About MosheYaroni

Moshe Yaroni is the nom de plume I’ve chosen.  I am an American Jew who has spent his life engaged in study and work to bring about a peaceful future for Israel and the Palestinians.

Needless to say, the photo is not of me. Rather, it is Asher Ginsberg, better known as Ahad Ha’am, one of the founders of Zionist ideology. If you don’t know who he was, you should. Go look him up. The choice of his photo is meant to give some more insight into the orientation of my writing.

My background is in history and political analysis. Over the years, I have amassed a great deal of experience with many communities involved in this question, from the most zealous proponents of Greater Israel to absolutists insisting on the abolition, violent or otherwise, of the Jewish State. I have studied these decades both in and out of the academy and have consulted with politicians, diplomats, scholars, and community leaders from all sides, Israeli, Palestinian, other Arab states, the United States and Europe as well as the United Nations.

My approach begins with the idea that Zionism was an entirely justified national movement, and that Palestinians also are deserving of the same human, civil and national rights as anyone else. Reconciling these two things is not simple, as they clash in essential and inherent ways. But finding that reconciliation is the only way, in my view, to get us out of the murderous quagmire that has existed in the region for more than a century.

And, as a Jew it is my deeply held belief that finding peace for Israel is crucial for the Jewish future. Whether one agrees with Zionism and Israel or not, it cannot be denied that Israel is now a central component of the Jewish existence. If we don’t find a peace that can endure and be accepted by all concerned, it will be conflict that dictates the Jewish future.

What It Means is War

By September 11, 2009

Time, we are hearing with increasing frequency, is running out for the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This is often attributed to the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, but whatever the reason, few … Read More

Who Watches the Watchers?

By August 27, 2009

In the world of politics, especially that of Israeli policy and related activists worldwide, there is a constant effort to demonize the other side. Nowhere is this more evident than in the small cottage industry that has grown up to … Read More

Unnatural Growth

By June 25, 2009

"Israel will not freeze settlement construction for natural growth, despite intense pressure from the Obama administration to do so," The Jerusalem Post, June 1, 2009. The argument that “natural growth” is crucial to Israel’s well-being is utter nonsense.   Here are … Read More

Transforming America’s Israel Lobby

By May 30, 2009

Barely a week after Benjamin Netanyahu had his first meeting as Prime Minister with Barack Obama, the two are squaring off publicly over the issue of “natural growth” in West Bank settlements. One of the more interesting circumstances about this … Read More

Reviving the Jordanian Option

By May 15, 2009

Benny Morris is the picture of the contemporary Israeli intelligentsia. In Morris’ work, we find the disappointed politics of the old Labor Party, once dominant in Israeli politics, now consigned to barely 10% of the Knesset. In Morris one can … Read More

Stupidity Runs Rampant

By April 20, 2009

Mahmoud Ahmedinejad fulfilled all the promise he brought with him to Geneva for the Durban II conference. He rambled about Israeli racism (whilst one wonders what a Baha’i observer might have been thinking) and said that the “pretext of Jewish … Read More

Lacking in Credibility

By April 2, 2009

The war of words over Gaza has begun in earnest. In the wake of the revelations by some of the veterans of the Gaza war, the burning question is “Did Israel commit war crimes in Gaza?” Of course it did. … Read More

Where’s the Love?

By March 18, 2009

David Harris, the executive director of the American Jewish Committee, is not too keen on New York Times columnist Roger Cohen’s recent op-eds about Israel. The two had a lively exchange in the pages of the New York Review of … Read More