WBEZ | Israel http://www.wbez.org/tags/israel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois advancing measure to divest in companies boycotting Israel http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-advancing-measure-divest-companies-boycotting-israel-112037 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/State-Capitol-Front-1_WBEZ_Tim-Akimoff_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An international movement to boycott Israeli companies is prompting Illinois state lawmakers to react. Legislators are advancing a measure, which has the support of Gov. Bruce Rauner, that would prevent state pension funds from supporting those who are boycotting Israel.</p><p>&ldquo;We, as a state, are making an affirmative statement that if you&rsquo;re going to boycott Israel, an ally of the United States, a democracy in the Middle East, then we are going to divest from you,&rdquo; said State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), who&rsquo;s a sponsor of the bill.</p><p>Feigenholtz advanced the proposal out of the House Executive Committee Wednesday with unanimous support from both Democrats and Republicans. It still needs approval from the full House of Representatives. Last month, the proposal passed the Senate on a vote of 49-0, with three senators voting Present.</p><p>The bill calls for the creation, and monitoring, of a list of companies that boycott Israel so the state pension funds would know not to invest in those companies. Divesting is seen as an economic strategy to put economic pressures on those entities that aren&rsquo;t in line with U.S. -- or Illinois -- policies.</p><p>State pension funds already divest in companies that have ties to Iran and Sudan. Feigenholtz explained to lawmakers this week that adding companies that boycott Israel to Illinois&rsquo; divestment strategy would further align the State of Illinois&rsquo; policies with the United States&rsquo; foreign policies. Two years ago, state lawmakers failed in their attempt to create another divestment strategy in which the Illinois would cut ties with gun manufacturers in hopes those companies would be motivated to get on board with gun control measures.</p><p>&ldquo;We need to do our part to stand up to anti-Semitism, whenever and however it appears,&rdquo; Rauner said in a written statement about the bill.</p><p>With unanimous support from lawmakers so far, criticism of the bill has come mostly from individuals or groups watching the politically-charged debate involving Israel. Reema Ahmad lives in Chicago&rsquo;s Rogers Park neighborhood, and testified against the bill in a House of Representatives committee Wednesday.</p><p>&ldquo;It politicizes our pension systems,&rdquo; Ahmad said after the vote. &ldquo;International politics, regardless of how you feel about issues in the Middle East, have no place in our state politics and much less within our pension system. We need to get our own house in order.&rdquo;</p><p>Ahmad referred to a recent Supreme Court decision that rejected lawmakers&rsquo; attempts to restructure the retirement benefits of state employees. The now-defunct law was legislators years-long effort to save the state estimated billions toward its $100 billion pension debt.</p><p>Dave Urbanek, with the Teachers Retirement System, one of the pension funds potentially affected by this legislation, said they&rsquo;d not yet done an analysis of how much of the fund, if any, is invested in companies that boycott Israel. He said if the bill is passed, and signed by the governor, a monitoring board would have to comb through about $45 billion in investment assets for the teachers fund alone. Another pension fund for state university workers has more than $17 billion in investments. And it&rsquo;s not yet clear what mechanisms would be put in place for the pension funds to identify the companies that are in fact boycotting Israel.</p><p>But another critic of the measure warns that Illinois lawmakers are establishing policy based on recent high-profile efforts to boycott companies that do business in Israel. On its <a href="http://www.bdsmovement.net/bdsintro">website</a>, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement defines itself as &ldquo;a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice.&rdquo; It encourages the use of &ldquo;various forms of boycotts against Israel until it meets its obligations under international law,&rdquo; which includes, &ldquo;ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands occupied in June 1967 and dismantling the Wall.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;While it doesn&rsquo;t directly affect the rights of individuals in the U.S. to engage in boycotts themselves, it does create a chilling effect,&rdquo; Dima Khalidi, the director of Palestine Solidarity Legal Support in Chicago, said of the bill in Springfield.</p><p>Khalidi defended the BDS movement as being motivated by human rights, and denies the protests against Israel are anti-Semitic in nature. She also criticized the scope of the proposal that&rsquo;s awaiting a full House vote, saying the bill includes language to not only divest in companies boycotting Israel, but also those that take economic action against companies &ldquo;in territories controlled by the State of Israel,&rdquo; according to language in Senate Bill 1761.</p><p>&ldquo;It applies to companies that not only boycott Israeli companies, but companies that operate within the occupied territory,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;It does have important implications for what is considered Israel.&rdquo;</p><p>Illinois lawmakers have acknowledged the proposal before them is a response to companies that take part in the BDS movement.