ReView - December 6, 2016

Here are the latest edition's need-to-read articles. As important as it is to know history and the facts, it's equally as crucial to be knowledgeable about current events. 

 

MUST READ: 

Everybody Loves Israel by Arthur Herman (Mosaic) - November 7, 2016

Far from being the pariah of the Middle East, Israel is fast becoming the region’s golden child, courted and caressed even by some of its most important and once-implacably hostile neighbors. The change has certainly registered in Israel itself, but so far has been largely ignored by Western media.

PEACE: 

How Trump Could Surprise the World on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Making by Dennis Ross (Washington Post)- November 30, 2016

Like many of his predecessors, Donald Trump aspires to Middle East peacemaking: “I would love to be able to be the one that made peace with Israel and the Palestinians,” he said recently, adding, “I have reason to believe I can do it.” Bringing peace to the Holy Land has clearly had an allure for American presidents.

ON THE HILL: 

Extension of the Iran Sanctions Act Passes Congress by Patricia Zengerle (Reuters) - December 1, 2016

The U.S. Senate passed a 10-year extension of sanctions against Iran on Thursday, sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law and delaying any potentially tougher actions until next year. 

U.S. ADMINISTRATION: 

Kerry Knocks Israel on Settlements by Felicia Schwartz (Wall Street Journal) - December 4, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry sharply criticized Israel’s continued construction on contested Palestinian territory and didn’t rule out administration support for action at the United Nations on the Arab-Israeli conflict before President-elect Donald Trump takes power.

ISRAEL ADMINISTRATION: 

Netanyahu: Notwithstanding Obama or Trump, Israel does ‘what it wants’ on settlements by Eric Cortellessa and Tamar Pileggi (Times of Israel) - December 4, 2016

Israel’s settlement policy is not governed by the United States and the incoming Trump administration will not change that, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the annual Brookings Institution’s Saban Forum for Middle East Policy on Sunday.

AMERICA:

Are Jews White? by Emma Green (The Atlantic) - December 5, 2016

As pro- and anti-Trump movements jockey to realize their agendas, the question of Jews and whiteness illustrates the high stakes—and dangers—of racialized politics. Jews, who do not fit neatly into American racial categories, challenge both sides’ visions for the country. Over time, Jews have become more integrated into American society—a process scholars sometimes refer to as “becoming white.”

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