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Myths That Are Impediments to Peace

James Zogby | Posted 03.20.2014 | World
James Zogby

In a meeting I had this week with a congressional candidate, I was reminded of the power of the myths that define conventional wisdom about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the challenge they pose for rational discourse.

Facing the Truth About Jerusalem

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

There is an urgent need to seriously engage in public discussions about the future of Jerusalem because sooner or later the Israelis and Palestinians must be prepared to accept the inevitable -- a united Jerusalem, yet a capital of two states.

Israeli Official Hints Pentagon Plans May Make Lone Strike On Iran Unnecessary

New York Times | Posted 01.27.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel’s departing defense minister, Ehud Barak, said that the Pentagon had prepared sophisticated blueprints for a surgical operation...

Shabbos in Davos

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 03.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Every year, on Friday night, the Forum hosts a Shabbat meal that, longtime attendants say, started with a handful of people, including leading Israeli economists, but now boasts world leaders and Jewish personalities from around the globe.

Hillary Clinton Is Running For President, David Remnick Claims

The New Yorker | David Remnick | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics

Hillary Clinton is running for President. And the Israeli political class is a full-blown train wreck. These are two conclusions, for whatever they ar...

"Just When I Thought I Was Out... ": Obama Pushes the Geopolitical Pivot Amidst Ancient Enmities

William Bradley | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
William Bradley

Obama and Barak were already working to further the Iron Dome successor anti-missile system. But I suspect Barak's political story has not ended. Then there is the kettle of fish comprising Benghazi.

Israel's Defense Minister Quits

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 01.26.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly quit politics Monday, potentially robbing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of a key al...

Israeli Defense Minister: 'The Other Side Will Pay A Price'

Reuters | Posted 01.15.2013 | World

JERUSALEM, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Defence Minister Ehud Barak, signaling stronger Israeli military action against Palestinian militants,...

Israeli Defense Minister: Tehran Slowed Down Nuclear Push

AP | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 11.09.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- Israel's defense minister said Iran has slowed the timetable for enriching enough uranium to build nuclear weapons, implying that Israel ...

Ex-Mossad Chief Meir Dagan Silenced in Iran Nuclear Debate in Israel

Dan Raviv | Posted 01.06.2013 | World
Dan Raviv

One of the most important debates on the world scene has gone silent. For more than a year, commentators and politicians worldwide had been discussing: How can Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program be stopped, and should Israel be stopped from bombing Iran?

Israeli TV: Barak, Netanyahu Ordered Military To Prepare For Iran Strike

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 01.05.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister ordered the military to go on high alert for a looming attack on Iran's nuclear program two years ago, but b...

Israeli Defense Minister: Iran Pulled Back From Nuclear Program

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2012 | World

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Iran has drawn back from its ambitions to build a nuclear weapon, Israel's defence minister was quoted as saying on Tuesd...

Obama-Romney Final Debate: Chess or Battleships?

Maxim Thorne | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Maxim Thorne

To win in Battleship you have to take out all your opponent's ships. In chess, you can leave pieces on the Board but still checkmate the King. Romney to his chagrin did not take out all of Obama's ships. Obama, on the other hand, played his chess game.

Only the U.S. Can End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.01.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot be resolved without the direct and active involvement of the United States, using both inducements and coercive diplomacy to bring about a peaceful solution.

Israel's Posturing: Behind Netanyahu and Barak's Threats to Attack Iran

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.21.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

While Israel's determination to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons has not changed, the new strategy is meant to strongly convey that Israel is not bluffing.

What Is the Point of Netanyahu's Iran War Bluff?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Here is my prediction. There will be no war any time soon. But Israel will be getting more and more goodies from President Obama between now and the election just to ensure it, and probably afterwards as well.

Playing Chicken With Iran

Carlo Strenger | Posted 10.03.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Imagine a game of chicken, in which the public is involved. The public doesn't want this to end lethally, because it is dangerous for them as well. Now the question becomes who they try to persuade to swerve.

Mitt Romney: Israeli Settlements 'Should Be Discussed In Private'

The Huffington Post | Joshua Hersh | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

The sensitive issue of Israeli settlement construction in the Palestinian West Bank is something that should be "discussed in private," Mitt Romney sa...

Israel To Block Syrian Refugees

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 07.19.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- Defense Minister Ehud Barak, standing within earshot of fighting in Syria, said Thursday that Israel would stop Syrian refugees from ente...

Suicide Bomber Responsible For Deadly Bus Attack

Reuters | Angel Krasimirov | Posted 09.17.2012 | World

BURGAS, Bulgaria, July 19 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber carried out the attack that killed eight people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists in Bul...

Barak: Israel Should Weigh 'Unilateral Action'

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 07.30.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — There are signs the Israeli government is considering taking unilateral action if peace talks with the Palestinians remain stalled, ...

Israel's Dysfunctional Political System

Brent E. Sasley | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Brent E. Sasley

In some ways, it's a bit of a surprise that Israel's political system hasn't collapsed of its own weight. Here are four major issues that weaken the system.

Former Intel Chief: Netanyahu's Judgement Clouded By 'Messianic Feelings'

AP | DAN PERRY and DIAA HADID | Posted 06.28.2012 | World

JERUSALEM — The former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency has accused the country's political leaders of exaggerating the effectiveness o...

Who Dares Wins

Samuel M. Katz | Posted 04.28.2012 | World
Samuel M. Katz

How many world leaders can say that they have killed terrorist masterminds at point-blank range on a mission inside an enemy's capital? Barak has. How many world leaders have stormed a hijacked aircraft to rescue terrified passengers? Netanyahu has.

The Only Israel Boycott That's Actually Working

Bradley Burston | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Bradley Burston

When the war with Iran is over, and the only things left here are cockroaches and Migron, this government will still have the only thing it's ever really needed: Someone else to blame.