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A Movement To End The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.14.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The failure of the opposition to coalesce under a dynamic leadership and create a national movement to stop Netanyahu and demand peace now will put Israel's future in jeopardy.

What Should Israel Hope For after the US Elections? Not Much

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Dr. Michael Laitman

With Bernie Sanders' most recent gaffe that Israel killed "over 10,000 innocent people," and accusing it of "disproportionate" killing in Gaza during ...

The Day After

Yair Lapid | Posted 12.05.2015 | World
Yair Lapid

We need to separate from the Palestinians. Not for them, for us. But that separation needs to be based on strict security measures and take into account the worst case scenarios.

It's Time To Abandon The Quartet In Favor Of The Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.21.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

During several meetings I recently had with EU officials, they argued that it is time to revive the Middle East Quartet. I took the opposite position because I believe that the Quartet failed from the onset to breathe new life into the peace negotiations. In fact, it has become a major impediment to the peace process.

Jewish Extremists Make Me Embarrassed to Be Jewish

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 08.03.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

It is both shocking and embarrassing that these extremists cite my Torah as the blueprint for their brutality. If we Jewish people are to call on Muslims to rail against Islamic extremism, then we in the Jewish community must heed our own call. We must stand in opposition against those who tarnish Judaism through their hate and bloodshed.

#FreedomFlotilla III Exposes Anti-Democratic Extremism of the Israeli 'Center'

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.28.2016 | World
Robert Naiman

The #FreedomFlotilla III sailing to challenge the Gaza blockade is providing an excellent opportunity to expose the true face of anti-democratic, pro-occupation political actors in international media.

The Real Danger to Israel's Security Is Netanyahu

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security. He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state.

Yom Kippur 5775: Israeli Liberals Are in Pain

Carlo Strenger | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

While I can humanly and psychologically understand why fear pushes many Israelis to the right, I cannot help feeling, along with many of my friends, that the country is moving so far away from our ideals and values that we are becoming strangers in our own land.

On the Holocaust (From a Speech Given in Germany on August 20)

Yair Lapid | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Yair Lapid

Our moral test, even under these circumstances, is to continue to distinguish between enemies and innocents. Every time a child in Gaza dies it breaks my heart. They are not Hamas, they are not the enemy, they are just children.

Is There Hope for Israel's Peace-Camp?

Lilac Sigan | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Lilac Sigan

Maybe it's war trauma, or the sterile ceasefire talks that collapsed again, but lately it seems that the Israeli central-left is beginning to wake from a long dormant period.

Charting a New Course

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

To be sure, the Palestinian unity government provides a historic opportunity to either advance peace and realize the long-hoped-for Palestinian state, or destroy any hope for the resumption of talks toward that end. What matters is the action the unity government takes, the public narrative it engages in, and how constructive a role Hamas will play.

Young Israelis Need Reason for Hope: Progress on Peace Would Help

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Alan Elsner

Around this time last year, voters aged 18 to 24 were about evenly divided, with 48 percent saying the country was moving in the right direction while 44 percent said it was off on the wrong track. The finding is especially significant because this is the age during which most Israelis do their military service, take some time off to contemplate their future and then begin their studies.

Overplaying Its Hand, Israel Still Holds Plenty of US Cards

Norman Solomon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

More than ever, Israel is isolated from world opinion and the squishy entity known as "the international community." The Israeli government keeps condemning the Iran nuclear deal, by any rational standard a positive step away from the threat of catastrophic war.

Lieberman's Acquittal Pushes Netanyahu Further to the Right

Carlo Strenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

The main consequence of Lieberman's acquittal is is that Netanyahu's current government is bound to become more similar to his previous one: committed to a strongly right-wing agenda, but with the legitimacy of centrist coalition partners. This pushes the already faint hopes for peace far beyond the visible horizon.

Comedic Farce at the Bank of Israel

Sheldon Filger | Posted 10.09.2013 | Business
Sheldon Filger

In a few short weeks, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his Finance Minster in his coalition government, Yair Lapid, have succeeded in doing what once seemed impossible; transforming his nation's central bank's once stellar reputation into a comedic farce.

Israel's New Generation of Leaders Begins to Speak Up

Alan Elsner | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

One of the unexpected results of last January's Israeli election was the emergence of 47 new members of parliament, 13 of them under the age of 40, who have taken their places among the 120 Knesset members.

Peace, Politics and the Palestinian Tom Cruise

Lilac Sigan | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Lilac Sigan

Beautiful stories always feature a protagonist with immense problems that need to be overcome on his way to a happy ending. If they happen to be real stories and not fictional ones -- our happiness with the ending soars even more.

Israel's Ban On Civil Marriage Denies Non-Jews Basic Right To Wed

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 06.12.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line A month ago, Rita Margulis and her fiancé Amit (as a career army officer he asked not to use his last name) got ...

Young Israelis Struggling To Make Ends Meet

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line Shaiel and Charlie (short for Charlotte) Yitzhak both work hard – he as an English teacher, she as a physical t...

Israel's Novice Lawmakers Feel Their Way

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 04.22.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his most recent copy of Time magazine, with its list of the 100 most inf...

Yair Lapid's Facebook Strategy Backfires

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 04.03.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein, The Media Line Yair Lapid’s Facebook Page has more than 177,000 “likes.” So when Israel’s new finance minister wrote a ...

It Turns Out the GOP Did Win the Election -- In Israel

Oren Frank | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics
Oren Frank

Considering the fact that the new Israeli government is practically a Republican regime, it was surprising to see how President Obama seemed happy in his visit to Israel.

Why It Is Taking Israel So Long To Form A Gov't

The Media Line | Linda Gradstein | Posted 02.21.2013 | World

By Linda Gradstein/The Media Line It is now a full month since the Israeli public went to the polls, but the winner, Prime Minister Binyamin Netany...

The Tea Party-Ization of the Israeli Right

Guy Ziv | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Guy Ziv

The similarities between the leverage of the American tea party movement on the Republican party and the growing influence of the religious nationalist ideologues in Israel is striking.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Obama Inaugurates Progressive Patriotism in the Speech

HuffPost Radio | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgVaried commentators think the Inaugural showed a "Democratic Reagan." So we ask an actual Democratic Reagan -- Ron -- and Nicolle Wallace their view and whether Obama was paradoxically Reaganesque in ending Reaganism. And will "Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall" be this era's "Ask not..."?