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Editorial Board

Adnan Abdelrazek

Danny Rubinstein

Sam'an Khoury

Daniel Bar-Tal

Galia Golan

Gershon Baskin

Hind Khoury

Edy Kaufman

Ata Qaymari

Benjamin Pogrund

Nafez Nazzal

Dan Jacobson

Jumana Jaouni

Moshe Maoz

Munther Dajani

Khuloud Khayyat Dajani

Izhak Schnell

Lucy Nusseibah

Meir Margalit

Menachem Klein

Ali Abu Shahla

Ilan Baruch

Hanna Siniora

Yehudit Oppenheimer

Mossi Raz

Susie Becher

Frances Raday

Arab Spring
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Table of Contents


  • The Arab Spring and Its Implications
         by Ziad AbuZayyad

  • Analyzing the Obvious: Is It the Culture of Civil Unrest or the Culture of Uncivil Rest That Needs to Be Revisited in the Arab World?
         The youth are now demanding substantial changes that would overturn not only a long-running government and series of presidents but also the whole system with its powerful tools of oppression.
         by Munther Dajani

  • Farewell to an Age of Tyranny? Egypt as a Model of Arab Revolution
          The next stage will see a new balance of power between the army, which is keen to preserve its security and economic interests, the Islamists and the more liberal-secular youth
         by Elie Podeh

  • The Arab Revolt — What Next?
          Arabs want a better life, unattainable under elites more sensitive to U.S.-Israeli interests than to their own people.
         by Johan Galtung

  • Revolutions, Reforms and Democratic Transition in the Arab Homeland from the Perspective of the Tunisian Revolution
          The outcomes of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions will have a role in forming a democratic consciousness that will determine the fates of other Arab states.
         by Azmi Bishara

  • Is the Arab Spring Israel’s Winter?
          The Israeli public does not see a link between the conflict with the Palestinians —together with the Arab Spring — and the protest for socioeconomic justice.
         by Menachem Klein

  • Have the Arab Uprisings Lost Their Spring?
          At this time of profound change, full of both opportunity and menace, if Israel fails to bring its occupation to a swift end, there is no prospect for its being accepted into the region.
         by Tony Klug

  • Islamists and Power: End of Ideology
          The Islamists’ slogan “Islam Is the Solution” and monopoly on speaking in the name of religion will be judged by their political, economic and other programs on the ground.
         by Khaled Hroub

  • The Turkish Model and the Arab Spring
          Turkey’s success in combining Islam and secularism as well as in taking the military out of political and civilian life should serve as a model for the new and evolving revolutionary regimes
         by Alon Liel

  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Arab Awakening
          The continued protests in Tahrir Square and Rothschild Boulevard over the summer of 2011 suggested that the demonstrators shared something in common, normally obscured by the Arab-Israeli conflict
         by Joel Beinin

  • Impact of the Revolutions in the Arab World on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and Future Prospects
          The first lesson from Tahrir Square that the Palestinians should learn is to end internal division and start working together.
         by Samir Awad

  • The Arab Spring: Opportunities
          There are opportunities to influence public opinion in both Israel and the Arab states, and conditions that may be conducive — should Israel choose to act — to the resumption of a meaningful peace process
         by Ehud Eiran

  • The Regional Implications of the Arab Uprising
         The “Arab Spring” aggravates the security dilemma between Israel and its neighbors, and the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian problem cannot remain unaffected by the outcomes of the uprisings.
         by Nikolas (Nicos) Panayiotides

  • The Arab Re-Awakening and the Hopes for a Palestinian State
          The “Arab re-Awakening” should push all Arab governments to make collective Arab interests across the region, including the establishment of a Palestinian state, a focus of their policies, strategies and action.
         by Hind Khoury

  • New World Order — The People
         The challenge is to translate the technological revolution, which has made us more equal in our access to information and communications tools, into a New World Order where we can become equal on all levels of life.
         by Nachik Navoth

  • Reverberations of the Arab Spring
          In struggles for greater justice and well-being, all sides may suffer great losses; one way to avoid this is to affirm inclusive identities that involve common interests and concerns.
         by Louis Kriesberg

  • The Arab Revolutions from a Palestinian Perspective
          The Arab revolutions were led by the people themselves, and if they lead to the notion of citizenship, they may lead to a full transition to democracy in the region
         by Walid Salem

  • The Arab Spring and the Future of Democracy in the Middle East: Rethinking Middle Eastern Studies
         The success of the Arab Spring depends on new governments being able to meet youth’s economic expectations, and Israel could still contribute to a new regional conversation on economic and social reform.
         by Miriam Elman

  • Prospects for Democracy in the Arab World
          It is debatable whether the Arab states can make the successful transition from authoritarian regimes to democratic processes.
         by Jamil Rabah

  • From the Arab Peace Initiative to the Arab Spring and Back
          It is still in the interest of both the Arab world and Israel to advance the Arab Peace Initiative, the only plan that can bring about true stability and prosperity to the region.
         by Ron Pundak

  • The Arab Spring: Progress Report and Conclusions
          The Arab Spring may not blossom soon, but the political will of the Arab people is liberating itself from the grip of dictatorships, and this will have a strong impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
         by Ziad AbuZayyad

  • The Israeli Summer and the Arab Spring
          Without placing the price of the settlements and the occupation and the need to resolve the conflict on the agenda, there is no possibility of achieving social justice in its deepest sense.
         by Hillel Schenker

  • People are urging us not to give up. So we are not giving up!
         by Yossi Yonah

  • The Arab Spring
         Dr. Nimrod Goren, Boaz Rakocz, Walid Salem, Abeer Zayyad, Saman Khoury, Emily Lawrence, Hillel Schenker. Moderator: Ofer Zalzberg

  • Olives and other poems
         by Galit Hasan-Rokem

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