Extolling the virtues of a ceasefire in the Gaza war that collapsed barely two hours after it took effect, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently highlighted the root cause of the failure of international efforts to silence the guns in the Palestinian territory and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
An Israeli settlement is a Jewish community built on land captured from Jordan, Egypt and Syria in the 1967 war. There very existence is hotly debated. Settlements should be expanded according to some and demolished according to others. Truly, there is no easy solution to settlements.
The morality of an action is never legitimized by saying a less moral individual would do the same or worse.
The hostilities between Eric and Tom continued unabated into the early-morning hours yesterday, marking their longest email chain in years.
Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup has emerged as the latest target of an undeclared alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel that with the war in Gaza has sharpened political fault lines in the Gulf.
During my working years in the nation's capital, wars between Israelis and Palestinians came and went, and I didn't fret. "There is nothing I can do," I kept telling myself, until this war happened. This war is different. This is the war on children, and I'm now a mom.
Simply open your mouth on Israel-Palestine, and you'll be labeled either a heartless Zionist or a Hamas terrorist. Both extreme labels are equally fruitless. If we cannot find a middle ground in dialogue, how can we expect Israel and Palestine to find a middle ground during war?
As a Palestinian living in the United States, I must say that the reporting of Fox News and CNN has no connection to the reality that Palestinians know only too well. Their coverage is unfair and fails to convey the whole truth of what is transpiring there.
There are things that I am against and things that I am for. I am against extremism, no matter who it is. I am against violence, no matter the excuses. And I am against a one-sided view, no matter how convincing you think it is.
To understand this you could hardly do better than watch CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer's country club invocation of former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir this week to suggest Palestinians are forcing Israel to kill their children.
We know in our hearts that these largely ineffectual weapons do not justify bombing and shelling cafes, beaches, mosques, schools, shelters and homes containing large families, knowing that thousands of innocent civilians will be killed and wounded.
The difficulty won't disappear. We can't have it both ways: There seems to be no way to reconcile earnest opposition to the Israeli government's oppression of Palestinians and the assault on Gaza with support for the protection of Tel Aviv from Hamas rockets.
"Really?" the reporter asked. "You honestly don't hold out hope that there is a peaceful solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?" And that's when I went off the rails with the truth as I had learned it six years before.
Israel doesn't want to fight Palestinians, much less kill them. Its citizens just want to be left in peace.
Real data as to public opinion in Gaza is scarce. Still, there are a few hints of true voices coming out from the dark.
I can't remain focused on the broader picture even though it affects my own children: I just want the physical pain that I am subjected to by these heartbreaking images to cease.