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The Return of "Plan B" and the Death of the Peace Process

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

The Obama administration is following the same failed path of its three predecessors to achieve peace. In other words, there is no Plan B.

Does Israel Feel The Need To Contribute?

Raymond Johansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond Johansen

With Prime Minister Netanyahu's government dependent on Foreign Minister Lieberman's right wing party, many see Kadima and Tzipi Livni as the "peace a...

When Seduction Fails: Time for Obama to Make His Own Weather

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

The White House missed a bullet by the latest Israeli settlement talks collapsing. This now gives the President significantly more latitude in going back to a broad stakeholder approach to a deal.

Wall Street Banks Could Settle SEC Conflict Of Interest Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the government hunts for conflicts of interest at Wall Street banks that peddled investments which contributed to the worst financial collapse sinc...

Terrorists to US: "Touch My Junk and I'll Have You Arrested"

Paul Tullis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Tullis

Airport body scanners cost $734,000 each. TSA has spent $42 billion, according to CBS News, since 9/11. Pat-downs that some travelers find intrusi...

Invest in Israel -- Not the Occupation

Moriel Rothman-Zecher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Moriel Rothman-Zecher

Last Tuesday, forty students gathered in opposition to the occupation in the West Bank. Because there is nothing more pro-Israel, nor more fundamentally Jewish, than raising your voice in support of peace.

Trade Mordechai Vanunu for Jonathan Pollard

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. should not have to release Jonathan Pollard to reward Israel for making peace. Peace should be its own reward. But Washington could offer to swap Jonathan Pollard for Mordechai Vanunu.

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: How to Turn the Current Mess Into a Success

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

Skeptics will claim that a basic agreement in principle on which settlements are going to stay in Israel and which are going to be evacuated, is not possible in 60 days. So why should and might the parties accept this idea?

Above the Law: Israeli Settlements & the End of the Two-State Solution

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

For the second time in two years, direct negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians are at risk due to Israeli actions.

Shell, Panalpina Near Settlement In Bribery Case, Sources Say

Wall Street Journal | Kara Scannell And Thomas Catan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A big Swiss shipping and logistics company and Royal Dutch Shell PLC, one of its customers, are close to settling foreign-bribery charges stemming fr...

Palestinians: Don't Miss Another Opportunity

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert K. Lifton

The Palestinians success will not stand or fall on the specific amount of land they control but on the talents, drive and commitment of their people. Let's hope they do not miss this opportunity.

How to Cure World Disappointment with Israel

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

A US State Department spokesman told reporters this week that Washington was disappointed with Israel because of its failure to extend the settlement ...

Whatever Happened to 'Just Say No'?

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

The Israeli government ends a 10-month moratorium on settlement construction, and immediately cement and bulldozers start spreading across the West Bank. Did anyone really expect better?

Netanyahu's Freeze Scam

Henry Siegman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Henry Siegman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the formal White House launching of the resumed Middle East peace talks on September 2nd were the clearest indication yet of his lack of seriousness.

Israel's Lieberman at UN: Say What?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

With the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks wavering before they even begin, will Netanyahu be able to keep Lieberman as foreign minister or need to replace him with someone from the centrist Kadima party?

Contradiction in Washington Prevents Peace in the Middle East

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

Without American largess, Israel's occupation could not continue. The United States can either broker a final peace accord or it can continue to subsidize settlements -- it cannot do both.

AP's Robert Burns Playing Politics by Replacing "Settlement Freeze" With "Curb on Housing Construction"

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Burns' piece unilaterally changes the terminology and phraseology connected to one of the major obstacles of the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts. By changing this terminology, Burns has clearly taken a biased stand.

Hollywood Joins Israeli Artists in Boycotting West Bank

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Hollywood progressives should do the right thing, which is supporting the boycott of the settlements. That is not only the pro-Israel thing to do; it is also supporting the end of the oppression of Palestinians.

Mideast Peace Talks Go Better Than Expected Despite Hamas

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Elsner

For the first time, they have something to lose -- and much to gain from a final agreement that will at long last grant them independence.

Mediating the Upcoming Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

There will be plenty of analysis on the substance of the upcoming talks at the White House between Netanyahu and Abbas. What is not being talked about...

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.

Peace Process Is a Foreign Term in East Jerusalem and Gaza

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Since the beginning of the proximity talks eight weeks ago Israeli behavior has not reflected a country interested in peace.

The "War" On Wall Street May Be Over: Who Won?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Wall Street has wriggled off the hook with a little help from their friends, and is winning the new "class war." Meanwhile, 2.1 million Americans can't even get unemployment benefits extended.

So Much Heat, So Little Light

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Gellman

What I continue to find shocking is that the message, tactics, and unrelenting anger of the Republican Party are becoming echoed and displayed by so many Americans who call themselves "pro-Israel."

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...