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Israel Palestine Conflict

Only Israel Can Put an End to the Horror in Gaza

Dr. Khouloud Daibes | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
Dr. Khouloud Daibes

The individual stories are tragically too many to recount in one short article. Those lucky enough to survive this latest assault on Gaza have returned to rubble; the loss of loved ones compounded by the destruction of homes, family heirlooms, photographs and memories. Israel has the power to put an end to its occupation of Palestinian land. Only then can Palestinians and Israelis live side by side in peace and security.

A New U.S. Strategy for the Aftermath of the Gaza War

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

With an indefinite ceasefire now agreed upon, there is an urgent need for a new strategy that will be aimed at ending the Hamas stranglehold on Gaza, substantially increase the role of the Palestinian Authority there, and enhance the prospects for progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Here are eleven ways to develop that strategy.

Don't Blame Iran for Middle East Turmoil

Muhammad Sahimi | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Muhammad Sahimi

Pundits who attribute the current war between Israel and the Palestinians to a changing Middle East landscape caused by Iran and its 1979 Revolution ignore the most important factors contributing to the present horrible situation, namely, the changed political landscape in Israel, and Israel's immunity from international laws.

Imagine a World Without Israel - Part 1

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

Whenever I have heard these words, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator wi...

If Peace Is the Goal, a Difficult Conversation Awaits Two Old Allies

Byron Williams | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Byron Williams

If peace is not the goal, let's admit it and accept the periodic episodes of violence and carnage as normative. If peace is the goal, there is a difficult conversation awaiting two old allies that, at some point, will be unavoidable.

Blown Chances in Gaza

Sandy Tolan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Sandy Tolan

For the last eight years, Israel and the U.S. had repeated opportunities to opt for a diplomatic solution in Gaza. Each time, they have chosen war, with devastating consequences for the families of Gaza.

The Cairo Talks: Mediation or End Game in the Gaza War?

James Dorsey | Posted 08.10.2014 | World
James Dorsey

On the face of it, the gap between the Israeli and Palestinian negotiating position would seem hard to bridge. Lifting the Gaza blockade would hand Hamas a political victory. Demilitarization would constitute a political defeat.

Israel, Gaza, War & Data: Social Networks and the Art of Personalizing Propaganda

Gilad Lotan | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Gilad Lotan

It's hard to shake away the utterly depressing feeling that comes with news coverage these days. IDF and Hamas are at it again, a vicious cycle of violence, but this time it feels much more intense. While war rages on the ground in Gaza and across Israeli skies, there's an all-out information war unraveling in social networked spaces.

Taking Sides in Israel and Gaza

Canon J.John | Posted 08.03.2014 | Religion
Canon J.John

Isn't it true, from our earliest years we feel obliged to choose a side: what group to join at school, which football team to support, what political party to vote for. We human beings find choosing "a side" very tempting.

We Don't Want You Here

Robi Damelin | Posted 09.29.2014 | World
Robi Damelin

When the cannons stop, when people have time to reflect on the violence and to weep over the lost and the ruin of their homes and lives, will they then realize that it was all in vain?

How Israel Can Escape the Gaza Trap

Shlomo Ben-Ami | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Shlomo Ben-Ami

Contrary to what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu believes, the main existential threat facing the country is not a nuclear-armed Iran. The real peril is to be found at home: the corrosive effect of the Palestinian problem on Israel's international standing. The devastation caused by Israel's periodic asymmetrical confrontations, combined with the continuing occupation of Palestinian lands and the ever-growing expansion of settlements, has fueled a growing campaign to undermine Israel's legitimacy.

U.S. Accuses Israel Of Launching 'Misinformation Campaign' Against John Kerry

AP | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest...

Ted Cruz Questions Whether Obama Is Boycotting Israel By Grounding Flights

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suggested Wednesday that the Obama administration was conducting an "economic boycott" of Israel in order to force an immediat...

Oscar-Winning Director Condemns Israel's 'Horrendous Use Of Force'

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.22.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme spoke out against Israel's ground offensive in Gaza during a HuffPost Live interview on Monday. Demme talked ...

Muslims Must Sustain Israel, for the Sake of Palestine

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

For Middle east peace to come to pass, our world needs nothing more than Israel as God wants it to be.

Israel-Gaza Conflict Takes Toll On Pregnant Women

Sophia Jones | Posted 07.13.2014 | World

GAZA CITY -- When Israeli airstrikes hit Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza this week, Sena Alissa held her pregnant belly as blood dripped between...

Israel Strikes Gaza Mosque, Center For The Disabled

AP | NAJIB JOBAIN and ARON HELLER | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers on Saturday, hitting a mosque, Hamas-affiliated cha...

Israeli Bombing Turns Gaza City Into Ghost Town

AP | KHALID KAZZIHA | Posted 07.12.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) — It's the holy month of Ramadan, when people throughout the Muslim world meet with friends and family, buy presents for loved ...

The Post-Oslo Generation, Poised for a Third Intifada?

Laurent Zecchini | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Laurent Zecchini

It is neither in Israel's nor in Hamas' interest to start a new war. The latter now has the means to strike Tel Aviv, and Netanyahu would struggle to survive politically if the heart of the Jewish state were badly hit. As for Hamas, it is already in dire straits. Gaza has been subjected to an Israeli blockade for seven years, and Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's Egypt tightened the grip further by destroying the hundreds of smuggling tunnels that were the economical lifeline for the 1.7 million Gazans.

Israel Dramatically Escalates Air Strikes On Gaza

AP | KHALED KAZZIHA and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 09.09.2014 | World

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Al Haj family never heard it coming: An Israeli missile smashed into their home in the middle of the night, destr...

Autopsy Results Show Palestinian Teen Burned To Death

AP | MOHAMMAD DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.04.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — An autopsy showed an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed in a revenge attack was burned to death, officials sai...

Entitled to Protection, Palestinians Should Join the ICC, Now

Ibrahim Sharqieh | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Ibrahim Sharqieh

Once Palestine joins the ICC, the court's jurisdiction will provide coverage against human rights violations in the Palestinian territories, regardless of whether the source of such violations is Israel or the PA itself. In other words, this will establish a foundation for the prevalence of the rule of law in the Palestinian territories.

Absent a Two State Solution a "Jewish State" Means Apartheid

Akbar Ganji | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that have been in the works for nearly two decades are back to square one. There are many reasons for the failure of the negotiations, but one of the key reasons is that Israel has moved the goalposts. In the past negotiations between the two sides, the most important demand of Israel was for the Palestinians to recognize Israel's right to exist. But the hardline government of Benjamin Netanyahu is now demanding that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

U.S. Unwilling To Give Up On Mideast Peace Negotiations

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 06.24.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The suspension of peace talks between Israel and Palestinians on Thursday delivered the harshest blow yet to Secretary of State Jo...

Israeli Actors Sit Out Show At Settlement Theater

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts

JERUSALEM (AP) — A trio of Israeli stage actors is refusing to perform in an acclaimed play before a theater in a West Bank Jewish settlement, part ...