Oh god, this class and this professor were awful. I couldn't agree more with the reviewer below me. This class was first of all so incredibly boring; he took the least interesting aspects of studying Israel and turned it into a course. The readings were average length but just so incredibly boring. I only read them when I had to write a paper for them. Professor Cohen is just not a nice person at all. Every time I emailed him with a question or approached him after class, he was always so unnecessarily snide. He's really just an unkind person and shuts down any opinions that contradict his, which is probably because a large part of the readings we had were his own or his colleagues'. The way he speaks to his students both in private and in class is nasty and he seems to have no passion for teaching at all. He puts up the same powerpoint every class and goes off on tangents about uninteresting and irrelevant things. Like the previous commenter mentioned, he expects you to know a great deal about the subject of the class before you take it, so if you have no background in the topic of the class, I would either be prepared to read a few books on the topic or choose another class. I would strongly recommend the latter.
Maybe it was because this isn't my area of study, and I only took this class pass/fail for pleasure because I thought it would be interesting especially in light of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but I thought this class and the readings were mind numbingly boring.