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...tural growth in two ultra-Orthodox cities to be annexed in any peace deal.   And what about their secular sister Ma’aleh Adumim that the right wing is so enthusiastic about annexing? It...

...rces of today's West Bank settlements, and explained the difference between big settlements with primarily secular population, Ultra-Orthodox cities, mixed settlements and illegal outposts.   ...

...oth driving in this direction even though neither is religious himself.   Netanyahu is completely secular, and he understands quite well that the conflict is political and solvable. The agree...

...ion barrier (Betar Ilit grew by 2,361 people that year).   A similar trend can be seen in the two secular towns of Ariel and Ma’aleh Adumim, which also lie within the proposed, future b...

...for negotiations. On the contrary. Mahmoud Abbas is not a lover of Zion but he could certainly be the last secular and pragmatic leader in the Palestinian Authority. To do away with the two-state visi...

6. Meet the new MK: Nurit Koren
(News Room/News - 2015)
...ransportation on Shabbat, kashrut and others? Israel's population is very complex. There are religious and secular people and different streams of Judaism. We must be very careful in dealing with the ...

...d prime minister Menachem Begin — well regarded in traditional Sephardic circles — rather than secularist Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid, seen by Shas’s low-income base as aloof and eliti...

...ous world view – which sees Israeli society and the State of Israel in a completely different way to secular Zionism. The killers of the Arab teenager experienced an atmosphere that prepared th...

...date of Shas, the party founded by her late father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, but in a party with a more modern, secular, open character.   One option that she is seriously considering involves joi...

...back on the agenda. There are now a number of different campaigns for the creation of a single democratic, secular state for Jews and Arabs, made up of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.   While...

...other important detail uncovered by Peace Now is that, broadly speaking, non-ideological Israelis, be they secular or religious, have refused to buy into the ideological settlers’ plans.  T...

12. One-State Dream, One-State Nightmare
(News Room/Op Ed - 2013)
...ght to live together as equal citizens in some United States of the Holy Land, a binational and democratic secular state that resolves their differences and assures their intertwined futures.  ...

13. Viewing Israel with one eye closed
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
...lity and, operating within that imagined space, will seek to impose fanciful solutions. By its nature, the secular Zionist enterprise integrates the courage to dream with the wisdom to adopt this comp...

14. Israel's Embattled Democracy
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
...the coalition quickly collapsed over the issue of military service, which has exacerbated tensions between secular and religious Jews and with Arabs. Secular Israelis are increasingly resentful of the...

...r, can give birth to a Palestinian state where Arab Muslims and Christians, men and women, can thrive in a secular, but religiously respectful, free-market, democratic context, next to a Jewish state....

16. An Existential Threat that's not Iran
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
...ican Jews are split, with the growing Orthodox community solidly in his corner, and the less observant and secular majority—a majority that is increasingly assimilated and uninterested in Jewish...

...ue to these tensions, the binational state would become an Arab state governed in the spirit of Islam. The secular Palestine Liberation Organization would not find favor there. The Islamist Hamas and ...

...ld succeed only in embarrassing the Obama administration.   More significantly, Mr. Abbas’s secular Fatah movement may finally proceed with a long-promised, if likely superficial, recon...

19. Could Haredim Make Peace?
(News Room/Op Ed - 2012)
... sit with them across the table, we have a lot in common in matters of faith and tradition in a modern and secular world. But when it gets down to politics and the specifics of a peace plan, there sti...

...ee to help reduce tensions among Israelis of different stripes, and she helped organize encounters between secular and religious Israelis.   Today, Bar Shalom remains something of an enigma. ...

...in the face of any threat. This has already led to the rise of extremism which has always threatened civil secular life and political pluralism in different Arab countries, and lead to the fragmentati...

22. B.E., Before Egypt. A.E., After Egypt
(News Room/Op Ed - 2011)
... for sure: Whatever happens in the only two Arab states that have peace treaties with Israel, the moderate secularists who had a monopoly of power will be weaker and the previously confined Muslim Bro...

23. There is a Real Partner
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...ty and its leadership in Ramallah. A responsible and strong government resides in the mukataa, with a secular and moderate worldview that advocates reaching an agreement and living together in a ...

..., but hopefully not too late.”   At the rally, Palestinians, mainly from Fatah, the largest secular Palestinian political movement, chanted slogans supportive of Abbas.   &ldqu...

25. Why Israel Doesn't Care About Peace
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...dox Jews who, along with politically active religious nationalists, increasingly fill the space vacated by secular Israelis both in the physical city of Jerusalem and in the matters decided there. &...

...rael or the legitimacy of international decisions. The Palestinian Independence Declaration from 1988 is a secular platform, whereas Hamas's platform is a Muslim religious platform.   ...

27. The fixation of power
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...ssing, "conciliation" talks between Hamas and Fatah (by which the Egyptians wanted to return the secular Mahmoud Abbas to Gaza and block the likes of Iran and Turkey from entering) - all thi...

