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Only ten weeks did Kadima participate in the Netanyahu government. The – not entirely surprising – end of this episode stands symbolically for the volatile “status quo” in the region, but also in Israel itself. The possibility to solve the backlog of domestic problems has been missed. For the moment, it does not appear as if Kadima had any pros-pects to tie up with the success from the 2009 Knesset elections in case of early elec-tions. more…

Michael Mertes, Evelyn Gaiser | July 23, 2012

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Poll

The chances for a renewal of negotiations are rather low in the public perception. Pessimism and mutual distrust prevail among both Israelis and Palestinians. more…

Michael Mertes | July 18, 2012

Israeli Worries: Is the Arab Winter Approaching Now?

Israel also commemorates intensely the victims of the September 11 terror attacks of New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. At the same time there are great worries regarding the last week, which was marked by increasing tensions with Turkey and which ended with a shock: the storming of the Israeli embassy in Cairo by a fanaticized mob. more…

September 11, 2011

Joint Israeli-Palestinian Poll

The view on the peace process remains marked by pessimism on both sides. This is also reflected in the views of Israelis and Palestinians regarding a quick solution of the conflict in light of the uprising in Egypt. more…

Felix Dane | April 5, 2011

Christians in Israel

A Complex Question of Identity

Galilee and Jerusalem, the heartlands of the New Testament, are today part of the State of Israel. Christians only make up a small proportion of the total Israeli population. As a percentage of this total, their proportion is sinking, but in real terms their numbers are growing. Christians in Israel are mainly Arabs who are Israeli citizens, which gives them complex identity issues and different points of reference. Although their religious freedom is guaranteed, local Christian Arabs are faced with two challenges relating to their situation as a dual minority. more…

Dr. Lars Hänsel | December 3, 2010

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