Lifting the blockade is the right thing to do. But one has to question why nine people (including an American) had to die before Netanyahu came to the realization that the blockade was unnecessary.
When will we understand that Israel's security problem is everyone's security problem, that a threatened Jew is a threatened Muslim?
The Gaza siege is not helping to make Israel safer; it is only giving their "enemies" breathing room and a chance to reorganize.
Say what? Because the Turks no longer are doing what Israel wants, they should be thrown out of NATO? Anyone who questions how far the lobby will go in defense of the government has their answer.
Every time Israel's right-wing government engages in yet another outrageous violation of international legal norms, it is easy to think, "No way are t...
Following the deadly Flotilla attack, several reports were circulated indicating that Israel will succumb to international pressure and lift the Gaza blockade. I don't see this happening anytime soon for the following reasons.
If anything, collective punishment tends to make the locals rally around their leaders, not seek their overthrow. There's nothing to suggest Hamas is losing popular support in Gaza because of the blockade.
The absence of meaningful action from governments to hold Israel accountable to international law obliges citizens of conscious to take moral responsibility upon themselves, as done against apartheid South Africa.
Many Israelis and Jews -- certainly not all -- feel they lose the media battle all the time. They don't realize it's not just a media battle, it's not always about spinning a story. Sometimes the story spins itself.
If Obama's efforts to change direction are to bear fruit, he will have to confront not only a determined, hard-line government in Israel and stubborn Palestinian realities, but an entrenched and unthinking pro-Israel bias in Congress.
It should be clear to both Israel and the United States by now that the siege of Gaza has failed to accomplish its goals. Israel has failed to weaken Hamas, free Gilad Shalit or even put an end to arms smuggling.
A Jewish European peace group is to launch a boat to break the blockade of Gaza in the coming months, organizers said, almost a week after nine activists were killed making the same trip.
Liberals loved it when Harry recognized the State of Israel, just eleven minutes after it proclaimed independence. Liberals cared a lot about Israel's precarious existence back then. But those days seem long gone.
Does Turkey's new, more independent foreign policy represent a threat to America? Or might it present an opportunity for a new alignment that addresses and de-escalates the conflicts of the broader Middle East?
Big Brother Washington may be forever blind to it; but if you are a state and your strategy is to configure yourself as South Africa at the twilight of apartheid, method is the last thing to be found in your madness.
What people like Michael Chabon fail to understand is that the Jews may or may not be more intellectual than other people, superior, smarter, richer, or have cabals that rule the world. But Jews are best at PR.