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How Israel Can Escape the Gaza Trap

Shlomo Ben-Ami | Posted 07.29.2014 | 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.

The Gaza War and Anti-Semitism

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

It's a lie to say that Israel's behavior does not affect attitudes toward both Israelis and Jews.

Israel, Hamas Agree To Temporary Break In Fighting

AP | KARIN LAUB and IAN DEITCH | Posted 07.25.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel-Hamas fighting looked headed for escalation after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed Friday to broker a weeklong truc...

On "We Told You So," Ben Gurion Airport, Gaza and the West Bank

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

''We told you so'' is in full use again in Israel. This time it is over the rush decision of the FAA to instruct American carriers to stop flying to Ben Gurion Airport, the biggest, almost exclusive, gate for Israel to the outside world.

AIPAC Is the Only Explanation for America's Morally Bankrupt Israel Policy

Stephen M. Walt | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Stephen M. Walt

A Greater Israel cannot be anything but an apartheid state, and exclusionary ethnic nationalism of this sort is not sustainable in the 21st century. Israel's Arab subjects will eventually demand equal rights, and as former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned back in 2007, once that happens, "the state of Israel is finished."

Hamas Giving Ammunition to the Israeli Far Right

Raghida Dergham | Posted 07.17.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

It is no secret that Qatar and Turkey are very close to Hamas, the de facto ruler of the Gaza Strip, and that this trio's relations with Egypt under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi are marred by tension, if not outright hostility.

Israel Starts Ground Offensive In Gaza: Netanyahu

Posted 07.18.2014 | World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has instructed the country's military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza, Reuters reports. Mo...

Basic Conditions for Any Ceasefire Require a Political Element

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

In violent conflicts, parties to the conflict are always under pressure to ceasefire. Ceasefire agreements tend to have different formats but there are two basic requirements that successful long-term ceasefires require.

Netanyahu: Israel Will Exert 'Great Force' Against Hamas

AP | KARIN LAUB and ARON HELLER | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel resumed its heavy bombardment of Gaza on Tuesday and warned that Hamas "would pay the price" after the Islamic m...

The 'Morality' of the Powerful

James Zogby | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This is the fifth major assault in nine years. When and how it will end is unclear, but here's what we know for certain: No good will come from this madness; there will be no winners; and when the dust settles and the tears dry, Palestinians and Israelis will be more embittered and will feel less secure.

Is War on Gaza Based on an Israeli Fabrication?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

War is often created in the public space and in closed rooms. Having created a major public campaign against Hamas, albeit on false charges, the debate for war moved to the war council.

Bibi's Dilemma

Amir Handjani | Posted 07.11.2014 | World
Amir Handjani

Much to Netanyahu's dismay, the United States has to now work with Iran to combat ISIS advances in the Middle East. The US and Iran share a common enemy in Al Qaeda and ISIS. The US can no longer view Iran as the greatest threat to world peace or be spending so much diplomatic capital nursing the peace process.

Israeli FM Breaks With Netanyahu

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 07.07.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's foreign minister on Monday said he was ending a political alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adding a new el...

West Bank Murders: What Can You Say?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

I'm totally dispirited. One, by the killing of the three teenagers and, two, by the Israeli government's (and the Jewish organizations here) ugly reaction to it. Ugly and political, designed to justify the war against Hamas that Netanyahu lusts for.

'Hamas Will Pay'

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN and IAN DEITCH | Posted 06.30.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military found the bodies of three missing teenagers on Monday just over two weeks after they were abducted in the West...

Nothing Good Will Come of This

James Zogby | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With the kidnapping, Netanyahu has been reborn. Playing the victim card and confronting enemies is what he loves most and does best. The kidnappers have given the Prime Minister an undeserved second wind. No longer "the obstacle to peace," he has become "the defender of his victim people."

The Kidnapping of Three Israelis Has Brought Attention Back to Palestinian Conflict

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.08.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The kidnapping of three Israeli religious settlers in an area under the total administrative and security control of the Israeli army has partially brought back attention to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but for the wrong reasons.

Netanyahu Accuses Hamas Of Kidnapping Missing Teens

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 06.15.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Sunday accused the Hamas militant group of kidnapping three Israeli teenagers who disappeared over the w...

Netanyahu: 3 Missing Teens Were Taken By 'Terror Group'

AP | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has said that the three teens missing from the West Bank were taken by a terror group. Prime Minister Be...

Palestinian prisoners detained without charge or trial hunger for freedom

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Since April 24, 120 out of the 189 Palestinians held without charge or trial have refused taking any food. Hundreds, and on some days thousands, of fe...

Netanyahu Panders to Far Right Settlers

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Netanyahu's only preoccupation appears to be pandering to his right-wing constituency in the hope that this will carry him to an unprecedented fourth term.

Netanyahu: Playing Us for Fools

James Zogby | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
James Zogby

Netanyahu can be seen as a maneuverer, but in reality, he is an ideologue, relentless in his efforts to maintain control of what he refers to as Judea and Samaria. He will feint to the left or right, as need be, but the key to understanding him is to judge him by his actions, not his words.

Stumbling Toward The Finish Line: US, Iran, And The 'Peace Process'

John Tirman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
John Tirman

Like many conflicts, the U.S.-Iran relationship has become a "hurting stalemate," in which, for very different reasons, both publics are ready to compromise enough to reach an agreement. But how much compromise will depend on how much sway spoilers in both countries have.

'You're All Slaves'

Posted 05.01.2014 | World

Netanyahu's not buying it. In an epic - and also quite hilarious - rant against the omnipresence of smartphones, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin N...

The US Should Accept Palestinian Unity

James Zogby | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Putting aside all these displays of faux anger and misplaced regret, the Palestinians are right to celebrate. Reconciliation and national unity are not only good, in and of themselves, they are necessary if there is to be a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.