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The Embarrassments of Empire

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Sovereign nations cannot have feelings as people do -- but there are times when they would blush if they could. The ascent of the administration to the perfection of embarrassment was gradual, and its stages deserve to be remembered.

US Vetoes UN Resolution on Israel -- But Agrees With Its Substance

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The isolation of the United States, which did not want the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Security Council, was palpable.

US Vetoes UN Resolution Condemning 'Illegal' Israel Settlements

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution Friday that would have condemned "illegal" Israeli settlements and demanded an immed...

U.S. Drops Demand For Israeli Settlement Freeze

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has abandoned attempts to persuade Israel to slow West Bank settlement activity, officials said Tuesday, dea...

2010 Poll: Egyptians Dislike Obama, See U.S./Israel as "Threats," Want Clergy More Political

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Zogby

Based on our polling done there last summer, we know that Egyptians are disappointed with Barack Obama and have a decidedly negative view of U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Israel US Settlement Freeze Deal On Hold

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel insisted Thursday it would keep building homes in disputed east Jerusalem, threatening to hold up a U.S.-proposed settlement ...

Israel To Push U.S. For Convicted Spy's Freedom

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister on Tuesday pledged to press President Barack Obama to release a convicted Israeli spy sentenced to life in p...

Election Could Undermine Obama's Approach On China, Israel

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISTANBUL — Euphoria swept the world after the election of President Obama, a symbol of hope and yearning for compromise after years of war and r...

U.S. Can Put the Squeeze on Israel

Ira Chernus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ira Chernus

There's a long history of Israel giving in to U.S. pressure in the last 18 months. The administration's efforts to push the Israelis to compromise suggest the president and his advisers would like to do more, if they felt politically safe.

Congressional Liberals and Israel: Ignorance Combined With Cynicism

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

These seeming "Israel firsters" do not, with a few exceptions, care much about Israel. They support bad Israeli policies only because that is the path of least resistance.

A Call for Livable Futures

Rela Mazali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rela Mazali

What to do when the country I live in totally loses its compass? I have watched Israel present itself as a respectable member of the club of developed countries. It is time for us all to hold it to that claim.

U.S. Support for Israel Mirrors 80s Support for El Salvador Junta

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen Zunes

It is just as inexcusable for the U.S. to support a government that kills passengers and crew on a humanitarian flotilla as it is to kill nuns and other civilians working in the Salvadoran countryside.

East Jerusalem Still Divides US And Israel

AP | MATTI FRIEDMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister acknowledged Wednesday that his government has yet to iron out its differences with the U.S. over Israeli co...

Turkey Slams US's Response To Israel, Wants Condemnation Of Raid

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) WASHINGTON — Turkey demanded on Tuesday that the United States condemn the deadly Israeli raid on an aid flotilla headed to the Gaza Strip ...

Time to Change the Status Quo

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

Netanyahu has some serious soul searching to do if he is going to act in Israel's long term interests instead of presumed short term gains. This includes reigning in his coalition ministers and presenting a unified Israeli public voice.

Latest US-Israeli Point Of Tension Sparked By American Developer's Housing Plans

Huffington Post | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This story has been updated The latest housing controversy that's throwing a wrench in US-Israeli relations was sparked by an American developer, who...

Anti-Defamation League Goes After Petraeus, Calls His Views 'Dangerous'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

General David Petraeus has come under fire from the Anti-Defamation League for comments he made before the Senate Armed Services Committee this week i...

The U.S. 'Condemnation' of Israel: Facts and Perspective Needed

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lanny Davis

I was shocked when I heard my own government "summon" the Israeli ambassador to be read a statement indicating that the U.S.-Israel "relationship" was "at risk." "At risk"? The U.S.-Israel "relationship"??

Time for US-Israeli Negotiations

Judith Kipper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
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Judith Kipper

Time for US-Israeli Negotiations Israel's government insulted Vice President Joe Biden as well as the Un...

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the Failure of the U.S. Peace Organizations

Jerome Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jerome Slater

It is true that a more critical and vigorous dissent on the part of APN and J Street risks backfiring, and there might be something to be said for a strategy that was only a little to the left of the consensus -- but only providing it was working.

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...

Washington Can Give An Israeli Attack On Iran The Red Light

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

Should diplomacy with Iran fail, and should Israel seek to attack Iran, America will have plenty of reasons to prevent such a disaster from taking place. It also has the means to tell Israel "no."

U.S. Admits Israeli-Palestinian Talks Over 2-State Solution Not Happening Soon

washingtonpost.com | Karen DeYoung and Howard Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO -- The Obama administration has concluded that an early resumption of high-level negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians over a Palesti...

Netanyahu Strikes Defiant Tone Before Meeting US Envoy Mitchell

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday rejected U.S. calls to freeze all settlement construction in the West Bank and east Jeru...

Israel Pushes Ahead East Jerusalem Building Plans

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given the green light for hundreds of new homes in a Palestinian-claimed area of Jerus...