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Israel US Settlement Freeze Deal On Hold

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel insisted Thursday it would keep building homes in disputed east Jerusalem, threatening to hold up a U.S.-proposed settlement ...

Listening to Palestinians

Nancy Kanwisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nancy Kanwisher

Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires not only a grasp of cold facts and statistics, but an understanding of the daily experience of the real people who live on each side. I spoke to Palestinians on a recent trip.

Israel Considering Strike Against Syria

The Washington Post | Janine Zacharia | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEIRUT -- Syria's fresh interference in Lebanon and its increasingly sophisticated weapons shipments to Hezbollah have alarmed American officials and ...

Rethinking Peter Beinart's Israel Article

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danny Groner

An impressive group of thinkers gathered on Tuesday night at the 92nd St. Y to debate the topic of "Has the American Jewish Establishment Failed Young Jews?"

Barack Obama: The Most Anti-Israel President!

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

With his remarks in Jakarta, Indonesia, President Obama made history once again. Sadly, it's a most unenviable title. I believe he is the most anti-Israel President in U.S. history.

Netanyahu and Obama

Stanley Kober | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stanley Kober

Responsible superpowers do not make promises they cannot keep.

Election Could Undermine Obama's Approach On China, Israel

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISTANBUL — Euphoria swept the world after the election of President Obama, a symbol of hope and yearning for compromise after years of war and r...

How President Obama Grew to Become Israel's Best Friend

Sigurd Neubauer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sigurd Neubauer

By successfully coupling a new series of punitive sanctions against Iran with deepening bilateral defense cooperation, Obama has arguably become the "best friend" Israel could have.

The Jewish Problem With Obama: Part Five of Five

Edward Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Klein

What Obama didn't count on was that, for all the changes taking place among younger "progressive" Jews, Jerusalem remains a third rail in American politics.

Senate Again Undermines Obama's Middle East Peace Efforts

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

It is hard to get excited about defeating Republican challengers when incumbent Democrats embrace the same right-wing foreign policy.

The Jewish Problem With Obama: Part Five of Five

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Z. Chesnoff

During the second half of Barack Obama's first term in office, the president's refusal to face reality in the Middle East is likely to shape American policy.

The Jewish Problem With Obama: Part Four of Five

Edward Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edward Klein

Obama approaches the Middle East, as he does most everything else, dispassionately and with a burning desire to fix the problem.

"Only the mood music has changed": Tariq Ali on Obama's presidency

Christian Avard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christian Avard

Is president Barack Obama the change America has been waiting for or is he another corporate Democrat representing elite interests? According to Tar...

The Jewish Problem With Obama: Part Three of Five

Edward Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edward Klein

"If you refuse these demands," Hillary told Netanyahu, according to our sources, "the United States government will conclude that [America and Israel] no longer share the same interests."

The Jewish Problem With Obama: Part Two of Five

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Z. Chesnoff

Understandably, some American Jews were annoyed that Obama had failed to include Israel in his July 2009 Mideast trip. But what rankled them even more was that the president seemed to adopt the Arab narrative to explain the existence of Israel.

The Jewish Problem With Obama: Part One of Five

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Z. Chesnoff

A sizable number of American Jews are having a serious case of buyer's remorse when it comes to Barack Obama.

Obama: Good for Israel, Good for the United States

Seymour D. Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seymour D. Reich

All Americans, especially Jews, who want to see a secure Israel, a viable Palestinian state alongside it, a stable Middle East and a respected United States should support Obama's policies regarding Israel.

A New Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

My sole reason for optimism about the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations is that I cannot imagine that Obama would have initiated this effort if it was doomed to failure. Why bother?

Sam Stein

Obama Tiptoes Into The Israel-Palestine Crisis

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As direct talks between Israeli and Palestinian leadership commence, the Obama administration finds itself in perhaps the most delicate diplomatic pos...

Want That Israeli-Palestinian Peace Deal, Mr. President? Perform a C-Section

Daniel Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Levy

As currently structured, this latest peace process really does resemble the movie that we've seen before -- the one with the unhappy ending.

A Middle Eastern Quid Pro Quo

Shai Baitel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

A rapid Israeli-Palestinian agreement, brokered by Obama, will obviously benefit both parties. The true achievement of an accord, however, is the cascade of events it will set off involving Iran.

Who is More Pro-Israel?

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

Bill Kristol has finally come out and confirmed what I've been writing for months. We're now in a march into the fight over who belongs in the "pro-Israel wing of the pro-Israel community."

A Whole Bunch of Inconvenient Truths

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Gellman

At the end of the day, many of us must need villains more than we need hope, real solutions and intellectual honesty. How inconvenient.

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi: Pressure Without Progress Could Lead to Political Suicide

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In discussing Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks, Ashrawi warned that moving to direct talks when no progress has been made will lead to the Palestinian national leadership's loss of credibility with its own constituents.

Obama, Netanyahu To Focus On Peace Talks

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Eager to show unity to the world, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday dismissed talk of...