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How to Make the Israeli Occupation Costly?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.20.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is clear that the impunity Israel enjoys plays a large role in its continued occupation and belligerence. Making the Israelis pay a price for continuing to rule another people by force and the siege on Gaza would have a positive result.

The Extension Of Gaza's Truce Gives Hope For Progress

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 08.14.2014 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian officials voiced cautious optimism Thursday, hinting at progress in Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Israel to bring an ...

Israel Can't Afford to Lose Jews Like Me

David Schanzer | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
David Schanzer

Writing in The New York Times, columnist Shmuel Rosner labeled non-Israeli liberal Jews who are becoming more estranged from modern-day Israel as "fair-weather fans" whom Israel both can and should ignore. He is dead-wrong on both counts.

Reagan's Magical Mystery... According to Ron Reagan, Rick Perlstein, Lou Cannon

HuffPost Radio | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

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Ron Reagan and Ron Christie discuss clashing portrayals of Ronald Reagan -- Perlstein's smart, shrewd charmer (The Invisible Bridge) and Cannon's under-informed raconteur (Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime). Consensus: he was a shrewd fabulist. And on the 40th anniversary of Nixon's resignation, both Rons lament the Watergate-ization of politics but disagree who's the better president -- RN or BO.

The Gaza Saga Continues

James Zogby | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With or without an infusion of massive amounts of international aid, clearing away the mess of this war will take years. Streets can be cleaned, but the wounds, both physical and mental, will not soon heal, nor will the survivors easily erase the feelings of helplessness, despair and anger with which they have been left.

War on Gaza a 'Tie' With Hamas

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The decision of the Palestinian leadership to sign the Rome Protocols for the International Criminal Court will impress on all, including Israel, that decision making is independent and is aimed at addressing the interests of the Palestinian people. If this becomes truly a Palestinian policy, then this could be marked as the biggest success, despite the horrible results in Gaza, which cannot be ignored.

Israel and Russia: Rogue States in Public Opinion?

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
William E. Jackson Jr.

Like Putin, Netanyahu comes across as a "my way or the highway" rogue, disdainful of international law and organizations while committing gross human rights violations--such as killing bunches of children in UN schools. Who is to stop Israel?

The Gaza War: Concerted Efforts for a Ceasefire or a Humanitarian Truce

Raghida Dergham | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

In parallel, the hurdles impeding a ceasefire are growing not only because of Hamas's rejection of a permanent ceasefire if not accompanied by an end to the blockade, but also because Israel is determined to continue the war on Gaza.

Gaza and the West Bank One Palestinian Entity

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.31.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The admission was buried deep in a long, drawn-out analysis by Israel's leading columnist. Nahum Barnea revealed that one of the yet to be declared results of the war on Gaza is the realization that the attempts to separate Gaza from the West Bank has failed.

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 08.21.2014 | 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."