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Israeli Settlements

Overcoming Barriers To Peace

April L. Bogle | Posted 04.07.2013 | Religion
April L. Bogle

After missiles stopped soaring between the Gaza Strip and Israel, a group from Emory University ventured over to the Middle East on a mission to build educational, inter-religious and cultural relationships. How Israelis and Palestinians share land -- and ultimately learn to live in peace -- was the prevailing issue.

A Rabbinic Call For Human Rights

Rabbi Sid Schwarz | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Sid Schwarz

If Judaism cannot offer wisdom and guidance as to how we might make a small contribution to heal a broken world, then it has little to no relevance at all.

Obama's Second Term and His Middle East Legacy

Lara Friedman | Posted 03.18.2013 | World
Lara Friedman

President Obama has a choice of two options and two potential legacies. He can act decisively and save the two-state solution, or, he can take shelter in well-worn excuses and let it die.

Is Zionism Opposed To Jewish Values?

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

Contemporary political Zionism, in Butler's view, has constructed a very slanted narrative of Jewish history −- one that glorifies the kingdom of David, the Maccabees, Masada and Bar Kochba, all equated with the type of bellicose masculinity embraced by some early Zionist activists.

'If I Am Only For Myself, Then Who Am I?'

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

A dangerous confluence of circumstances has developed in recent years. The pro-Israel community has lost its moral compass. It has done so by valencing "If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?" to the exclusion of "And if I am only for myself, then what am I?"

Middle East Expert: Europe Will Break From U.S. On Israel Policy

Posted 01.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Dr. Paul Rivlin, a senior research fellow of Middle Eastern and African studies at Tel Aviv University, joined HuffPost Live Tuesday to discuss the Is...

Israeli Politics for Dummies 2013

Omri Marcus | Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy
Omri Marcus

Here is a news flash -- nothing is going to change after the Israeli elections in a few weeks. Spoiler alert: The right wing parties will stay in powe...

The Israeli Elections and the New Right

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 02.27.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The upcoming Israeli elections, scheduled for January 22nd, seem to be a non-event. Contrary to many campaigns in the past, which always were depicted by the contestants as "crucial" and "historic," this campaign can be well defined as lukewarm, if not outright as "boring."

Rabbis Dissent On E1 Settlement Plans For The Sake Of Israel

Rabbi John L. Rosove | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi John L. Rosove

Nobody who signed the document did so lightly. It is always difficult for spiritual leaders to take controversial decisions, and it has been especially difficult for American Jewish leaders to openly dissent from the government of Israel.

The Rule of Illegal Law in Israel: Another Upcoming Eviction in East Jerusalem

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 02.25.2013 | World
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Why should Israeli Jews be allowed to use documents from before 1948 to reclaim ownership of houses lived in by Palestinians for decades when there are thousands of Palestinian refugees with pre-1948 ownership documents who are not even allowed to visit their old homes?

Crisis! Pro-Obama Jews Must Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since many of our Christian brothers and sisters are offline for the Christmas holiday, I thought this would be a good time for the pro-Obama Jews to ...

Remembering Bethlehem

James Zogby | Posted 02.21.2013 | World
James Zogby

The lack of understanding in the West for the plight of Bethlehem and our silence in the face of its suffering is a metaphor for the entire Palestinian situation. In our mind's eye we can clearly see Israel and our imagined Bethlehem, but the Palestinian people of today do not exist.

The (Possibly) Shifting U.S.-Israel Relationship

Michael Shammas | Posted 02.19.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

Whatever the case, with a re-elected President Obama who no longer has to obey AIPAC's every beck and call, don't be surprised if the U.S. is less warm towards Israel in the next four years than it was in the last four.

Christmas in Bethlehem: Image and Reality, 2012

Philip Farah | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Philip Farah

If you have a miniature manger in your home today, or if you've heard a piece of music in the mall with "Bethlehem" in it, I -- as a Palestinian Christian in whose life Bethlehem has played a big role -- have a favor to ask you.

Israeli Settlement Expansion: The Silence of the Lambs

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 02.13.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It has long been clear that the label "pro-Israel" is almost always misapplied. When the lobby or its friends in the media call a politician "pro-Isra...

Obama: Time to Call in Bill Clinton and Jim Baker

Lara Friedman | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Lara Friedman

On the historic day that was November 29th, 2012, the Obama Administration stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the Netanyahu government at the United Nati...

After UN Vote, Punishing Moderates Helps Radicals and Hurts Israel

Brian Levin | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Brian Levin

History shows that in the delicate arena of foreign policy, actions often have unintended, if not devastating, consequences. It is for this reason that I fear that Israel's response to the Palestinian Authority's successful bid for non-member observer state status at the U.N. does not serve its long-term interests.

Netanyahu's Brazen And Perilous Defiance

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

There are several central reasons why I feel that further delay in resuming the negotiations for tactical or strategic reasons by either side will erode the last vestiges of a mutually accepted agreement, with dire consequences for both.

Palestinian Vote at UN: Game Change Or Same Old, Same Old?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Palestine had no problem getting an upgraded status at the United Nations, isolating Israel and the United States and giving Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the boost in stature he so badly needed. OK, so what happened?

Gaza: Clarifying Israel's Intentions

James Zogby | Posted 01.24.2013 | World
James Zogby

Netanyahu's goal is not a lasting peace based on two states. It appears that he has never surrendered the Revisionist Zionist goal of a Greater Israel, with an autonomous and pacified Palestinian population that submits to Israel's diktat. And, in his way of thinking, he's almost there.

Letter From a Young Jew

Dan Ross | Posted 01.15.2013 | World
Dan Ross

You see Mr. Adelson, we're in the midst of a generational conflict, a divergence affecting all Americans, and Jewish Americans in particular.

A Plea to My Israeli Brothers and Sisters to Unite

Matt Adler | Posted 01.13.2013 | World
Matt Adler

I am an American Jew. I regularly attend synagogue. I speak Hebrew. I've been to Israel several times. And I care deeply about the future of not only my country, but also that of the State of Israel. And that's why I'm asking centrist and left-wing Israelis to unite.

Project Hayei Sarah: When Torah Meets Territory

Micah Weiss | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Micah Weiss

Hebron is the city where Avraham chooses to display his highest standards of justice and righteousness in purchasing the land that his descedents will receive. Sadly, Hebron has become a city of conflict and violence -- a paradigm of owernship that seems closer Lot and not Avraham.

If Not Now, When? If Not Abbas, Who?

Lara Friedman | Posted 01.08.2013 | World
Lara Friedman

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave an interview last Friday to Israeli TV in which he recognized Israel within the 1967 borders. The deafening silence in response to this interview -- in U.S. political circles and in the organizational Jewish community -- is telling.

The Biberman Deal: A Threat to Israeli Democracy and Security

Guy Ziv | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Guy Ziv

Time will tell whether Netanyahu's gambit will pay off at the polls or result in a net loss of seats for his party. What is certain is that, in elevating Lieberman's status, he is effectively putting Israel's strategic interests in jeopardy while threatening the democratic fabric of society.