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Judea and Samaria- Part 5: An Illegal Occupation or a Land Dispute?

In parts 1-4 I discussed Israel’s historical and religious connections to Judea and Samaria as well as security concerns which make Judea and Samaria strategically important to Israel’s continued existence. But all of that is irrelevant, you may claim, if Israel is illegally occupying these territories. The prevalent view in the international community is that […]

Judea and Samaria- Part 4: The Security Threat

Links to previous posts in this series: Judea and Samaria/ The West Bank – What’s It All About? (Part 1) Judea and Samaria- Part 2: The Historical Connection Judea and Samaria- Part 3: The Religious Connection __________________________________________________ The security issues are probably the most commonly cited issues when discussing Judea and Samaria in particular and Israel’s foreign policy […]

Judea and Samaria- Part 3: The Religious Connection

_________________________________________________ Links to previous posts in this series: Judea and Samaria/ The West Bank – What’s It All About? (Part 1) Judea and Samaria- Part 2: The Historical Connection Link to the next posts in this series: Judea and Samaria- Part 4: The Security Threat __________________________________________________ Israel doesn’t often use religious arguments while discussing Judea and Samaria. You […]

Judea and Samaria- Part 2: The Historical Connection

(link to Part 1- Judea and Samaria/ The West Bank- What’s it all about?) It is no coincidence that leading Palestinian politicians have recently “Palestinianized” many local historical figures, such as Jesus Christ, as well as the biblical Philistines. The Israeli-Arab conflict is firstly a conflict of legitimacy: who is the legitimate native people of […]

Judea and Samaria/ The West Bank – What’s It All About? (Part 1)

Link to Part 2: The Historical Connection Link to Part 3: Judea and Samaria- The Religious Connection Link to Part 4: Judea and Samaria- The Security Threat Quite often, I find myself getting into online arguments with other bloggers and readers from around the world about the Arab-Israeli conflict and the so-called Israeli occupation of the […]

The Day After the Elections

In my previous post, I discussed the four blocs of parties in Israeli politics and how this simplifies a complex system in which 34 parties are running. But what does all this mean for Israel’s government? Who will form the government? Who becomes Prime Minister? Who becomes a minister in the government? How do 12 […]

Telling it like it is: The Israeli-Arab conflict and the story of David and Goliath

The Israeli-Arab conflict, when told out of historical and geographical context, reads a lot like the story of the Jewish king David and Goliath the Philistine, with their roles reversed. But that’s not what’s going on here.  The story of the Jewish King David, who as a boy, single handedly and armed only with a […]