WBEZ | Palestine http://www.wbez.org/tags/palestine Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en An Israeli and a Palestinian perspective on violence in Israel http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-30/israeli-and-palestinian-perspective-violence-israel-113575 <p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b785b7f6-ba56-6259-be8a-c126b196bf90"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Wall%20in%20Palestine.jpg" title="(Flickr)" /></span></p><p dir="ltr"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/230822970&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><strong><span style="font-size:22px;"><span>Omar Barghouti gives a Palestinian perspective on recent violence in Israel</span></span></strong></p><p dir="ltr"><span>Omar Barghouti is an academic, human rights activist and a co-founder of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment <a href="http://www.bdsmovement.net/">(BDS)</a> movement. In part, its philosophy holds that the most effective way to pressure Israel to end its control of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem is for outside parties, such as governments, universities and corporations, to cease doing business or collaborating with Israel. Today, Barghouti will comment on the recent wave of violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories and why he believes BDS methods are a viable option to facilitate peace. He wrote his views on the current tensions in a </span>Salon Magazine article titled, <a href="http://www.salon.com/2015/10/22/israels_descent_into_unmasked_right_wing_extremism_a_new_generation_rises_to_fight_occupation_settler_colonialism_apartheid/">&ldquo;Israel&rsquo;s descent into unmasked, right wing extremism: A new generation rises to fight occupation, settler-colonialism, apartheid&rdquo;.</a></p><div><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1c157181-ba56-96be-9086-f1dc373c4a23"><strong>Guest:</strong> Omar Barghouti is </span><span id="docs-internal-guid-b785b7f6-ba6d-fa3f-8a28-54cf8930f435">human rights activist, academic and co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. </span>Author of the book <a href="http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions"><em>Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights</em></a>.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/230823977&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span style="font-size:22px;"><span>Avi Issacharoff gives an Israeli perspective on recent violence in Israel</span></span></strong></p><p dir="ltr"><span>Tensions are high in Jerusalem and other Israeli cities, following a series of attacks on Israeli Jews that have had some questioning whether we are seeing the beginning of a third intifada. &nbsp;But many Palestinians have also been killed in recent weeks by Israeli police and security forces. The UN has called for an investigation into the deaths of four Palestinians, including a 13 year old boy who was killed during a recent clash with Israeli security forces. Israel has blamed the Palestinian leadership for inciting the attacks, saying it has stoked rumors that </span>Israel planned to expand Jewish rights on the Temple Mount, or Al-Aqsa mosque. Israel issued a statement saying it did not intend to change the current agreement, which is that Muslims pray on the Temple Mount; non-Muslims visit the Temple Mount. We&rsquo;ll discuss the recent violence and the ongoing conflict with Avi Issacharoff, an analyst with the <em>Times of Israel</em>.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.timesofisrael.com/writers/avi-issacharoff/">Avi Issacharoff</a>, Israeli radio host and analyst with the Times of Israel<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/230824527&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-a35f0be2-ba56-da20-d7d3-948effe46467">Milos Stehlik Interviews Suffragette Director, Sarah Gavron</span></strong></span></p><p dir="ltr">The movie &ldquo;Suffragette&rdquo; was inspired by true events- the fight for women&rsquo;s equality in 20th -century Britain. The film, by director Sarah Gavron, chronicles the fight for the right to vote, and centers around the story of Maud, a housewife who defies her husband for the cause. The movie stars actress Carey Mulligan, who&rsquo;s &nbsp;been a vocal proponent for more equality for women in the film industry. &nbsp;Film contributor Milos Stehlik sat down with Gavron to talk about the film.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong style="line-height: 1.38;">Guests:</strong></p><div><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">Milos Stehlik is the director of <a href="http://www.facets.org/">Facets Multimedia</a> and WBEZ film contributor</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a35f0be2-ba8c-199c-bfc6-b9b13c64d0cb">Sarah Gavron is a filmmaker and the director of the film, <em><a href="http://www.focusfeatures.com/suffragette">Suffragette</a></em></span></p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/230825182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.38;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><strong><span style="font-size:22px;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-db615bac-ba56-f9b3-a5dd-804d765cb79d">Weekend Passport</span></span></strong></p><div><p dir="ltr"><span>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. &nbsp;In the last decade, </span>more than 40 Spanish