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  Nancy Spielberg grew up surrounded by the film industry, where she worked on her brother Steven’s early films.

She join us this morning to talk about her new documentary, Above and Beyond, and about her Women's Philanthropy Connections event for the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York

Stephen Gottlieb: Looming Catastrophe Vs Stubborn People

Mar 22, 2016

Help. Two major problems have the same structure – it doesn’t look like people will deal with the problem until it is too late. Too late means the survivors will be refugees. Everyone else will be dead. And yet getting people to deal with the threat except at the fringes has been impossible.

The stabbing spree in Israel by Palestinian terrorists continues unabated. Even when an American citizen visiting Israel is killed “What me worry? President Obama” is unfazed. At this point in his presidency Obama has only one goal: burnishing his legacy.

  It was the deadliest terror campaign ever mounted against a nation in modern times: the al-Aqsa, or Second, Intifada. This is the untold story of how Israel fought back with an elite force of undercover operatives, drawn from the nation’s diverse backgrounds and ethnicities—and united in their ability to walk among the enemy as no one else dared.

After decades of violence, distrust and broken negotiations, can a lasting peace ever be achieved between Israel and the Palestinians? A man who has tried to bridge that gap will be speaking this evening at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Dr. Gershon Baskin has been an advisor to both Isreali and Palestinian leaders and has been involved in backchannel negotiations, one of which led to the release of an abducted Israeli soldier.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand last week led an official Senate trip to the Middle East to meet with allies to discuss strategy to fight global terrorism. Her trip included meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.

Microaggression, or a slight intended or unintended, has influenced public discourse from universities to world leaders. Yet it is interesting to note some slights are acceptable and others are not. It is considered inappropriate to use an adjective such as militant or radical to modify the noun Islam. However, it is increasingly appropriate to use the expression Zionist aggression, even when most Israeli military activity is defensive – a retaliation for violence inflicted on the Jewish state.

Everyone seemed to make nice at the recent Netanyahu-Obama sitdown.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays delves into the relationship with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Stephen Gottlieb: Brandeis And Zionism

Oct 27, 2015

The struggle between Israel and Palestine and the intransigence of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, leads me to think about a founder of American Zionism. In a book to come out early next year, I wrote:

George Mitchell

Oct 22, 2015
Chris Colton, Albany Law School

Former U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell was in our region yesterday, speaking at both Albany law School and Skidmore College. He discussed his new book, The Negotiator: A Memoir, and his experience in brokering the historic 1998 Good Friday Agreement to address the conflict in Northern Ireland.

In addition to his long and storied career in the U.S. Senate, he has also taken on the task of working to bring peace to the conflict in the Middle East and led the investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball that culminated in the release of what has come to be known as the Mitchell Report.

  The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the longest, ongoing hot-and-cold war of the 20th and 21st centuries. It has produced more refugees than any current conflict, generating fully one quarter of all refugees worldwide. Everyone knows that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is important itself, and is also fueling tensions throughout the Middle East. Yet most people shy away from this conflict, claiming it is "just too complicated" to understand.

Understanding Israel/Palestine: Race, Nation, and Human Rights in the Conflict is written for people who want a point of entry into the conversation. Eve Spangler is a sociologist at Boston College.

  Some members of Congress are just back from a trip to Israel.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the visit was eye-opening.

The deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear program reached last week has been both hailed as an historic agreement and decried as a disaster for U.S. foreign policy. With Secretary of State John Kerry due to travel to the Middle East early next month, the U.S. is working hard to convince allies in the region that the accord is the right move. But there’s also a domestic debate, with many members of Congress promising to pore over the deal before rendering judgment. Already busy trying to shape that debate is the liberal advocacy group J-Street, which supports a two-state solution in Israel as a road to peace. Dylan Williams is Vice President of Government Affairs for J-Street and is a former U.S. Senate staffer.

Herbert London: The New BDS Challenges

Jun 10, 2015

A growing global pro-Palestinian movement to boycott Israel took on new proportions when the top executive of Orange, a leading French telecommunications company, said he would withdraw from the Israeli market if he could.

Lawmakers are facing a tough decision over the Iranian nuclear program.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Nita Lowey tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that the U.S. relationship with Israel must remain sacred.

Herbert London: The Aftermath Of Netanyahu’s Victory

Apr 1, 2015

The champagne bottles in the White House remain unopened. Despite the vigorous efforts of the Obama team to unseat Netanyahu in the recent Israeli elections, he prevailed. President Obama made clear his vitriolic sentiments towards Bibi Netanyahu are undiminished.

