I finally heard, albeit reluctantly, parts of the speech delivered by the Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud): “and [ye shall] proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof”. This was one of the verses I heard him quote many times in his speech at the official, nationalist right wing celebration, the so-called Fifty Years of Settlement in Judea and Samaria.

The annual report of the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) warns that Israel is facing regional challenges although regular armies in the region do not pose a threat to Israel. This is particularly the case because of Iran’s presence in Syria. Chaired by US Advisor Dennis Ross, the JPPI is a think tank of the Jewish-Zionist Agency.

Friday, May 27, 2022


The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies (MADAR) is an independent research centre specialising in Israeli affairs, based in Ramallah, Palestine. MADAR was established in 2000 by a group of Palestinian intellectuals and academics, including the late poet Mahmoud Darwish, Dr. Lily Feidy, Dr. Ali Jarbawi, Dr. Ahmad Harb, Mr. Walid Al-Ahmad and Mr. Akram Haniyyeh. The centre was registered as a not-for-profit organisation with the Palestinian Ministry of Interior, and obtained a research centre’s operational licensing from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.