language books have been published in the Chicago area by independent publishing houses. &nbsp;This week Nari Safavi will tell us about a book fair that celebrates the city&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagolatinoauthorsbookfair.com/">Latino authors</a> and also Jafar Panahi&#39;s film, <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/taxi">TAXI</a> at Siskel Center, &#39;<a href="http://www.voicesandfaces.org/">Testimony and Tikkun Olam</a>&#39; at the Illinois Holocaust Museum&#39; and the &#39;<a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mostra-vi-opening-night-gala-tickets-18898057599">Mostra Film Series</a>&#39;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest: </strong>Nari Safavi is a co-founder of <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/">Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</a></p></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 10:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-30/israeli-and-palestinian-perspective-violence-israel-113575 Global Activism: Creating Middle East peace through science http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-creating-middle-east-peace-through-science-113247 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/GA-Malta.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-5a75db9d-48a9-8cb1-cc64-1ca72231fd12">Zafra Lerman, award-winning Chicago-area professor, chemist and peace advocate, has dedicated her life to inspiring students, institutions and governments through the collaborative power of scientific endeavor. Lerman&rsquo;s passion drove her to create <a href="http://www.maltaconferencesfoundation.org/">Malta Conferences Foundation</a>. Its main work centers on a bi-annual peacebuilding gathering of scientists from across the Middle East. For our </span><em>Global Activism</em> segment, Lerman will tell us about the challenges and triumphs of bringing together Middle Eastern Jews, Muslims and Christians to create peace, through science.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227531360&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>Malta VII will take place in November 2015 in Rabat, Morocco -&nbsp;</strong></em><a href="http://www.maltaconferencesfoundation.org/donate.html"><em><strong>Donations accepted</strong></em></a></p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong>See this <a href="https://youtu.be/ph8q38UGqMU">video trailer</a> of highlights from &#39;Malta VI&#39;</strong></p><p><em><strong>In October, 2015, Zafra Lerman was awarded the 2016 Andrei Sakharov Prize that recognizes &ldquo;outstanding leadership and/or achievements of scientists in upholding human rights.&rdquo;</strong></em></p></p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/global-activism/global-activism-creating-middle-east-peace-through-science-113247 Are the Oslo Accords Dead? http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-07/are-oslo-accords-dead-113221 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/UN%20flag%20main%20page_0.jpg" title="People photograph the Palestinian flag as it flies for the first time at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227346846&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">UN flag-raising and future of the Oslo accords</span></strong></p><p>The United Nations raised the Palestinian flag at its headquarters this week. Many observers called the move only symbolic. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas later addressed the UN General Assembly and declared that the PA was no longer beholden to signed agreements, such as the 1993 Oslo Peace accords, as long as Israel &ldquo;refuses to cease settlement activities and to release...Palestinian prisoners in accordance with our agreements.&rdquo; In response, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu&rsquo;s office issued a statement saying &ldquo;We expect and call on the [Palestinian] Authority and its leader to act responsibly and accede to the proposal of the Prime Minister of Israel and enter into direct negotiations...without preconditions.&quot; We&rsquo;ll talk about the troubled Middle East Peace process with Dr. Manuel Hassassian, the PA&rsquo;s envoy to the United Kingdom and Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Dr. Manuel Hassassian, the PA&rsquo;s envoy to the United Kingdom</p><p>Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227348334&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">Milos Stehlik on the Chicago South Asian Film Festival: Satyajit Ray&rsquo;s Legacy</span></strong></p><p>The sixth annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival is underway. WBEZ Film contributor Milos Stehlik of Facets Multimedia will tell us about some of this year&rsquo;s offerings, including&nbsp; the work of the late famed director, Satyajit Ray. We&rsquo;ll also talk with Dilip Basu, a filmmaker and director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Milos Stehlik is WBEZ&#39;s film contributor and director of Facets Multimedia</p><p>Dilip Basu, a &nbsp;filmmaker and director of the Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/227350181&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Weekend Passport</strong></span></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend.&nbsp; This week he&rsquo;ll tell us about a fashion show presented by the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. It features the designs of Patricia Michaels (of Project Runway fame) whose clothing design draws from her own Native American roots.