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Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 09.04.2014 | 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...

Fatah and Hamas: Spontaneous Combustion

David Hearst | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
David Hearst

Barely had the pictures of the Palestinian unity government been published, when skirmishes broke out around ATMs in Gaza between Hamas and Fatah government workers.

Pope Francis Has A Dream... For Peace In The Middle East

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 06.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is seeking to rekindle the dream of peace by bringing the Israeli and Palestinian presidents together this weekend fo...

Pope Invites Orthodox Patriarch To Vatican Prayer Summit

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople may join Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres ...

President: Palestinian Unity Govt To Be Announced Monday

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by rivals Hamas and Fatah will be announced Monday, Palestinian Pr...

Pope To Pray For Peace With Peres And Abbas At Vatican

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion

The Pope prayed for peace when he visited the Holy Land last week. Now, the leaders of Palestine and Israel will do the same thing at the Vatican, in ...

Pope's Visit: A Resounding Success

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

At all levels, the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan and Palestine was a huge success. For about 26 hours, everything was implemented as planned. And the few unplanned moments worked out quite well, leaving indelible memories and images.

What Went Wrong?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Secretary of State John Kerry made a fundamental mistake by establishing rules of engagement that were not conducive to progress, raising serious doubts about the prospect of a solution.

Fatah and Hamas Reconciliation: Rushing to Judgment

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Characterizing the Fatah-Hamas unity, or rather reconciliation, agreement as helpful or harmful to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is premature at best.

Is Anyone in Washington Willing to Defend John Kerry?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The words that Kerry used are, in a way, an unhelpful distraction from the point he was trying to make: the establishment of an independent and contiguous Palestinian state is the only way that the state of Israel can be both democratic and Jewish.

Don't Worry, the U.S. Will Never Let the Peace Process Die

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

However impossible the Israeli-Palestinian conundrum looks at the moment, the United States is too proud to let generations of hard work and billions of dollars in investment in the Palestinian Authority amount to a continuation of the status-quo ante.

Are We Keeping Score or Promoting Mideast Peace?

Shai Franklin | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

Over the past few weeks, drama has revolved not around the forest -- the willingness of Israelis or Palestinians to agree on refugees, security presence, borders, Jerusalem -- but on the trees.

Palestinian Leader Says Still Committed To Talks With Israel

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2014 | World

By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 26 (Reuters) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas signalled on Saturday that he remains ...

The US Should Accept Palestinian Unity

James Zogby | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Putting aside all these displays of faux anger and misplaced regret, the Palestinians are right to celebrate. Reconciliation and national unity are not only good, in and of themselves, they are necessary if there is to be a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Conflict Management, Not Resolution: America's Role in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Uzi Rabi | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Uzi Rabi

The current round of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians is on the brink of collapse after months of fruitless negotiations. Therefore, the American position may be shifting from resolving the conflict to simply managing it.

Peace Process Blame Game Won't Help the Parties Get There

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The problem with the naysaying and finger pointing is not only that it is wrong, but the single-mind blaming of Israel for the breakdown of talks reinforces an atmosphere that makes moving forward toward any kind of peace or understanding more unlikely.

American Peace Processing: Forget About It

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

Even if Washington were to resolve the conflict over the Holy Land, it is unlikely that that would help reduce the power of the radicals to lessen the chances for war in the region.