IPF Blog

Dec 18, 2015

By Michael J. Koplow

This is starting to feel like Groundhog Day. In March 2013, I wrote an article for Foreign Affairs explaining the timing behind Israel and Turkey agreeing to reconcile, and here I am again nearly three years later explaining the timing behind Israel and Turkey agreeing to reconcile. 

Nov 09, 2015

By Michael J. Koplow

Bibi Netanyahu is speaking before an audience at the Center for American Progress tomorrow afternoon, and many progressives are not happy about it. 

Nov 05, 2015

Israel Policy Forum is dedicating this week to memories and retrospectives of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to mark the 20th anniversary of his assassination. Rabin is not only a towering figure in the history of Israel, but inspired the creation of IPF as well, and we have asked some thoughtful observers to weigh in on Rabin’s legacy as a way of remembering and reflecting on what was and what might have been. This post is from Yehudah Mirsky, former State Department official and American-Israeli,who is associate professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University and its Schusterman Center for Israel Studies.

Nov 04, 2015

Israel Policy Forum is dedicating this week to memories and retrospectives of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to mark the 20th anniversary of his assassination. Rabin is not only a towering figure in the history of Israel, but inspired the creation of IPF as well, and we have asked some thoughtful observers to weigh in on Rabin’s legacy as a way of remembering and reflecting on what was and what might have been. This post is from Martin Raffel, former senior vice president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and currently serves as an advisor to the Israel Policy Forum.

Nov 03, 2015

Israel Policy Forum is dedicating this week to memories and retrospectives of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to mark the 20th anniversary of his assassination. Rabin is not only a towering figure in the history of Israel, but inspired the creation of IPF as well, and we have asked some thoughtful observers to weigh in on Rabin’s legacy as a way of remembering and reflecting on what was and what might have been. This post is from Dr. Piki Ish-Shalom, Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Nov 02, 2015

Israel Policy Forum is dedicating this week to memories and retrospectives of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to mark the 20th anniversary of his assassination. Rabin is not only a towering figure in the history of Israel, but inspired the creation of IPF as well, and we have asked some thoughtful observers to weigh in on Rabin’s legacy as a way of remembering and reflecting on what was and what might have been. This post is from Robert K. Lifton, the founding chair and current board member of Israel Policy Forum.

Oct 09, 2015

By Michael J. Koplow

The eminent Israeli political scientist Shlomo Avineri published a long essay in Ha'aretz last week arguing that the failure of Oslo can be attributed to the fact that Israel views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a struggle between two national movements while the Palestinians view it as a struggle against colonialism, explaining the inevitable failure of negotiations. 

May 29, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acknowledgement that there are “positive aspects” to the Arab Peace Initiative is a step in the right direction.

May 27, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly offered to negotiate with the Palestinians regarding the contours of the settlement blocs.  The Palestinians have refused the offer.  Here are five thoughts in reaction: 

Apr 27, 2015

Among American Jews, there are some reasonable voices promoting moderation, sanity and good sense on these questions. The Israel Policy Forum, for example, has just issued a Statement of Principles that is impressive and centrist. It argues for a two-state approach that could unite American Jews and win support from both major political parties.

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