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Israel's Government as a Settlement, Lieberman as the New Sharon

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Keen to avoid elections at literally all costs, Benjamin Netanyahu's actions in recent weeks mean that his government now meets the five essential criteria of a settlement.

U.S. Pressing Israel To Halt West Bank Construction

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinians dug in ahead of a crucial meeting Thursday with Washington's Mideast envoy, saying they can't be expected...

Mideast Peace Talks Hit 'Settlement' Roadblock: Abbas Says Israel Must Choose

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday there will be no peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state stops settlem...

In Mideast Peace Talks, it's Time to Lower the Temperature

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Elsner

If they're serious about making peace, this would be a good time for the leaders start talking quietly. In the past, nearly all significant progress in Mideast peace talks has been accomplished in private.

Feisal Abdul Rauf, 'Ground Zero Mosque' Imam, On Mideast Outreach Tour

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

MANAMA, Bahrain — The imam leading plans for an Islamic center near the Manhattan site of the Sept. 11 attacks began a U.S.-funded outreach tour...

The ADL's Troubling Alliance With the Christian Right

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Sadly, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the nation's foremost Jewish civil rights organization, has come out against the construction of an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero.

Israelis Need a Gandhi of Their Own

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

As the Jewish state begins to examine its own actions and decision-making in the flotilla disaster, it is becoming that much clearer that Israelis need, for their own sake, to begin to study non-violence.

Russia Urges U.S. To Take Active Role In Mideast Peace Process

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ANKARA, Turkey — Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urged the United States on Wednesday to actively work to achieve peace in the Mideast with th...

Obama: Middle East Peace Talks to Begin Next Week

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

The first round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in a decade will begin next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced late Friday. These are the talks that should have started a year ago.

Hillary Clinton: Mideast Peace Talks Back On

AP | FOSTER KLUG | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that the Mideast peace process will get back on track next week, though not t...

One Year Later: The Green Movement Goes On

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cynthia Boaz

I was one of millions around the world who watched last summer's Green Revolution unfolding on the streets of Iran with high hopes for a swift and blo...

Israel's Actions Were Entirely Lawful Though Probably Unwise

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Dershowitz

The international community has once again ganged up on Israel. In doing so, Israel's critics have failed to pinpoint precisely what Israel did that allegedly violates international law.

U.S. Said to Expand Secret Military Acts in Mideast Region

New York Times | MARK MAZZETTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt mil...

Israel: No Building Restrictions In East Jerusalem

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli forces mistakenly shot and killed a fellow soldier Monday while looking for three Palestinians who crossed the border from t...

Rebranding Israel as a State Headed for Fascism

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

No one knows fascism better than Israelis. They are schooled, drilled in the history, the mechanics, the horrendous potential of fascist regimes. Israelis know fascism when they see it. In others.

US troops and Israel

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Iran To U.S.: Leave Middle East

AP | ALBERT AJI and ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian President Bashar Assad defied U.S. calls to loosen ties with Iran on Thursday, saying his long-standing alliance with T...

Maybe We Can, in the Holy Land?

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

Israeli leftists (the few of us that are left) can be divided into two. Well, probably more than two, but stay with me a sec... Those who want to end ...

Palestinian Officials Criticize US over Israeli Settlements

Washington Post | Howard Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- Palestinian officials on Sunday criticized the United States for what one called "back-pedaling" on demands that Israel stop settlement c...

A Soft Power Opportunity for Iran

Kevin Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kevin Sullivan

In the neighboring country of Yemen, a very real opportunity to make good on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's promise of friendship is rapidly emerging for Iran.

Open Minds, And Warm But Troubled Hearts In Closed Gaza (Pt. 1)

James S. Gordon | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James S. Gordon

Sitting in the circles of our small groups we move more deeply into each others' minds and hearts. Experiences and feelings that are rarely if ever publicly revealed in tradition-saturated Gaza are shared.

Working for Peace is a Form of Prayer

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

The exchange of several Palestinian women prisoners for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit could signal a tectonic shift in Israeli-Palestinian peace relations.

Mr. Obama, Have a Talk With These Israelis, and Soon

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bradley Burston

You are in danger of losing critical support for progress toward a two-state solution. Though you have been president for only five months, you are fast running out of time.

Iran Election

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lloyd Garver

Some people keep insisting that an American-style democracy can be developed anywhere in the world, including the Mideast. Up until this weekend, they...

Iran Missile Test: Ahmadinejad Says It's Within Israel's Range

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran test-fired a missile capable of striking Israel, U.S. Mideast bases and Europe on Wednesday _ a show of strength touted by P...