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Israel and Palestine: To Leap Forward, First Look Backward

Mohammad Tarbush | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Mohammad Tarbush

Well-wishers to both sides should encourage the parties to address the causes and not the symptoms of the long-standing conflict. A good start would be to look backward, not forward, and examine what went wrong and became the source of tension between Israelis and Palestinians.

Palestinians Pressure UEFA Not to Award the Tournament to Israel

James Dorsey | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Palestinian soccer clubs and non-governmental organizations have called on European soccer governor UEFA to this week shy away from awarding Israel the right to host the 2020 UEFA European Championship.

US Must Take a Stand Against Settlements

Alan Elsner | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said that the Palestinians must choose between Hamas and peace. By continuing its settlement drive, Israel is making that choice -- the wrong choice -- very easy for them.

Will Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders #StandWithJStreet Against Illegal Israeli Settlements?

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Progressive champions Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have gotten grief lately from progressives for their apparent status quo-embracing actions and statements on Israel/Palestine in the context of the recent war in Gaza.

Israeli Land-grabs and Settlements: More Than Merely 'Counterproductive'

Avner Gidron | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Avner Gidron

The US administration, concerned about this move's impact on the moribund peace process, has urged the Israeli government to reverse its decision. But if a peace process is to have any chance of success, its sponsors, and the USA in particular, must recognize that the settlements are more than a diplomatic obstacle.

To Be an Israeli Mom

Lihi Lapid | Posted 08.21.2014 | World
Lihi Lapid

To be an Israeli mom is to know about the situation no less than the staff sergeant, the commanding officer, and even the Chief of Staff. And if you meet them, to also let them know what YOU think should be done.

Lessons from Gaza for Israel's Military: Unprepared for Unconventional Warfare

James Dorsey | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Calls for a reorganization of the Israeli military including a review of its strategy and doctrine are fueled by the fact that military intelligence struggled to cope with Hamas' ability to quickly change tactics and strategy.

Archbishop Desmond and Mpho Tutu Speak Out on Gaza

Geoff Livingston | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
Geoff Livingston

When my community suggested I ask Archbishop Tutu and Mpho about how to resolve the Gaza crisis, I agreed. The resulting conversation is fantastic.

Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 5 of 9

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Maurice from Lebanon said of the right of return that leaders on both sides lack courage in taking decisive decisions today about a comprehensive peace plan because of the refugee problems today.

Ending Hatred Toward Israel Along With the Gaza Conflict

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

The world should not join in on such hatred; all that does is push the prospect of peace even further away. That is the only hope for every man, woman, and child in that region on both sides of the divide.

Israeli and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 4 of 9

Paul Heroux | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

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.

Gaza War: New Palestinian Resolve Changes Paradigm

James Dorsey | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
James Dorsey

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.

Israel's War on Gaza: American Jews Must Speak Out

Bob Herbst | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Bob Herbst

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.

Netanyahu's Dilemma: From the War in Gaza to the War at Home

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is likely to face significant political problems at home and a far less empathetic diplomatic environment abroad once the guns fall silent in Gaza.

Israeli and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 3 of 9

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

The security fence/wall that has been erected over the past several years has been recognized by every Israeli that I interviewed as a success in that it has unequivocally decreased terror attacks on Israel.

Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 2 of 9

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Anyone who spends time investigating the reason that there is no peace between Arab and Jew will likely find that the fingers point both ways and at times towards the U.S.

Qatar Invests in Israeli Soccer Despite Gaza and War of Words With Jerusalem

James Dorsey | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar's latest investment in Israeli Palestinian soccer comes against a backdrop of a war of words between the two countries over the Gulf state's support for Hamas, the Islamist militia that controls the war-wracked Gaza Strip.

Israelis and Palestinians at Harvard: Part 1 of 9

Paul Heroux | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Many of the people I interviewed will be in a leadership capacity in their countries someday and their opinions and perspectives are important. I spoke with Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Saudis, Iranians, Afghans and Pakistanis about this issue.

Battle of the Ceasefires: Israel, Hamas Struggle for Moral High Ground

James Dorsey | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

But more importantly it highlights a growing realization that Hamas is emerging politically strengthened from the death and destruction in Gaza while Israel is fighting a rear guard battle to turn military success into political victory.

In Death, Soccer Fan-Turned-Soldier Embodies Israeli-Palestinian Gap

James Dorsey | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

In death, Staff Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli embodies the deep fears, distrust and dehumanization of the other that has exploded into massive bloodshed in Gaza, threatens to spark another uprising on the West Bank, and makes achievement of even a temporary Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire an almost impossible task.

For Israelis and Palestinians Peace Must Not Be The Last Casualty

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Brian Levin, J.D.

Assessing legal and moral culpability, while vitally important, is not nearly as urgent as stopping the conflict now and preventing any more losses of innocent lives, which have been overwhelmingly Palestinian, with over 826 deaths, as well as those of 37 Israelis.

Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator

James Dorsey | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Israel hopes to weaken and demilitarize Hamas but not totally eradicate it because that could open the door to more militant Islamist groups taking control of Gaza.

The Unheard Voices Against the Occupation

David A. Love | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
David A. Love

Among Jewish Americans and Israelis themselves, there is a diversity of opinion on the Israeli invasion of Gaza and on the Occupation of the Palestinian people.

The Convergence of the Past, Present and Future in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D. | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Andrew P. Klager, Ph.D.

All we really have is the present, while our actions today are motivated by our recollection of the many yesterdays behind us. These memories, stories, and myths matter. We need to learn about them.

Here We Go Again: Israel's Biennial Gaza Offensive

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

If one doesn't have the facts, the cagey and deceptive news media can persuade one to false conclusions: they make it sound as if two equal military adversaries are exchanging fire: the reality and devastation on the ground in Gaza dispels all such dubious insinuations.