Ralph Seliger spe­cial­izes in writ­ing about Israel and Jew­ish cul­tur­al and polit­i­cal issues. He was the final edi­tor of Israel Hori­zons, the recent­ly expired quar­ter­ly pub­li­ca­tion of Meretz USA, now known as Part­ners for Pro­gres­sive Israel, for which he is blog co-admin­is­tra­tor, and also blogs for Tikkun Dai­ly.
Feature
In Israel’s Elections, a Star Is Born
After a surprise showing, will centrist Yair Lapid put his new clout behind peace?
Feature
Right-Wingers, Failed Leaders and Media Stars Jockey for Israeli Votes
A clash of parties is likely to yield a new coalition government, but not a new direction.
Dispatch
After Arab Spring, an Israeli Summer
Israelis have been protesting inequality for months, with surprising results.
Dispatch
Israel’s Left in Disarray
Ehud Barak's split from Labor is not his first blow against the party he led twice.
Culture
Agora Phobia
A new film about ancient religious conflict resonates, but fails at the box office.
Feature
Beyond the Occupation: Palestine and the Two-State Solution
Arab-American activist Hussein Ibish recognizes the injustice Palestinians experience daily—and Israel's right to exist.
Culture
Nazis vs. Nature
A new film dramatizes a 1936 mountain-climbing contest--and prefigures the horrors of World War II.
Dispatch
Jews on J Street
A new liberal Washington lobby comes of age at its first annual conference.
Dispatch
Should Neve Gordon Be Punished?
An Israeli professor's support for the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement sparks controversy.
Culture
Einstein and Israel
The great scientist was both a Zionist and bi-nationalist—a fact too complex for the author of a new book to accept.
Culture
The Israel Lobbies: Left, Right and Center
A new book helpfully details Jewish-American lobbying organizations spanning the political spectrum.
Dispatch
Israel’s Center Does Not Hold
Netanyahu's coalition begins to govern, as the world awaits a two-state solution.
Feature
‘Kidnapped’ in Gaza
A BBC correspondent's book--now available in the United States--details his Gaza kidnapping and collects balanced reportage from the Middle East and Central Asia.
Culture
From Russia With Mercy
12 is a stunning revision of a classic American film.
Viewpoint
Hamas, Gaza and Bush’s Legacy
Dispatch
New Jewish Lobby Counters Neocons
Viewpoint
Secular Jews and the ‘Jewish State’
Dispatch
Ehud Barak’s Second Coming
In Israel's current political atmosphere, the onetime dove returns dressed in a hawk's feathers
Culture
The Way The Wind Blew
A review of The Way The Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground (Verso), by Ron Jacobs.
Culture
The Genesis of Peoplehood
A review of Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (Columbia University Press), by Rashid Khalidi.
Dispatch
Cloning Rabin