Israel

  • Pipeline Diplomacy in the Eastern Mediterranean

    A creative solution to a quarrel over maritime borders could serve the interests of Lebanon and Israel


    Recent oil and gas developments in the eastern Mediterranean have brought back into the spotlight the issue of an ongoing maritime border dispute between Israel and Lebanon that has created uncertainty among prospective foreign investors over the potential for a new conflagration in an already unstable region. 

    The disagreement centers on an 854-square kilometer stretch of sea both countries claim as part of their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Years of international mediation efforts, led by the United States, to resolve the dispute have yet to bear fruit. 

    These tensions have been revived as Lebanon and Israel move forward with the development of their oil and gas sectors in the eastern Mediterranean.

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  • Alfoneh Quoted by Panorama on Israel-Hezbollah Conflict


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  • Ukrainian Jews Find Safe Haven, Challenges in Israel

    Every Sunday and Tuesday evening, Alena Sapiro, 26, takes the hour-long bus ride from her home in Lod to attend Ramit Avidan’s intermediate Hebrew classes at Ulpan Gordon, a Tel Aviv school for new immigrants run by the Israeli Ministry of Absorption.

    Sapiro, who helps develop mobile apps for a local software company, came on a ten-day Taglit program to Israel in May 2014, the same month the war in her native Donetsk began. Within a few months, as Russian-backed separatists intensified their offensive throughout eastern Ukraine, Sapiro returned to Israel with a group of 130 other students from various former Soviet republics—and has never looked back.

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  • Ukraine PM Groisman Visits Israel, Marking Improvement in Delicate Bilateral Relations

    The May 14 arrival of Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman to Israel signals a rapprochement of ties that suffered a temporary blow last December, when Ukraine—along with thirteen other countries—voted to support a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

    Groisman is the first Jewish prime minister in Ukrainian history. He was supposed to visit Israel on December 28, but Israel’s Foreign Ministry cancelled the trip after the lopsided vote, in which the United States abstained for the first time.

    “I think now relations between Ukraine and Israel are very positive,” said Hennadii Nadolenko, Kyiv’s ambassador in Tel Aviv, in an emailed response to questions submitted by UkraineAlert. “Look at the dynamics of political dialogue on all levels. Only in the last two years we’ve had a number of presidential visits, including two state visits from both sides, and the first official visit to Ukraine in twenty-three years by the speaker of the Knesset last November... not to mention numerous visits of members of the parliaments of both countries.”

    Nadolenko, 47, has been ambassador here since June 2010. During that time, bilateral trade has grown to about $1 billion annually. He said about 250,000 Israelis visit Ukraine each year, with an equal number of Ukrainians coming to Israel—well over twice the volume of tourism recorded only five years ago. At present, fifty-four flights per week link Tel Aviv to Kyiv, Dnipro, and Odesa, “and now we are talking about expanding this frequency.”

    Yet relations hit a snag late last year when Ukraine—torn between its friendship with Israel and its desire not to appear hypocritical in the wake of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea—voted to support UN Security Council Resolution 2334, which called Jewish settlements in the West Bank “a flagrant violation of international law.”

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  • Blanford Quoted by War Is Boring on Possible Hezbollah-Israel Conflict


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  • Alfoneh Joins DR TV to Discuss Trump’s Visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia


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  • Sirgany Reports for CNN:Syria Blames Israel for Damascus Airport Blast


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  • Shaffer Quoted by Al Jazeera on the Israel-Europe Gas Deal


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  • Braw in Foreign Affairs: How Israeli Conscription Drives Innovation


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  • Gold Quoted by the Washington Post on the Closure of Israel's Southern Border with Sinai


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