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Tea Party Jews: Betraying the U.S. and Israel at the Same Time

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In his recklessness and tunnel vision, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is undermining the very legitimacy of Israel at a time when Israel can least afford it.

Obama: Middle East Peace Talks to Begin Next Week

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

The first round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in a decade will begin next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced late Friday. These are the talks that should have started a year ago.

From a Source of Inspiration to a Pariah State

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

The path leading beyond the cliff's edge is clear and Israel's government is propelling the country forward with eyes wide open.

A Report from the Battlefield of East Jerusalem

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

In East Jerusalem, there are Palestinian neighborhoods with tens of thousands of residents, which in the last months have been at the center of clashes between settlers, police, and residents.

Israeli Tourism Maps Annex Palestinian Lands and Omit Palestinian Cities

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While negotiations will soon begin, how about the international community making the simple request that Israel end ignoring Palestinians and Palestine, at least on the maps it officially produces?

Schumer and Dershowitz vs. Obama

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Dershowitz despises J Street for precisely the reason younger Jews, members of Congress, frustrated Israelis, and the Obama administration welcome it. It represents a new kind of pro-Israel activism, and Dershowitz is old school.

Has Obama Decided That the Netanyahu Coalition Is the Problem?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is time to announce to the world what is required for peace in the Middle East, no matter who ends up looking like the obstructionist party to the conflict.

Israeli Military Commander Acts As a Dictator Towards Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Israelis are showing that the original Zionist theory of lusting for the land, without its people, continues to be the main pillar of this right-wing Israeli government.

Dear Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

Foreign Minister Martin, you absolve Gaza of all responsibility for its own predicament, instead placing it squarely in Israel's lap.

The Fourth Assassin: A Palestinian Detective in Brooklyn

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Wherever a Palestinian travels, the ties to home are too intertwined with agony to break. The Fourth Assassin explores the dilemma of the Palestinian living in the Western world.

Israeli Army Investigating the Shooting Deaths of Palestinian Teenagers

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

In the face of allegations that it used live ammunition on unarmed protesters, and following inconsistent statements from soldiers, Israeli Defense Forces have launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of two Palestinian teenagers.

Elections (Local) In Palestine Again

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

With parliamentary and presidential elections indefinitely postponed, this will be the only measure of the attitude of the Palestinians towards the Abbas-Fayyad policies.

Gaza Violence Leaves 2 Israeli Soldiers Dead

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Two Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian civilian were killed Friday as a gunbattle between troops and Palestinian militants widened i...

Is the Two-State Solution Dead?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

To continue to advocate for a two-state solution, Dr. Gordon explains, is to support Netanyahu and his map for an unacknowledged, de facto single state that oppresses Palestinian residents.

The Week that Was, and the Week Yet to Come: Testing Obama's Mettle

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

This coming week will tell us a great deal about the ability of President Obama to be a strong leader and an honest broker in Middle East peacemaking.

Are Israeli-US Relations at a Tipping Point?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

It is not only the Obama Administration that lacks a necessary backbone when it comes to Israel, but the larger United States Congress does as well.

Reporter's Notebook: To Risk Arrest in the West Bank?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

As a citizen of Israel who has attended the Bil'in demonstration on numerous occasions, I am offended by the army's attempts to censure Palestinian, Israeli, and international voices of dissent.

The Undeclared American Plan for an Israeli Government Change

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The PLO has succeeded in obtaining European support for a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood. The only obstacle remaining to Palestinian leaders are the Americans.

Constructive Ambiguity Is Back in Middle East Peace Process

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Something is happening with the Middle East conflict, but it is hard to say what. A breakthrough appears to be at hand, though all the parties still seem to be clinging to their traditional positions.

Want Democracy in Israel? Acknowledge the Palestinian Right to Return

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

The continued maltreatment of Palestinians puts every Israeli's freedom at risk. If a government disenfranchises your neighbor, how can you expect that your own freedoms will remain intact?

Palestinian Militants Pledge To Float Bombs Towards Israel Beaches

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants said Tuesday they had launched a large number of floating explosives into the Mediterranean Sea to avenge the ...

A Portrait of Nonviolent Resistance in One Palestinian Village

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ellen Cantarow

Much is heard of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the story of the determined, long-term nonviolent resistance of many Palestinian villagers to the loss of their lands, striking as it may be, is seldom told.

Abbas "Not To Seek Re-Election"

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has said he will not seek re-election when elections are held in January, Palestinian officials said. "Th...

Palestinian, Israeli Farmers Fight Over Olive Groves

GlobalPost | Sara Sorcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Sara Sorcher AWARTA and SUSYA, West Bank -- The olive branch may be a universal symbol for peace, but in the West Bank, the olive harvest bring...

Court Lets Palestinians Use Major Israeli Highway

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's Supreme Court ordered the military on Tuesday to allow Palestinians to travel on the part of a major highway that runs thro...