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Israel Is Well Within Its Rights

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Dershowitz

Surely Israel has as much right to defend its citizens as did the United States and Great Britain during World War II. Why then is Israel singled out for such ferocious criticism?

Why Jews Are Viewed as Aggressors

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Why is it so easy to blame the Jews as aggressors even when it is clear beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are the innocent victims?

Israel, Gaza and Iran: Trapping Obama in Imagined Fault Lines

Trita Parsi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Trita Parsi

While there certainly is an underlying rivalry between Israel and Iran that has come to fuel many other otherwise unrelated conflicts in the region, not every war Israel fights is related to Iran.

The CNN-NPR-NYT Middle East Conspiracy

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

When people complain about bias in the media, it's always bias against their own point of view, and never in favor of their side. Nowhere is this more true than in coverage of the Middle East.

Ceasefire

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The first reason for a ceasefire now is to stop the killing. The second is to ensure that a year or two from now we are not all wishing that Hamas was still in charge.

Gaza: The War On Children

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Israel has accused Hamas of intentionally attacking from civilian-populated areas, driving up casualties among non-combatants to provoke anger against Israel. But do children have to pay the price?

Can War Bring Peace?

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

If Hamas bombs actually started falling on Dimona or Tel Aviv, would the "peace camp" still be harping against "military solutions" and calling for "immediate cease-fires?"

Bomb A Ghetto, Raise A Cheer -- The Video

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Blumenthal

On January 11, an estimated 10,000 people rallied in front of the Israeli consulate in New York in support of Israel's attack on Gaza. The event was a festive affair that began and ended with singing and joyous dancing.

Gaza Crisis Imperils Two-State Solution

nytimes.com | MICHAEL SLACKMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CAIRO -- With every image of the dead in Gaza inflaming people across the Arab world, Egyptian and Jordanian officials are worried that they see a fun...

G-d/Allah Please Tell Us If Israel or Palestine is Right or Wrong?

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne R. Davis

Dear G-d/Allah, It's me Yvonne, are you there? As you know since December 27th, 2008, Hamas and Israel have been at war. Over 800 Palestinians and...

Israel in Gaza: Three Wrong Arguments

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Schweber

The Reid/McConnell resolution is a perfect articulation of one voice in the American debate over Israel's actions in Gaza. Here are a few objections that should be raised.

Obama Camp 'Prepared To Talk To Hamas'

guardian.co.uk | Suzanne Goldenberg in Washington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon George Bush's �doctrine of isolating Hamas by establishing a channel to the Islamist organi...

What Ukraine's Gas Crisis Has In Common With Gaza

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lionel Beehner

The trouble with Israel and Russia is not that their efforts will backfire, it's that they will likely achieve the exact opposite of their goals -- while both come off looking like unhinged bullies in the process.

Neo-Nazis For Israel?

Max Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Max Blumenthal

While much of the neo-Nazi fringe remains opposed to the existence of Israel, the whites-only British National Party recently declared its full-throated support for Israel's attack on Gaza.

Fanaticism and Contempt

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Maxwell Kennedy

Once the master of revolutionary war, Israel cannot seem to grasp the essential nature of asymmetrical warfare.

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

What we continue to lack is the kind of real political solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that could finally make a "ceasefire" endure.

Adrian Hamilton: Wars Have Consequences For A Generation Or More

The Independent | Adrian Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

There are four iron laws of the Middle East: that the Palestinians will always end up at the bottom of the heap and that they will always be let down ...

How Israel's Propaganda Machine Works

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Zogby

As in past Mideast conflicts, both the media story line and political commentary here in the U.S. has closely followed Israel's talking points on the war.

Israel: There Has To Be A Better Way

John Bruhns | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Bruhns

The war between Israel and Hamas is not as two-dimensional as the United States Senate would like to believe. This is a complex and asymmetric war that will not end favorably for either side.

Obama Camp "Prepared To Talk To Hamas," Says the Guardian

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

The Obama administration's emphasis on "talk" with Hamas will bring a significant moral shift in U.S. policy -- but it will not do away with some of the core grievances vis-a-vis U.S.-Israel relations.

Video Reveals that a Lack of Moral Center Is Central to Hamas's War Strategy

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mitchell Bard

The whole world is quick to condemn Israel for civilian deaths in Gaza, but there is utter silence over Hamas's blatant disregard for the lives of its own citizens.

While Gaza Burns, the World Watches

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Unless Israel can make five to seven million Palestinians disappear, it must find some way to co-exist with them. Israeli leaders on the center and right continue to avoid facing this fact.

Gaza: CNN "Missing in Action"

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Campbell Brown said, "much of the information coming out of Gaza is impossible to verify and many of the images you see on television are provided by Hamas." This is total nonsense.

Obama's Silence

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Hayden

As January 20 approaches, Obama will have to make a lonely decision - to remember his 2007 words about Palestinian suffering and his campaign pledge to talk unconditionally with adversaries.

AP Reporter Watches Own Home Destroyed, via YouTube, in Gaza

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Greg Mitchell

In one of the most moving accounts of the war in Gaza, Ibrahim Barzak, the AP's chief correspondent there for 17 years, today wrote of watching his own home destroyed on YouTube.