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X-Men: First Class: Reviewing Magneto and the Super Jews

Omer Rosen | Posted 08.15.2011 | Arts
Omer Rosen

Strong, athletic, violent, handsome -- something separate from the bookish, weak, nerdish, neurotic construct that shaped me -- they are Super Jews.

U.S. Diplomats Try To Renew Israeli-Palestinian Talks

AP | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 08.15.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Senior U.S. diplomats have returned to the Middle East for an unannounced visit to try to find a way to restart Israeli-Palestinian ...

France Invites Israel, Palestinians, Saying Status Quo 'Unsustainable'

AP | Posted 08.02.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered security forces to act with "restraint but determination" to defend Israel if ...

Andrea Stone

Palestinian Official Predicts 'Third Intifada' If Stalemate With Israel Continues | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A senior adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview Tuesday that last month's clashes along Israel's borders we...

On the Question of Palestinian Statehood

David A. Love | Posted 08.01.2011 | World
David A. Love

Peace and security will come to both Israelis and Palestinians only if it is based on a commitment to universal human rights. For Palestinians, this means self-determination.

Road to Palestine Becoming Clearer, But Still Difficult

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The marathon of speeches last week cleared the view as to what is needed for Palestinians to reach their coveted independent state. Clearing the view, however, doesn't necessarily mean that getting a state will be easy or attainable in the near future.

Netanyahu Reiterates That Israel Cannot Return To 1967 Borders

AP | By AMY TEIBEL | Posted 07.23.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Israel's prime minister promised to present his vision for an Israeli-Palestinian peace in a speech before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday, bu...

Obama's Gutsy, Principled Middle East Speech

Dan Fleshler | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics
Dan Fleshler

Everyone agrees President Obama made a gutsy political call when he ordered the Navy Seals to take out Osama bin Laden. There would have been a fierce...

The President's Speech -- What Obama Should Have Said to AIPAC

Barry Lando | Posted 07.22.2011 | Politics
Barry Lando

We can no longer afford to confuse supporting the State of Israel with supporting the policies of the leaders who control the Israeli government at a particular time.

Palestinians To Proceed With UN Recognition Bid

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 07.21.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian officials said Saturday that Israel's dismissive response to President Barack Obama's new Mideast peace propos...

Andrea Stone

Israeli Leader Laid Out Israel's 'Red Lines' In Meeting With Obama, Came Away 'Encouraged' | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.20.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Benjamin Netanyahu went into the White House Friday "worried, but came out encouraged," according to a senior Israeli official briefed o...

Nakba Day a Disastrous Tactic for Mideast Peace

Anav Silverman | Posted 07.20.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

Recent events contribute to the perpetuation of two often repeated lies: that the Arab world wants peace with the Jewish State and that Israel returning to the 1967 borders will magically resolve the conflict.

Mitt Romney: Obama 'Threw Israel Under The Bus'

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

HANOVER, N.H. — Republicans looking to unseat President Barack Obama charged Thursday that he undermined the sensitive and delicate negotiations...

Andrea Stone

Obama Speech Breaks Rhetorical Ground But Unlikely To Bring Common Ground to Israel, Palestinians | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The headlines made it clear. From New York to Tel Aviv, President Obama's call for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestini...

Nakba Is in the Eyes of the Beholder

David Suissa | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
David Suissa

Perhaps the biggest disaster is the inability of the Arab world to see the Jewish state as anything but a cursed presence. Call me a cynic, but I don't think peace has a chance when Arabs still see the birth of Israel as a Nakba.

When Obama Blinked First, Mitchell's Mission Was Doomed

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

For the past six months it has been clear in the region that George Mitchell practically made the decision to quit once it was clear his advice was no longer being heeded in the White House.

Egyptian Women and Palestinian Men Can Now Confer Egyptian Citizenship on Their Children

Katherine Franke | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Katherine Franke

The overthrow of Mubarak in Egypt has ushered in a number of important paradigm changes. One of them is a refiguration of Egypt's relationship to Israel/Palestine.

Watch: Obama - Middle East Peace 'More Vital Than Ever'

Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

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Arab Protesters Descend On Israeli Borders

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 07.15.2011 | World

MAJDAL SHAMS, Golan Heights — Mobilized by calls on Facebook, thousands of Arab protesters marched on Israel's borders with Syria, Lebanon and G...

Why We Must Sail to Gaza

Robert Naiman | Posted 07.13.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

A year ago, activists tried to break the blockade of Gaza with an international flotilla of ships. They failed. Now an even larger flotilla is preparing to set sail in June. And when the Audacity of Hope sets sail, I will be on it.

Mahmoud Abbas: Mr. Consistency

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While Western leaders have warmed up to Abbas and have been pleased with his consistency and demeanor, the Israelis neither recognized nor rewarded Abbas for this consistency and honesty.

On Motherhood And Citizenship: Reflections For Yom Ha'atzma'ut

Rabbi Jill Jacobs | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Jill Jacobs

The promise that God will raise up the poor teaches us that a mother's joy also depends on raising her child in a fair and just society.

The Palestinians at the Cross Road of History Must Take the Right Path

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Robert K. Lifton

One path for the Palestinians leads to a serious opportunity to create a successful state for the Palestinian people. The other path leads to destroying any present hope for a viable Palestinian state. The choice lies in their hands.

A Matter of Civil Rights

Sarah Leah Whitson | Posted 06.15.2011 | World
Sarah Leah Whitson

In a week when the U.S. paused to recall the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, President Peres might have considered King's message and why such a system of racial inequality remains in place.

Missile From Gaza Hits School Bus, Israel Retaliates

AP | By ARON HELLER | Posted 06.07.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel Thursday, wounding two people, one of them critical...