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Israeli Settlements

Netanyahu Today: First Hell Freezes, Then the Settlements

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Israeli prime ministers understood that Palestinians viewed the expansion of settlements as something unacceptable during negotiations. This all changed with an interview in Sunday's Washington Post.

The Cruel Dilemma Facing the Jews of Israel

Mort Zuckerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mort Zuckerman

The progress being made by the Palestinians, in terms of controlling the terrorists and criminal gangs, is one of the most promising developments to have occurred in decades.

Israeli Aircraft Strike On Tunnels And Hamas Targets Kills 1, Hospital Says

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Witnesses say Israeli aircraft fired missiles at smuggling tunnels and other Hamas targets in Gaza. Hospital doctors sa...

Israel's 'Settlement Freeze'

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
The Real News

Toufic Haddad, co-author of Israel, the Palestinians, and the U.S. War on Terror, and Palestine correspondent for The Faster Times speaks in Jerusalem to Lia Tarachansky of The Real News about Israel's "settlement freeze."

The Settlement Freeze -- Very Hard To Believe

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

At least in terms of words and declarations, there is a settlement freeze; in terms of deeds -- it is too early to know.

Can Arab/Muslim Countries Criticize Israel Under the UN Anti-Blasphemy Resolution?

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

How do the Arab/Muslim countries of the OIC plan to continue their criticism of the Israeli occupation and settlement expansion without, in a way, violating their own proposed resolution?

Deteriorating Reality in the Shadow of Catastrophic Scenarios

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

Focusing public discussion on the possibility of a coming intifada creates its own perils. It shifts the public's attention away from the inherently dangerous policies being pursued in Jerusalem.

The Moral Hazard of U.S. Global Interventions

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Not unlike America's too-big-to-fail financial institutions, U.S. foreign clients tend to make their strategic calculations based not on what Washington says, but on what Washington does.

Jewish Nationalists Clash With Palestinians In East Jerusalem (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Bloody clashes have occurred in East Jerusalem after Jewish settlers moved into land formerly occupied by Palestinians. According to the BBC, the iss...

Palestinians To Appeal To UN For State, As Peace Talks Stall

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian drive to ask the U.N. Security Council to endorse a state unilaterally, put forward by a top negotiator Sunday, appear...

Palestinian, Israeli Farmers Fight Over Olive Groves

GlobalPost | Sara Sorcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Sara Sorcher AWARTA and SUSYA, West Bank -- The olive branch may be a universal symbol for peace, but in the West Bank, the olive harvest bring...

Netanyahu, the Tunnels Opener

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

Last week, an incident that could have set the entire Middle East on fire was prevented. Netanyahu's secret plan to visit a disputed tunnel in the East Jerusalem Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan was canceled.

Did Obama Take His Eyes off the Palestine Ball?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

For a few minutes on Sunday I wondered what would have happened if I was reading rather than listening to US President Barack Obama's statement from H...

Trust the Settlers to Lose the West Bank

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

If past experience is any guide, only the settlers themselves are capable of doing what is needed to bring about a pullout. And if present indications hold, at some point, they will do just that.

Israel Offers 10-Month West Bank Settlement Freeze

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel on Wednesday proposed a 10-month halt to new construction in West Bank settlements as a step toward restarting Mideast peace ...

It Will Take More Than a Wall To Silence Us

Jamal Juma' | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Juma'

If President Obama is to live up to his Nobel, then he should insist that trapping Palestine's emerging Gandhis and Mandelas behind walls is incompatible with a peaceful and just future.

Aristotle Negotiates the Middle East

Mitchell Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mitchell Cohen

Can we learn something from Aristotle about Israeli-Palestinian arguments? Who can persuade whom of what?

The Jerusalem McCain and Lieberman Didn't Visit

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

Yesterday, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) visited Jerusalem, in what turned out to be another ordinary identification visit with Israel.

Hope, Hype, and the Many Faces of Barack Obama

Hamdan Azhar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hamdan Azhar

We will fondly remember our nation's potential to be a force for good in the world under President Obama, but we will always wonder why that potential was never actualized.

Israel Summit A Victory For Settlement Stand, Says Avigdor Lieberman

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's foreign minister said Wednesday that the summit of Israeli, U.S. and Palestinian leaders proved Israel could successfully f...

Obama: Israel, Palestinian Sides Must Do More

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — Bristling with impatience, President Barack Obama sternly prodded Israeli and Palestinian leaders to relaunch Mideast peace negotiati...

West Bank Settlements Become Havens Of Israeli Surburbanites | Ilene R. Prusher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Meet the Ovadiahs, the Allons, and the Cohens. They're new arrivals in Israeli neighborhoods where freshly laid red-tile roofs and toddler toys dottin...

George Mitchell To Press Netanyahu Yet Again On Settlements

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Washington's special envoy to the Mideast on Wednesday wrapped up his second meeting this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

West Bank Settlers Unlikely To Fight Israeli Army | ETHAN BRONNER and ISABEL KERSHNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAVAT GILAD, West Bank Of the hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, those who live in unauthorized hilltop outposts like this on...

Netanyahu Strikes Defiant Tone Before Meeting US Envoy Mitchell

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected U.S. calls to freeze all settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jeru...