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The Brian Lehrer Show

Israel at Risk

Monday, November 21, 2011

Senior correspondent for The American Prospect and SouthJerusalem.com blogger, Gershom Gorenberg, discusses his new book, The Unmaking of Israel. A Jerusalem resident, Gorenberg says Israel's extremist policies are undermining its democracy, and calls for a Palestinian state.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Obama-Sarkozy Trash Talk on Netanyahu Shows U.S. Brushes off Israel

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

To frequently insult the Israeli leader in this way is to insult Israelis themselves.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Iran on the Verge of Nuclear Weapons Capability

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The International Atomic Energy Agency is set to release a report that accuses Iran of using foreign aid to get to fund its nuclear weapons capability. Israel's prime minister and president have already warned that they are taking this very seriously, even threatening military intervention. There is also talk of a preemptive strike by the Israelis to confront Iran's nuclear weapons.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jerusalem: The Biography

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Simon Sebag Montefiore looks at how did the small, remote town of Jerusalem became the Holy City, the “center of the world,” and the key to peace in the Middle East. Jerusalem: The Biography tells the city’s story through the wars, love affairs, and revelations of the kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem.

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The Takeaway

US Cuts Funding After UNESCO Accepts Palestine

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The United States and Israel are withdrawing contributions to UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, after the body voted accepted Palestine as the 195th full member on Monday. The U.S. contributes 22 percent of UNESCO's budget, and Israel provides another three percent. UNESCO's full membership voted 107 to 14 to accept Palestine, with 52 abstentions.

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The Takeaway

Gilad Sharon on His Father's Legacy and Israel's Future

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ariel Sharon served as Israel's prime minister from 2001 to 2006, but Sharon's long career in public service began with Israel’s War of Independence in 1948. Sharon suffered a stroke in 2006, leaving him in a coma-like state. While he is now immobilized, Ariel Sharon leaves a legacy that will no doubt affect his country for decades to come. 

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The Takeaway

Ariel Sharon: The Life of an Unconventional Leader

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gilad Sharon, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s youngest son, joins The Takeaway this morning to talk about his new biography of his father. A controversial and polarizing figure, Ariel Sharon dedicated his life to protecting Israel, but how best to preserve his country’s borders became a lifelong question. Sharon lived a life of contradictions. As Minister of Defense in 1982, he was found to be indirectly responsible for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Chatila refugee camps in Lebanon by Lebanese Christians. As prime minister, violence between Israelis and Palestinians skyrocketed. Yet his decision to relinquish control of Gaza to the Palestinians in 2005 may yet define his legacy.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Israel's Gilad Shalit Trade Shows Why We're Allies

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm biased toward Israel because it is the only democracy, the only free country, the only healthy, functioning culture in the Middle East. It is a land where free speech is encouraged, protest isn't squashed and life is valued. In short, it shares the ideals and values which we treasure in America.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Takeaway

Egypt May Free American Ilan Grapel in Swap With Israel

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The prisoner swap between Hamas and Israel may be good news for an American man who has been detained in Egypt since June. Ilan Grapel, a 27-year-old law student from Queens, New York, who is also an Israeli citizen, was accused by Egypt of being a spy for Israel. Grapel's family have denied he has any links to espionage. Ethan Bronner, who reported on the story for The New York Times, has the latest on Grapel's expected release.

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The Takeaway

Gilad Shalit and the Future of the Middle East

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. While Shalit may be on his way home, what the prisoner swap means for the future of the Palestinian leadership and the Middle East peace process is far from clear.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Israel and Palestinians Trade Prisoners, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Israeli Sgt. Gilad Shalit was released by Hamas today in exchange for 477 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, reports on the latest.

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The Takeaway

A Palestinian Reaction to the Hamas-Israel Prisoner Swap

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. Many Israelis support the swap, but Arnold Roth, who was on The Takeaway yesterday, does not. Roth lost his daughter in 2001 to a Palestinian suicide bomber. The woman who drove that bomber is one of the 477 set to be released today.

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The Takeaway

477 Palestinian Prisoners to Be Freed

Monday, October 17, 2011

Israel released the names of the 477 Palestinian prisoners it will free on Tuesday in exchange for captured soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held by Hamas since 2006. Most of the prisoners were serving life sentences for violent crimes, including murder. About 200 of the prisoners will not be allowed to return home, and will be exiled to Qatar and Turkey. A poll by Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth found nearly 79 percent of Israelis support the swap.

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The Takeaway

Israel and Hamas Agree to Prisoner Swap

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A deal brokered by Egypt between Israel and Hamas to free a thousand Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release of an Israeli soldier, Staff Sergeant Gilad Shalit finds all sides benefiting politically. Shalit has been held captive for more than 5 years — making him a powerful symbol of national anguish for Israelis. Not all the details of the deal have been released, but a Hamas spokesmen claims that among the Palestinian prisoners to be released is Marwan Barghouti. Barghouti is a Fatah leader widely viewed as a potential successor to President Mahmoud Abbas.

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The Takeaway

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Protest Girls' School in Israeli Town

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Angry protests by ultra-orthodox Jews in the Israeli town Beit Shemesh are the latest episode in a history of contentious relations between Israel's secular majority and the small, but powerful ultra-orthodox minority. Groups of ultra-orthodox men have been picketing a new girls' school, harassing the girls and their mothers by allegedly throwing stones, tomatoes, and feces. The men claim they are offended by what they say is the "immodesty" of elementary school-aged girls. Kevin Connolly of the BBC filed a report from Beit Shemesh.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: The World of Etgar Keret

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program devoted to the darkly humorous Israeli writer Etgar Keret, whose playful but subversive stories, in which harsh reality often topples into fantasy, have earned him an international following.  His story collections include The Bus Driver Who Wanted to be God, The Girl on the Fridge, and The Nimrod Flipout.

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The Takeaway

Global Protests Driven by Disillusionment and the Economy

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

From London and Athens to Israel and India, and now, Wall Street, protesters all over the world are taking to the streets, and their complaints are not that different. Income inequality, unemployment, austerity measures imposed by governments thought to be inept and removed from the will of the people have fueled protests around the globe. Like the protests of the Arab Spring, which have toppled authoritarian governments in the Middle East and Northern Africa this year, these protesters utilize social media to organize, and shun traditional political institutions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Palestinian Statehood

Friday, September 23, 2011

Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of the Jerusalem Fund and the Palestine Center, talks about the latest plans for the Palestinians to seek recognition as a state at the U.N.

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The Takeaway

Palestinian National Authority Pushes For Statehood Bid

Friday, September 23, 2011

In spite of intense opposition from the United States, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to formally ask the United Nations Security Council to recognize Palestine as a full member of the U.N. today. The Palestinian bid for statehood has overshadowed nearly everything that has happened at the U.N. this week. In a speech on Wednesday, President Obama voiced his disapproval of the Palestinian plan, saying "Peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the U.N." The U.S. has vowed to veto the move.

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WNYC News

Abbas Seeks UN Recognition, Despite US and European Pressure

Friday, September 23, 2011

Israeli and Palestinians officials showed no sign of narrowing the gaps that have stalled negotiations between the two, setting the stage for showdown over Palestinian statehood at the United Nations today.

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