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Daniel Levy

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After Mubarak -- What Does Israel Do?

(146) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 6:45 PM

After almost thirty years President Hosni Mubarak is gone. For the people of Egypt and especially those with the courage to have taken to the streets it is no doubt a day that is impossible to put into words. For the rest of us, a day of awe, celebration and...

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Want That Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal, Mr. President? Perform a C-Section

(71) Comments | Posted August 31, 2010 | 6:34 PM

After more than 20 months of trying, the Obama administration will this week convene direct Israel-Palestinian peace talks in Washington D.C. Even if it is well founded (and it is), the administration must be understandably irked by the barrage of skepticism that is greeting this week's peace summit, with reaction...

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Why Netanyahu Canceled His DC Visit, and Why the GOP Is Applauding

(1432) Comments | Posted April 9, 2010 | 1:41 PM

Yesterday evening (late night Israel time), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he would not, after all, be attending next week's Nuclear Security Summit to be hosted by President Obama in Washington, DC.

Speaking to Republican party loyalists at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Liz...

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Netanyahu's Stubbornness On Settlements Produces American Call For 1967 Borders

(632) Comments | Posted November 25, 2009 | 8:31 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced today his cabinet's decision, "To suspend new construction in Judea and Samaria." (Yes, they still call it Judea and Samaria). The Obama Administration responded within hours with a statement released by Secretary Clinton followed by a press briefing from Special Envoy George Mitchell....

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Human Rights Watch and Israel: Questions to Answer

(12) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 7:57 PM

Two months ago the Israeli government announced that it would be launching a campaign against the organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the smear industry of supportive rightist NGOs and journalists swung into action with a volley of attacks on the group.

The timing of this move was no coincidence....

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The "Swiftboating" of Human Rights Watch

(95) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 7:30 PM

Last week witnessed a concerted attack against the credibility of the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), seeking to link supposed fundraising activities in Saudi Arabia with that organization's criticism ("bias", according to its detractors) of Israeli practices in the occupied territories, also claiming HRW is soft peddling on Saudi violations....

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Bibi's Baby Step: What Next After Netanyahu's Speech?

(11) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 10:14 PM

By Daniel Levy and Amjad Atallah

"One giant leap for Benjamin Netanyahu, but just one small step for Middle East peace."
That was how commentators in both of Israel's leading dailies, Yehidot Ahronot and Ma'ariv, chose to describe the Prime Minister's address yesterday. One thing...

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Can George Mitchell Astound the Skeptics, Again?

(22) Comments | Posted January 23, 2009 | 2:03 PM

In the hectic days of Presidential campaigning of July 2008, then candidate Obama took time to visit the Middle East and Europe. That trip will be most remembered for the huge crowds in Berlin and basketball shots at Camp Arifjan U.S. Army base in Kuwait, but the words Barack Obama...

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Gaza and the Obama Effect -- Ending the War

(63) Comments | Posted January 15, 2009 | 7:39 PM

Barack Obama is not even President yet but he may have just played a central role in getting to a ceasefire in the current Gaza Israel crisis -- just by being there. All the signals are that we are in a final and ugly escalatory cycle in advance of hostilities...

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What's Next on Gaza/Israel and Why Americans Should Care

(305) Comments | Posted December 27, 2008 | 11:10 PM

For many people, what happened today between Gaza and Israel may have all too familiar a ring to it - Israel warns and then retaliates to an alleged or real Palestinian escalation of violence, there is Arab condemnation and international exasperation, eventually things de-escalate but according to Israel's timetable as...

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America's Military Attack in Syria -- Possible Reasons and Likely Costs

(12) Comments | Posted October 28, 2008 | 5:00 PM

Details are finally emerging of the American military operation inside Syria in Abu Kamal on Sunday afternoon. While there still has been no official on-record briefing from the Pentagon, unnamed DoD sources have filled in some of the gaps and reports on the operation appear in today's press....

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Lessons from Lebanon 25 years on

(18) Comments | Posted October 24, 2008 | 6:14 PM

Yesterday, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the bombing of U.S. and French peacekeeping force barracks in Beirut - an assault which remains one of the most deadly and ugly attacks of its kind - the New York Times chose to run two opinion pieces on the subject, both offering the...

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Happy New Year from Israel's Radical Right

(13) Comments | Posted September 25, 2008 | 9:48 PM

Israelis awoke today to what most would consider to be very scary news. Hebrew University Professor and peace activist Ze'ev Sternhell received minor injuries after being the target of a pipe bomb attack. OK -- maybe this rates not so high on the Israeli scariness scale, but it's a...

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Putting Jews Back in Their Place

(139) Comments | Posted September 10, 2008 | 5:24 PM

Jews in America have, essentially since 1932, felt far at home with one Party and voted accordingly. Democrats could rely on a solid 75% plus of the Jewish vote and the Jewish community could comfortably feel that they had a home in a party which embraced positions and values with...

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On Joe Klein and the Jewish Neoconservatives

(82) Comments | Posted July 31, 2008 | 12:28 AM

You may have missed it, but renowned Time columnist Joe Klein and the Jewish neoconservative blogosphere are at war with one another. The reason this is more important than an argument on who sits where in shul is that Klein has refused to cower, and as a respected member of...

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Missing the Symbolism of Obama's Visit to Sderot, Israel

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2008 | 8:25 PM

Senator Barack Obama was a big hit in Israel. The local TV last night and press this morning was in gushing form. According to Israel's most viewed news show, on Channel 2 TV, Israel's leaders (all of whom the Illinoisan senator met, from both government and opposition) entered something of...

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The McCain Campaign Tries Cross-Dressing on Iran

(14) Comments | Posted July 11, 2008 | 8:07 PM

The latest round of brinksmanship with Iran following that country's much publicized missile test not surprisingly became a talking point between the presidential campaigns and their surrogates. The lines of attacks were mainly predictable although many took encouragement from the enthusiasm that the Obama campaign displayed going head-to-head with McCain...

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McCain at AIPAC Offers Americans and Israelis the Same Gloomy, Insecure, Hope-Free Future

(124) Comments | Posted June 3, 2008 | 12:47 AM

Senator McCain gave the keynote address at yesterday's opening of the annual AIPAC Conference and promised that the same vision of perpetual warfare served up by Bush, and offered as an option to Americans in November, would also be available to his Israeli friends were he to become the...

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Bush's Dwarf Diplomacy and the Seven Gazans

(17) Comments | Posted May 30, 2008 | 7:40 PM

Today's New York Times story on the seven Gazan students unable to take up their Fulbright Scholarships due to the Israeli government's denial of exit permits, and the American government's inability to reverse the decision, is a terribly sad reflection on today's realities. Sad of course for the seven...

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McCain, Obama, and the Hamas Banana Skin

(22) Comments | Posted May 14, 2008 | 6:36 PM

Senator McCain's 'Hamas attack' on Senator Obama has certainly got a lot of play. The McCain campaign even used it in a fundraising email.

While neither campaign has come out of the episode bathed in glory, the way in which Senator McCain manipulated this raises some worrying questions...

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