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Middle East Peace Talks: Israel, Palestinian Negotiations More Hopeless Than Ever

New York Times | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The American invitation on Friday to the Israelis and Palestinians to start direct peace talks in two weeks in Washington was immediately accepted by ...

Are the Palestinians Being Pushed Into a Photo-op with the Israelis?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Every expert on the Middle East agrees that the best avenue to a serious breakthrough in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations is quiet, behind-the-scenes negotiations, not public photo-ops.

Seeking the Spirit of Palestine Through Photography: Q&A with Valerie Jouve

ARTINFO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Trained as an anthropologist, Valerie Jouve has brought a researcher's focus to her career as a photographer. Since the early 1990s, she has used her...

Noam Chomsky on Israel

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

"The attitude towards Israel on the part of the intellectual community changed very sharply in 1967, from either lack of interest or sometimes even disdain, to almost passionate support. So what happened?"

Peace Process or Real Peace?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Direct talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders are the most obvious way to achieve peace in the Middle East conflict. But history has shown time and again that a high-profile peace process alone is no recipe for success.

Hummus and Whiplash in Ramallah

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

I was eating in a refugee camp in Ramallah with Bassem Eid, the founder of Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. I sat listening to him for hours in scorching heat and didn't want to leave.

The United States of Crazy in Israel-Palestine

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In their goals and in their view of governance, Hamas, Kahanists and Haredim have much in common. Why not just let them run the Holy Land?

My Experience With the ADL

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

if the ADL is committed only to stopping the defamation of the Jewish people while participating in the defamation of the Muslim community, then it has clearly gone against its own goals and vision.

Settler, Warrior, Healer

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

Ron Jager looks the part of the diehard Zionist from the Bronx, where, in fact, he grew up. So how did this tough guy turn out to be a "kumbaya" promoter of Jewish-Palestinian cooperation in, of all places, the West Bank?

Radical Peace

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

It's a sign of how the peace movement has fizzled out in Israel that even the peace process itself rarely cites peace as the goal -- it's now the "two-state solution" that is the mantra.

Palestinian Suffering Crossing the Bridge Continues

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Once again the summer heat is upon us. And once again, people's anguish, and appeals at the overcrowded King Hussein Bridge are melting as quickly as an ice cream cone in the Jordan Valley's high temperatures.

What Antisemitism Is (And Isn't)

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

This morning, I received an email from a reader informing me that I was "a chicken hawk Jew." For good measure, I was then urged to perform an act wit...

VIDEO: Israeli Destruction of Bedouin Village

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Professor Neve Gordon of Ben Gurion University in Israel witnessed the destruction of an Israeli Bedouin village earlier this week. Apparently, the p...

The Case for Attacking Iran's Nukes

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fernando Espuelas

Some have argued that the Cold War-era mutual assured destruction doctrine would contain Iran. That is a big assumption -- specially in light of the Iranian regime's ideology.

Gaza Insomnia: No Rest For The Besieged

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Due to the constant power cuts and limited access to the World Wide Web, people who live outside Gaza are more informed about what goes inside it than those who call it home.

Do the Palestinians Really Want Two States -- Or Are They Just Stalling?

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Z. Chesnoff

Khaled Abu Toameh, to my mind the best Arab journalist working in Israel and the Palestinian territories, reports in today's Jerusalem Post that "Pal...

Libya Launders its Reputation

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Just as one would wash shady banknotes through an offshore bank, so can the most bloodstained of reputations can be cleansed just by engaging in a publicity stunt billed as a humanitarian gift to Gaza's Palestinians.

Don't Play with Israel-Palestine Maps

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

An editorial by Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief David Horovitz posits low expectations for success of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace tal...

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: Pressure Without Progress Could Lead to Political Suicide

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In discussing Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks, Ashrawi warned that moving to direct talks when no progress has been made will lead to the Palestinian national leadership's loss of credibility with its own constituents.

Let Us Expand the Definition of Terrorism

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

In these days of extremism at home, we cling to a narrow, selective definition of terrorism, while ignoring blatant forms of terrorism in our midst. In doing so, we can't see the forest for the trees.

As Netanyahu Faces Obama, Anxious Settlers Sharply Change Tune

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

Like many an Israeli who travels to the United States, on the eve of the prime minister's visit to Washington this week, Benjamin Netanyahu has been saddled with loads of unwanted baggage.

Israeli Settlements Helped By U.S. Tax Law: Non-Profit Donations At Odds With U.S. Foreign Policy

New York Times | By JIM RUTENBERG, MIKE McINTIRE and ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the American government seeks to end the four-decade Jewish settlement enterprise and foster a Palestinian state in the West Bank, the American Tre...

Rabbi Michael Lerner: Polemics and Distortions Are Anti-Peace

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Suzette Standring

Rabbi Lerner's San Francisco home was defaced by political posters permanently glued on by whom he suspects to be right wing Zionists critical of him and Richard Goldstone.

It Takes Two Sides to Achieve Two States, or Why Mearsheimer Is Wrong on Israel

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

If John Mearsheimer actually cares a whit about Israel, why does he admire so many people who want it to disappear?

MidEast Peace: Pessimism from the Right and the Left

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

Why is it that merely talking about talking about peace brings instant backlash? Four of the most controversial writers on the Middle East - pessimist...