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In Israel, Searching for Sanity

Michael Winship | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Our trip to Israel and Jordan had been in the works for a year. Who knew back when we planned it that we'd arrive in the middle of an escalation of violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis that many feared would turn into a third intifada?

Arab Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter -- Part 2

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

After over a 100 years this conflict is still defined by its original clash of two narratives.

Arab Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter -- Part 1

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2015 | World
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

The longer this conflict goes on it becomes easier for radical elements to become strengthened and increase in numbers, while at the same time it allows for a spiral downward drawing the two sides further apart. The present violence is but another reminder that the status quo can not hold.

Now Is the Perfect Time for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks to Resume

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

There are six fundamental reasons that explain why the present geopolitical environment is conducive for the resumption of peace negotiations and why outside constructive intervention has become sine qua non to reaching an equitable peace with security.

A New Approach For Israel: An Israel Peace Initiative

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

What Israel needs now is a new approach -- one that does not involve any physical risk of actual withdrawal, but still demonstrates to Israelis, Palestinians, and to the world at large that Israel intends to separate from the Palestinians and carry out the UN mandates of two states.

Hillary Clinton Writes Love Letter To Israel

Forward | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

We have recently marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, a good friend, a courageous warrior a...

The Spirit of the Commander

Yael Wissner-Levy | Posted 11.04.2015 | Politics
Yael Wissner-Levy

In an environment where the spirit, the ruach, of the commander is the one calling the shots, the rhetoric is the only thing we can cling on to. It won't move mountains, but it will install a discourse of hope.

Is the Occupation Behind the Current Violence?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The occupation is not sustainable; it is costly both in blood and treasure, Israel's national security will remain at risk, and the country will become ever more internationally isolated while risking its very identity as a Jewish state.

Why Netanyahu Needs Holocaust Revisionism and Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.01.2015 | World
Stephen Zunes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech claiming that Hitler had not planned to exterminate Jews until a prominent Palestinian cleric pressured him to do so, while outrageous, is consistent with the longstanding narrative of the right-wing government and its U.S. supporters.

The Absence of Real Commitment to Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Both leaders were engaged in empty rhetoric and slogans for domestic consumption instead of proposing new, credible and constructive initiatives to resume the negotiations that could lead to a peace agreement, which should have been the thrust of their appearances at the UNGA. That, however, was not -- and still is not -- the case.

Benjamin Netanyahu's Latest Rejection Of A Palestinian State

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.27.2015 | World

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed on Monday that he does not envision a two-state solution for Israel and the occupi...

Kerry: Israel And Jordan Agree On Steps To Reduce Tensions

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.24.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Looking to reduce tensions at a Jerusalem holy site that set off weeks of Mideast violence, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry...

This Is What the Israelis Really Want

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Mya Guarnieri

TEL AVIV -- Israelis look for simple, external answers: They're anti-Semites, they hate us, they want to kill us, they want to drive us into the sea. While I don't understand this utter inability to self-reflect, I have to admit, I understand where it comes from: fear. I feel it, too, as I move through Tel Aviv. I, too, eye the people I pass on the street, sizing them up. Forget about racial profiling -- I'm scared of everyone I don't know right now.

Do Palestinian Lives Matter To U.S. Lawmakers?

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It came as no surprise that the House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on the current wave of violence in Jerusalem and the occupied W...

Kumbaya (Not)

John Feffer | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

For many years, a two-state solution has been the default response to this wicked problem. But the spread of settlements, the disagreements over the status of Jerusalem, and the right of return for Palestinian refugees have all made a two-state solution a very unwieldy enterprise.

Jerusalem Has Erupted In Violence. Here's Why It's Happening Now.

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 10.21.2015 | World

Forty-seven Palestinians and 10 Israelis have been killed in the most recent wave of violence to rock the region. Since the beginning of the month, an...

Israeli-Palestinian Violence Is a Failure of Political Leadership on Both Sides

Alan Elsner | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Alan Elsner

Playing the blame game is the easy way out because it excuses the political leaders of both sides from actually doing anything. If one side is totally innocent and the other totally guilty, then why do anything to fix the situation?

This Is What the Palestinian Youth Really Want

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Mya Guarnieri

TEL AVIV -- Foreign analysts have been quick to claim that recent events are about Al Aqsa, and they've been even quicker to argue about whether or not this is a third intifada. But both discussions miss the point.

Charting The Road to Peace, Before It Is Too Late

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If Jerusalem cannot provide the microcosm of Israeli-Palestinian peaceful coexistence, there will never be peace between the two sides.

John Kerry Will Meet With Netanyahu And Abbas

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.18.2015 | Politics

PARIS, Oct 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday he would meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Germany this w...

Palestinian Nights of the Long Knives

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.18.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In all the years of Israel's existence with Palestinians nothing has prepared Israelis for this latest outburst of lone "kid wolf" Palestinian terror. Decades of shootings, missile strikes, bombings, kidnappings, and stonings, give way to the latest Palestinian weapon of terror, the kitchen knife.

It's the Education, Stupid!

Shahar Azani | Posted 10.16.2015 | World
Shahar Azani

If we truly want to put an end to violence, not only during this round, but to make sure there are no more rounds, its time we get serious and put our efforts and attention where difference can really be made.

Israel Accuses Palestinian President Of Stirring Up Violence

AP | Eline Gordts | Posted 10.15.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president ignited an uproar in Israel on Thursday after falsely claiming thatIsrael had "executed" a ...

Attacks Against Israelis: The World's Silence Is Deafening

David Harris | Posted 10.11.2015 | World
David Harris

For days now, I have been watching in dismay as Israeli citizens face random attacks, some deadly, by Palestinian assailants on the streets of their c...

Shooting, Stabbings Cap Week Of Violence In West Bank

AP | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.11.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The latest developments in ongoing violence between Palestinians and Israelis (all times local):___7:15 p.m.A Palestinian hosp...