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Arab Israeli Conflict

When Reason Is Forsaken

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

While there is certainly the need to end the Gaza blockade, political pandering, populism and a high stakes blame game all trumped the actual goal of ameliorating the conditions there.

New Poll on American Attitudes Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

A new poll out this week shows that while Israelis retain strong US public support, Americans are deeply concerned that the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict puts US interests at risk.

How One Palestinian Village Started a Non-Violent Resistance Movement

Sara Reef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sara Reef

While Budrus captures the story of this village in particular, its larger goal is to show that change can be accomplished in the Middle East through peaceful means.

Common Strategic Interests: Balancing Support for Israel Against Other American Interests

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Obama must first and foremost reach out and directly address the general Israeli public and media. If he will not visit Israel, he must talk to Israelis directly through news outlets to disabuse those who still may have doubts.

Ajami and the Oscars: Who Really Represents Israel?

David Saranga | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Saranga

Even if a film is critical of Israel, it is also an expression of the open character of our democracy. This is why I was astonished by the outrageous statement by Scandar Copti, an Arab Israeli director, that he does not represent Israel.

In Search of the Moderate Muslim: It Takes an Ummah

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Until moderate Muslims find each other, 'find the other hand,' and start a global response, nothing less than a cacophony of figurative clapping, we will remain as we are now: voiceless.

HuffPost Review: Ajami

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An Oscar nominee as best foreign-language film, Israel's Ajami is a reminder that things can always -- always -- be worse. Yet Ajami isn't a downbeat film -- though it is a relentless one.

TIME: Peacemaking In The Middle East: Obama's Year Of Missteps

TIME | Massimo Calabresi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

It has taken President Obama just 10 months to achieve something each of his immediate predecessors delivered in their final year in office: failure i...

Tzipi Livni Shows Prime Ministerial Stuff on J Street Conference

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Tzipi Livni has sent in a remarkable letter of affirmation to J Street, recognizing potential differences but affirming a shared strategic vision for the best interests of Israel.

J Street Again

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In the 1990s, when we came together, we only did it at the behest of the White House, and Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn validated the effort. This time is different.

A Peace Prize for Pipe Dreams?

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sunil Adam

Even if the Taliban, al-Qaida and other madcap terrorists succumb to the Obama charm and fold their tents, it is unlikely that the president will be so lucky as to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle.

Peace of My Heart

Arn Tellem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Arn Tellem

It's now been almost a decade since I joined the board of Seeds of Peace. I'm amazed at how little the camp has changed over all these years. My first leap into Pleasant Lake never fails to rejuvenate me.

Israel Diary: Dispatch From The Holy Land

Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rachel Sklar

I write this from balmy and bustling Tel Aviv, where I landed last Thursday morning, marking my first-ever visit to Israel.

Arabs and Jews Together for Peace

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

Sunday, representatives of over three dozen Arab American and American Jewish organizations met in Washington to make clear their shared commitment to a comprehensive Middle East peace.

Middle East Peace Begins in the Classroom

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

Hamas' recent rejection of a UN initiative to teach the Holocaust in the schools of Gaza says everything about the power of education, and the extremists' need to traffic in fear and lies.

Israel's Arabs -- A Cinematic Voice in New York

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Richard Z. Chesnoff

National schizophrenia has become an obsession for the Israeli Arab community -- and to the benefit of Israeli cinema, the subject matter of a growing number of increasingly fine films.

Goldstone: Discussed, but Not Read

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

Now that the report has been voted out of the Human Rights Council and forwarded to the Security Council, the gamesmanship continues. That it is back center stage is a good thing.

Arabs Urge Obama To Present Mideast Peace Outline

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The head of the Arab League and the Egyptian foreign minister on Friday urged President Barack Obama to present his own outline...

Steve Rosen, Former Indictee on Espionage, Lectures Obama

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Rosen spent his entire career at AIPAC trying to sabotage any chance of peace between Israelis and Palestinians and convincing Republican administrations that US and Israeli interests are identical.

Enough is Enough

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

The first obligation of any government is to defend the rights of its citizens. Israel appears to have defined its own categories of US citizenship. Arab Americans are not fully recognized.

Can You Hear Me Now?

Omri Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omri Marcus

Palestinians were furious to discover that now not only Fox News ignores their side -- but now even during commercial breaks are they invisible.

Obama's Peace Offensive (Part 1)

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

On a recent trip to the Middle East I had the opportunity to meet with Israelis and Palestinians from all walks of life. What I saw reconfirmed the lack of political cohesiveness within both communities.

Obama's Peace Offensive (Part 2)

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Ending the settlements expansion is one of the most critical elements in changing the dynamic of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Dysfunctional Critics of Obama

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ira Forman

There are more than a few in our Jewish community who are happy to be spoon fed distortions so they can twist reality to fit their own vision of how the world should be.

Unsettling Signs: The U.S. Takes on Israel on Settlements

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

While some may believe America has acknowledged a special relationship with Israel, the record of U.S. policy toward many significant issues in the conflict shows something entirely different.