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Pope for the Holidays

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In the new year, I expect further diplomatic breakthroughs. I strongly suspect that by next Christmas we may see the Catholic Church enjoying normalized relations with the Chinese government.

Trapped in Their Public Narrative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is time is for the Palestinians to reexamine the shifting political landscape in Israel and among themselves and change course now, however incongruous that may be, because it is indispensable to their overall objective.

Abbas Accuses Israel Of Religious War

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Tuesday of leading the region toward a "religious war," saying freq...

The Bogus Achievement for the Palestinian State

Lilac Sigan | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Lilac Sigan

What needs to become a success is not Abbas' campaign, but a negotiated two-state solution. Only an agreement in which both sides will take full responsibility for their present and future will be able to hold in the unexpected reality of the Middle-East.

Palestinian Kills Israeli With Car, Attacks Crowd

Reuters | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 11.06.2014 | World

By Jeffrey Heller and Suleiman Al-Khalidi JERUSALEM/AMMAN, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Increasing strife over Jerusalem's most volatile holy site plunged rel...

Delusional Victory Holds the Promise of Change

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Should Israel and Hamas achieve their stated objectives, the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, as a whole, will take a dramatically different turn, change the nature of the conflict, and substantially improve the prospect for peace. The question is: Will their political circumstances and the reality they face lead to such an outcome?

The Real Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

Rather than viewing the conflict merely between Jews and Arabs, it is important to note that the major disagreement here is between Palestinians and Israelis who support the separation of the area into two states and those Arabs and Israelis who reject the partition of Palestine in favor of a one-state solution.

Recognizing Palestine

John Feffer | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

In his recent meeting with Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was "committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples." That sounds nice. But if he'd been pressed, Netanyahu might have admitted that the two states he had in mind were Israel and the U.S., not Israel and Palestine.

It's Really The Settlements, Stupid!

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Benjamin Netanyahu is in desperate need of a top-of-the-line hearing aid, because evidently he is growing tone deaf. He can no longer hear the voices warning him of Israel's destructively deteriorating international isolation.

Reconstructing Gaza Means Reinventing Aid

Alaa Tartir | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
Alaa Tartir

If donors want to finally contribute to a just and lasting peace, then they need to take a more balanced approach that includes inviting Hamas into the political process and holding Israel accountable for its actions.

Abbas' Dismal Failure at the United Nations

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

His failure to strike a balance between his justifiable resistance to the occupation and the need to rally the support of the Israeli public was a major blunder, deeply injurious to the Palestinian cause.

Protesting Mahmoud Abbas in New York

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.24.2014 | New York
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Recently my children made me a very proud father. Mahmoud Abbas was coming to speak at New York University where my son Mendy is an undergraduate.

Abbas Blocks ICC Application. Why?

David Hearst | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
David Hearst

Why again? That is harder to answer. The strategy of using the UN and accession to international bodies to advance Palestinian statehood is his. Why would he, of all people, be blocking it?

US Must Take a Stand Against Settlements

Alan Elsner | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said that the Palestinians must choose between Hamas and peace. By continuing its settlement drive, Israel is making that choice -- the wrong choice -- very easy for them.

Palestinian President Urges Hamas To Give Up Power In Gaza

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 09.07.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The new Palestinian unity government faced a new crisis on Sunday after President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to dissolve hi...

Reckless Policies, Dire Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Netanyahu-led government's announcement of its decision to annex nearly 1,000 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank between the Etzion settlement block and Jerusalem amounts to nothing less than a reckless and offensive act that only further undermines Israel's moral international standing and has dire future consequences.

Now That the Guns Have Been Silenced

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.28.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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 09.24.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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.