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Negotiating Under the Shadow of the Palestinian Refugees

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The right of return will continue to be a major obstacle in peace negotiations unless Israel and the Palestinian leadership accept the changing realities which in fact lend themselves to find a solution.

Four Rules for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Alaa Tartir | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Alaa Tartir

I have never been a peace negotiator, but as someone who will be profoundly affected by Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, I feel compelled to suggest basic rules of thumb for Palestinian negotiators. Otherwise a bleak future will be imposed on the youth of Palestine.

Give the Peace Process a Chance: Part Two

David Harris | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
David Harris

Israel's goal from day one, against the backdrop of relentless persecution of Jews in Europe and across North Africa and the Middle East, has been peaceful coexistence with neighboring states. But it takes two to tango, and, with only a few notable exceptions since 1948, the dance partner has been missing.

Shifting Reality for Peace!

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 10.05.2013 | World
Kevin Bermeister

The complexity of Jerusalem's Temple Mount appears insurmountable because demand to possess the world's most contested rock will in all likelihood continue unabated until a peaceful solution emerges from it.

Enough Talking About Talks

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

I am not entirely sanguine that either the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas or Israel's Netanyahu are ready, willing or able to make peace. Netanyahu is an ideologue who does not really believe in a two-state solution. Conversely, Abbas is politically weak.

Divide Over Kotel Prayer Highlights Racism of Palestinian Authority and Muslim Waqf

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem.

Kerry's Last Ditch Effort

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

In his upcoming visit to Israel and Palestine, Secretary of State John Kerry will attempt a last-ditch effort to persuade Israel's Prime Minster Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority's President Abbas to resume peace negotiations.

"If You Will It, It Is No Dream"

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have fallen victim to their own uncompromising public narratives. To facilitate the terms of an agreement, they need powerful and relentless pressure to provide them with political cover, which only the U.S. can exert.

Turkey: Opportunities and Risks Ahead

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington on May 16 comes at a pivotal time when the Middle East is riddled with extraordinary conflicts that have the potential of exploding into a regional war.

As Disappointing as It May Be, Mahmoud Abbas Is Taken for Granted

Mia Appelbaum | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Mia Appelbaum

If Abbas and his party do not govern the West Bank, Hamas will fill the power vacuum. This should sound familiar, and no less haunting.

Recognizing Israeli-Palestinian Realities Requires that the U.S., Not the Arab League, Change Direction

James Zogby | Posted 07.04.2013 | World
James Zogby

One way forward is to look again at what President Obama said in his recent speech in Jerusalem where he committed to support Israel while challenging Israelis to recognize and deal with Palestinian need for justice.

Salam Fayyad: Emerging as he Exits

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Fayyad will soon have to decide how to pursue his vision in practice. Can he turn his credibility into votes and electability, assuming elections are held? Can, or will he be allowed to, build an independent political movement, assuming he wants to do that?

Mitigating Distrust Is Central to Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is clear that if the Israelis and the Palestinians hold fast to their positions, it will be nearly impossible to allay distrust, leading to a continuing deadlock because distrust cannot be negotiated by simply agreeing to establish a new trusting relationship.

Winning Peace Through Hearts and Minds

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The many Palestinians who criticized President Obama for showering the Israelis with lavish praise and for his unfettered commitment to Israel's security seem to miss the central point that he wanted to convey and expected to achieve.

Pressuring Netanyahu May Save Two-State Solution

Guy Ziv | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Guy Ziv

Obama's key challenge will be to get Netanyahu to adopt a more constructive approach, one that is conducive to finalizing a peace deal. This is hardly an easy task. At the same time, however, Netanyahu is legendary for being susceptible to pressure.

The Prospect for Peace Must Trump Potential Failure

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The United States has the power, responsibility, and certainly the strategic interests to put an end to this self-consuming conflict in a region where the stakes for all concerned cannot be overestimated.

The Self-Imposed Ideological Siege

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option.

National Security and Threat Misperception

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Regardless of how exaggerated Israel's sense of vulnerability may seem to its detractors, the Palestinians cannot afford to dismiss Israel's concerns. That said, no military might will guarantee Israel's national security, short of comprehensive peace.

Only Blaming the Victim: The Definition of Chutzpah

James Zogby | Posted 04.18.2013 | World
James Zogby

To suggest that Israel be exempt and not held to account for its abuses of the human rights of a people it holds captive is the definition of "chutzpah." However, I am not holding my breath for either AHR or, for that matter, the U.S. Congress to measure human rights by one yard-stick.

Israeli-Palestinian Textbook Study Overlooks Core Issue

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

It is clear that however well-meaning the sponsors and researchers of the textbook study may have been, the lack of sufficient historical, social and geopolitical context distort the findings and render this study distorted and counterproductive.

Earning The Nobel Peace Prize

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.02.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has gone on for more than sixty years, should now be a top priority for President Obama as it is central to Arab-Israeli peace and will dramatically enhance regional stability.

The Palestinian Implosion

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The political and social worldview that informs Fayyad's vision has been undermined by Hamas's apparent ability to leverage armed conflict to its political advantage.

Netanyahu's Self-Inflicted Defeats

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Prime Minister Netanyahu may well form the next Israeli government; yet the Netanyahu of 2013 will not enjoy the same political sway he commanded in 2009.

Distrust and the Reality of Coexistence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Genuine efforts can and must be made to mitigate distrust through a peace process based on reciprocal and reinforced provisions, to which both Israelis and Palestinians must commit to reach a lasting peace agreement.

After UN Vote, Punishing Moderates Helps Radicals and Hurts Israel

Brian Levin | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Brian Levin

History shows that in the delicate arena of foreign policy, actions often have unintended, if not devastating, consequences. It is for this reason that I fear that Israel's response to the Palestinian Authority's successful bid for non-member observer state status at the U.N. does not serve its long-term interests.