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Jerusalem: Can Our Ancient Collaborations in Science Be Revived?

Hessam Nowzari | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Hessam Nowzari

Even though Iran and Israel have never shared a common geographic frontier, over the last 4000 years, scientists and researchers of both nations have repeatedly shown their willingness and commitment to interactive learning and collaboration.

Guess Who's Valedictorian at Israel's Top Medical School?

Diana Bletter | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Diana Bletter

Ali-Selah's academic excellence not only marks her own personal achievement but also proves that an academic boycott of Israel is the wrong approach to solving the Israel-Arab conflict.

Small-d Democracy At Israel's Western Wall

Harvey Stein | Posted 09.10.2013 | World
Harvey Stein

I think the shakeup at the Western Wall is one of the best things to happen to Israel in decades. It's a popular uprising for change, for real democracy.

Pull the Plug on the Peace Process

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It's time for some benign neglect. There is no way that will accomplish less than our current one-sided engagement.

Did I Make Cory Booker 'Too Jewish'?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Yesterday, Jeffrey Goldberg, a journalist I know and respect, repeated Peter Beinart's attack against me from a few weeks ago, that in bringing Mayor Cory Booker to the Jewish community I made him too pro-Israel.

The Ghettoization of East Jerusalem

Philip Farah | Posted 08.05.2013 | World
Philip Farah

I am a Palestinian who was born and lived in East Jerusalem for 27 years before I emigrated to the U.S. in 1978. Since then, I have visited my former ...

John Kerry and the Middle East Peace Process: Housekeeping or Breakthrough?

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

John Kerry must be a very optimistic person if he devotes so much of his time to the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Political Art Decorates the Wall / Security Barrier

Rick Steves | Posted 07.17.2013 | Travel
Rick Steves

In the last decade Israel built a wall separating it from the Palestinian Territories in order to stop Palestinian terrorists from getting into Israel...

It's Not Hatred for Israel That Fuels Support for the Palestinians, It's the Opposite

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

If you care about the survival of Israel, how can you not care about what is happening to the Palestinians?

Jews Who Boo Efforts to Make Peace

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Alan Dershowitz

The right-wing Jewish extremists who boo everyone who wants to make compromises for peace, are every bit as dangerous as Jewish extremists on the hard left who also demand a one state solution -- a binational state that will cease being the homeland of the Jewish people.

Netanyahu to United States: Drop Dead

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The good news is that Netanyahu has made everything so clear. He has no interest in peace, negotiations, any kind of territorial withdrawal or even freezing settlements. The only question left is what the Obama administration will do in response.

Great Smile and Inspiring Words, But No Action -- Again

Sam Bahour | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Sam Bahour

I was hoping (but not holding my breath) that President Obama would come with a message to the Israelis that the world's superpower is now going to fill the process with accountability. That did not happen, and will not, until average Americans say, "Enough is enough."

Why Americans Love Israel

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

David Ben Gurion once said that in Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles. The founders of our country were realists who believed in the miraculous power of democracy. Israel struggles every day to carry on that dream.

Obama's Hardball Public Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.23.2013 | World
Philip Seib

While visiting Israel, Obama did not limit himself to the standard rhetorical niceties. He went over the heads of politicians and appealed directly to the Israeli public, especially the young, to make his case for a more flexible approach to negotiating with Palestinians.

In the Wait for Peace, At Least Allow Basic Access to Water

Rebecca Iwerks | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Rebecca Iwerks

In order to build the trust necessary for peace negotiations, the United States must use its influence as the major funder of the Israeli government to demand that Israel provide clean water access to everyone living in Israel and in the West Bank.

I Was Wrong: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Is on the President's Trip Agenda

James Zogby | Posted 05.16.2013 | World
James Zogby

Tthe best Obama can do, in the short term, is attempt to speak directly to both peoples reasserting his commitment to them and to a peaceful future in an effort to change the discourse in both societies away from the cynicism and hardline views that have made progress toward peace so difficult.

I Am Not an Anti-Semite

Jess Coleman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Teen
Jess Coleman

I am not an anti-Semite or a radical, right-wing Zionist. I'm a grown-up willing to have a discussion, and I'm waiting for everyone else to catch up.

A Hero and a Villain: The Arab World's Infatuation With Hugo Chavez

Ali Younes | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Ali Younes

When the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez passed away last week, the public in the Arab world felt as if they lost one of their own. Chavez who r...

On Why Israel Appears to the World As an Aggressive Nation

Martin Varsavsky | Posted 05.03.2013 | World
Martin Varsavsky

Growing up Jewish, one of the 15 million in a world of 7 billion people, is growing up feeling like a survivor of so many historical massacres, lucky to be alive and stay alive. Given our history it is not surprising that there would be a slight "paranoiac" tone to real or perceived threats.

Much Ado About Israeli and Palestinian Textbooks

Common Ground News Service | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

Like so much else that touches on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a just-released three-year-long study of how textbooks on both sides portray the "other" has provoked a firestorm of controversy.

Let's Protest the Real Apartheid State

Mitchell G. Bard | Posted 04.23.2013 | World
Mitchell G. Bard

If students were really serious about human rights violators in the Middle East, they'd be holding Saudi Apartheid weeks or Abuse of Arab Women Awareness weeks rather than bashing Israel.

Historical Experiences and Perception

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.16.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Notwithstanding their traumatic historical experiences, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians can or should use history to foreshadow the present requirements to make peace.

The Emir of Qatar's Gift to the Israeli People

Raymond Barrett | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Raymond Barrett

Having shown a distinct taste for both pragmatism and tangible results -- qualities the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is in desperate need of -- the Emir of Qatar has given Israel a wake-up-call to accept the lessons of history and the new realities of a changed Middle East.

Not About BDS

Kristofer Petersen-Overton | Posted 04.08.2013 | New York
Kristofer Petersen-Overton

There is something particularly poisonous about the kind of political opportunism on display at Brooklyn College right now. The rapid manufacture of a national controversy in this case reveals, once again, the tenuous state of academic freedom on our campuses.

Partitioning the 'Two-state Solution'

John V. Whitbeck | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
John V. Whitbeck

The issue is no longer whether and how a Palestinian state will ever come into existence -- or even whether it is still possible. It exists. The issue is when and how the occupation of the State of Palestine will come to an end.