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p>Nari Safavi is co-founder of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange</p><p>Patricia Michaels is a fashion designer</p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-d7aa32ec-4399-7cb4-4b35-c5eb1361aaaa">Kathleen McDonald is e</span>xecutive director at Mitchell Museum of the American Indian</p></p> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 09:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-10-07/are-oslo-accords-dead-113221 Guatemala's political scandal http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-25/guatemalas-political-scandal-112724 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/220870239&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Impeachment beckons for Guatemala&#39;s president</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>A corruption probe has rocked Guatemala&rsquo;s leading officials. President Perez Molina refuses to step down, despite widespread protests and a supreme court ruling urging further prosecution. Adriana Beltran joins us to discuss the political unrest and what&rsquo;s next for Guatemala. She&rsquo;s a senior associate for citizen security at the Washington Office on Latin America.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong><em>&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/Adriana_WOLA"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e7d09f38-66a4-3fb9-13d0-7b1331199dbb">Adriana </span>Beltrán</a> is a senior associate for Citizen Security at the Washington Office on Latin America.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/220870711&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">World History Minute: The fall of Pompei</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>Historian John Schmidt recalls the fall of Pompei, which happened this week in the year AD 79.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong><em>John Schmidt is a Professor at the University of Chicago, and author of &#39;On This Day in Chicago&#39;.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/220871783&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Palestinian minors and the Israeli justice system</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p>n 2014, we interviewed Military Watch, an organization that monitors the detention of Palestinian children in Israeli military prisons. We&#39;ll revisit this issue with Brant Rosen, Midwest regional director at the American Friends Service Committee and Rabbi of Tzedek Chicago. He&rsquo;s part of a Chicago coalition that&rsquo;s leading an international campaign to bring awareness to the conditions of Palestinian children being detained by the Israeli military called, &ldquo;No Way to Treat a Child.&rdquo; We&rsquo;ll also talk with Brad Parker, an attorney and International Advocacy officer for Defence for Children International Palestine.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><em><a href="http://twitter.com/RabbiBrant">&nbsp;</a><span id="docs-internal-guid-e7d09f38-66aa-017c-1153-e448adcbb35a"><a href="http://twitter.com/RabbiBrant">Brant Rosen</a> is the midwest regional director of the American Friends Service Committee, a Rabbi at Tzedek Chicago and co-founder and co-chairperson of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council.</span></em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-e7d09f38-66aa-24c0-b7b7-32ace90073c5">Brad Parker is an attorney and International Advocacy officer for <a href="http://twitter.com/DCIPalestine">Defence for Children International Palestine</a>. </span></em></li><li><em>Gerard Horton and Salwa Duaibis are co-founders of Military Court Watch.</em></li></ul><div>&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-08-25/guatemalas-political-scandal-112724 Worldview: The politics surrounding the Jordan River Valley's fresh water http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-23/worldview-politics-surrounding-jordan-river-valleys-fresh-water-111932 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5418351509_7f19ae4fbc_z.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="The Jordan River (Bill Rice/Flickr)" /></div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202229142&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Middle East water issues in the Jordan River Valley</span></p><p>The Great Lakes contain one of the world&rsquo;s largest shares of fresh water. &nbsp;Its environmental health depends on collaboration between states and countries. The Jordan River is also a shared body of water, requiring collaboration between the Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian governments. Leaders from the Midwest and the Middle East are gathered in Chicago to share knowledge and experience with regards to water resources at the Water After Borders summit at UIC. &nbsp;Mayors from the Midwest and Middle East plan to sign a &ldquo;Sister Waters&ldquo; agreement. We&rsquo;ll talk about plans to restore the Jordan River and other Middle East water issues with&nbsp;Nader Al-Khateeb, a Palestinian and Yana Abu Taleb, a Jordanian, both with Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East and with Ran Molcho, chief engineer of the Sea of Galilee Drainage Authority, Israel.