The threat of IS may be exaggerated. But if effective action is not taken now, IS will become existential. And that threat will extend far beyond the Middle East.
If the world community were serious about honoring its commitments as articulated by the UN secretary general, it would move much faster to declare the state continuing a 47-year occupation a pariah state.
Unlike the interim nuclear deal, the extension appears to lack any clear key terms upon which prospective nuclear talks would be anchored in, or a final nuclear would be reached. By extending the nuclear negotiations, the Obama administration can save face, add to its questionable Middle East achievements.
The story of the Jewish refugees from Arab lands is little known, but has huge repercussions for today.
The world Jewish community and Israel's non-Jewish allies need to wake up. Israel is under vicious attack at European, American, South African, Australian, and Canadian Universities. It's a battle we can win if we step up our game on campus and begin to courageously fight back.
These struggles are intertwined, and the core of the issues is very similar. It is the distorted view by the majority of a population that other people are a threat. No individual should be treated differently than anyone else in their community, not in Ferguson, not in Palestine, and not anywhere else.
My 24-year-old daughter lives in Jerusalem. It's not a large city, so anything that happens in Jerusalem, is too close for comfort in this mother's eyes. I am not a staunch pro-Israel supporter, as many expect I might be. However, this was wrong on all levels. This is black and white for me: this was terrorism.
On the eve of the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, 430 citizen advocates descended on Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to support the ongoing negotiations.
If the slaughter in the Jerusalem synagogue will make the Palestinian dream of statehood an even more unreachable dream, it will also turn Israel's illusion of the sustainability of the occupation into a nightmare.
It is the interest of Israel to have Egypt play a significant role in any future settlement with the PA, and clearly to accept it will require a change of the disc also in Jerusalem.
The Israeli military said the incident had not been a raid. It said a routine patrol had asked some Palestinians for their identification cards, and when they said the cards were in Bnei Sakhnin's offices soldiers had entered the building to check their identities.
Just as has been the case every time nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West break down without agreement on fundamental issues, Supreme Iranian leader Khameini resumes lambasting the U.S. and Israel, and conservatives in the Iranian government rejoice.
Imagine if the American criminal justice system issued verdicts to level the homes of violent criminals. Further picture that these decisions were made outside of normal judicial channels. The practice is unthinkable in a liberal, democratic society. Why then has it reemerged as Israeli policy?
The reports last week of the ghastly murder of rabbis at prayer in a Jerusalem synagogue seemed to us to echo a terrible crime long ago, captured in images and in words that were painfully familiar.
The agreement between Iran and Russia came at a critical time as the West debates two key provisions: (a) what options the West has in case negotiations with Iran fail, and (b) whether the West will move forward with imposing additional sanctions on Russia.
As it happened, Ali Khamenei, Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan were all walking in one of the UN's corridors.