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Israel Should Question Its "Shoot to Kill" Policy

Ron Kronish | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Is the practice of "shooting to kill" Palestinians in the West Bank and inside Israel an ethical policy? And, is it effective as a deterrent in the difficult security situation we face in Israel in recent months (and years and decades...)?

Breaking the Silence on the Path to Reconciliation for Israeli Soldiers

Robi Damelin | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Robi Damelin

What does a person who has served three of four years, in the case of an officer, feel when finally they give back their guns at the end of their service knowing that they will have to serve in the reserves for many years to come.

At Hanukkah, Art Brightens the World from Boston, Warsaw and Israel

Penny Schwartz | Posted 12.09.2015 | Arts
Penny Schwartz

With its own hashtag, #8Nights8Windows runs from December 6 through December 14, and includes Hanukkah inspired art installations presented in storefronts, from cafes to banks to museums and community organizations.

Between Identities: Trauma and Ethics in the Art of Eugene Lemay

Shai Baitel | Posted 09.08.2015 | Arts
Shai Baitel

His trajectory as an American Christian of Arab descent, who transformed into a Jew and then an Israeli who fights for his country, has certainly shaped Lemay as a complex individual with a variety of viewpoints relating to identity, of his own, and of the other.

It's Crazy, But I Wish My Autistic Son Could Be a Soldier

Hannah Brown | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Hannah Brown

No one envies a soldier's mother. The worry. The sleepless nights. The fear that your child will suffer harm, both physical and psychological. Especially in Israel, where I live, military service is tough and dangerous. So, how is it that I find myself envying parents whose children are soldiers?

Gaza's Future: It's Up to the International Community

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The Israel Defense Forces will do their part. It is now time for the international community, led by the U.S., to do its part. The violation by Hamas of the 72-hour ceasefire agreement must serve as a reminder: Without an overseeing body mandated to prevent Hamas from rearming, we will find ourselves in a worse situation down the road.

It Can Be Done: Negotiate an End to the Siege in Gaza

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

There are so many stakeholders, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and beyond, that would like to see an end to this madness in Gaza. The vital thing confronting us today is for the U.S. to put pressure on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza and seek a viable and realistic political solution.

Why This Former IDF Soldier Feels 'Terrible' For Those In Gaza

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 07.24.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Two Americans serving in the Israel Defense Forces were killed last weekend in Gaza, but they’re not the only U.S. citizens fighting for Israel. One...

Is Israel and Hamas Ready for a Ceasefire?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.13.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Calls for an immediate ceasefire notwithstanding, Israel will press on with its bombing in Gaza in the hope that it can achieve a level of deterrence with Hamas that will last far longer than the 18 months that came after its November 2012 air operation.

Israel vs. Hamas, Part III: The Same Old Story

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The U.S., Egypt, the U.N., Qatar, and the rest of the Arab world will all try to calm the situation in Gaza to ensure that the lives of Israelis and Palestinians are protected, but ultimately, it's up to the main players of the game to act like responsible adults for the sake of their people.

As Israel Turns 66, a Shifting Focus for the Jewish State

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Security issues still loom large and likely will for the foreseeable future. Yet Israelis also understand that the best way to counter those seeking to challenge the Jewish State's existence is to build a stronger Israeli society.

An American Behind the Gun in the Israeli Army

Dorit Sasson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Those of us who keep an eye on current events know that things are starting to heat up once again in Israel. Last week, during the Jewish holiday of P...

Unsuspecting Victims of Israel's 'Non-Lethal' Weapons

Patrick O. Strickland | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Patrick O. Strickland

Ahmad S., then 16, was on his way to a wedding in the Jalazoun refugee camp when he was shot in the head. The IDF says it uses these "non-fatal riot dispersal methods" for crowd control purposes, but evidence suggests that soldiers regularly use these weapons excessively and improperly.

Israel's Haredim (Ultra-Orthodox) on the Front Lines: How the New Conscription Law Will Change Everything

Howard Barbanel | Posted 05.17.2014 | Religion
Howard Barbanel

On Wednesday, March 12, the Knesset forever changed the shape of Israeli society by passing a law that will conscript most Haredi (Ultra-Orthodox) young men into the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) starting in 2017.

Israeli Christians Opt For Integration On The Front Line

USA Today | Michele Chabin | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion

HEBRON HILLS, West Bank (RNS) Preparing his jeep for the short drive into the West Bank city of Hebron, where tensions between Palestinians and Israel...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Protest Israel's New Draft Law

Reuters | Crispian Balmer | Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a mass prayer in Jerusalem on Sunday in protest at a bill that would cut their community...

Why Israel Will Not Need Massive Forces in the Jordan Valley

Ephraim Sneh | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Ephraim Sneh

An agreement based on existential interests shared by the three states is immeasurably more efficient than foreign forces which are not defending their own country here.

PHOTOS: NYC Orthodox Community Protests Israeli Bill

Newsday | Emily Ngo | Posted 08.10.2013 | New York

Tens of thousands of members of ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities Sunday flooded lower Manhattan's Foley Square to protest Israeli legislation that th...

PHOTO: Sniper Condemned For Posting Photo Of Child In Crosshairs

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 02.18.2013 | World

A photo posted to the Instagram account of Mor Ostrovski, a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), has drawn outrage and condemnation across the ...

Israeli Women Soldiers Have 'Right Stuff' For Border Watch

Reuters | Posted 03.13.2013 | World

By Dan Williams ISRAELI-EGYPTIAN BORDER, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Breaking cover from a lookout point disguised as a dune, four soldiers sto...

Joshua Hersh

Dem Breaks Solid U.S. Backing For Israel With Call For Restraint | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison, a Minnesota Democrat often a rare voice of anti-war dissent even in his own caucus, is calling for Israelis and Pale...

Israel Will Stop Assault On Gaza During Egyptian PM's Visit

Reuters | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

JERUSALEM, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Israel will stop its offensive action in the Gaza Strip during a three-hour visit by the Egyptian prime minister to th...

Israel Publicizes Killing Of Hamas Military Chief On Twitter, YouTube

The Huffington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.14.2012 | World

The Israel Defense Forces have taken to Twitter and YouTube to publicize Wednesday's killing of Hamas military chief Ahmad Jabari. The militant lea...

Israel's Secret Staging Ground

Foreign Policy | MARK PERRY | Posted 03.29.2012 | World

In 2009, the deputy chief of mission of the U.S. embassy in Baku, Donald Lu, sent a cable to the State Department's headquarters in Foggy Bottom title...

Donations From Casino Owner Could Embarrass GOP Candidates

Reuters | Peter Henderson and James Pomfret | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO/MACAU, China, Feb 8 (Reuters) - It's never good for the candidate when a big donor runs afoul of the law - as President Barack Obama le...