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Netanyahu Is Mostly Right About BDS -- But BDS Is Not the Issue

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

As one who supports the continued existence of a secure Jewish state, I have no choice but to oppose the BDS movement. So I wasn't offended by anything Netanyahu said about it in his AIPAC speech. What did offend me was Netanyahu's use of BDS as a diversion.

Sodastream, ScarJo, and the Myth of Benevolent Occupation

Lara Friedman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Lara Friedman

There is no such thing as benevolent occupation. Occupation is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians, and antithetical to Israel's survival as a democracy and Jewish state.

Yes, #ScarJo, There's a Line Between Israel and Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

By claiming to support a two-state solution while helping to bolster the occupation, Scarlett Johansson is acting as a Susan Collins for the occupation, pretending to be moderate, while acting to bolster extremists.

What Targeting SodaStream Reveals About the BDS Movement

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

The pillorying of this company by BDS activists only reveals the absurdity of their blind campaign, and their misguided refusal to engage in constructive dialogue regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, at their core, rejection of Israel's Jewish existence and the two-state solution.

Israel Needs Peace with Palestine to Avoid Looming Boycotts

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Israel is now facing the serious prospect of widespread boycotts and restrictions carefully targeting settlement activities, as distinct from Israel itself.

Pressure on Israel and Its Impact: The Question of Isolation

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.29.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Israeli leaders can argue publicly that there is no connection between the Iranian and Palestinian situations, but the Israeli public knows better, and if international agreements do not work here, why will they work there?

Israeli Extremists Gear Up to Oppose Kerry Peace Initiative

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Naftali Bennett, the leader of the hardline "Jewish Home" Party, who is Israel's Economics Minister, made a significant speech today which tells us how serious the peace negotiations being pushed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have become -- and how worried opponents of the two-state solution are getting.

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Imagining Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Joseph B. Kadane

We believe that this agreement opens the way for a new era in the Holy Land, one based on mutual respect. We hope and believe that peace and prosperity will ensue.

What if Your Home Was Turned into an Israeli Firing Zone?

Sunjeev Bery | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Sunjeev Bery

Even as President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry speak in favor of a peace agreement, the U.S.-subsidized Israeli military is subjecting Palestinians to ongoing human rights abuses.

Netanyahu Should Remember: Obama is a Friend

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

The last month has been dismaying for anyone concerned about the US-Israel relationship. While the United States and five other powers worked to re...

Israel-Palestine: Enough Negotiations Already!

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants negotiations with the Palestinians to continue for decades to come. But the Palestinian leadership would be foolish to go along with this charade.

Give Peace a Chance

Ned Lamont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ned Lamont

The anti-war, give diplomacy a chance caucus can not wait until the warm days of spring to put on their marching boots. By then, Congress could have doubled down on sanctions on Iran, the nuclear peace talks wrecked by the hardliners in Tehran and Washington, D.C.

The Settlements: Israel's Albatross

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israelis and the Palestinians view the settlements enterprise from a completely different perspective that defines their strategic objectives and is becoming increasingly irreconcilable every time Israel announces the building of new housing units.

Don't Fight Anti-Semitism with Bigotry!

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

As Jews and human beings we must fight bigotry, racism and the violation of human rights wherever it is found. But we must never fight anti-Semitism by making use of the very trait that we are combating: bigotry.

Palestinian Peace Negotiators Quit Talks

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday his peace negotiators ...

Kerry Unleashes Frustration With Israel

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 11.09.2013 | World

In Jerusalem to rekindle negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, Secretary of State John Kerry dropped his usual diplomatic air in an intervie...

Kerry, Israelis and Palestinians: The Talks to No Where

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

With the Iranian situation in the background, we have another reason for pessimism, some will say realism, about the Israeli-Palestinian talks. They go on, but where to?

Lieberman's Acquittal Pushes Netanyahu Further to the Right

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

The main consequence of Lieberman's acquittal is is that Netanyahu's current government is bound to become more similar to his previous one: committed to a strongly right-wing agenda, but with the legitimacy of centrist coalition partners. This pushes the already faint hopes for peace far beyond the visible horizon.

Dragon of Israeli Right-Wing Incitement May Be Stirring Again

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

As we pass the 18th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israel is again engaged in peace talks with the Palestinians and there are signs that the sleeping dragon of incitement is stirring in its cave once again.

Israel's Prisoner Release Was Netanyahu's Horrible Choice

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Netanyahu has committed Israel to the prisoner release and now must follow through. But he should now urgently start building support at home for the negotiations instead of constantly undermining them.

Time for Netanyahu to Get Honest about Hebron

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

This weekend, thousands of Jewish settlers and their allies will descend on the Palestinian city of Hebron in a show of force that will also be seen a...

EU's New Settlements Guidelines Are Already Biting

Anders Persson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Anders Persson

The guidelines are a potential game-changer in the over hundred years conflict in the Middle East. Symbolically resembling a 21th century Balfour Declaration, they are the first detailed declaration ever by a major international actor on the settlements.

On Listening to Both Israelis and Palestinians: Reflections on Peter Beinart's 'The American Jewish Cocoon'

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Beinart may actually represent the silent majority of Jews in the U.S., who are mostly liberal leaning politically and reform or secular in their religious views.

My Surprisingly Inspiring Trip to the West Bank: Echoes of Our Civil Rights Movement

Jeff Cohen | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Jeff Cohen

Like King, leaders of the Palestinian popular resistance -- from intellectuals to grassroots villagers who'd been repeatedly jailed -- spoke to us about universal human rights, about a human family in which all deserve equal rights regardless of religion or nationality.