</p><p><em>Alexandra Salomon, a producer for WBEZ&rsquo;s Worldview, contributed reporting for this story. </em></p><p><em>Tony Arnold is WBEZ&rsquo;s Illinois state politics reporter. Follow him </em><a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold"><em>@tonyjarnold</em></a><em>.</em></p></p> Fri, 15 May 2015 09:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-advancing-measure-divest-companies-boycotting-israel-112037 Poland Elections: Chicago's Polish community to vote in upcoming elections http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-07/poland-elections-chicagos-polish-community-vote-upcoming-elections <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/Polish%20elections%20chicago%20main%20.JPG" title="(photo by Dan Pogorzelski)" /><br /><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><span style="font-family: arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204396854&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>Chicago&#39;s &#39;Polonia&#39; to vote in Poland&#39;s elections</span></span></p><p>Poland will hold presidential elections this weekend. &nbsp;Candidates include the current president, a former tv star and &nbsp;Polish punk rock star PaweĊ‚ Kukiz, who is polling third. &nbsp;President Bronislaw Komorowski had been leading but it remains unclear whether he&rsquo;ll get enough votes in this weekend&rsquo;s election to avoid a runoff. Poles in Chicago will vote on Saturday at six different polling stations around the city. &nbsp;We look at the candidates, the issues, and how the vote is expected to play out in the Chicago community with Dan Pogorelski and Wojciech Wloch<strong>.</strong></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em>Dan Pogorelski is a&nbsp; writer and editor at <a href="http://forgottenchicago.com/">Forgotten Chicago</a> and a Chicago election judge.</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.neiu.edu/academics/staff/wojciech-wloch">Wojciech Wloch</a><strong> </strong>is coordinator of International Partnerships at Northeastern Illinois University.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s originally from Poland.</em><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204396141&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-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Israel: Netanyahu forms new government</span></span></p><p>On Wednesday, just an hour before a looming deadline, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had &nbsp;succeeded in forming a coalition government. Netanyahu&rsquo;s Likud party won 30 seats in the March election. The main rival party won 24. &nbsp;He had six weeks to form a ruling coalition government, which proved a difficult task. Many analysts have said the coalition, which is made up of entirely right-wing parties and has a very narrow majority, could have a hard time governing and might not last very long. &nbsp;We&rsquo;ll discuss the bargaining that went into forming the government with political science professor, Gideon Rahat.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p><em>Gideon Rahat is a professor of political science at Hebrew University and director of research of the Israel Democracy Institute&rsquo;s Political Reform Project.</em><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204397876&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></div><p><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Global Activism in India: Pravah helps youth overcome caste and sexism</span></span></p><p>We continue our <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/water/special-series-global-activism-worldview-visits-india-111888">Global Activism in India series</a> with a visit to Delhi. We and India Development Service, met with the NGO, Community Youth Collective Learning and Leadership Journey is a partnering initiative of the NGO, Pravah. The project tries to inspire India&rsquo;s youth to become leaders and overcome traditional societal barriers, such as class and sexism. Pravah received attention when co- director, Neha Buch, introduced President Obama before one of his speeches during his visit to India. We&rsquo;ll chat with Pravah&#39;s Sonal Chaturvedi and young people about how they now dream and achieve in areas that at one time were cut off from them.</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-ebcdae0c-2fe7-fb4c-6770-c3d051646fd7"><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Nila Vora is with <a href="http://idsusa.org/">India Development Service</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><em>Sonal Chaturvedi is co-director of <a href="http://pravah.org/content/">Pravah</a>.</em></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>EVENT</strong></p><p><strong>Jerome McDonnell and Steve Bynum of WBEZ&#39;s <em>Worldview</em> and </strong><strong>India Development Service (IDS)</strong><strong> share their adventures in India</strong></p><p>Sunday, May 17th, 2015, 5:00pm-7:30pm</p><p>The Meadows Club</p><p>2950 Golf Road, Rolling Meadows</p><p>Free of Charge - Dinner Included</p><p><strong><a href="https://mycity.sulekha.com/development-unveiled_buy_2090130">Reserve Tickets Here</a></strong></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204416685&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><span style="font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Joan of Arc and the Battle of Orleans</span></span><br />On May 7, 1429, Joan of Arc helped lead the French army to victory in Orleans. Though she didn&rsquo;t command the army, she wore armor and carried a large banner near the head of the troops as they went into battle. Historian John Schmidt tells us what happened.