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Now That the Guns Have Been Silenced

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.28.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has immediately raised the same old question: Will it last, or is it merely just another pause, providing the prelude for the next round of fighting à la previous ceasefires? I believe the current ceasefire is different as it was achieved under completely different circumstances and may well last.

Getting Money in Gaza: An Interview With Palestine's Central Banker

Joe Lauria | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Joe Lauria

The Palestine Monetary Authority has kept cash flowing to a besieged population struggling to survive in a devastated economy. Gaza's 45 bank branches have been mostly closed during the nearly month-long conflict, with working ATMs depending on the availability of generator fuel and the daring of bank staff to maintain them.

'Romantic Romeo' From Captivate Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Helen I. Hwang | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts
Helen I. Hwang

Romantic Romeo is the first of the "They Do Not Deserve to Die" series from director Sally Lyall and musical director Tommie Travers. The duo have concocted a hilarious formula to introduce Shakespeare's plots to young 'uns.

Can Gaza Ever Be Pacified?

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The simplistic narratives spinning around the war about Gaza only make things worse for its victimized citizenry. For Israelis and for those truly interested in a positive future for Gaza, it is essential to understand that Hamas and the Palestinians who live there are not one and the same.

Middle East to Rebrand

Steven Clifford | Posted 08.04.2014 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Gentlemen, it time to rebrand. Start with the name. Change it from "The Middle East," to "The Middle Way." In focus group research, the former suggests violence, hostility and chaos while the later evokes tolerance, compromise and stability.

7 Things to Consider Before Choosing Sides in the Middle East Conflict

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Are you "pro-Israel" or "pro-Palestine"? It isn't even noon yet as I write this, and I've already been accused of being both.

Mahmoud Abbas' Epiphany Over Gaza

David Hearst | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
David Hearst

Abbas can make a series of feints like pressing ahead with membership of UN institutions, and taking Israel to the International Criminal Court. But the margin of error for the arch political survivor is narrowing.

Western Media Has It Wrong: Israel Is Fighting a Just War in Gaza

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Fernando Espuelas

The principal reason for the existence of all government is to confer safety to its citizens. If the government of Israel did not respond to the escalating danger from Hamas, it would be failing in its most basic reason for being.

In Ongoing Conflict, Netanyahu's Strategy Depends on Palestinian Disunity

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

The longer the war goes, especially Israel's ground offensive, the more likely that all Palestinians, even those in the West Bank, could rally around Hamas.

It is Hard to Pray for Peace

Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin

There are so many rational reasons why I know peace is not something we can grasp, yet I still pray for peace.

How John Kerry Built A Middle East Peace Plan (And Watched It Crumble)

The New Republic | Posted 07.21.2014 | World

At around noon on March 20 last year, Air Force One landed at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport for Barack Obama’s first presidential visit to Israel....

The Curse of the Occupation

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

At a time when hundreds of rockets are fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza against Israel -- threatening population centers, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv -- criticizing Israel's occupation of the West Bank would seem inappropriate at best. Many Israelis justify the continuing occupation in light of the intensifying violence. They argue that Israel cannot allow the West Bank to become under any circumstances like Gaza -- a staging ground for rocket attacks that could cause unimaginable death and destruction. The repeated acts of violence emanating from Gaza and the relative calm in the occupied West Bank are used to "validate" this claim. In reality, the occupation itself is the root cause behind the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the current deadly flare-up between Israel and Hamas.

The Real Risk of 'Another 20 Gazas'

Shai Franklin | Posted 07.15.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

With the security barrier and long-term closures of the West Bank, and the effective embargo of Gaza, Palestinians seem increasingly foreign to Israelis. But Palestinians are among the most democratically minded populations in the region. If genuine democracy has any chance in the Arab world, it should be with the Palestinians.

An Open Letter to the Israelis and Palestinians

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Have you ever paused and asked the simple question: Where do we go from here? None of you -- Bennett, Haniyeh, Netanyahu, Meshal, and Abbas -- know what will be the fate of Israel and Palestine in five or 10 years should you continue to pursue your bankrupt policy.

Israel vs. Hamas, Part III: The Same Old Story

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

The U.S., Egypt, the U.N., Qatar, and the rest of the Arab world will all try to calm the situation in Gaza to ensure that the lives of Israelis and Palestinians are protected, but ultimately, it's up to the main players of the game to act like responsible adults for the sake of their people.

Haaretz Hosts Peace Conference As Israel Prepares For Battle

The Huffington Post | Ibrahim Balkhy | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- As Israel launched a military offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday, Palestinian and Israeli leaders gathered just nor...

Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

Israel Moves Troops Toward Gaza As Tensions Soar

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 09.02.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military rushed additional forces to its southern border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, vowing to halt a growing wave ...

A Tragedy Should Not Beget Another

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

No Israeli or Palestinian child should die in a conflict that could have been resolved decades ago. They deserve and have the right to live in peace and a promising future. The precious loss of life of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal should not be in vain -- may their victimhood be the catalyst for peace.

The Making of a Palestinian Uprising

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Prime Minister Netanyahu made matters much worse for both Israelis and Palestinians. His sweepingly harsh response has already led to more deaths and may potentially lead to more abductions, if not an outright Palestinian uprising.

Nothing Good Will Come of This

James Zogby | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With the kidnapping, Netanyahu has been reborn. Playing the victim card and confronting enemies is what he loves most and does best. The kidnappers have given the Prime Minister an undeserved second wind. No longer "the obstacle to peace," he has become "the defender of his victim people."

Karachi Airport Attack Plummets the State Further Into Embroilment

Mariam Khan | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

At that moment, little did I know that in my part of the world too, history was being written. Local news channels were blaring with "breaking news" tickers. No, this time around news did not deal with the money laundering case.

Pope Francis Says 99% Of Vatican Opposed Palestine-Israel Prayer Meeting

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Almost all Vatican officials initially opposed Pope Francis' idea of bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together fo...

U.S. Culpability in the Failure of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Stephen Zunes | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

The Obama administration would have to challenge the Israeli government's hard line toward the Palestinians in order for the peace process to be successful. Unfortunately, the White House apparently had no interest in doing so.

Prayerful Summit For Peace

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 08.08.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis plunged head-first into Mideast peace-making Sunday, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatica...