Event Reflection by Jessica Horst and Jennifer Kennedy   On Monday, November 13, 2017, the AU Center for Israel Studies hosted famous Israeli chefs both Israeli Jewish and Palestinian,  Einat Admony, Lior Lev Sercarz, Michael Solomonov,  Osama Dalal,and Tom Franz for their conference, “Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society.” […]

Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Culture


Research Paper By Gabrielle Burack   At the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the dispute over land and borders. The geography of the conflict revolves around three territorial units of Israel: the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem. The issue lies in establishing agreeable borders that satisfy both Israel’s and […]

Final Borders in an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Agreement


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Event Reflection By Sophie Levy   I have always been intrigued by those that seek to not only understand, but befriend their so-called “Other.” So, when I heard of the co-sponsored event by Hillel and New Story Leadership (NSL), a non-profit organization that empowers the voices of young Israeli and […]

A New Story: Young Voices of Israel and Palestine



CIS Event Reflection By Gabrielle Chishinsky   On Thursday, October 19th, American University’s Center for Israel Studies hosted Leonidas Pantelides- the Cypriot Ambassador to the United States, Einat Weiss from the Israeli Embassy, and Professor Dan Arbell who discussed the strategic and special relationship between Israel and Cyprus.   Leonidas Pantelides […]

Israeli-Cypriot Relations:A Special and Strategic Relationship that Transcends Time


Experience Reflection and Research Paper By Daniella Retzkin   Texas, my great uncle, who was literally blown up during The Yom Kippur War, survived and shares his story more easily now than years ago. The war memories, which for several years haunted his daily thoughts, terrified his small children and […]

Texas: The Yom Kippur War


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Research Paper and Op-ed by Jacob Kagon   Extreme poverty, disease, and war have turned the holy land region, known as Palestine, into one of the most unstable regions in the world. Palestine is a small territory consisting of the Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean Coast and the West Bank, […]

The Deterioration of Quality of Life in the Palestinian Territories



Op-Ed by José  Eriel Muniz Gomez   After more than 40 years trying to identify whether Israel had any natural resources in its territory, the frustrations of the Jewish state reached its boiling point in 2010 with the discovery of the Leviathan natural gas field on the Mediterranean Sea coast. […]

Israel’s New Economic Geostrategy



Experience Reflection by Elysia Martin   Trips to Israel usually include all of the essentials, like kayaking in the Jordan River, hiking Masada, exploring Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv, staying with Bedouins in the Negev, and riding camels. But when was the last time you had dinner with strangers? All I knew […]

Room for Everyone at the Table: An Israeli Secular ...



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Written by Dania Tanur   On Wednesday, September 27th, American University’s Center for Israel Studies hosted journalists and authors Laura Blumenfeld and Samuel G. Freedman for a discussion on the diaspora Jews and Israel in the era of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The event, moderated by […]

A Changing Relationship: Diaspora Jews and Israel in the Trump/Netanyahu ...