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Obama Settlement Stance Draws Fire From All Directions

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Though President Obama is reported to be taking an unprecedentedly harder line on Israel's settlement activities, expressed through statements by rank...

Settlements: Israel Approves Plan To Build 50 West Bank Homes Despite Obama Plea

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israel's Defense Ministry approved the construction of 50 new homes Monday in the settlement of Adam, north of Jerusalem, to house evacuees from anoth...

State Department: Pressure On Israel Will Continue

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The United States is telling Israel that we are open to discuss anything and even to compromise but not in advance of final status negotiations along the lines we favor, i.e. "our resolution."

Israel May Compromise On Settlements Amid Broader Peace Effort | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM Israel would be open to a complete freeze of settlement building in the West Bank for three to six months as part of a broad Middle East pe...

Israel Defies Obama's Settlement Demand, Authorizes Construction Of 300 New Homes In West Bank

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In defiance of President Obama's call for a halt to all settlement growth, Israel has authorized the construction of 300 new homes in the West Bank, H...

Mubarak Stresses Egypt's Peace Role in the Arab World

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has positioned himself -- and Egypt's diplomatic initiatives -- at the head of the Arab camp's efforts to bring peace to the region.

Friday Talking Points [80] -- Parsing Obama's Cairo Speech

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Weigant

This is an interesting and refreshing subtext in Obama's entire speech -- he says things are "facts" and not opinions. Considering the lunacy that passes for "political debate" on American television screens -- where there are always two points of view, and every "fact" is subject to spin from one side or another -- it is a breath of fresh air.

Israeli Settlers' 'Obama Hut' Constructed To Mock Cairo Speech

Jerusalem Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A day after US President Barack Obama reiterated his call to stop settlement activity during a speech in Cairo, defiant settlers continued to erect il...

GM as Parable, and Israel's Sudden Choice: Obama or Kahane

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In the end, the disgrace shown the Arabs does deep disgrace to the perpetrator, but, more importantly, does the deepest disgrace of all to the State of Israel.

Woody Allen and Dov Charney: Who's the Mensch?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Wolff

The entire tussle, while ostensibly about rights of publicity -- American Apparel used an unauthorized image of Woody Allen in an advertising campaign -- is about who's grosser.

UN: Israel Demolitions Must Cease

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has issued a report detailing the difficulties facing Palestinians in East Jerusalem who ...

Mind-State Solution

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

If any party should be selling peace, it's Israel. Yet, incredibly, it's always the reverse: Palestinians are selling a peace they can't deliver, while Israelis are buying a peace that doesn't exist.

Connect Gaza and the West Bank Now

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

There is no excuse why Palestinians living in either part of Palestine should be barred from traveling to the other part of the occupied Palestinian territories.

Illegal West Bank Settlement Enjoys State Funding: BBC

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An unauthorised Jewish settlement in the West Bank, illegal even under Israeli law, appears to benefiting from state funding, the BBC has uncovered....

Far Right in Israel Sabotages Obama's Two-State Solution, But Possible Prisoner Release Offers Hope (Maybe)

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Art Levine

The news that right-wing parties are forming a coalition likely dooms the prospects for Mideast peace any time soon.

Israel is Crossing the Line

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Israel is now issuing instructions to the United States on what America's red lines with Iran should be. The implication of course is that Israel will take matters into its own hands if these lines are crossed.

The Violence And Settlements Anathema, Part 2

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

George Mitchell must address the two core sensitive issues that both Israelis and Palestinians place tremendous importance on -- ending the violence and fundamentally shifting the settlements policy.

Diminishing Hope: A Leading Palestinian Responds to Barack Obama

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

2008-07-26-clemonspull.jpgI interviewed non-violence advocate Mustafa Barghouti yesterday found his hope in Obama being replaced by 'disappointment.'

Obama and AIPAC

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Obama's AIPAC speech would have been the perfect time for Obama, while upholding his commitment to Israel, to challenge AIPAC's militarism and national chauvinism.