3/24/15 Panel

Mar 24, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of The Times Union, Mike Spain, and WAMC newsman Ray Graf.

Scheduled topics include: Netanyahu apologizes for comments about Israeli Arabs, Police Find No Evidence of Rape at UVA Fraternity, Utah Firing Squads, Philly Police Justice Dept. Report, Boston Marathon Bomber Poll.

3/19/15 Panel

Mar 19, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC newsman Ray Graf, and Poughkeepsie Journal Editor Stu Shinske.

Scheduled topics: Tunis Attack; UN Israel Relations; Obama on Budget; Senate on Budget; State Dept. on Clinton E-mails.

3/18/15 Panel

Mar 18, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Schedule topics today include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wins election in Israel; Penn State frat suspended; Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage; US Budget; new findings in breast biopsies.

Herbert London: A Strategy For The Middle East

Mar 4, 2015

In several press conferences and public statements President Obama has theorized a Middle East strategy that is limited, time sensitive and avoids “boots on the ground.” This position is the one he proposed to Congress. Modest but not overwhelming; committed but only in a partial sense. In no sense, not even one advocated by the president, is this a policy for total victory over ISIL or al Qaeda or any other terrorist organization.

Stephen Gottlieb: Israel, Iran And American Diplomacy

Mar 3, 2015

Some people are angry at Israel because they are against Israel. But some of us are angry because we care so much about its survival and think it is being stupid. Popular foreign policy here and everywhere is about waving swords and shooting anyone in their way. It's a quick and simple solution. But depend too much on the sword and die by the sword.

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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to address Congress, but not without controversy.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that it looks like a cheap stunt.

President Barack Obama delivered his two thousand/fifteen – State Of The Union – Address to a Joint Session of Congress, in which victorious mid-term Republicans were determined to make even his concession of this reality a moment of impotence, best kept to him-self.  His refusal to accept this belittling has set all else that follows in a somber sense of gridlock.  Seemingly impelled by this impetus, House Speaker Boener unceremoniously announced that he had invoked a ‘Joint Session’ of Congress, which he’d invited Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to address.  This apparent insult on Speaker Boener’s part may also be more seriously seen as an effort to force the President into an embarrassingly impossible position, between two devilishly difficult political choices.  Favoring liberal-Jewish-American Democrats over strongly-pro-Netanyahu conservatives (or vice-versa), is surely bound to provoke the ire of those with seemingly less clout.

1/29/15 Panel

Jan 29, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao, and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include an update on Sheldon Silver, California school bans students without vaccinations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress, Attorney general nominee Loretta E. Lynch, and Biofuels.

What we do know, or think we know, that just isn’t true? There are myths, riddles and indeterminate conditions, but for many these factors are ignored in favor of what one believes to be true.

Herbert London: When Jewish Blood Is Spilled

Dec 3, 2014

Images of distinguished rabbis hacked to death in a blood soaked synagogues floor during a prayer service are about a hatred so deep that any rational discourse cannot assuage it. These images evoke memories of the Holocaust and the flight from Europe to a national home. Israelis’ are assailed by the same venomous loathing they sought to escape and the same international indifference to their plight.

Herbert London: The Multipronged Attack On Israel

Nov 5, 2014

In the international effort to undermine Israel every avenue of attack from the military to the cultural is being employed. The Arab world is continually stirred to a frenzy pitch on imaginary or exaggerated threats. Palestinian Authority President Abbas (seemingly president for life) spread the unfounded incendiary rumor that Israeli settlers were “desecrating” Al-Aqsa Mosque and noting “we must stop them (the settlers) from entering by any means possible.” But there isn’t a scintilla of evidence that this claim is true?

Stephen Gottlieb: Guns Versus PR In Palestine

Oct 28, 2014

Whenever I speak about Israel and Palestine, I get angry and anguished letters from both sides. I understand. The world is going to heck in so many ways – growing population, destroying our environment, killing each other – why not have a few dreams about the good life in the Middle East. Dreams are much more fun than reality. Only a few have the strength to look with clear eyes and at both sides.

Herbert London: The European Slide To Anti-Zionism

Oct 22, 2014

Although it isn’t binding, the British parliament voted in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state. British MPs voted 274 to 12 for a non-binding motion to “recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two state solution.” The remainder of the parliament’s 650 MPs abstained.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has made it a goal to increase the commonwealth’s international business relations embarking on numerous trade missions across the globe. One of the places is Israel. Yehuda Yaakov took over as the Consul General of Israel to New England in February.

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