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#82: Rabbinic Prism

This special episode of PeaceCast is produced in partnership with T’ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights. It features six stories told by rabbinical students at a recent story telling evening in Israel, at the end of their one-year T’ruah program there. With any feedback, comments or ideas, please email Ori Nir at


#81: Near Consensus

Non-Israelis often find it surprising or counter-intuitive that Israel’s top brass, its senior security officials are consistently more dovish than its political leadership. For years, Israeli security officials – retired officials publicly and serving ones privately -- have been the most solid proponents of the two-state solution. Anecdotally, this was a well-known fact. Now there is a scientific study that shows just how true this truism is. This episode features Dr. Guy Ziv of the School...


#80: The Fallen, Humanity, and Peace

A speech I gave at the Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day ceremony in Washington on May 7th.


#79: What Everyone Needs to Know about the Conflict

Dov Waxman is a Professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Israel Studies and the Director of the Middle East Studies program at Northeastern University. On the day of its official release, we spoke with Dov about his new book The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: What Everyone Needs to Know. Find the book here on Google and here on Amazon


#78: Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians

This episode’s guest is Khaled Elgindy, a scholar at the Brookings institution who specializes in Palestinian affairs. He is the author of a new book Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians, from Balfour to Trump, which was published on April 4th, 2019. Links: The book on Amazonprofile on Brookings’ web site How the Peace Process (Probably) Killed the Two-State Solution on the need for new thinking regarding Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution Washington Post article


#77: Tribute to Amos Oz

This episode features three speeches delivered at a March 31 commemorative event at Washington’s Temple Sinai, to honor Israeli novelist Amos Oz, an icon of Israel’s peace movement. Oz died last December at the age of 79. The event was organized by J Street. APN was among the co-sponsors. The first speech is the keynote speech by Fania Oz Salzberger, Amos Oz’s daughter. The second is by J Street’s president Jeremy Ben Ami. The third is by Natalie Portman, who brought to the screen Amos Oz’s...


#76: Israeli Public Opinion on the Eve of Elections

This episode was recorded at a live event that Americans for Peace Now co-sponsored with the New Israel Fund at our joint office in Washington on April 3rd, just six days before the Israeli elections. Our guest was Dr. Dahlia Scheindlin, one of Israel’s leading public opinion analysts. The discussion was moderated by Naomi Paiss, the former Vice President of Public Affairs at the New Israel Fund for over a decade, and a longtime public affairs and communications professional. Please send...


#75: 40 Years to the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty

On the fortieth anniversary of the White House signing ceremony of Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt, Israel’s peace movement Peace Now (Shalom Achshav) launched a campaign to remind Israelis of this historic peace treaty and its strategic value for Israel, and to underscore the fact that peace with the Palestinians and the entire Arab world is within reach. Peace Now’s executive director, Shaqued Morag, talks about the new campaign and about the centerpiece of the campaign, an evocative...


#74: Advocating for Gazans' Freedom of Movement

Tania Hary is the Executive Director of Gisha, an Israeli human rights organization whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially residents of the Gaza Strip. APN's Debra Shushan and Ori Nir spoke with her on March 21st.


#73: Covering the Conflict from DC

This is a special episode of PeaceCast. For the first time, we recorded PeaceCast before a live audience in Washington DC. We partnered with one of Israel’s most popular English language podcasts, the Tel Aviv Review. We recorded it on March 7th 2019 at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The event was organized in partnership with J Street. We hosted two journalists, Israeli journalist Amir Tibon of Haaretz and Palestinian journalist Said Arikat of al-Quds. Haaretz is...


#72: Political Horizon in the Absence of Negotiations

Gilead (Gili) Sher is an Israeli lawyer, scholar, expert on, and practitioner of, Israeli negotiations with the Palestinians. He was Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s chief negotiator between 1999 and 2001. Now he directs the Center for Applied Negotiations at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) in Tel Aviv. APN’s acting CEO Aviva Meyer joined Ori Nir for a conversation with Sher on February 15th, 2019 at Georgetown University's government Department, where Sher is now the...


