Ariel Ben Solomon

Ariel Ben Solomon

Ariel Ben Solomon is a freelance writer on the Middle East and a PhD Candidate in Middle East Studies at Bar-Ilan University. He is former Middle East correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.

Tensions Between the Israeli Government and Non-Orthodox American Jews Are Exaggerated

| December 3, 2017

Warnings by American non-Orthodox Jewish figures and other observers about a strategic national security threat rooted in a breakdown in relations between Israel and Americans Jews is exaggerated and erroneous. The unbreakable connection of non-Orthodox American Jews and the Jewish state continues because of deep feelings that minor squabbles over the Western Wall and other domestic Israeli issues cannot hinder. In the long term, due to demographics, the growth and power of Orthodox American Jews will eclipse the shrinking importance of the non-Orthodox progressive organizations.

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Israel Must Choose: Enforce the Law or Lose the Negev?

| March 9, 2017

Arab MKs, left-wing NGOs, and local Bedouin leadership have decided to resist state attempts to regulate the hundreds of illegal Bedouin settlements in the Negev. This will be difficult to counter, as radical Arab nationalists and the Islamic Movement are infiltrating and co-opting the Bedouin conflict as a tool against the state. Israel should continue to enforce the law and negotiate with Bedouin families while remaining realistic about the endeavor’s long-term goals. Failure to do so will consign the Negev to lawlessness.

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Israel Should Avoid Turkey, Include Cyprus in Gas Export Projects

| October 7, 2016

Israel should rule out building a natural gas pipeline to Islamist Turkey because of the political risk involved. It should instead consider using LNG technology for export through Cyprus. Although this would be expensive, it would be a less risky and more durable option over the long term. This should be in addition to exporting to Jordan and possibly to Egypt.

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