PeaceCast Episode #125: The Russian Paradox with Arkady Mazin

Arkady Mazin is an expert on the Russian-speaking public in Israel. He is currently working on a book that among other topics examines attitudes among Israeli Russian speaking Jews toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In this episode, Mazin talks about what he depicts as an anomaly or a paradox. The two predictors for holding dovish views on this issue in Israeli society are secularism and high level of education. Israeli Jews from the former Soviet Union are much more secular than the overall population, and, on the average much better educated. Yet their views on Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians are more hawkish than those of the average Israeli.

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On Thursday, May 7, Dr. Marwan Muasher, former Jordanian foreign minister and ambassador to Israel and the United States, discussed the impact Israeli unilateral annexation in the West Bank will have, including on the close relations between Israel and Jordan.

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Dr. Marwan Muasher is currently the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He served as foreign minister (2002–2004) and deputy prime minister (2004–2005) of Jordan, as well as the Kingdom’s ambassador to Washington (1997 to 2002) and its first ambassador to Israel (1995-1996). Muasher played a central role in developing the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative and the 2003 Middle East Roadmap.

Muasher is the author of The Arab Center: The Promise of Moderation (2008) and The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism (2014).

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PeaceCast: Virtual Dove - "The Ambassadors (Part 2)" with Ambs. Dan Kurtzer and Jon Allen

This is the second part of our first “Virtual Dove” episode, featuring stories by former ambassadors to Israel. Our first part featured stories by former US Jerusalem consul generals Jake Walles and Ed Abington.

This part features stories by former Canadian ambassador to Israel Jon Allen and former US ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer.

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PeaceCast: Virtual Dove - Stories of Hope Amidst Conflict - "The Ambassadors (Part 1)"

This special episode of PeaceCast is our first “Virtual Dove” episode, featuring personal, human stories, vignettes, anecdotes, and experiences that underscore positivity in and around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Maybe even hope.  

The first show of Virtual Dove features stories by former ambassadors to Israel and former US Jerusalem consul generals.

The show is split into two parts. The fist part, this episode, features two former US Consul Generals to Jerusalem, Jacob (Jake) Walles and Edward (Ed) Abington. Their stories shed light on two of the most promising chapters in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Part II features former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer and Canadian Ambassador to Israel Jon Allen.

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APN Briefing Call: "From Settlements to Annexation" Featuring Shaqued Morag, Executive Director, and Brian Reeves, Director of External Relations of Israel’s Peace Now (Shalom Achshav)

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Morag and Reeves discussed the situation (as of April 13) regarding the "unity Government" deal being negotiated between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent-turned-potential-coalition-partner Benny Gantz. What might this do related to recent annexation initiatives, and what would that mean for Israel? How will Israel's peace movement respond? 

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PeaceCast: Settler Violence under Coronavirus

Hagar Shezaf is the new West Bank correspondent of Haaretz. In this episode she discusses her current reportage on the spike in violent attacks by West Bank settlers against Palestinians.

Hagar also spoke about an explosive expose she published in Haaretz last summer, where she revealed that Israel’s security establishment was systematically combing through archives and picking out embarrassing or incriminating documentation of what could be considered as war crimes against the Palestinian civilians during the 1948 war, the so-called Nakba.

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PeaceCast Episode #120: COVID-19 And West Bank Settlements (edited version of 4/7/20 webinar)

PeaceCast: COVID-19 and Israeli-Palestinian Rapprochement - with Noa Shusterman of INSS

Could Israeli-Palestinian cooperation around Coronavirus be extended beyond the realm of public health? Could it bring about much needed rapprochement? Could it, at the very least, put Israeli annexation plans on hold? 

Noa Shusterman, the Israel-Palestinian Research Program Coordinator at the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) explores these questions. 

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PeaceCast: COVID-19 Across the Green Line - with Jacob Magid from The Times of Israel

Jacob Magid covers the West Bank for The Times of Israel. In this episode he talks about how Israel and the Palestinian Authority cooperate in the fight against the coronavirus, about COVID-19 infection among West Bank settlers, and about the possible impact of the epidemic on Israeli government plans to annex parts of the West Bank. 

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PeaceCast: Settlement Activity in 2019 - with Brian Reeves of Peace Now

This episode features a new report by Israel’s Peace Now movement, reviewing Israel’s West Bank settlement activity in 2019. Presenting the report is Brian Reeves, Peace Now’s director of external relations. Brian is an American Israeli residing in Tel Aviv, and he is an expert on settlement activity.

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