#71: The Anatomy of ATCA

This show features two experts on Washington Middle East policy and legislative affairs: Debra Shushan, APN’s Policy and Government Relations Director, and Lara Friedman, who preceded her in this position, and is now the President of the Foundation for Middle East Peace. Together, they drill down on the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act, better known by its acronym ATCA, a piece of legislation that tells a fascinating story of how policy on Israeli-Palestinian affairs is being made in...


#70: Law, Ethics, Politics and Occupation

Currently a professor of law at at the S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah, Amos Guiora is the former Commander of the Israel Defense Forces' School of Military Law. Before retiring from the IDF as a Lieutenant Colonel, he was also the Judge Advocate for the Navy and Home Front Command, as well as the Legal Adviser to the IDF's commander of the Gaza Strip, a military court judge and a military prosecutor. In this episode -- a longer episode than the usual -- he talks about the...


#69: West Bank Settlements - 2018 Highlights

Brian Reeves, Director of External Relations at Shalom Achshav (Peace Now), APN’s Israeli sister-organization, talks about the new West Bank settlement scandal: a plan to build another settlement near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, which would complete a ring around Bethlehem and severely threaten a two-state solution. Brian also talks about broader trends in settlement activity in 2018 and about what Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project is focusing on going into...


#68: Rashida Tlaib and Palestinian-Americans

Rashida Tlaib of Michigan is the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress. Public attention focused on a profanity that Tlaib used in reference to President Trump shortly after being sworn in to the 116th Congress. This episode, instead, focuses on the significance of Tlaib’s coming to Washington for the Palestinian-American community, a community that has never enjoyed much political clout in the U.S. Hanna Hanania, a prominent leader of the community, talks about what it...


#67: Israel's Relations with US Jews

A new report by Israel's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) analyzes Israel's relations with American Jews through the prism of Israeli national security. The report is chiefly directed at Israeli policy makers, and therefore has so far only been published in Hebrew. The English translation will be published soon. Dr. Michal Hatuel-Radushitzky, one of the report's authors, talks about the chief observations and recommendations of the report.


#66: East Jerusalem Update

Known by many as Mr. Jerusalem, one of the world’s leading experts on Jewish-Arab relations in Jerusalem, Danny Seidemann is the founder and director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, an Israeli non-governmental organization that works to identify and track the full spectrum of developments in Jerusalem that could impact either the political process or permanent status options, destabilize the city or spark violence, or create humanitarian crises. We spoke about the recent elections for Jerusalem’s...


#65: Advocating Peace in the West Bank and Gaza

Abdallah Hamarsheh is the acting director and co-founder of Zimam , a Palestinian civil society organization working to enable and empower youth to take a leadership role in creating a pluralistic and democratic Palestinian State. Zimam is the outgrowth of the Palestinian chapter of One Voice and is still supported by OneVoice . Together with Mara Lee, the Global Executive Director of OneVoice, Abdallah Hamarsheh spoke with Ori Nir and Debra Shushan at APN’s office in Washington. Please...


#64: Arab Citizens on Israel's National Soccer Team

Eight out of the 22 players on the current Israeli soccer national team are non-Jews, of them 7 are Arabs and one, Bibras Natkho, is an Israeli Circassian Muslim. He is also the national team captain. That is unprecedented. Never before have so many non-Jewish players played for the national team. The soccer field in Israel serves young Arab men as a tool for upward mobility while it also serves as a platform for anti-Arab bigotry and racism. Tomer Fadlon, an expert on the politics and...


#63: US Jews' Attitudes on Israel, Trump, and Netanyahu

Jim Gerstein is a pollster and a founding partner of GBA Strategies, a DC-based firm that provides research-based strategic counsel for candidates running for office, non-profit organizations, and for arts and cultural institutions. Since 2008, Gerstein has been conducting national polls of American Jews on election nights, commissioned by J Street. In this episode, J Street's Jessica Rosenblum and APN's Ori Nir talk with Gerstein about his November 6th, 2018 poll. This episode marks a...