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>John Schmidt is an historian and editor of the blog, <a href="https://chicagohistorytoday.wordpress.com/"><em>Chicago History Today</em></a> and author of the book <em>On This Day in Chicago History</em></p></p> Thu, 07 May 2015 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-05-07/poland-elections-chicagos-polish-community-vote-upcoming-elections 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 Worldview: Netanyahu's Likud captures the vote in Israel following closely fought election http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-18/worldview-netanyahus-likud-captures-vote-israel-following-closely <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/AP416362533094.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Likud party supporters react to exit poll results at the party's election headquarters In Tel Aviv.Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196525220&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Netanyahu pulls through in close election</span></p><p>Elections in Israel on Tuesday had turned into a referendum on Benjamin Netanyahu, who has already served three terms as Israeli prime minister. Despite razor-thin poll margins, Netanyahu&rsquo;s Likud party came out the winner and will try to form a new government.&nbsp; Natan Sachs, a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy joins us to discuss the results of Tuesday&rsquo;s vote.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/natansachs">Natan Sachs</a> is a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the <a href="https://twitter.com/BrookingsInst">Brookings Institution</a>.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196524846&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">The culinary diversity of Indian food</span></p><p>From roasted meats to pure vegetarian dining - dal to paneer and dhosa to samosas,&nbsp; the food of India is rich in diversity and history. But unpacking that history can be controversial, which is perhaps the reason so few scholarly works deal with the culinary history of this region. Food historian Colleen Sen took on the challenge in her new book &ldquo;Feasts and Fasts the History of Food in India.&quot; She joins us to talk about the historical nexus of cuisine and identity in India.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Colleen Sen is the author of &quot;Feasts and Fasts: the History of Food in India.&quot;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196528175&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;">UN to release list of songs that make people happy</span></p><p>For&nbsp; International&nbsp; Happiness&nbsp; Day this Friday, the United Nations is compiling a list of songs that make people happy. Calling in help from artists like Ed Sheeran and Cody Simpson, the UN is hoping to raise the Gross National Happiness (GNH) of many counties. Tony Sarabia joins us to share our listeners picks for songs that make them smile.</p><div><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/wbezsarabia">Tony Sarabia</a> is the host of <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZmorning">WBEZ Morning Shift</a>.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="515" src="https://embed.spotify.com/?uri=spotify:user:1222881697:playlist:0UyGZ3Zs8ioIT95DuhRlVG" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-18/worldview-netanyahus-likud-captures-vote-israel-following-closely Worldview: Netanyahu addresses Congress about Iran http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-03/worldview-netanyahu-addresses-congress-about-iran-111650 <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/AP752948559846.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194071612&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Netanyahu warns Congress about a nuclear Iran</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-3f1b1032-e17a-638d-cac7-703137d2d7a0">Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Congress, warning lawmakers about what he says will be a &ldquo;bad deal&rdquo; with Iran regarding its nuclear program. Netanyahu was invited by to speak to Congress by Republican John Boehner. &nbsp;Several members of Congress announced they would not attend the speech and have accused the prime minister of bipartisan politics. We&rsquo;ll get reaction to the speech from Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of &nbsp;J Street and Jay Tcath, executive vice president of public affairs for the Jewish United Fund.</span></p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-3f1b1032-e17a-de29-8140-fd136813b8cd">Jeremy Ben-Ami is the founder and President of <a href="https://twitter.com/jstreetdotorg">J Street</a>, a </span>&nbsp;pro-Israel, pro-peace organization.</em></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-3f1b1032-e17b-2660-0eb0-750d15dda060">Jay Tcath is the &nbsp;Executive Vice-President of Public Affairs, <a href="https://twitter.com/JUFChicago">Jewish United Fund</a></span></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/194072080&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Black Fever in South Sudan</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-39df13e7-e17d-16a2-cbab-3519ecdec622">The Ebola epidemic and the resulting global panic has received enormous media coverage. But many may not know that an outbreak of &nbsp;a different disease is also causing devastation in Africa. We&rsquo;ll talk about the race to control the spread of Kala Azar (Black Fever) in South Sudan with Tim Harrison. He&rsquo;s a registered nurse and volunteer with Doctors Without Borders. Harrison just returned from the region in January and is due to return this week.