The State of Things
11:50 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Truman's Israel-Palestine Dilemma

President Harry Truman, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Abba Eban in 1951
Credit Israeli Government Press Office


After World War II, President Harry Truman was being approached on all sides about building a Jewish state in Palestine. 

The pro-Israel lobby was pushing for its own sovereign nation, but Truman was leaning toward a two-state solution while his State Department said the British should keep control of Palestine. 

Facing political pressure, Truman eventually called for the U.S. to recognize Israel, but his correspondence shows that he knew it would not be a peaceful solution. 

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Arts & Culture
10:41 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Jewish Poetry Set To Music

Composer Dan Asia

Poet Yehuda Amichai is one of Israel’s most acclaimed artists. His poems explore different aspects of the Jewish faith. American poet Paul Pines also examines the many components of Judaism in his work. American musical composer Dan Asia set both their works to music which will be performed tonight at Elon University

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The State of Things
11:17 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Film Series Shines Light On 'The Real Israel'

Credit Creative Commons

Israel is often seen through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinean conflict, or through the stories of the Holocaust.

Shai Ginsburg wants to change that, to show what life is really like for people in Israel. So he created a film series to showcase true stories from the region.

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Arts & Culture
2:00 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

UNC Researchers Unearth Ancient Biblical Mosaics In Galilee

Close-up of a female face mosaic unearthed at Huqoq in 2012 by Jodi Magness and her crew.
Jim Haberman

A group of researchers led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Religion Professor Jodi Magness has unearthed a group of significant mosaics at an ancient synagogue in Galilee. The mosaics, which consist of hundreds of tiny stone cubes, depict scenes from in the Bible and have been dated to the fifth century.

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State of Things
11:40 am
Thu March 22, 2012

Going to War with Iran

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern is worried that the United States is going to go to war with Iran. McGovern was an outspoken critic of the conflict in Iraq and he is afraid that a determined Israeli

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