28. The Biden Effect
(News Room/Op Ed - 2010)
...erior Ministry and announced the Biden-baiting measure.   The Israeli right, whether religious or secular, has no interest in a two-state peace. I had lunch the other day with Ron Nachman, th...

...o, not all Arab members of the Israeli parliament support it, because it contradicts their ideology of one secular state in the land of Palestine.   From the Palestinian side, it is quite cle...

...y, Hamas refuses to sign this document.   SPIEGEL: How can reconciliation be possible between the secular outlook of your Fatah movement and the Islamist worldview of Hamas?   Abbas:...

31. Taking the Mideast peace plunge
(News Room/Op Ed - 2009)
...ed economic activity there. Meanwhile, positive developments are visible in both Palestinian factions. The secular and moderate Fatah, ruling in the West Bank, has greatly improved its security forces...

32. A new Palestine
(News Room/Op Ed - 2009)
...be inhabited by Palestinians rather than settlers. A city designed to be a Palestinian city of abundance - secular, open and vibrant. A city of pedestrian malls, cafes, kindergartens and schools. A ci...

33. Get Stuck In, Mr President
(News Room/Op Ed - 2009)
... The immediate outlook on the Palestinian side is no rosier, mainly because of a bitter rift between the secular Fatah party, led by the Palestinians’ hamstrung president, Mahmoud Abbas, who r...

...Ethan Bronner with the New York Times wrote a piece in March about a clash within the Israeli army between secular liberals and religious nationalists. Do you see religious nationalists having a growi...

...rs.   On a separate note, the report said it was likely that in a final-status agreement, most of the secular and haredi settlers would be able to remain in their communities, which are located c...

...and I do not think that it has yet recovered in an ethical, cultural, and political sense. In any case, if secularism and the issues of poverty, corruption, and civil rights, and especially and above ...

37. A Guide to Israeli Settlements
(News Room/Op Ed - 2009)
...m, east of Jerusalem, and Ariel, east of Tel Aviv. These bedroom communities have attracted Israelis, both secular and religious, looking for inexpensive homes. The fastest-growing are those intended ...

38. Beyond the Banks
(News Room/Op Ed - 2009)
...Those U.S. soldiers in Iraq can take pride in the recent Iraqi elections, which have strengthened the more secular and centrist parties. But we have to wait and see if the losers in this election take...

39. Palestinian Hopes for Barack Obama
(News Room/Op Ed - 2008)
... of visionary. Whereas previously the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) had campaigned for a single, secular, and democratic state across the entirety of mandatory Palestine, our Declaration of ...

40. Peace process? What peace process?
(News Room/Op Ed - 2008)
...he soldiers at checkpoints or armed settlers attacking farmers harvesting their land in the West Bank. One secular Israeli politician said: “The extreme settlers are forming militias. They&rsquo...

...o the West Bank in late May, Reuters said. The US training programme has fuelled tensions between Abbas' secular Fateh faction and the Hamas Islamist group, which seized control of the Gaza Strip la...

...d both sides after the 1948 war faded as the Arab-Israeli conflict went through an unmistakable process of secularization. The same Arafat who had joined the Muslim Brotherhood's battalion in 1948 in ...

... the West Bank. The Palestinian leadership and public moved from demanding a solution based on a single secular and democratic state for both Palestinians and Jews in all of historic Palestine to a...

...scuss these issues, and that is exactly where the trade-off has to be made." Is Sari Nusseibeh, the secular Palestinian, the symbol of moderation, Ayalon's guy, burying the two-state solution? ...

45. We need a true friend
(News Room/Op Ed - 2008)
...that Iran’s standing in the Arab-Israeli arena would be significantly weakened. Syria’s ruling secular Alawite group is no natural bedfellow with the fundamentalist Shiite regime of Iran. ...

46. The collapse began today
(News Room/Op Ed - 2008)
..., not far from Quneitra. They did not wear skullcaps and they did not speak of the imminent Redemption. Secular kibbutz members from the Upper Galilee were behind the settlement initiative. They be...

47. Into the Lion's Den
(News Room/Op Ed - 2008)
...re persuaded that the clock is ticking on a two-state solution, that something must be done to salvage the secular expression of Palestinian nationalism against its religious manifestation, and that p...

48. This may be the last chance'
(News Room/Op Ed - 2008)
...ut hesitating. A rare example of a Palestinian leader who is not ashamed to admit that he is completely secular, Abbed Rabbo is high on the hit list of Gaza militants. Nor does he appear to have an...

49. Toward a true dialogue
(News Room/Op Ed - 2008)
...rld as divided between people who do no wrong and those who do no right; between moderates and extremists, secular and religious, evil and good. A simplistic and triumphal mind-set cannot guide us t...

50. Mideast peace talks get underway
(News Room/News - 2008)
...hen the next chop will come." Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is also weakened by his secular Fatah-led administration's loss of the Gaza Strip in June to the militant Islamic mov...

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