</span></p><p><span><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong></span></p><p><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-39df13e7-e17d-7008-ebb0-5c7be69fb1e8">Tim Harrison is a&nbsp;</span>registered nurse and volunteer with <a href="https://twitter.com/MSF">Doctors Without Borders</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-03/worldview-netanyahu-addresses-congress-about-iran-111650 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 Worldview: Federal judge dismisses case against Argentine president http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-02-27/worldview-federal-judge-dismisses-case-against-argentine-president <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/AP508183570456.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Protestors gather in front of the Cabildo Museum under a heavy rain for a march organized by federal prosecutors one month after the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193403542&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Federal judge dismisses case against Kirchner</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a33cc965-ccd3-6eb5-37b9-4e7579c39a21">An Argentine judge has dismissed the case filed by late prosecutor Alberto Nisman accusing the Argentine president of covering up the Iranian government&rsquo;s involvement in a 1994 terrorist attack in Buenos Aires. This comes one month after Nisman was found dead in his apartment under mysterious circumstances. Tensions continue to grow for President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner after thousands of protestors flooded the streets of Buenos Aires on February 18, angry about how the case has been handled. Peter Prengaman, Southern Cone news editor for the Associated Press gives us an update on the case.</span></p><p><span><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/peterprengaman">Peter Prengaman</a> is the Southern Cone news editor for the <a href="https://twitter.com/AP">Associated Press</a>.</em></span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193403807&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Milos Stehlik with Shlomi Elkabetz of &#39;Gett&#39;</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-61968bb6-ccd7-6cc0-8e46-723e3f31c815">&ldquo;Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem&rdquo; is a film co-directed by the Israeli brother/sister team of Ronit (starring) and Shlomi Elkabetz. The film primarily takes place in a courtroom and reveals the difficulties &nbsp;women face to get a divorce in Israel. WBEZ Film Contributor, Milos Stehlik, sat down with Shlomi Elkabetz to discuss the process of making &lsquo;Gett&rsquo; and what Elkabetz thinks the film reveals about Israeli sensibilities on issues such as gender, ethnicity and culture.</span></p><p><span><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></span></p><p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/milosstehlik">Milos Stehlik</a> is the director of <a href="https://twitter.com/facetschicago">Facets Chicago</a> and the WBEZ film contributor.</em></p><p><em>Shlomi Elkabetz is the co-director of the film &#39;<a href="https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&amp;rlz=1C1CHMO_enUS583US583&amp;ion=1&amp;espv=2&amp;ie=UTF-8#q=gett%20film">Gett.</a>&#39;</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/193404118&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Weekend Passport: Dunsinane at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre</span></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week he&rsquo;ll tell us about a production form the National Theatre of Scotland and a Brazilian dance troupe called Grupo Corpo.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>Nari Safavi is one of the co-founders of the <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/default.aspx">PASFARDA Arts &amp; Cultural Exchange</a></em></p><p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/NTS_Neil">Neil Murray</a> is the Executive Producer of the <a href="https://twitter.com/NTSonline">National Theatre of Scotland</a></em></p><p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/DavieGreig">David Greig</a> is a playwright and writer of Dunsinane.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-02-27/worldview-federal-judge-dismisses-case-against-argentine-president Israel to hold early elections http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-03/israel-hold-early-elections-111184 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP207871116542.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Israeli lawmakers have voted to dissolve Parliament. The country will hold elections in March. J.J. Goldberg, editor-at-large for The Jewish Daily Forward, joins us to discuss the implications.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-30/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-30.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-30" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Israel to hold early elections " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-03/israel-hold-early-elections-111184 The struggle for peace in the Middle East http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-26/struggle-peace-middle-east-111163 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP871060047454.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sami Awad has made Bethlehem his home and peace between Israelis and Palestinians his life&#39;s work. We&#39;ll find out what keeps him motivated and what he thinks it will take to establish a comprehensive peace plan.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-struggle-for-peace-in-the-middle-eas/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-struggle-for-peace-in-the-middle-eas.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-struggle-for-peace-in-the-middle-eas" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The struggle for peace in the Middle East" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 11:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-26/struggle-peace-middle-east-111163 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