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A textile factory in Barkan,  in the northern West Bank
Israel

The Economic Costs Of Palestinian Unrest In The West Bank

TEL AVIV— The recent wave of violence and Mahmoud Abbas' threats to dismantle the Palestinian Authority could represent not just a security emergency for Israel, but also an economic nightmare.

More than 1,000 factories in the West Bank rely solely on the manpower of Palestinian workers. And they're just a small part of the financial cost that Israel will pay in the event of the Palestinian administration's collapse.

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Gaza City's al-Saha market
Israel

Ask Palestinians Why A Boycott Of Israel Is Bound To Fail

It's home economics, not geopolitics.

TEL AVIV— Just a few days before the decision by the European Parliament to label products coming from Israeli settlements a survey was released to gauge Palestinian opinion about boycotts as a way to punish Israel's policy.

The Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC), a Palestinian research institute, surveyed 1200 people from East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza about the boycott issue. Some 50% said they supported a full boycott on all made-in-Israel products, yet only 10% said they wanted a boycott of products only from Jewish settlements. In other words, Palestinians don't care if the products come from the West Bank or from Tel Aviv.

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An ultra-Orthodox Jew walks past graffiti in Jerusalem
Israel

On Church-State Separation, Israeli Views Intersect

While lawmakers wage political battles every day about how much religion the government should impose, ordinary Israelis, both religious and secular, are surprisingly unified on the notion of keeping the government out of their private lives.

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TEL AVIV The political relationship between secular and ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel is approaching a breaking point. Ideological differences between the two groups are continually widening, fueling legislative disagreements about how much the government should or can intervene in the private lives of citizens.

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IDF soldiers
Israel

Why Israelis Are Tired Of Bankrolling Military Might

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TEL AVIV — The reactions to last week's Locker Commission report that calls for massive cuts to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) budget is perhaps the best proof to date that the Israeli people don't understand the mechanisms that keep them safe.

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A mass wedding ceremony in Gaza, on April 11.
Israel

The Politics Of The Palestinian Wedding Business

TEL AVIV — A whole lot of money is involved in the current Palestinian political struggles, with some suggesting that the ability to bring in the bucks is a non-official competition for the title to be the next president of the Palestinian authority. And no better way to judge that than to measure how notable weddings are being celebrated.

We see, for example, that the current president Mahmoud Abbas marked his 80th birthday by celebrating his eldest grandson's wedding in Qatar.

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Just over the line in East Jerusalem
Israel

Arab Israelis, Alas? How East Jerusalem Was Abandoned By All

JERUSALEM The biggest Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds published a long interview last week with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. The interview is an unusual event in the political landscape of this nationalist Palestinian newspaper that has long spent its ink attacking Israeli policies.

In the interview, Barkat lays out details of construction plans for a new neighborhood in East Jerusalem that is meant to be built for the Arab community. The mayor also talks about his plans to improve the services for Arab Israelis, and reduce the tensions with Israel's Jewish majority.

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Palestinian soccer chief Jibril Rajoub giving Israel a red card at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 29
Israel

FIFA's Other Crisis: Israeli-Palestinian Feud Plays Out In Soccer World

While attention was focused on alleged corruption at FIFA, another kind of drama was playing out between the Israeli and Palestinian soccer delegations.

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TEL AVIV — Palestinian soccer chief Jibril Rajoub got what he wanted at last week's FIFA Congress: the proper stage to humiliate Israel and raise the issue of oppression in Gaza and the West Bank. As a result, FIFA will need to initiate more actions with Palestinians to avoid further discussions about Israel's legitimacy in the world.

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Benyamin Netanyahu during a weekly cabinet meeting
Israel

The New Netanyahu Government, The Worst In Israeli History

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TEL AVIV — Who would have thought that we'd miss Avigdor Lieberman at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs? Well, we don't really miss him, but unlike Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely, Lieberman at least understood the importance of good relations with the United States.

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In Jerusalem
Israel

Welfare Babies: The Economics Of Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Power

Ultra-Orthodox parties in coalition with Benjamin Netanyahu's government have obtained bonus welfare benefits for their religious schools and families. How the government is undermining the country's future generations.

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TEL AVIV None of Israel"s most recent policy reforms are going to encourage my child to stay in this country in 20 years, when he will be eligible to emigrate abroad. Indeed, they will no doubt help drive him away.

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Alone in Tel Aviv
food / travel

Israel Needs Tourism Lessons From Its Neighbors

TEL AVIV ― Annual results for 2014 for Israeli tourism companies, hotels and airlines are not good, though few are surprised. Every sector linked to the travel and tourist industry is losing money due to the consequences of last summer's conflict in Gaza.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government had approved a measure that promised that tourism companies would be compensated for the losses linked to the war, though funds have yet to be transferred.

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Netanyahu's Likud was the biggest party in most towns in the Negev and Galilee
Israel

Netanyahu, A Promise To The Forgotten Periphery Of Israel

TEL AVIV — After the final breakdown of the election results were confirmed, it was clear who sent Benjamin Netanyahu back for another term as prime minister: the people of the so-called "periphery" of Israel, far away from the urban centers in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Support from small towns and distant suburbs had more to do with the center-right leader's striking reelection than from any other part of the country.

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Likely next Finance Minister Kahlon making his case
Israel

Will Netanyahu Be Able To Work With His Finance Minister This Time?

TEL AVIV — When the coalition agreement is signed and the next Israeli government is officially formed as expected next month, it will have exactly 107 days to pass the state budget that will chart the country's economic course.

So even while the rest of the world may focus on the profiles of the incoming foreign and defense ministers, Israelis will be just as concerned that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the right candidate for finance minister.

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