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New Zionism

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street and JStreetPAC and the author of A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation, argues supporting Israel means supporting a two-state solution.

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Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq — Pleasure More Than Hope [remix]

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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On Being

[Unedited] Amahl Bishara with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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[Unedited] Nidal Al-Azraq with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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The Takeaway

Syrian-Israel Border Protests Shift Attention From Government Conflict

Monday, June 06, 2011

At least twenty people lay dead at the Israeli border at Golan Heights after Israeli troops opened fire on more than one thousand Syrian protesters who stormed the border. Officially the demonstrations were being held to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Arab defeat in the Mideast war. It was the second outbreak of deadly violence in the border region in the past month. But both Israeli officials and anti-regime activists in Syria are calling the border protests a sham and media stunt, instigated to draw attention away from the hard-handed government shutdown of protests within Syria.

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Ambassador Martin Indyk on Egypt Opening Gaza's Border

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In a major departure from the policy of the Mubarak regime, Egypt's official news agency has announced that, as of Saturday, May 28, 2011, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza will be permanently opened. The border's periodic openings and closings over the decades have reflected tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Territories — and an agreement between Israel and the Mubarak regime.

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The Takeaway

What Would a Palestinian Leader Say to Congress?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received 29 standing ovations during Tuesday's speech in front of Congress in part for his praise of America's foreign policy. There was major applause following this statement: "Congratulations, America. Congratulations, Mr. President. You got bin Laden. Good riddance.” However, Netanyahu held firm against the idea of returning the borders to 1967 lines. What does this mean for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process? And what if a Palestinian leader were to address Congress? How many standing ovations would they receive? Diana Buttu, a fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, was a legal adviser to the Palestinian Negotiating Team from 2000-2005.

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The Takeaway

Henry Kissinger Interview Part 3: Middle East

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Over three decades have passed since Henry Kissinger served as Secretary of State for the Richard Nixon, and then Gerald Ford, and his advice is still sought and respected by politicians and world leaders. In the third installment of our interview with him, he shares his thoughts on the Arab spring, Israel and Palestine, and how President Obama is handling all of this.

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Plays with Politics

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The thought of Israel being destroyed is monstrous. I believe that being willing to speak out loud when one feels critical of the policies of the Israeli government you are actually making the state more secure, not less, I believe that about the American government as well. I believe that silence in the face of government misbehavior endangers the health of any democracy.

—Award winning playwright Tony Kushner on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

US and Israel Standoff Over 1967 Borders Continues

Monday, May 23, 2011

Relations between the White House and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain strained, after a confluence of U.S. policy statements and Israeli response has left the two countries' leaderships at odds on the path towards peace. The diplomatic strife comes mainly from comments the president made in a speech last week saying that land swaps and a general return to pre-1967 borders in the area was the best way forward for Palestinians and Israelis. But what has America's relationship been with these borders for the last 44 years? 

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The Takeaway

Ambassador Scrutinizes Obama-Netanyahu Face-Off

Monday, May 23, 2011

President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel shared their visions of peace at a long meeting in Washington on Friday, but their differences remain stark. Coming up, Martin Indyk, former United States Ambassador to Israel and director of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, shares his thoughts.

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Steve Coll on the Middle East

Friday, May 20, 2011

When, as yesterday, the president goes country to country and tries to rationalize the accommodation of Bahrain's repression, leaves Saudi Arabia out altogether, then celebrates the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, you can bet people noticed that.

Steve Coll, president of the New America Foundation and contributor to the New Yorker, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Tackles Israel and Palestine

Friday, May 20, 2011

In President Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East Thursday, he addressed the looming issue of peace between Israel and Palestine. President Obama said that the borders of "Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines." This statement drew immediate negative reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to meet with President Obama today in Washington, D.C.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

IMF post-DSK, Obama vs Israel, and Thai elections

Thursday, May 19, 2011

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5 Things We Learned From Obama's Mid-East Speech

Thursday, May 19, 2011

President Obama's speech on Middle East and North African policy at the State Department on Thursday wasn't earth-shattering. He tried to project consistency in the American approach to the domino-effect uprisings taking place all over the region. The President made an effort by using traditional metaphors insisting that the Arab spring is rooted in fundamental American values. Here are a few takeaways hidden in the pretty language:

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Obama, Israel and the Arab World

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The administration does feel that...looking forward at this Palestinian drive for statehood through the U.N., America does need something from the Israelis to fight back, something that they can come to the Palestinians, to their world and say, listen, Netanyahu is serious with his willingness to go forward, drop this unilateral statehood idea and let's negotiate.

Nathan Guttman, Washington correspondent for The Jewish Daily Forward, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Palestinains Mark 'Nakba', Protesters Killed in Clashes

Monday, May 16, 2011

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the creation of Israel in 1948 and thousands of Palestinians marched to mark what they call the "Nakba" or the "catastrophe." Ever year, Palestinians protest this date. Sunday, thousand of protesters marched on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and Gaza and over a dozen were killed in clashes with Israeli troops. It was significant that protesters crossed over from Syria's borders, says the BBC's correspondent in Jerusalem, Wyre Davies.

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This Week's Agenda: Debt Ceiling, Middle East, IMF

Monday, May 16, 2011

While Washington continues tp debate the debt ceiling, the United States is expected to reach the limit on its debt today. This means the government will no longer be able to borrow money. Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC Radio, says it's just a mystery what will happen, because we're not seeing any deals on the table yet. There are questions about the future of the International Monetary Fund after its managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested in New York for allegedly sexually assaulting a Manhattan hotel maid.

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WNYC News

CUNY Votes to Approve Honorary Degree for Tony Kushner

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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CUNY's Board of Trustees hopes to put a controversy to rest, now that a panel has voted to give Pulizer-Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner an honorary degree. The honor was put on hold last week after one trustee -- Jeffrey Wiesenfeld -- offered a critique on the playwright's views on Israel.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Palestinian Unity Government

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and David Makovsky, senior fellow and director of the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, The Washington Institute, discuss the formation of a Palestinian Unity government and the implications for Israel and Palestine, as well as the role Egypt played in brokering the deal.

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