WBEZ | Palestine http://www.wbez.org/tags/palestine Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 The Arab states and the conflict in Gaza http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-29/arab-states-and-conflict-gaza-110570 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP874063750311.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We&#39;ll talk with Middle East scholar Joe Kechichian about the role of the Arab and Gulf states in the current crisis in Gaza.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-why-saudi-arabia-and-the-arab-league-are/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-why-saudi-arabia-and-the-arab-league-are.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-why-saudi-arabia-and-the-arab-league-are" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The Arab states and the conflict in Gaza" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-29/arab-states-and-conflict-gaza-110570 Germany and the U.S. spying scandal http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-17/germany-and-us-spying-scandal-110516 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP115644136260.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&#39;s well known that nations spy on one another. But the recent arrest of an American spy inside Germany has increased tensions between the two nations. We&#39;ll talk about the growing spy scandal with Der Spiegel&#39;s Gregor Peter Schmitz.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-ties-with-germany-tense/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-ties-with-germany-tense.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-u-s-ties-with-germany-tense" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Germany and the U.S. spying scandal" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-17/germany-and-us-spying-scandal-110516 Israeli airstrikes continue as rockets fly into Israel http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-14/israeli-airstrikes-continue-rockets-fly-israel-110487 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP361057861992.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Israel says it has shot down a drone launched by Hamas. The death toll is Gaza has reached at least 170 as Israel continued its airstrikes as part of Operation Protective Edge. We&#39;ll discuss the ongoing conflict with J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large for The Jewish Daily Forward.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-21/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-21.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-21" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Israeli airstrikes continue as rockets fly into Israel" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-14/israeli-airstrikes-continue-rockets-fly-israel-110487 Israel launches airstrikes in response to teen deaths http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-01/israel-launches-airstrikes-response-teen-deaths-110437 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP76527298289.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The bodies of three Israeli teenagers that went missing in the West Bank were found Monday in a Palestinian town. The Israeli government has launched a series of airstrikes in response. We&#39;ll talk with Alex Goldman-Shayman, the Israeli Deputy Consul General to the Midwest.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-israel-launches-airstrikes-in-response-t" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Israel launches airstrikes in response to teen deaths" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-01/israel-launches-airstrikes-response-teen-deaths-110437