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.
In Israel’s Elections, a Star Is Born
After a surprise showing, will centrist Yair Lapid put his new clout behind peace?
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.
After Arab Spring, an Israeli Summer
Israelis have been protesting inequality for months, with surprising results.
Israel’s Left in Disarray
Ehud Barak's split from Labor is not his first blow against the party he led twice.
A new film about ancient religious conflict resonates, but fails at the box office.
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.
Nazis vs. Nature
A new film dramatizes a 1936 mountain-climbing contest--and prefigures the horrors of World War II.
Jews on J Street
A new liberal Washington lobby comes of age at its first annual conference.
Should Neve Gordon Be Punished?
An Israeli professor's support for the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) movement sparks controversy.
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.
The Israel Lobbies: Left, Right and Center
A new book helpfully details Jewish-American lobbying organizations spanning the political spectrum.
Israel’s Center Does Not Hold
Netanyahu's coalition begins to govern, as the world awaits a two-state solution.
‘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.
From Russia With Mercy
12 is a stunning revision of a classic American film.
Hamas, Gaza and Bush’s Legacy
New Jewish Lobby Counters Neocons
Secular Jews and the ‘Jewish State’
Ehud Barak’s Second Coming
In Israel's current political atmosphere, the onetime dove returns dressed in a hawk's feathers
The Way The Wind Blew
A review of The Way The Wind Blew: A History of the Weather Underground (Verso), by Ron Jacobs.
The Genesis of Peoplehood
A review of Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (Columbia University Press), by Rashid Khalidi.