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Israeli Settlements

Reading the Pictures: The Week in Visual Politics, Suuuh!

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2010-10-01-colbert2.jpgLet's look at all the "winners" and "losers" of this past week.

What You Get for Not Rocketing Israel

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

Are Israel's actions truly a reaction to hostilities against its existence and security? Let's look at this claim in the context of the ongoing negotiations between the Palestinian Fattah Movement and Iran.

The Settlement Freeze: Painted Into a Corner?

Rabbi Brant Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Brant Rosen

It's bewildering to me that the issue of settlements can somehow considered to be a pesky distraction to the peace process. They are a central obstacle to the peace process.

Can Interfaith Dialogue Make A Difference In The Face Of Middle East Setbacks?

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Even when inspired to work for peace by the belief that "we are all part of God's creation," Rabbi Ron Kronish has shown that it is the tough, up-front, determined dialogue among citizens that sustains the possibility of a lasting political accord.

A Spiritual Night in Hebron

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The first thing you discover about the residents of Hebron, whom the world derisively describes as settlers, is their warmth, friendliness and hospitality.

Confessions of an Israeli Anti-Settler Bigot

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Settlement has long been, and remains, the fuel for the fire of de-legitimization of Israel, the basis of charges of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. It undermines the foundation of the idea of a Jewish state.

The Settlement Enterprise Has Run Its Course

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

The objectives of the settlement enterprise have generally been achieved. Today, its continuation in areas which will inevitably be part of a Palestinian state would place Israel's security, and the nascent peace process, in jeopardy.

Netanyahu to U.S.: Drop Dead

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It is time for the U.S. to act like the superpower it claims to be. This conflict is jeopardizing our interests throughout the region, the long-term survival of Israel, and our relations with the entire Muslim world.

Contradiction in Washington Prevents Peace in the Middle East

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

Without American largess, Israel's occupation could not continue. The United States can either broker a final peace accord or it can continue to subsidize settlements -- it cannot do both.

The Guards of the Settlers Just Shoot

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

When the word came that Samer Sarhan was killed, some young Palestinians gathered and threw their anger and frustration at the policemen in stones. The police reacted with tear gas and sound bombs.

Israeli and Palestinian Schools More Important than Peace Talks

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

Two state, one state, or no state, Israeli and Palestinian fates are bound together and our educational systems must reflect that. We must learn more than one another's languages, cultures, histories, and values.

Real Men Don't Talk Mideast Peace

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

A number of Jews and Palestinians are going to make sure a shared Holy Land doesn't happen. Much of it has to do with the need to prove oneself a man, even at the price of thinking like a 12-year-old.

Israel Cares About Peace

Steve Sheffey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Sheffey

In its September 13, 2010 issue, Time magazine asks the wrong question. The question isn't why Israel doesn't care about peace. The question is why th...

Middle East Peace Talks: Getting Religion Right

Dahlia Scheindlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Dahlia Scheindlin

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is already super-saturated with religion. If only the land was a little less holy, many feel, perhaps the conflict wouldn't be so intractable. So it might seem strange to argue that the direct peace talks need to marry religious sensibilities with political realities, rather than divorce them.

Trying to Be Hopeful About Peace

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

As we approach the latest incarnation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, I'm finding it difficult to be hopeful, though I will continue to try to be supportive recognizing, as I do, the consequences of failure.

Direct Talks: Five Myths

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu will come face to face for dinner and talks in Washington as guests of Obama after 18 months of shuttle diplomacy and indirect "proximity talks."

Fresh Produce and Electricity Are Still Absent in Gaza

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

This year there are two major challenges in Gaza that make observing Ramadan a lot harder. The first one is soaring prices of fresh produce and the second is frequent and prolonged power outages.

Israel Cannot be Both Jewish and Democratic

Ahmed Moor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Moor

Many of Israel's staunchest supporters are baffled by what's happening in the small Mediterranean state. Regrettably, they fail to understand that Israel is following the natural evolution of a country founded on a race-exclusive basis.

Where is Palestine's green fund? Eco-resistance in the West Bank

Fadi Elsalameen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fadi Elsalameen

Can you imagine defending your land and resisting occupation with windmills, solar panels, and recycled car tires? If you live in Palestine, this is n...

Israel: We Choose Trees

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

Well, Israel finally did it. We finally managed to actually remove an illegal settlement. Oops! Looks like the inhabitants aren't Jewish settlers... They're Bedouins! In the Negev!

The West Bank: A Firsthand Look

Kate Lowenstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kate Lowenstein

Four days after the Gaza flotilla incident, I boarded a flight to Tel Aviv and made my way to Ramallah to visit a friend.

Who is More Pro-Israel?

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

Bill Kristol has finally come out and confirmed what I've been writing for months. We're now in a march into the fight over who belongs in the "pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community."


James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

Listening to President Obama's press conference following his White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave me pause and a bad case of whiplash.

Open Letter to J-Street After Their Attack on Elie Wiesel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I suggest that whoever is J Street's PR consultant be fired immediately and that they recalibrate their message to simply criticize Israel rather than attack the voice of the six million Jews.

Don't Play with Israel-Palestine Maps

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

An editorial by Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief David Horovitz posits low expectations for success of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace tal...