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Israel's New Settlement Plans Decried By Saudi Arabia | By P.K. Abdul Ghafour | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Saudi Arabia yesterday condemned the Israeli plan to evict 1,500 Palestinians from the Al-Bustan neighborhood of Jerusalem and urged the international...

Clinton Starts Mideast Tour, Finding Support For Two-State Solution At Record Low

Times Online | James Hider in Jerusalem | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Hillary Clinton starts her first tour of the Middle East as Secretary of State today with a mandate to reinvigorate collapsed peace talks. She will f...

No Pasta For Palestinians

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

The war has ended, but life in Gaza has not returned to normal. Thousands of people remain homeless, and many still remain hungry. Their stories have all but disappeared from US media coverage.

Palestinian Factions Agree To Work Toward Unity Government

The Huffington Post | Catherine Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After almost two years of bloodshed, various Palestinian factions have agreed to come together and work toward a unified government, reports Al Jazeer...

Fatah, Hamas Meet In Cairo Amid Hopes For Agreement On National Unity Government

Los Angeles Times | By Noha El-Hennawy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Reconciliation talks between Hamas, Fatah and smaller Palestinian factions began Thursday in Cairo amid hopes for an agreement on a national unity gov...

The Return of Benjamin Netanyahu

Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi

Throughout his campaign, the cornerstone of Netanyahu's policy toward the 'Palestinian Question' suggests an intention to deepen the conflict rather than solve it.

Israeli Parliament Sworn In, President Calls For Peace

The Huffington Post | Catherine Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The 18th Knesset was sworn in today in Israel as Benjamin Netanyahu continues to try to form a coalition government. Israeli President Shimon Peres o...

Christmas Spirit Shattered in the Holy Land

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

A tense atmosphere in anticipation of more bad news and an air of sadness has engulfed East Jerusalem in the aftermath of the Gaza attacks. The spirit of Christmas has all but died.

Netanyahu Has Got It! Good.

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It's time to let Bibi be Bibi. Let him try to govern from the right and see how well that works.

Netanyahu: Better for America, Better For Israel

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

It will be easier for President Obama to deal with Netanyahu than with the almost equally hawkish Tzipi Livni because Livni seems dedicated to ending the conflict.

It's Prime Minister Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Tuesday, the right wing coalition won a clear majority. It is, I believe, inevitable that President Peres will give Netanyahu the first shot at forming a government and that Bibi will succeed.

What Hamas Has Wrought

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

The crucial point about Hamas that is always overlooked is that at every point in their interaction with Israel and peace-seeking Palestinians, they have chosen the path of armed aggression.

Israeli Elections: Do They Really Matter?

Aaron David Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aaron David Miller

In the end, regardless of who wins, Obama's domestic priorities, bad peace process options, and Israel's inherent caution are unlikely to generate any wild surprises.

Hopeful, But Not Optimistic

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

It is difficult to be optimistic. But I can be hopeful that, with the appointment of George Mitchell, the region is getting what may very well be its last best chance at securing peace.

Israeli Elections: Terror as Top Concern

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

With less than a week to go before elections in Israel, the three main rivals are locked in fierce debate not about whether the devastating war in Gaza went too far, but whether it went far enough.

Hamas negotiators stopped with suitcases of cash

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — Hamas negotiators left Egypt without a long-term cease-fire with Israel on Thursday _ but not before some members of the militant group'...

Israeli Officers Could Be Prosecuted For Gaza 'War Crimes'

Times Online | Catherine Philp in Davos and James Hider in Jerusalem | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The International Criminal Court is exploring ways to prosecute Israeli commanders over alleged war crimes in Gaza. The alleged crimes include the us...

Arabs Find A Hero

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Replacing U.S. archenemy Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president who recently expelled the Israeli ambassado, the new hero of the Arab street is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Healing Gaza's Wounds

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In the war's aftermath it is important that attention be paid not only to Gaza's physical wounds and its immediate humanitarian needs, but to the psychic wounds of the survivors.

Mitchell Asks Palestinian Authority To Aid With Gaza Crossings

Jerusalem Post | JPOST.COM STAFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell on Thursday said that the Gaza crossings must be opened in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. In a pr...

Gaza: the Audacity to Survive

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

A day after Israel ended its assault in Gaza Strip, my family (like countless other civilians) finally returned to the ruined remnants of their former lives and homes.

Why Did the BBC Censor a Cry to Help Gaza Victims?

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Erik Ose

The BBC has let down its worldwide viewership by refusing to broadcast this charity appeal to help Palestinian victims of the violence.

Mitchell's Challenge: After Gaza, Five Questions About Palestinian and Israeli Realities

Sandy Tolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Tolan

Given the overwhelming odds facing a two-state solution, a strong American negotiating presence will be necessary, of a sort not seen since... well, ever.

Gaza: Worse Than an Earthquake

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

"Patients died on the floor of the operating room because we had only six operating rooms," said Dr. Saeed Abuhassan. "And really we don't know enough about the kinds of weapons that have been used against Gaza."

Obama Phone Trail Highlights New Mideast Road Map

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Francis

Here is the obvious strategy to Gaza crisis that is being whispered about and probably has the best chance of succeeding and stopping the craziness and bloodshed.