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em>Yana Abu Taleb is a project manager for <a href="https://twitter.com/FoEMidEast">Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East.</a></em></p><p><em>Nader Al-Khateeb is the &nbsp;Palestinian director of <a href="https://twitter.com/FoEMidEast">Ecopeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East.</a></em></p><p><em>Ran Molcho is the chief engineer of the Sea of Galilee Drainage Authority, Israel.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202231994&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px; background-color: rgb(255, 244, 244);">Global Activism: Jal Bhgirathi Foundation and water security</span></p><p><em>Worldview</em>&nbsp;took&nbsp;<em>Global Activism</em>&nbsp;on the road to India! And we continue our visit to India&rsquo;s Rajasthan State, the world&rsquo;s most densely populated desert region, with the first of a two-part conversation with Jal Bhagirathi Foundation. It&rsquo;s an NGO focused on water security. Parikshit singh Tomar of Jal Bhagirathi, will show us their retention basin where they store rainwater. The land reserve has developed into a beautiful ecosystem. Next week, Parikshit will take us to a remote rural village that was revolutionized by Jal Bhagirathi projects.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-9682de71-e7df-fab4-8ba9-f6355d6f3152">Parikshit Singh Tomar is the </span>media and communications director for &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/jalbhagirathi">Jal Bhagirathi Foundation</a>, based outside of Jodhpur, India.</em></p></p> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-04-23/worldview-politics-surrounding-jordan-river-valleys-fresh-water-111932 Controversial Netanyahu speech is latest glitch in U.S.-Israel relations http://www.wbez.org/news/controversial-netanyahu-speech-latest-glitch-us-israel-relations-111648 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ap410033752031_wide-5b5c6c6f496eafa21a0e1548a1385ca9d17f36f7-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Israel&#39;s Prime Minister is expected to deliver a stern warning when he speaks to a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday morning. Benjamin Netanyahu says the nuclear deal that the U.S. and other countries are pursuing with Iran could threaten Israel&#39;s survival.</p><p>That&#39;s not a new message from Netanyahu, but it&#39;s drawing extra attention because of the way the speech came about: Republican congressional leaders invited the prime minister with no involvement from the White House.</p><p>&quot;Never has so much been written about a speech that hasn&#39;t been given,&quot; Netanyahu joked on Monday&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/03/02/390144135/u-s-israel-partnership-transcends-politics-ambassador-power-says">during a sneak preview f</a>or the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.</p><p>Some Democratic lawmakers plan to boycott Tuesday&#39;s speech. Vice President Joe Biden, who would ordinarily attend, is conveniently out of the country. President Obama has also declined to meet with Netanyahu, citing Israel&#39;s election in just over two weeks.</p><p>Netanyahu tried to downplay the dispute as a disagreement within the U.S.-Israeli family. And like a lot of family disagreements, this one has a long history. The friction dates to at least 2010 when the Israeli government embarrassed the White House by announcing controversial plans for settlement construction in East Jerusalem during a visit by Vice President Biden.</p><p>The following year, Obama was inadvertently recorded disparaging Netanyahu while meeting with the leader of France.</p><p>During the 2012 re-election campaign, Netanyahu hosted a chummy dinner for Obama&#39;s Republican rival Mitt Romney. And when Israel responded to rocket attacks last summer by moving troops into Gaza, Obama offered only qualified support, warning the U.S. and its allies were &quot;deeply concerned&quot; about &quot;the loss of more innocent life.&quot;</p><p>&quot;I describe it as an ongoing series of soap opera episodes,&quot;says Aaron David Miller, a Middle East scholar at the Wilson Center. He added the repeated clashes between Obama and Netanyahu result not just from different personalities but from two very different strategic visions &mdash; especially when it comes to Iran and its nuclear program.</p><p>Obama has long argued that diplomacy is the best way to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. Netanyahu sees little room to negotiate with a country that has pledged to destroy Israel. He worries the longer talks go on, the closer Iran might come to carrying out its threat.</p><p>&quot;American leaders worry about the security of their country. Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country,&quot; Netanyahu told AIPAC.</p><p>America&#39;s U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power says it&#39;s natural for even close allies to disagree at times about the best way to achieve a common goal. In this case, though, the policy debate has been saddled with additional weight of partisan politics, both in the U.S. and Israel.</p><p>&quot;Debating the most effective policy both within our respective democracies and among partners is more than useful,&quot; she said. &quot;It is a necessary part of arriving at informed decisions. Politicizing that process is not. The stakes are too high for that.