Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

Message from the Editor

Academic journal article Jewish Political Studies Review

Message from the Editor

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The current issue of the Jewish Political Studies Review contains six articles that deal with the Jewish people in the world, as communities abroad, and as the sovereign nation-state of Israel. Most of the articles cover aspects of ongoing debates and also political confrontations. The first article, which is written by the editor, discusses the Jewish Nation-State Bill. Toward the end of 2014, it was the subject of a bitter controversy in the cabinet and was instrumental in bringing down the Netanyahu government. This article describes the issue and identifies the explicit and implicit themes at play. The second article, "Palestinians, Arabs, and the Holocaust," by Professor Joseph S. Spoerl, presents an authoritative account of the frequent Palestinian argument that Arabs did not play any role in the Holocaust and are innocent victims of its consequences. The author refutes these claims and gives the reader a comprehensive overview of the literature on the subject. Dr. Matthias Kiintzel's "Germany and a Nuclear Iran," treats the history of German policy toward Iran, which, upon close scrutiny, appears to be surprisingly indulgent and conciliatory. …

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