What to Expect from the New Round of Israeli Elections, with Tal Schneider
Schneider is one of Israel’s leading political correspondents and analysts. Currently with The Times of Israel and
formerly with Israel’s economic daily Globes, Schneider was the Washington bureau chief of Maariv.
In 2011, she established an independent political blog. Her “Plog” quickly became a leading source for news and analysis and a standard-setter for ethical, balanced political coverage, and catapulted her to the front line of Israeli TV and radio pundits. Schneider’s Plog won the 2012 Excellence in Digital Journalism Award by Google Inc. and by Tel-Aviv’s Journalists Association.
Veteran Israeli journalist and social activist Eliezer (Gezer) Yaari talks about his efforts to Make East Jerusalem's Palestinian population accessible to Israeli Jews, and speculates that Israeli-Palestinian peacemakers may want to leverage Jerusalem's coexistence mechanisms as a launching point for future peace.
At this time of the year, we all look for light and cherish it.
This year, as we struggle with a deadly pandemic and with so much darkness around us, it is incumbent upon us, more than ever, to share the light and spread it.
As I was adding candles to my hanukiah last week, I listened to an interview on Americans for Peace Now’s podcast with Vera Baboun, the former mayor of Bethlehem.
She spoke about the sadness of celebrating Christmas in the midst of a socially distancing pandemic, under occupation, with no tourists at Manger Square and with hardly any freedom of movement for her fellow Palestinians.
Vera is a peace activist, a staunch supporter of peace with Israel. On her PeaceCast conversation, albeit somber, Vera did not forget to share the light of hope for peace from Bethlehem. We must extend our arms toward each other, not simply reach out our hands, she said, “in order to bring a peace that we both deserve, Israelis and Palestinians.”
I am joining Vera in wishing peace to her Palestinian compatriots and to her Israeli neighbors, and in wishing our Christian friends a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year.
In this coming year, may the Almighty lift up His face unto us, and give us peace.
Salam - Shalom - Peace,
Shira Stutman is Senior Rabbi at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington DC.
WEBINAR COMING UP - Monday, December 28, 12 Noon (ET)
An Israel-Palestine Policy for the Biden Administration
with Dr. Tamara Cofman Wittes
Recordings from APN's Webinar Series on the Transition from the Trump to Biden Administrations
Europe, Biden, and Israel-Palestine
with Dr. Anders Persson
(Dec. 22, 2020)
West Bank Settlements Between Trump and Biden
with Peace Now's Hagit Ofran
(Dec. 7, 2020)
Israel and the Biden Administration
with Israel Security Expert Yossi Alpher
(Nov. 24, 2020)
Joe Biden and Palestinian Politics
with Khaled Elgindy, Director of the Program on Palestine and Palestinian-Israeli Affairs at the Middle East Institute
(Nov., 20, 2020)
Middle East Policy Under the Biden Administration and a New Congress
with Mira Resnick and Ilan Goldenberg
(Nov. 6, 2020)
PeaceCast #160: Peaceful Message from Bethlehem - A Conversation with Former Mayor Vera Baboun - (Dec 16, 2020)
Audio recording of the APN Webinar from December 9, 2020 - LISTEN
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi
Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, and scholar
Dr. Ashrawi discussed the Palestinian perspective on the Trump to Biden transition, and examined the state of US-Palestinian relations after Donald Trump’s four years in the White House, the Palestinian leadership’s efforts to push the reset button on the relationship as President-elect Biden prepares to enter the Oval Office next month, and the Palestinian expectations from the Biden administration.
Dr. Ashrawi has recently resigned after long serving as a member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. She has held official positions with the Palestinian Authority, was a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and founded the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (MIFTAH). She is considered one of the most compelling spokespeople for the Palestinian national cause.
This webinar is part of APN's series on the Israel-Palestine implications of the transition from the Trump administration to president-elect Biden’s administration.