&quot;</p><p>Obama argued in an interview with Reuters on Monday that the timing of Netanyahu&#39;s speech makes it appear the U.S. is taking sides in Israel&#39;s upcoming election. What&#39;s more, it injects the Israeli prime minister into an ongoing foreign policy debate between Obama and his Republican critics.</p><p>Netanyahu told AIPAC he did not intend to show Obama any disrespect. &quot;The last thing that anyone who cares about Israel, the last thing that I would want, is for Israel to become a partisan issue,&quot; he said. &quot;I regret that some people have mis-perceived my visit here this week as doing that.&quot;</p><p>Netanyahu insists the friendship between the U.S. and Israel will weather this disagreement and grow stronger in the future.</p><p>Middle East scholar Miller, who served as an adviser to both Democratic and Republican administrations, agreed, calling the partnership too big to fail. But that doesn&#39;t mean it will be easy.</p><p>&quot;I think there will be an effort made over the next several days to tone this down and dial it back,&quot; Miller says. &quot;But we&#39;re talking here five years of dysfunction. That sort of rift is going to take time and a good deal of cooperation in order to mend.&quot;</p><p>Obama told Reuters that the dust-up is &quot;a distraction&quot; that&#39;s not &quot;permanently destructive&quot; to relations with Israel. He added he&#39;ll continue to work with Netanyahu in the future, if the prime minister is re-elected.</p><p><em>-via <a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/03/03/390351226/netanyahu-speech-is-latest-glitch-in-u-s-israel-relations">NPR News</a></em></p></p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/controversial-netanyahu-speech-latest-glitch-us-israel-relations-111648 Economic development in West Bank and Gaza http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-11/economic-development-west-bank-and-gaza-111222 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP954339878851.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A delegation of Palestinian business leaders is hoping to broker partnerships with U.S. businesses as a means of increasing investment in the region. We&#39;ll find out what they hope to accomplish.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-development-in-the-west-bank/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-development-in-the-west-bank.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-development-in-the-west-bank" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Economic development in West Bank and Gaza" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-11/economic-development-west-bank-and-gaza-111222 Attack on synagogue in Jerusalem http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-18/attack-synagogue-jerusalem-111117 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP429120846110.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Three Israeli-Americans and one British Israeli rabbi were killed in an attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The BBC&#39;s Kevin Connolly reports from Jerusalem.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-27/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-27.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-27" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Attack on synagogue in Jerusalem" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-18/attack-synagogue-jerusalem-111117 Israeli housing in East Jerusalem http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-04/israeli-housing-east-jerusalem-111058 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP827734940232.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week Sweden recognized Palestine as a state. This week, the Israeli government approved plans to build new homes in East Jerusalem.Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J Street, joins us to discuss what the latest developments mean for the peace process.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-s-development-in-east-jerusalem/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-s-development-in-east-jerusalem.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-s-development-in-east-jerusalem" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Israeli housing in East Jerusalem" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 04 Nov 2014 11:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-04/israeli-housing-east-jerusalem-111058 Policy implications of Iraq, Gaza http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-12/policy-implications-iraq-gaza-110636 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP914761718464.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rashid Khalidi recently wrote in the New Yorker, &quot;What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas... It is about Israel&rsquo;s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives.&quot; We&#39;ll hear more from him on today&#39;s show. He&#39;ll also talk on U.S. policy failures in Iraq and Syria.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-policy-implications-of-iraq-gaza/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-policy-implications-of-iraq-gaza.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-policy-implications-of-iraq-gaza" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Policy implications of Iraq, Gaza" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-08-12/policy-implications-iraq-gaza-110636