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Netanyahu's Dilemma: From the War in Gaza to the War at Home

James Dorsey | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is likely to face significant political problems at home and a far less empathetic diplomatic environment abroad once the guns fall silent in Gaza.

Grimes: Iron Dome Helps Israel Defend Against Terrorists In Tunnels

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes drew attention Tuesday with a remark about Israel's famed air defense system known as the...

Qatar Invests in Israeli Soccer Despite Gaza and War of Words With Jerusalem

James Dorsey | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar's latest investment in Israeli Palestinian soccer comes against a backdrop of a war of words between the two countries over the Gulf state's support for Hamas, the Islamist militia that controls the war-wracked Gaza Strip.

Battle of the Ceasefires: Israel, Hamas Struggle for Moral High Ground

James Dorsey | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
James Dorsey

But more importantly it highlights a growing realization that Hamas is emerging politically strengthened from the death and destruction in Gaza while Israel is fighting a rear guard battle to turn military success into political victory.

In Death, Soccer Fan-Turned-Soldier Embodies Israeli-Palestinian Gap

James Dorsey | Posted 09.24.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

In death, Staff Sergeant Nissim Sean Carmeli embodies the deep fears, distrust and dehumanization of the other that has exploded into massive bloodshed in Gaza, threatens to spark another uprising on the West Bank, and makes achievement of even a temporary Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire an almost impossible task.

Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator

James Dorsey | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Israel hopes to weaken and demilitarize Hamas but not totally eradicate it because that could open the door to more militant Islamist groups taking control of Gaza.

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

Stephen M. Walt | Posted 09.21.2014 | World
Stephen M. Walt

A Greater Israel cannot be anything but an apartheid state, and exclusionary ethnic nationalism of this sort is not sustainable in the 21st century. Israel's Arab subjects will eventually demand equal rights, and as former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned back in 2007, once that happens, "the state of Israel is finished."

Obama: 'Israel Has The Right To Defend Itself'

AP | By JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama praised Egypt's proposal Monday for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, tell...

Obama: US Willing To Negotiate Cease-Fire Between Israelis And Hamas

Posted 07.10.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Israel's leader that the United States is willing to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and H...

Israel's No-State Outcome

Clayton Swisher | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Clayton Swisher

Just as most combat outposts are either abandoned following a war or overrun in conflict, given present circumstances I believe the same fate awaits what is today called the Israeli state.

5 Steps U.S. Can Take to Help Restore Israel/Gaza Ceasefire

Kate Gould | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Kate Gould

The relevant question for those of us among the 5 percent of the world's population with U.S. citizenship is: What will the people and policymakers in the United States do to help stop the killing in Israel/Palestine?

Israel Evades FIFA Sanctions: For Now

James Dorsey | Posted 08.12.2014 | Sports
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey A compromise formula that this week saved Israel from being sanctioned by world soccer governing body FIFA has bought the Jewish s...

Obama Blasts Anti-Semitism At Shoah Foundation Gala

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.09.2014 | Religion

President Obama called for a world-wide effort against anti-Semitism and reiterated the United States' commitment to Israel in an address to the Unive...

Israel and the Palestinians -- What Now?

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

Despite the heroic efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians to agreement, the current peace process effort has failed. To understand what the future holds, it is worth looking at why the process failed and what courses of action are now available.

Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Admittedly, the situation at the moment looks grim: After months of negotiations, a dozen personal visits from the secretary, and countless trips between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel is announcing new settlements and reneging on its agreement to release a small number of Palestinian prisoners this weekend.

Isn't It Time to Try Something New?

Clayton Swisher | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Clayton Swisher

The shambolic US-led "peace process" between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is finally getting the kind of recognition it deserves.

The Strange Currency of the Israeli Occupation

Jessica Montell | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Jessica Montell

Last Saturday, Israeli soldiers came to the home of Shadi Sidr and demanded he remove the Palestinian flag from his roof. Shadi is a Palestinian who lives in the H2 area of Hebron and the flag offended his neighbors, the Israeli settlers in the Beit Hadassah settlement.

Why the Kerry Middle East Peace Framework Will Fail

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.11.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Michael Lerner

John Kerry's plan will fail because it will be "realistic" rather than visionary, and de facto that means speaking more to the power of Israel and its domestic lobby than to the aspirations of the Palestinian people.

Michele Bachmann Says American Jews 'Sold Out' Israel By Supporting Obama

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has very strong feelings about Israel, and she's disappointed that American Jews don't have the same feelings she...

Obama Warns Of 'Fallout' For Israel If Peace Effort Fails

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics

(Adds response by Israeli minister) WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama, issuing a veiled warning to Israeli Prime ...

Obama Reacts To Death Of Ariel Sharon

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama sent his "deepest condolences" Saturday to family members and the people of Israel on the loss of former Prime Minister Ariel S...

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map

James Dorsey | Posted 01.27.2014 | World
James Dorsey

If all goes well, the preliminary agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council would ensure the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program and ultimately reintegrate it into the international community.

Give Peace a Chance

Ned Lamont | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ned Lamont

The anti-war, give diplomacy a chance caucus can not wait until the warm days of spring to put on their marching boots. By then, Congress could have doubled down on sanctions on Iran, the nuclear peace talks wrecked by the hardliners in Tehran and Washington, D.C.

U.S. Allies Frustrated With Obama's Aversion To Mideast Conflicts

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Oct 25 (Reuters) - From Saudi Arabia to Israel, traditional U.S. allies in the Middle East are beginnin...

Audacious Barack Obama

Michelle Kraus | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

The president has a lot of nerve to actually run the country while the GOP harms millions of people shutting down the U.S. government. The reality is that the press is not helping by paying far too much attention to the ilk of Senator Ted Cruz.