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The Art of Talking Middle East Peace with a Forked Tongue

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

If you believe the media, great strides are being made in the direction of Middle East peace, and the prospects are hopeful. Personally, I am not as hopeful

Even if Peace Talks Fail, Palestine's Independence Is Inevitable

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is easy to be pessimistic, or even apathetic, about the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. Nevertheless, a breakthrough is possible this time -- thanks to the unshakable Palestinian peace strategy.

Real Men Don't Talk Mideast Peace

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

A number of Jews and Palestinians are going to make sure a shared Holy Land doesn't happen. Much of it has to do with the need to prove oneself a man, even at the price of thinking like a 12-year-old.

Foreign Policy: 3 Pieces Of Advice For Clinton On Middle East Peace Talks

Foreign Policy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This weekend, Elliott Abrams, a deputy national security advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush, offered three pieces of advice to Secretary Clinton...

Israel Cares About Peace

Steve Sheffey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Sheffey

In its September 13, 2010 issue, Time magazine asks the wrong question. The question isn't why Israel doesn't care about peace. The question is why th...

Rosh Hashanah's Global Message: Embrace Your Common Humanity or Perish

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Memo to peacemakers in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah: Embrace those who link to a common humanity. Among them, you may be able to hammer out a negotiated agreement. All others will reap the whirlwind.

Obama: Good for Israel, Good for the United States

Seymour D. Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seymour D. Reich

All Americans, especially Jews, who want to see a secure Israel, a viable Palestinian state alongside it, a stable Middle East and a respected United States should support Obama's policies regarding Israel.

A New Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

My sole reason for optimism about the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is that I cannot imagine that Obama would have initiated this effort if it was doomed to failure. Why bother?

The French Connection and Middle East Talks

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Absent at the Middle East stakeholders dinner hosted by Obama was France. When there is a chance of securing a new equilibrium in the Middle East, France should be a core partner.

Peace Talks Offer Obama a Chance to Regain Approval

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The Israel-Palestine conflict draws interest everywhere because resolving would ultimately mean greater security for the world.

This Year, Celebrate Rosh Hashana With a De-Occupation Seder

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bradley Burston

The task of Rosh Hashanah is to help us find our way back to a moral path we have lost. That may be why De-Occupation starts at home.

Obama, Mideast Leaders Kick Off Talks With Calls For Peace

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip -- The top Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip rejected compromise with Israel in a fiery speech Wednesday, a day after gunmen killed...

How Goldstone Is Making Peace More Difficult

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Let us hope that the barriers to peace erected by Richard Goldstone and Yasser Arafat can be overcome at the ongoing meetings convened by the Obama Administration. It won't be easy.

Obama's Mideast Policy: An Unpromising Drive Towards a Cost-Effective Pax Americana

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

President Barack Obama is continuing to reorient U.S. foreign policy in general, and in the Middle East in particular, along the lines of the internationalist/neo-realist approach pursued in the pre-9/11 years

Palestine and Washington's Alchemy

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Brenner

The Obama administration is turning its alchemic powers toward Palestine. It is aiming to fashion a 'success' out of the shambles created by its lame failure to stand up to the Israeli government of Bibi Netanyahu.

Three Myths About the Peace Process

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Dershowitz

Unless the threats posed by Iran and its surrogates, Hezbollah and Hamas, can be neutralized in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the best that can be expected is what the Bible described as "peace, peace and there is no peace."

Hot or Not? About Climate and Peace Talks

Shai Baitel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

President Obama has the tough task at hand to create a warm and constructive atmosphere, come up with creative proposals and exert pressure at the right time, on the right party.

Give White House Credit for Mideast Peace Efforts

Peter A. Joseph | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter A. Joseph

The White House is launching direct talks with tools that previous administrations did not have or were unwilling to employ in past negotiation efforts. There are indeed reasons to be hopeful without being naïve.

God Has Already Spoken

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is time that leaders on both sides -- with the assistance of the U.S. -- begin to challenge those who purport to seek God's will to consider that Jews and Muslims may be intended to share the land after all.

Direct Talks: Five Myths

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Mahmoud Abbas and Benjamin Netanyahu will come face to face for dinner and talks in Washington as guests of Obama after 18 months of shuttle diplomacy and indirect "proximity talks."

Direct Talks and Their Potential Consequences

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Direct talks will not produce substantive results unless the United States takes a number of pivotal steps to insure that the progress made in the negotiations is irreversible.

The Women Who Should Run Palestine

Fadi Elsalameen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fadi Elsalameen

After spending a month in Palestine visiting the government sector, the private sector, and the NGO sector, I am convinced of the following: Palestinian women are the biggest hope left for the future of Palestine.

Pleasuring in the Middle East

Svetlana Maksimovoskaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Svetlana Maksimovoskaya

I got urgent call from Bibi last week begging me to come to Holy Land for emergency pleasure session. "I'm waiting to hear if Abbas agrees to my propo...

'Arab and Peace' Is Not an Oxymoron

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

"Arab and peace" is not an oxymoron today, just as "Israel and peace" need not be. The Arab world has dramatically changed since 1967, and the time has come for Israelis to recognize it.

Let Israeli-Palestinian Talks Fail

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

I'm pretty sure that nobody in the Obama administration believes something will come of these talks. I'm hoping that the White House staff has already prepared a plan for precisely that day when Netanyahu's bluff is called.