Contributor Archives: Dan Fleshler, Board Member

About Dan Fleshler, Board Member

Dan Fleshler, a New York-based media and public affairs strategist, is a board member of Ameinu, Americans for Peace Now and the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation. His book, "Transforming America's Israel Lobby-The Limits of Its Power and the Potential for Change"(a new release from Potomac Books) published in May of 2009 has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. He blogs at Realistic Dove (www.realisticdove.org/)

The Future Of Palestinian-Israeli Security Cooperation

No American knows more about Israeli-Palestinian security cooperation than Steven White, an aide to three U.S. Security Coordinators in the region between 2005 and 2010. He is clearly worried about the impact of recent Israeli provocations on the joint security apparatus he helped to …

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Dan Fleshler discusses Responding to the Delegitimization of Israel

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“Tough love” for Israel will be tough on the pro-Israel peace camp

A new Zogby International poll shows that 71 percent of Obama backers think the United States should “get tough with Israel” in order to stop settlement expansion, while 26 percent of McCain supporters feel that way. 80 percent of likely …

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“No thanks. We’d rather sit in the dark”.

  There are enemies of everything Israeli who are like the storied Jewish mamas who prefer to suffer in darkness because suffering is more comfortable, suffering –and anger about the past—is what they are used to. That’s the simile that …

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Defiant dreamers of Arab-Jewish co-existence

By Dan Fleshler Is it remotely possible to close the gaps between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel? 62% of Palestinian Arabs living in Israel believe that Israeli Jews “are foreigners who do not fit in this region, and they …

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Thank You for Putting J Street on Trial

Last Wednesday, a Knesset Committee met in order to determine whether J Street had the right to call itself “pro-Israel.” The Knesset Member who called for the hearing, Otneil Schneller, “told the Forward that being pro-Israel can only mean defending …

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Not All Criticism Of Israel Is The Same

By Dan Fleshler   This article originally appeared in the New York Jewish Week In an article on the recent General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, The Jewish Week’s Gary Rosenblatt noted the delegates’ understandable “angst” over …

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Odessa, 1918 and the Gaza Strip, 2008-2009

(Editor’s note: This article originally appeared as post in the Realistic Dove blog on January 11, 2009 during the war in Gaza) My maternal grandmother, Pearl Weiner, used to tell me stories about her adolescence in Odessa, where, in 1918, …

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Why The New Middle East Peace Lobby Has a Chance

By Dan Fleshler The scoffers are coming out of the woodwork. After all the hoopla over the new J Street project, in separate conversations, two friends have expressed skepticism about the Jewish peace camp’s ability to offer more than token …

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The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Third Rail of American Politics

Justin Elliot, in Mother Jones, searched the transcripts of the past 11 presidential debates to see how often the situation in Gaza or the larger issue of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict came up. (Hat tip to Phil Weiss for noticing this …

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