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Why Are 110,000 Orthodox Israelis Rioting to 'Protect' Segregated Schools?

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

It is with American ears that revere the separation of church and state that we listen in awe to extreme religious happenings in the Middle East. Som...

Entitlement Runs Deep in East Jerusalem

Evan Pondel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evan Pondel

Not all Palestinians share the pan-Arab dream. Some say they prefer to live peacefully among the Jews because the region historically has been a mutual homeland. But emotions usually trump peace.

Palestinians Try More Peaceful Resistance: Less Violence, More Protest Marches And Boycotts Of Settler Goods

New York Times | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Senior Palestinian leaders -- men who once commanded militias -- are joining unarmed protest marches against Israeli policies a...

Liner Notes for a Freedom Seder: 4 Questions for the Jews This Passover

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Before Passover is over, then, let's not pass over the would-be pharaohs of the present age. Let's ask (at least) four more questions, and in asking, remember what history asks of us:

Heckuva Job, AIPAC ++ Names of Members of Congress Backing Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

I know what former President Bush would say if he had to comment on the results of AIPAC's conference this week. He would turn to Howard Kohr, its long time director, and say "heckuva job, Howie."

Netanyahu's Fallacy

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Netanyahu's policies are providing Islamic radicalism with the iconic images that consistently weaken moderate Arab positions, both among the Palestinians and elsewhere in the Arab world.

Its Either Me or the Settlements: A Marriage on the Rocks?

Noura Erakat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noura Erakat

Israel neither wants to be held to account to international law, which it deems biased, nor does it want to oblige U.S. foreign policy concerns when those concerns do not comport with its own agenda.

US-Israel Rift Over Settlements Underscores Change In Relations

The Washington Post | Glenn Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The two-week-old dispute between Israel and the United States over housing construction in East Jerusalem has exposed the limits of American power to ...

New poll shows US public strongly backs Obama in settlements row with Israel | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Washington, 22 March: Most Americans back President Barack Obama's Mideast strategy to stop Israeli settlement-building, lead negotiations for a two-s...

Show Me the Strategy

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Whether the US is going to punish Israel for its ongoing settlement misbehavior or appease it doesn't really matter. What does matter is whether Sec. Clinton expresses a sense of vision and direction for the region.

Friday Talking Points [116] -- Is It Sausage Yet?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If nothing else comes of it, you've got to admit that the health reform movement has given a lot of people a very detailed education about the sausage-making process in Washington.

Joe Biden At 2010 Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner: VP Biden Jokes About Israel Visit, Naked Rahm, Tips From Tiger Woods (VIDEO)

Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden delivered some very funny one-liners Wednesday night at the 2010 Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner. While Biden ...

Israeli Sephardim as Tea Partiers

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

Though it is sad to see the cultural degeneration of the Israeli Sephardim, it is nonetheless true that the community now represents a viciously reactionary element in the Israeli political system.

City on a Hill: Can the US Provide a Model for Israel?

Diane Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diane Winston

It's not surprising that the American press tells the region's complicated story through the testosterone-packed, macro-politics of Israeli-American diplomacy.

Jerusalem Settlements Clash Risky for the U.S., Israel

TIME | Andrew Lee Butters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu had hoped that his apology for the poor timing of plans to expand Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem would have be...

US To Israel: Cancel Controversial Settlement Plan

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.S. is pressing Israel to scrap a contentious east Jerusalem building project whose approval has touched off the most serious d...

The AIPAC Statement We Need But Have Not Gotten (Yet)

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Like Kennedy and Khrushchev's second tussle which led to a nuclear crisis, I fear that to gain his global standing, Obama will have to turn this worsening crisis with Israel and Netanyahu into a pivotal moment for US foreign policy.

Enough. The Palestinians Should Now Declare Independence

Johann Hari | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Johann Hari

The Palestinians want the same freedom that the Jews pined for. They should declare independence. Then it is up to us observers to make it real, rather than a howl in the dark.

The US-Israel Crack Up: Part Three

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The Iranian threat may be less important to the Netanyahu government than keeping the settlers happy, even at the price of disrupting joint US-Israeli efforts to counter Iran.

Americans Have Themselves to Blame for the Biden Slap in the Face

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If Obama truly believes that an independent, viable and contiguous Palestinian state is in the "national interest" of the United States, he must resolve the settlement issue once and for all.

Joe Biden, East Jerusalem and a Religiously Divided Israel

Steven Gerber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steven Gerber

A small, but vocal, segment of Israeli Jews has asserted its view of Judaism - one in which the most important overriding concern is that God gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish people.

After Biden's Israel Contretemps, Stepping Back

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Palestinian unwillingness to compromise for peace and to stop the hate are the real obstacles to peace. The administration should not let its temporary unhappiness with Israel divert it from these essential truths.

I Am Jewish and I Am Appalled

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
SaraKay Smullens

This blog will be short and not so sweet. I am Jewish and I am apalled at the disgraceful lack of any semblance of decent manners and political stupidity of Israel Interior Minister Eli Yishai.

Jew vs. Jew? Protests, Threats Reach Fever Pitch over Israel

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

This week, New York City's Jewish community is riven by protests, counterprotests, and now, threats of Jew-on-Jew intimidation over the question of Israel and the Palestinians.

Biden to Israelis: You Are Endangering Our Troops

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Today Israel announced another 50,000 settler units in Jerusalem. What a way to treat Joe Biden, who has been so close to Israel for 30 years that he's practically a kibbutznik.