March 23, 2016 – News of Abrahamic Interest







A New Series on Reaffirmation by Jews with Roots in the Arab and Muslim World
This is the first of several special reports inspired by a very productive and enlightening visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in February focused on mostly young Mizrahi activists who have visions of a future their parents and grandparents could not aspire to. Most important in this series is that the Israeli Jews whose heritage is in the Arab and Muslim world will be speaking directly to our readers.
We launch this series with three statements, the first two some five years apart, are eloquent in their expression of a relationship between Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs within and neighboring their country in the West Bank and Gaza. But their reach is to all their Arab neighboring states and Iran and Turkey. And as profound as of each declaration is equally impressive is the number of Mizrahi signers of the first which is almost covenantal in  its vision for an Abrahamic community in the Middle East and North Africa.   

Our third essay is from a Mizrahi American who is a senior editor of New York’s  Forward.  She is also passionate but perhaps a bit more analytical about the current Israeli political environment.

A final note, the first  document embracing the Arab Spring five years ago was given to me by Dr. Nimrod Goren, co-founder and Head of Mitvim, The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies. It is to his great credit that he kept this file as a basic reference, and that his organization’s vision is also broadly one of regional collaboration between Israel and its Arab and Muslim neighbors.  

Joseph V. Montville
Chairman of the Board
TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy

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