments, nor does almost all of the Western mass media, makes the problems far larger.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie. The group’s inclusion in the Egyptian parliament is of deep concern in Israel.

Nurturing Democracy

With so much hanging in the balance, an American Jewish leader weighs hopes and fears.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/31/2011 - 20:00

I want to be an optimist about the upheaval in the Arab world and where it’s headed. In fact, I desperately want to be hopeful.

After all, if things were to go in the right direction, then an entire region could at long last begin to savor the blessings of flourishing democracies and the protection of human rights. In turn, that could create an atmosphere conducive to peaceful conflict resolution and its potential aftermath, fruitful coexistence and regional development.

Steering Clear Of History, For Now

With all the turbulence around it, and caught between risk and opportunity, Israel should stand pat, argues a veteran of the peace process.
Special To The Jewish Week
05/31/2011 - 20:00

In the wake of the Arab Spring and winter sweeping the Arab world, Israel would be wise to keep its hopes and fears under control. There’s a great deal about these popular uprisings and those yet to come we obviously don’t know. With the devolution of authority comes confusion and the devolution of information as new players and old ones reconfigured step on the stage. It would be smart and prudent not to draw too many hasty conclusions.

Crossed out in Cairo: Egyptians in Tahrir Square as they called for the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. getty images

Israel Now June 2011

Navigating the Arab Spring Essays by Aaron David Miller, Gidi Grinstein, David Harris and more.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
Israel Now June 2011
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