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Obama Camp 'Prepared To Talk To Hamas'

guardian.co.uk | Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon George Bush's �doctrine of isolating Hamas by establishing a channel to the Islamist organi...

What Ukraine's Gas Crisis Has In Common With Gaza

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lionel Beehner

The trouble with Israel and Russia is not that their efforts will backfire, it's that they will likely achieve the exact opposite of their goals -- while both come off looking like unhinged bullies in the process.

Neo-Nazis For Israel?

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Max Blumenthal

While much of the neo-Nazi fringe remains opposed to the existence of Israel, the whites-only British National Party recently declared its full-throated support for Israel's attack on Gaza.

Fanaticism and Contempt

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Maxwell Kennedy

Once the master of revolutionary war, Israel cannot seem to grasp the essential nature of asymmetrical warfare.

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

What we continue to lack is the kind of real political solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that could finally make a "ceasefire" endure.

Adrian Hamilton: Wars Have Consequences For A Generation Or More

The Independent | Adrian Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

There are four iron laws of the Middle East: that the Palestinians will always end up at the bottom of the heap and that they will always be let down ...

How Israel's Propaganda Machine Works

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Zogby

As in past Mideast conflicts, both the media story line and political commentary here in the U.S. has closely followed Israel's talking points on the war.

Israel: There Has To Be A Better Way

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Bruhns

The war between Israel and Hamas is not as two-dimensional as the United States Senate would like to believe. This is a complex and asymmetric war that will not end favorably for either side.

Obama Camp "Prepared To Talk To Hamas," Says the Guardian

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

The Obama administration's emphasis on "talk" with Hamas will bring a significant moral shift in U.S. policy -- but it will not do away with some of the core grievances vis-a-vis U.S.-Israel relations.

Video Reveals that a Lack of Moral Center Is Central to Hamas's War Strategy

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mitchell Bard

The whole world is quick to condemn Israel for civilian deaths in Gaza, but there is utter silence over Hamas's blatant disregard for the lives of its own citizens.

While Gaza Burns, the World Watches

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Margolis

Unless Israel can make five to seven million Palestinians disappear, it must find some way to co-exist with them. Israeli leaders on the center and right continue to avoid facing this fact.

Gaza: CNN "Missing in Action"

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jamal Dajani

Campbell Brown said, "much of the information coming out of Gaza is impossible to verify and many of the images you see on television are provided by Hamas." This is total nonsense.

Obama's Silence

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

As January 20 approaches, Obama will have to make a lonely decision - to remember his 2007 words about Palestinian suffering and his campaign pledge to talk unconditionally with adversaries.

AP Reporter Watches Own Home Destroyed, via YouTube, in Gaza

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Greg Mitchell

In one of the most moving accounts of the war in Gaza, Ibrahim Barzak, the AP's chief correspondent there for 17 years, today wrote of watching his own home destroyed on YouTube.

Proportionality and Disproportionality: A Guide to Arguments about Gaza

Allan Gerson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Allan Gerson

Even if the guns fall silent the charges and counter-charges of violations of international law will continue. Already the airwaves are full of talk that Israel's "disproportionate" response is a violation of international law.

Hold Your Fire: Children and Civilians In Gaza

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

If the killing of unarmed civilians by terrorist groups is wrong, Israel's killing of unarmed Palestinian civilians and our defense of Israel's conduct cannot be right.

What Was Israel Supposed to Do?

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Cenk Uygur

Every day now, I hear someone saying, "What was Israel supposed to do? Hamas keeps firing rockets into their country." So, here is a quick list of the things they were supposed to do.

Israel, Hamas, Gaza: Plenty of Us in America Just Need to Shut Up

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Quigg

Something labeled "Subject: Fwd: Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party" showed up in my inbox Monday night.

How to Defeat Hamas -- Face Up to the Truth

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Making Hamas into a unique demon is pure propaganda. But no form of Islamic extremism will end until moderate Muslims stand up for their religion.

Palestinian Bloggers: 'I Might Stop Reporting Either If I Die Or I Flee My Home'

Global Voices Online | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In this roundup of blogposts from Gaza we hear from a teenager who just lost her friend and is scared for her own life, about a medical worker who was...

Overwhelming Force Is the Only Way to Fight Terrorists

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The destruction of Hamas benefits the Palestinians far more than the Israelis. It is they that must live under the cruelty of an organization that terrorizes its citizens even more than its enemies.

Why Do So Few Speak Up for Gaza?

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Scheer

Why is it that there is such widespread acceptance, beginning with the apologetic arguments of George Bush, that whatever Israel does is always justified as necessary to the survival of the Jewish state?

Why Israel Was Right to Invade Gaza

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andy Ostroy

How should Israel attempt to protect its people, long-term, if it merely acts defensively in a tit-for-tat manner? That would be a horribly naïve response given its history.

UNSC Res. 250: The International Law Governing Israel's Invasion of Gaza

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Lurio

Like the boy who cried wolf, Resolution 250 has stripped the UN of any credibility where Israel is involved.

Obama -- Please Say Something!

Lola Adesioye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lola Adesioye

In just over two weeks Obama will be unable to avoid saying something and the world will be looking to him and demanding to hear his opinion on the crisis in Gaza.