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Thoughts on George Mitchell Resignation

Steve Clemons | Posted 07.14.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Mitchell failed to inspire the Palestinians and Israelis to embrace their long-term interests over short-term political itches and he lost the faith and support of his colleagues inside the administration. To some degree this was inevitable.

Mahmoud Abbas: Mr. Consistency

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While Western leaders have warmed up to Abbas and have been pleased with his consistency and demeanor, the Israelis neither recognized nor rewarded Abbas for this consistency and honesty.

Budrus Shows 'White Intifada' Can Beat the Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 12.06.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

The village of Budrus effectively organized a campaign of nonviolent resistance against Israel's plans to route its "Separation Barrier" through their village lands. Budrus is a compelling account of this successful experiment.

Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas -- should it withstand the test of time -- offers Israel and Hamas the opportunity to face what they have denied each other for nearly three decades.

The Cost of Not Negotiating

Stuart Diamond | Posted 07.09.2011 | World
Stuart Diamond

Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. Two guys cost a trillion dollars. Is there a better way to spend our money?

Israel-Palestine Plate Heating Up

Steve Clemons | Posted 06.21.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Obama, Netanyahu and various Palestinian officials are scrambling to act as if they have some plan to move the peace process forward, when in fact, most of it is insincere posturing designed to pour concrete on what has thus far been failure.

On the Heels of Destruction

Mira Sucharov | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Mira Sucharov

We shouldn't be stacking the deck for our kids by presenting an uncritical link between the Holocaust and contemporary Israeli approaches to peace and conflict.

Three Myths of Israel's Insecurity and Why They Must Be Debunked

Ira Chernus | Posted 06.18.2011 | World
Ira Chernus

U.S. opinion-shapers have created an indelible image of Israel as a deeply insecure nation. That image is a major, if often overlooked, factor that has shaped Washington's policies in the Middle East.

A Letter to Progressive U.S. Jews: These Are Your People

Bradley Burston | Posted 06.14.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

There is much more that our people, progressive American Jews, can and should do to demonstrate humanist concern on this side of the border.

A Remembrance of Juliano Mer-Khamis

Julian Schnabel | Posted 06.14.2011 | World
Julian Schnabel

Juliano was, as his daughter Milay eloquently said at his funeral, "100 percent Arab and 100 percent Jewish." To kill a person like Juliano is like killing peace itself.

Poll Shows U.S. Public Evenly Divided on Unilateral Palestinian State

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 06.12.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The United States should support the unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state. It is time for Obama to deliver on the promise he made in Cairo to use his authority not to defend the deadly status quo but to end it.

Obama's Jerusalem Speech

Ira Chernus | Posted 06.05.2011 | World
Ira Chernus

Since the chance of Israel and Palestine negotiating on their own is somewhere below zero, there's growing talk about Obama going to Jerusalem and giving a speech that presents his own peace plan.

Jon Stewart: Not Intimidated by the Lobby

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MJ Rosenberg

Of all the icons that the iconoclastic Jon Stewart chooses to smash, the one that gets media figures in the most trouble is the infallibility of Israel, which is why Stewart is all alone out there. But he won't be for long.

Palestinian Leader Calls Israel Settler Murders 'Inhuman'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday the killing of a Jewish settler couple and three of their children was "inhum...

Top Neocon Faults Obama for Not Showing "Loyalty" to Israel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The "Bibi, right or wrongers" are not Obama supporters and will not be voting for him in the next election. They certainly will not be sending him campaign contributions.

It Ain't Cricket: World 130, United States 1

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

That was the implicit imbalance behind the failed vote in the UN that would have described as "illegal" Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, while reiterating demands that all settlement activity should cease.

U.S. Veto of UN Israeli Settlement Resolution: A Golden Opportunity Missed

Jon Rainwater | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jon Rainwater

As the Obama administration tries to position itself as a friend to the increasingly empowered people of the region, it would do well to avoid looking unwilling to hold countries accountable for ignoring human rights concerns.

Why Islamism Can't Be Compared to Communism

Paul Scham | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Scham

Misleading historical analogies between Islamism and Communism cloud American perceptions and encourage us -- dangerously -- to mistake parts for the whole.

A Precarious Peace

Dan Rather | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Rather

2011-02-14-danrather.jpgWith all of the unrest sweeping the Middle East, one place long-associated with bullets and bloodshed has so far been remarkably calm: the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

Israeli Ambassador's Dishonest Attacks on the Guardian Miss the Point

Ian Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ian Katz

Ron Prosor's crude attack on our reporting of the Palestine Papers does neither him nor his country a service.

We All Helped Suppress the Egyptians -- With Our Taxes. So How Do We Change?

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

Very few Westerners would praise a murderer and sell him weapons. Very few Westerners would beat up a poor person in order to get cheaper petrol. But our governments do this abroad all the time.

2010 Poll: Egyptians Dislike Obama, See U.S./Israel as "Threats," Want Clergy More Political

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Zogby

Based on our polling done there last summer, we know that Egyptians are disappointed with Barack Obama and have a decidedly negative view of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Why Is BDS a Moral Duty Today? A Response to Bernard-Henri Levy

Omar Barghouti | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omar Barghouti

Mr. Levy attempts to smear the movement by presenting a number of misleading premises and reaching, as a result, unwarranted conclusions. What he obscures are the real objectives of the movement.

"Palestine Papers" Offer Hope, Not Despair

Noah Efron | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noah Efron

The final positions were not that far apart, the movement was constant and in the right direction, and the sides spoke to each other not as irascible enemies as partners in negotiation. Pundits-be-damned, peace was possible.

Brooklyn College Adjunct Says He Was Dismissed For Political Reasons

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

A Brooklyn College graduate student was informed this week that he will not be allowed to teach a masters-level course on politics in the Middle East ...