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Israeli Settlements

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.

Reality Check in Palestine/Israel

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

With such a disconnect between the peace process and the reality on the ground, one has to believe that peace, if it ever arrives, will not be an incremental process.

Under the Pretense of Law

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

For over a year the Gawi, Kurd, and Hanun families have been sitting on the side-walk opposite the houses from which they were evicted, watching the settlers treating their former houses as their own.

Leftists Who Love Israel -- A Self-Help Guide

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

I'd like to talk about this problem I have. You can't talk about it to just anyone. Friends of mine have it too. But you'll never see this one on Dr. ...

Senate Again Undermines Obama's Middle East Peace Efforts

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

It is hard to get excited about defeating Republican challengers when incumbent Democrats embrace the same right-wing foreign policy.

Jerusalem Must Exemplify Coexistence

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

Jerusalem not only represents the largest urban concentration of Israelis and Palestinians coexisting alongside one another, but also the epicenter of the conflict that divides them.

Israel's Democracy Rings Hollow as IDF Continues to Humiliate Palestinian Detainees

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It only took a few hours for the video showing an Israeli soldier belly-dancing around a Palestinian detainee who was bound and blindfolded to become headline news all around the Middle East last Tuesday morning.

Reconciling Israel's Security With Palestinian Statehood

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

Whereas the Palestinians must understand that unless Israel feels secure, there will be no independent Palestinian state, similarly, Israel must recognize that a two-state solution must mean an end to Israeli occupation in any form.

Obama's Misplaced Missive

Josh Ruebner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Ruebner

As the clock ticks closer toward an ignominious end to the Obama Administration's ill-conceived gambit to reconvene direct Israeli-Palestinian negotia...

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi and the Israel Project Get It Wrong on J Street and Settlements

Isaac Luria | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Isaac Luria

J Street's actual position on settlements appears to either be lost on Laszlo Mizrahi or intentionally ignored to score a political cheap shot.

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.