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The Days of 'Kumbaya' Are Over: It's Time for Netanyahu and Abbas to Enter the Tent

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Dana Beyer

When both Barack Obama and James Baker take the same position on a critical foreign policy and national security issue, you know things have changed. When the bald call for automatic support for an Israeli government that has betrayed its own principles and people, and its agreements with the United States, finally turns away former supporters, you know things have changed.

Israel Is Not Afraid. Israel Is Comfortable.

Boaz Yakin | Posted 03.26.2015 | World
Boaz Yakin

As sad and painful as it is for me personally, I can no longer protest the utilization of sanctions and political isolation because the people of Israel have demonstrated unequivocally that without them they will not move in a positive direction for themselves or their neighbors.

Netanyahu Gets The Go-Ahead To Form Israel's Next Government

Reuters | Posted 03.25.2015 | World

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, March 25 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, grappling with fierce White House disapproval, won consent fro...

What Does It Mean to Support Israel?

Herb Silverman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

While human rights violations in Israel are significant enough for me to withhold support today, I acknowledge that Israel gives more human rights to its citizens than does any other country in the region.

How Israel's Election Awakened the Ethnic Demon

Lyn Julius | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Lyn Julius

Israel would be mad to go the route of political concession and show weakness. The Neanderthals have spoken. There is no compromise with genocidal jihad. It's a no-brainer.

Netanyahu Won the Israeli Election by Stealing Conservative Votes, Not Liberal Ones

John A. Tures | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Conservatives believe that Israel's Likud defeated the liberal Zionist Union. But the evidence shows that's not the case. Benjamin Netanyahu was able to pick up 12 more seats, almost entirely at the expense of other conservative parties, with a shift to the right.

Israel Cannot Reform Itself and Needs Some Tough Love

Bob Herbst | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Bob Herbst

The time has now come for American and Diaspora Jews the world over to open their hearts and mouths, to speak out, and to act. It is time to administer some tough love, to persuade the Israeli people and their government that the occupation must come to an end.

Arab Leaders In Israel Turn Down Bibi's Apology

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Arab political leaders in Israel on Tuesday rejected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's apology for comments he made in last week'...

REPORT: Israel Spied On U.S.-Iran Talks

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

Soon after the U.S. and other major powers entered negotiations last year to curtail Iran’s nuclear program, senior White House officials learned Is...

Change Isn't Built in a Day

Yael Wissner-Levy | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Yael Wissner-Levy

Israel's 2015 elections will surely be extensively studied and dissected to detect trends, statistics, and voter preferences, but most of all, they serve as the starting point of the Israeli left's soul-searching marathon titled "where did we go wrong."

Benjamin Netanyahu Says He Regrets Warning About Israeli Arabs Voting

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that he regrets issuing a warning to his supporters ahead of the country's elections last week t...

Israel's President Should Think Twice Before Asking Netanyahu to Form a Government

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Just when Israel's existence and influence on the world stage is most important for Jews around the world, it cannot afford to risk that for the self-aggrandizement of Benjamin Netanyahu. The way he won his election has weakened Israel, destroyed its credibility and made it far less secure.

Israeli President Calls For Healing After Divisive Election

AP | Posted 03.22.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said Sunday that the new Israeli government will have to serve "all the citizens of Israel," and ca...

Naked Bibi

James Zogby | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

In the lead up to Israel's March 17th election, Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, fearful that he might lose his reelection bid, threw caution to the wind making blatant appeals to scare voters into returning him to office.

John Boehner To Visit Israel After Netanyahu Election Victory

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

JERUSALEM, March 20 (Reuters) - Republican John Boehner, the speaker of the U.S. Congress and an ardent backer of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neta...

Obama White House Unmoved As Bibi Backtracks On Rejecting Two-State Solution

Reuters | Matt Spetalnick & Doina Chiacu | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a ...

Samantha Lachman

American Jewish Groups Largely Quiet On Netanyahu's Controversial Campaign Statements | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.19.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Many influential American Jewish organizations have avoided condemning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent controversial ...

Jessica Schulberg

For Many, Netanyahu's Backtrack On Palestinian State Is Unconvincing | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed on his pre-election promise that he would not allow for the creation of ...

Jews Always Have a Bag Packed: Coping with the Perpetual Nearness of Destruction

Andrew Tarsy | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Andrew Tarsy

Regardless of which faction's doomsday scenario or blueprint for safety predominates at any given time, the diverse constituencies who feel a sense of urgency about Israel's existence as a Jewish homeland ask not "do you have a bag packed?" but "where else would you go?"

In the Middle East, Events Are Outpacing U.S. Policy

Philip Seib | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Five factors guarantee even rougher times ahead for the United States in the Middle East. Individually, they would be only somewhat disruptive; collectively, they are likely to cause major problems for years to come.

World No Longer Bound to Defend Israel Internationally

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

AMMAN -- The Israeli electorate had a choice to make. By reelecting a leader who publicly reneged on his commitments to peace and a two-state solution, they voted against peace.

Bibi's Reelection Puts Israel On Course Of Confrontation

AP | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu's apparent reelection puts Israel on a course toward ever deeper confrontation with the world. To govern, his Li...

Thomas Friedman: 'Hard To See How A Viable Two-State Solution Is Possible Anymore'

The New York Times | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

As the saying goes, “to err is human, to forgive is divine,” to which I’d add: “to ignore” is even more human, and the results rarely divine...

Netanyahu's Hard-Right Shift To Win Election Presents Troubles Ahead

Reuters | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

By Luke Baker and Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, March 18 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a come-from-behind victory i...

Netanyahu Emerges With Slight Lead In Tight Israel Election

AP | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to fend off a strong challenge from the country's opposition leader in parliamen...