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Explaining the Link Between George Soros and J Street

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Ben-Ami

On Friday, the Washington Times published a confidential J Street tax return, containing private information about some of our donors. I write to provide context, assume responsibility, and to address our critics.

A Solution to the Palestinian Refugees Issue

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

There is only one realistic solution to the refugee issue: compensation, resettlement and rehabilitation in a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. But above all, it will require political commitment.

A Q&A With Rachid Benzine

Julian Schnabel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Julian Schnabel

We can be truthful in our endeavors, search for objectivity, keep a critical eye, but if we forget we always are -- despite our best intentions -- in a subjective space, we are lying to ourselves and to others.

An Atheist Celebrates Rosh Hashanah

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have always been problems for me because their meaning is overwhelmingly religious.

Trying to Be Hopeful About Peace

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

As we approach the latest incarnation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, I'm finding it difficult to be hopeful, though I will continue to try to be supportive recognizing, as I do, the consequences of failure.

Middle East Peace Talks: Israel, Palestinian Negotiations More Hopeless Than Ever

New York Times | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The American invitation on Friday to the Israelis and Palestinians to start direct peace talks in two weeks in Washington was immediately accepted by ...

The Knesset's New Referendum Bill: Dangerous Populism

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

The Israeli public has already spoken in the elections: the current question is whether the Knesset will muster the courage and integrity to deliver the goods for which it was elected.

Arabs Don't Care About Palestine? Don't Bet on It

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Are Arabs "fed up" and "not interested" in an on-again, off-again endless process? Yes. But no longer "passionate about Palestine"? Don't bet on it.

The Yemen Challenge

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

Yemen is in trouble. A worrying mix of security-related and economic crises has the potential to destabilize the country.

Christopher Hitchens: Israel Needs To End The Occupation To Truly Join The West

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Last week Christopher Hitchens was interviewed on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, and he had some tough words for Israel. The author said that if Israel tr...

Gaza "Strip Mall": Did the EU's Ashton Check the Opening Sales?

Jacob Shrybman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Shrybman

"Only basics like flour, rice and sugar have been allowed into Gaza from Israel." Isn't it funny how one does not see any of these items in the pictures of the Gaza "Strip Mall" grand opening?

Alan Dershowitz Is Wrong

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

Alan, what did you mean when you said J Street had "gone over to the dark side"? That those who don't think ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a U.S. national security interest are the forces of light?

What I Wanted for Father's Day, and What I Got

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

What to ask for this Father's Day, in this bludgeon of a Holy Land? One night in which the only thing shattered and abruptly displaced is the bitter air of hatred we have all somehow learned to breathe.

The Education of Peter Beinart: Two Cheers

Jerome Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jerome Slater

Beinart is not an historian or scholar of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and so he has still not fully freed himself from crucial parts of the conventional Israeli-American mythology.

At The Arab Summit: President Abbas Slays the Dragon

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

During the latest Arab Summit held in Libya to discuss Netanyahu's assault on everything Palestinian in the holy city of Jerusalem, a rare and honest discussion broke out among the Arab leaders.

When Reason Is Forsaken

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

While there is certainly the need to end the Gaza blockade, political pandering, populism and a high stakes blame game all trumped the actual goal of ameliorating the conditions there.

New Poll on American Attitudes Toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

A new poll out this week shows that while Israelis retain strong US public support, Americans are deeply concerned that the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict puts US interests at risk.

How One Palestinian Village Started a Non-Violent Resistance Movement

Sara Reef | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sara Reef

While Budrus captures the story of this village in particular, its larger goal is to show that change can be accomplished in the Middle East through peaceful means.

Common Strategic Interests: Balancing Support for Israel Against Other American Interests

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

Obama must first and foremost reach out and directly address the general Israeli public and media. If he will not visit Israel, he must talk to Israelis directly through news outlets to disabuse those who still may have doubts.

Ajami and the Oscars: Who Really Represents Israel?

David Saranga | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Saranga

Even if a film is critical of Israel, it is also an expression of the open character of our democracy. This is why I was astonished by the outrageous statement by Scandar Copti, an Arab Israeli director, that he does not represent Israel.

In Search of the Moderate Muslim: It Takes an Ummah

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Until moderate Muslims find each other, 'find the other hand,' and start a global response, nothing less than a cacophony of figurative clapping, we will remain as we are now: voiceless.

HuffPost Review: Ajami

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

An Oscar nominee as best foreign-language film, Israel's Ajami is a reminder that things can always -- always -- be worse. Yet Ajami isn't a downbeat film -- though it is a relentless one.

Tzipi Livni Shows Prime Ministerial Stuff on J Street Conference

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Tzipi Livni has sent in a remarkable letter of affirmation to J Street, recognizing potential differences but affirming a shared strategic vision for the best interests of Israel.

J Street Again

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In the 1990s, when we came together, we only did it at the behest of the White House, and Israeli and Palestinian leaders on the White House lawn validated the effort. This time is different.

A Peace Prize for Pipe Dreams?

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sunil Adam

Even if the Taliban, al-Qaida and other madcap terrorists succumb to the Obama charm and fold their tents, it is unlikely that the president will be so lucky as to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle.