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'Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late'

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.16.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

After seventy years of continuing violent conflict, the time has come to end the hellish conditions that the Israelis and Palestinians have created for themselves before they are ultimately consumed by it.

As Elections Are Delayed, Palestine Suppresses Speech

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.09.2016 | World
Anhvinh Doanvo

Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority accused one another of foiling the election for political reasons. With their arbitrary arrest of journalists, West Bank and Gaza have joined Israel as they politicize their judicial system to demonize inconvenient actors and suppress criticism.

Israeli Researchers Say Mahmoud Abbas Was A KGB Spy In The 1980s

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.08.2016 | World

JERUSALEM, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Soviet-era documents show that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas worked in the 1980s for the KGB, the now-defunct inte...

Abbas Election Call Leads To EU Outbreak Of Head-Scratching

Alex Benjamin | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Alex Benjamin

The Hamas Leadership might not know the above quote, but they will certainly be rubbing their collective blood-soaked hands with glee at the frankly mind-boggling decision by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to call municipal elections for October 8th in the West Bank.

Incentives And Peace [Part 1]

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.17.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Unless distrust, insecurity, and illusions are first addressed, no incentives--however sweeping and compelling--will motivate Israel and the Palestini...

Wanted: A UK Brexit For Widespread Anti-Jewish Bias

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 07.19.2016 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Eleven percent of UK Jews reported that they considered leaving their home country following the January 2015 Paris attacks. Statistics aside, without a Brexit of anti-Jewish attitudes in the UK, lovers of Zion are right to ask if there is any place for them in their native country's future.

The Ill Who Govern Us: How The State Of Health Of The Leaders In The Middle East Can Even Further Destabilize The Region And Perhaps Regions Further Afield

Hagay Sobol | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Hagay Sobol

100 years on, it seems naive to continue to believe that the division of the region via the Sykes-Picot agreement is still relevant when the reality on the ground tells an entirely different story. The West must take this into account if it hopes to find a solution to a conflict by which it is now also directly concerned.

The Palestinian Leadership... To Where?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.07.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is time to reconsider your positions, muster the courage to change course and give the Palestinians, young and old, the hope for a better and more promising future.

Joe Biden Is Mad That Palestinian Party Glorified Israel Stabbing

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden censured the Palestinian Fatah Party Wednesday for glorifying the man who stabbed a dozen people on Tuesday, killing a U.S. A...

Peace is not about a Nobel Peace Prize.

Shahar Azani | Posted 02.08.2016 | World
Shahar Azani

In June 2014, three Israeli teenagers were abducted by Palestinian terrorists, who picked them up at a bus-stop and shot them dead almost instantly. A...

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 05.25.2016 | 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 an...

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 05.25.2016 | 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 03.21.2016 | 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 occupie...

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 We...

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...