Contributor Archives: Ralph Seliger

About Ralph Seliger

A veteran editor, freelance writer and blogger, I edited the print magazine, "Israel Horizons," from 2003 until 2011; and I've blogged for and edited the Meretz USA and now Partners for Progressive Israel Blog since its inception in 2006 (although I no longer edit the PPI Blog). I've been an active supporter of the Zionist peace camp since 1982. Other print and online platforms where I've been published include: The Forward, The Daily Beast, History News Network, Tikkun, In These Times, Jewish Week, New Jersey Jewish News, Jewish Currents, Huffington Post, and Dissent.

1967 War Could Have Led to Peace

Like millions of other Jews around the world, 50 years ago, I was gripped by trepidation for Israel’s survival as what came to be known as the Six Day War began. Soon, however, our fears turned to awe and jubilation …

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Tantalizing Incoherence of Trump’s Israel Policy

As Donald Trump’s administration began to take shape, most of its initial appointments and pronouncements portended disaster for the likelihood of Israel forging peace with the Palestinians and its regional neighbors.  Israel’s rightist forces — both within Prime Minister Netanyahu’s government …

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Did Golda Meir Miss Opportunities for Peace?

Recently I attended a program of Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El Skirball Center on Golda Meir, a presentation that concluded a four-part series led by Meir biographer Elinor Burkett.  The audience consisted mostly of oldsters who adored Golda for her folksiness and feistiness. I …

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How War Veterans Became ‘Combatants for Peace’

On the evening of Nov. 14, I attended a screening of the new documentary film, “Disturbing the Peace,” and a post-screening panel discussion.  It relates the story of a joint Israeli-Palestinian peace organization, Combatants for Peace, with interviews, dramatic reenactments, and some on-the-scene …

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Tzipi Livni at NYU — Dovish Centrist

New York University’s Taub Center for Israel Studies sponsored a talk by Tzipi Livni on September 21.  A former minister of both justice and foreign affairs in Kadima and Likud-led governments, Livni almost became prime minister in 2009 but could not pull together a …

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The Greatness & Tragedy of Shimon Peres

The death of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shimon Peres at 93, on September 27, marked the passing of Israel’s founding generation of leaders.  He is rightly being remembered as a visionary and a voice for peace who made the Oslo …

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9/11 at 15: ‘Truther’ Blames ‘Zionists’

Living in Manhattan, then and now, my experience of the attack that day (although never directly threatened) remains a profound memory, which I wrote about here, last year.  Today, 15 years later, we reflect again on this solemn national occasion. And in time …

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Is All Palestinian Violence ‘Terrorism’?

I found this piece in Jewish Currents, “When Does Resistance Become Terrorism?,” by its new associate editor Ron Skolnik (a former executive director of Partners for Progressive Israel), to be mostly on point.  My one caution is that MK Bahloul’s otherwise appropriate …

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Stav Shaffir: The Face of Israel’s New Leadership?

Stav Shaffir was a leading face of Israel’s social protest movement of 2011; tent encampments sprouted throughout the country and hundreds of thousands of citizens poured into the streets to protest the skyrocketing cost of housing and Israel’s shriveling social …

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Herzog-Abbas Accord Distorted by Press

It’s just been revealed that Labor Party stalwart Efraim Sneh represented Yitzhak Herzog in arriving at a framework agreement with an unnamed representative of PA Pres. Mahmoud Abbas, on the eve of the most recent Israeli election, March 2015.  Here’s …

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