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Israeli Settlements

The Return of "Plan B" and the Death of the Peace Process

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

The Obama administration is following the same failed path of its three predecessors to achieve peace. In other words, there is no Plan B.

Settlement Reversal Threatens Obama's Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts

Josh Ruebner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruebner

The United States missed a major opportunity to reassess its unrealistic strategy to achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace when Hillary Clinton addressed the invitation-only crowd assembled at the Brookings Institution last Friday.

Giving up Is Not an Option

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Though Abbas' responsible assistance in battling the raging fire in Carmel last week was met with a thankful call from Netanyahu, the leaders cannot move one step forward to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.

Time for Barak to Depart

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As long as Barak remains in this government, he serves as a fig-leaf for a dead-end, right-wing coalition that ideologically opposes making the kind of far-reaching compromises necessary to reach a peace agreement.

Rethinking Peter Beinart's Israel Article

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

An impressive group of thinkers gathered on Tuesday night at the 92nd St. Y to debate the topic of "Has the American Jewish Establishment Failed Young Jews?"

A Three-State Solution?

Chuck Freilich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chuck Freilich

A unique opportunity for peace now exists -- if only Israel would stop settlements. No one in the Mideast believes the former contention, but the entire world believes the latter. Both are false.

What Is the Logic?

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

As I read reports of the U.S. offering massive incentives to Israel in an effort to secure a three month settlement freeze, I've wanted to give the U.S. peace negotiators the benefit of the doubt. But I'm having trouble understanding the logic behind all of this.

America's Latest $3 Billion Bribe to Israel

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Americans' insistence on rewarding the Israeli party that puts obstacles in the way of peace only encourages that party to come up with even more obstacles as the talks enter more difficult stages.

Bad Intentions: New Jerusalem Settlements and the Prospects for Peace (and Negotiations)

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

Two more houses in Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem taken over by settlers. Are these just routine settler provocations or something more? The answer is: both.

Thanksgiving, Tikkun Olam, And U.S. Jews Breaking The Israel Barrier

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Thanksgiving is itself an act of Tikkun Olam. It celebrates the bridging of fierce differences, the coming together of seeming opposites, the idea that helping people takes precedence over barriers of creed.

Checkpoint: Backscatter Fears and Naked Aggression

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jan McGirk

Americans on the go are increasingly upset about the intrusiveness of airport sercurity. Perhaps lessons can be learned by examining the health effects on Palestinians who have for years submitted to similar security checks.

Bribing Israel: Enhancing the Swag

Phyllis Bennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Phyllis Bennis

What does Israel have to give up for the $3 billion worth of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters? A one-time-only 90-day partial settlement moratorium in the West Bank, not including Occupied Arab East Jerusalem.

Welcome to Jerusalem's Newest Settlement: The Museum of Tolerance

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Welcome to Jerusalem's newest settlement. Or, as it is formally known, the Center For Human Dignity -- Museum of Tolerance Jerusalem. Does it truly matter if the project goes forward on the present site? It does.

You Can't 'Smile Israel Into Peace'

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Greg Barrett

The solution to the Middle East is so simple that only talking heads and heads of state can muck it up. It goes like this: Follow the rules. That's it.

Netanyahu Pushes For Israel Settlement Freeze After U.S. Offers Incentives

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Washington's new proposal for reviving Mideast talks, presented Sunday to Israel's Cabinet, rests on the bold expectation that Israe...

Netanyahu's Defiance and U.S. Timidity Makes Mockery of Peace Drive

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

Israel's announcement, last week, of a radical expansion of Har Homa (an already massive settlement community between Jerusalem and Bethlehem) makes a mockery of the so-called "peace process."

West Bank Settlers' Buy-in

Mira Sucharov | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mira Sucharov

With the crisis over West Bank settlements currently dominating Israeli-Palestinian peace process headlines, less attention has been given to how the settlers will be convinced to relocate in a post-peace scenario.

Education Is Palestinians' Path to Independence

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Efforts to label the Palestinian educational effort as promoting hatred and bigotry have become a joke to anyone following the tremendous push for moderation and wholesome learning.

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: How to Turn the Current Mess Into a Success

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

Skeptics will claim that a basic agreement in principle on which settlements are going to stay in Israel and which are going to be evacuated, is not possible in 60 days. So why should and might the parties accept this idea?

As Peace Talks Stall Something's Got to Give

Hani Hazaimeh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Hazaimeh

The ongoing frustration in the Middle East will only embolden those who are against peace on both sides of the divide and will strengthen the cynical view that peace is nothing but an illusion.

Live from Rachel Corrie Trial in Israel: Seeking Answers and Accountability From Israel

Vincent Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vincent Warren

The case charges that Rachel's killing was intentional, or that the Israeli government is responsible for recklessly using armored military bulldozers without regard to the presence of unarmed civilians.

A Paradigm Shift

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Arab League's decision to give more time for efforts to resume the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations signals they may have finally decided to collectively assume responsibility for its success or failure.

Israel's False Sense of Invincibility

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The military and economic prowess currently enjoyed by Israel has led to a false sense of invincibility and a belief that the status quo between Israelis and Palestinians is sustainable -- yet it is not.

Above the Law: Israeli Settlements & the End of the Two-State Solution

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

For the second time in two years, direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are at risk due to Israeli actions.

Palestinians: Don't Miss Another Opportunity

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert K. Lifton

The Palestinians success will not stand or fall on the specific amount of land they control but on the talents, drive and commitment of their people. Let's hope they do not miss this opportunity.