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This Chanukah, it may seem to many of Americans for Peace Now’s
supporters that the light of peace has snuffed out in the region. Will all the stakeholders somehow be able to
burn the midnight oil to achieve a peace deal? Can the beacons of liberalism, democracy, and justice outshine
forces of illiberalism, racism, and despair in Israel/Palestine? It seems like we may truly need a
miracle to save the two state-solution this year.
On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 War.
Many of us have watched with consternation as the current U.S. administration (with a new cast of characters in the
White House that have long been associated with the right-wing) has changed enduring policies regarding the status
of Jerusalem and possibly the settlements question. Yet, the story of American Jews and the Israeli Settler
Movement is one far deeper than a small circle advising the sitting president over the past few months. Iit is the
saga of over 60,000 American Jews who chose to leave comfortable lives in the United States to settle at the heart
of the Israel-Palestine conflict and make history over the past half-century. This Chanukah, we need to
listen to scholars and policy-makers who can shed new light on these pressing issues for Israelis and
Dr. Sara Yael Hirschhorn is the University Research Lecturer in Israel Studies, Faculty of Oriental Studies and
the Sidney Brichto Fellow, at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, University of Oxford