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The Real Danger to Israel's Security Is Netanyahu

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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...

Israeli FM Seeks Interim Peace Deal With Palestine

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's senior coalition partner says that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealis...

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.

Netanyahu Reaches Deal To Form New Government

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.14.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal Thursday to form a new coalition government, but a last-minute snag over th...

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..."?

Israel's Election: Sea Change, or Mood Swing?

Jim Sleeper | Posted 03.27.2013 | World
Jim Sleeper

It's a seemingly unbreakable and doomed logic -- Netanyahu's logic -- and most Israelis have been sunk in it since the massive wave of suicide bombings in the middle of the last decade.

Israel's Newest Political Kingmaker

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.24.2013 | World

It took many by surprise, but the centrist party Yesh Atid secured a record 19 seats in Israel's general election on Monday, positioning its rookie le...

Netanyahu's Coalition Loss May Usher in an "Israeli Spring"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud/Beitenu right wing slate limped across the Israeli electoral finish line, leaving a trail of lost Knesset seats in its wake and the loss of incalculable political fortune. It will surely represent a personal rebuke and a vote of popular no confidence in Netanyahu's leadership.

Israel's Leadership Vacuum

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

As a young nation, Israel's democratic system is still in the early stages of maturation, yet its governing framework has had a regressive effect on Israel's development of a functioning democracy.