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.

Deliver Us From AIPAC

By February 16, 2009

In an interview with Press TV on January 24 , Noam Chomsky gave voice to the cynicism of the hardcore left, predicting that the Obama administration would show little substantive difference with past American governments in its dealings with Israel. "The … Read More

Why Bibi May Be Better

By February 12, 2009

It’s a sad state of affairs when someone who wants only the best for Israel and has worked for many years to help the effort toward peace and security realizes that the best choice available is Benjamin Netanyahu. But that’s … Read More

Tzipi Livni: Can She Make The Tough Choices for Peace?

By October 24, 2008

With her narrow victory in the Kadima primaries, Tzipi Livni is primed to become Israel’s second woman Prime Minister. It is a mark of the progress women have made that this point has garnered very little notice. But who is … Read More

Ehud Olmert: The Failure of Style Over Substance

By August 15, 2008

Ehud Olmert's announcement that he would step down from office caught no one by surprise. The drama surrounding the announcement was typical of Olmert, a Prime Minister who has always been much more style than substance. Israel treats its politicians … Read More