Our Latest Updates – Archive

Naftali Bennett Sworn in as Israel’s New Prime Minister
6/14/2021 -

After a record time in office, Benjamin Netanyahu was unseated and replaced by Naftali Bennett.

Americans Largely Support Israel over Palestine
6/9/2021 -

A May 2021 Gallup poll taken before the spring 2021 violence found 58% American adults sympathized with the Israelis and 25% with the Palestinians.

International Criminal Court Rules It Has Jurisdiction to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Israel-Occupied Territories
2/8/2021 -

US State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, stated, “The United States has always taken the position that the court’s jurisdiction should be reserved for countries that consent to it, or that are referred by the U.N. Security Council.”

Trump Administration Labels BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Movement as Anti-Semitic
11/19/2020 -

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced measures to counter the BDS movement, stating in a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: “We want to stand with all other nations that recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is, and we’re committed to combating it.”

Israeli Court Strikes Down Law that Would Have Legalized Thousands of Settlement Homes
6/11/2020 -

Israel’s Supreme Court struck down a 2017 law that would have retroactively legalized almost 4,000 Jewish settlement homes on privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank.

Trump Administration No Longer Considers Israeli Settlements in the Palestinian Territories a Violation of International Law
11/19/2019 -

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a reversal of US policy in which the US will no longer consider Israeli settlements in the West Bank as inconsistent with international law, a position the US established in 1978.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

Israeli Knesset Passes Law Declaring Israel a Jewish State, Hebrew as Official Language, Undivided Jerusalem as Capital
7/23/2018 -

Read more about this controversial law on our historical timeline.

What Are the Israeli Settlements in the Palestinian Territories?
7/17/2018 -

More than 200 Israeli settlements were established in the West Bank between 1967 and 2016. Learn more about the types of settlements, their locations, and the number of settlers with quotes, maps, and charts from various sources.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

US Embassy Opens in Jerusalem, Violence and Protest Ensues
5/21/2018 -

See our historical timeline of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from 1900 though May 14, 2018, when the US embassy opened in Jerusalem.

Should Jerusalem Be the Undivided Capital of Israel?
12/14/2017 -

Read new pro and con quotes on this controversial topic from US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (Pro), the European Union (Con), and American nonprofits One Jerusalem (Pro) and J Street (Con), among other experts.

President Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Orders US Embassy to Move
12/7/2017 -

On Dec. 6, 2017, President Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced that the American embassy in Tel Aviv will be moved to Jerusalem. Read more on our historical timeline.

Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
7/20/2017 -

Investigate both sides of this debate with quotes from 44th President of the United States Barack Obama (Pro), former Arkansas Governor (R) and US presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (Con), President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas (Pro), and former interim President of Israel Avrum Berg (Con), among others.