Miriam Elman

Miriam F. Elman is an associate professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University where she serves as research director in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC). Elman served in the IDF (Air Force) from 1983-1985 and lived in Israel for over a decade, completing her B.A. in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Columbia University. Elman is the editor of five books and the author of over 60 journal articles, book chapters, and government reports on topics related to international and national security, religion and politics, the Middle East, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She is an avid blogger and frequently speaks and writes on the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) anti-Israel movement. Follow her on Twitter @MiriamElman.

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Israel Independence Day Yom Ha’atzmaut
America and Israel’s Independence

Yom Ha’atzmaut marks the return of the Jewish people to national sovereignty after 2,000 years in exile. It’s a way of expressing solidarity with, and a Jewish connection to, the land and the State of Israel.

Bush-Congress Letter
Time to Revive the 2004 Bush-Congress Letter to Israel

Obama’s decision to reject the Bush-Congress letter soured U.S.-Israel relations. From the Israeli perspective, it was a betrayal. But it was also a setback to the cause of peace.