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Gaza Violence Leaves 2 Israeli Soldiers Dead

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Two Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian civilian were killed Friday as a gunbattle between troops and Palestinian militants widened i...

Is the Two-State Solution Dead?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

To continue to advocate for a two-state solution, Dr. Gordon explains, is to support Netanyahu and his map for an unacknowledged, de facto single state that oppresses Palestinian residents.

The Week that Was, and the Week Yet to Come: Testing Obama's Mettle

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

This coming week will tell us a great deal about the ability of President Obama to be a strong leader and an honest broker in Middle East peacemaking.

Are Israeli-US Relations at a Tipping Point?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

It is not only the Obama Administration that lacks a necessary backbone when it comes to Israel, but the larger United States Congress does as well.

Reporter's Notebook: To Risk Arrest in the West Bank?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

As a citizen of Israel who has attended the Bil'in demonstration on numerous occasions, I am offended by the army's attempts to censure Palestinian, Israeli, and international voices of dissent.

The Undeclared American Plan for an Israeli Government Change

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The PLO has succeeded in obtaining European support for a unilateral Palestinian declaration of statehood. The only obstacle remaining to Palestinian leaders are the Americans.

Constructive Ambiguity Is Back in Middle East Peace Process

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Something is happening with the Middle East conflict, but it is hard to say what. A breakthrough appears to be at hand, though all the parties still seem to be clinging to their traditional positions.

Want Democracy in Israel? Acknowledge the Palestinian Right to Return

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

The continued maltreatment of Palestinians puts every Israeli's freedom at risk. If a government disenfranchises your neighbor, how can you expect that your own freedoms will remain intact?

Palestinian Militants Pledge To Float Bombs Towards Israel Beaches

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Palestinian militants said Tuesday they had launched a large number of floating explosives into the Mediterranean Sea to avenge the ...

Gaza: Forsaken but Not Forgotten

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

More than a thousand activists from around 40 countries remained in Cairo after the Egyptian government declined them entry due to the "sensitive situation" in the Palestinian territory. When was it not a "sensitive situation" in Palestine?

Mahmoud Abbas: Would He Quit This Time

Peace Process | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- Sometimes a quitter really does quit for good. The Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, announced last week that he wouldn't...

It Will Take More Than a Wall To Silence Us

Jamal Juma' | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Juma'

If President Obama is to live up to his Nobel, then he should insist that trapping Palestine's emerging Gandhis and Mandelas behind walls is incompatible with a peaceful and just future.

Amreeka

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Zogby

The remarkable film, Amreeka, the first feature length work of a young Palestinian-Jordanian American, marks an introduction to the Arab immigrant experience in post 9-11 America.

A Portrait of Nonviolent Resistance in One Palestinian Village

Ellen Cantarow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ellen Cantarow

Much is heard of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the story of the determined, long-term nonviolent resistance of many Palestinian villagers to the loss of their lands, striking as it may be, is seldom told.

Abbas "Not To Seek Re-Election"

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has said he will not seek re-election when elections are held in January, Palestinian officials said. "Th...

Palestinian, Israeli Farmers Fight Over Olive Groves

GlobalPost | Sara Sorcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Sara Sorcher AWARTA and SUSYA, West Bank -- The olive branch may be a universal symbol for peace, but in the West Bank, the olive harvest bring...

Court Lets Palestinians Use Major Israeli Highway

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's Supreme Court ordered the military on Tuesday to allow Palestinians to travel on the part of a major highway that runs thro...

Conflicting Accounts After Israeli Troops Kill Palestinian Along Gaza Border

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM (Associated Press) -- Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man along the Gaza Strip border early Friday, both sides said, but the circumstanc...

The Shape of Things to Come: War before Peace in the Mideast

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The current status-quo in the Middle East must be disturbed before conditions are right for the next round of Middle East diplomacy.

The Vichy Government of Palestine

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Palestinians from all wakes of life have been stunned and disappointed by Abbas, who withdrew support for a vote in the U.N. Human Rights Council to have the Goldstone report sent to the General Assembly.

US Prepares New Israeli-Palestinian Peace Push

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In a flurry of meetings in Washington and in European capitals this week and next, senior administration officials will explore new approaches to brin...

Trust the Settlers to Lose the West Bank

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

If past experience is any guide, only the settlers themselves are capable of doing what is needed to bring about a pullout. And if present indications hold, at some point, they will do just that.

Will the Real Hillary Please Stand Up?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

As first lady, Hillary Clinton was the darling of Palestinians and Arabs when late in Bill Clinton's term she uttered the hot button word "Palestine." Since then she has flip-flopped depending on the political winds.

Goldstone, Israel's Frankenstein Monster

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

I put off reading the Goldstone report the same way I put off scheduling a colonoscopy. I now realize it was for many of the same reasons. You know it's going to be tremendously uncomfortable, you don't want to know what they're going to find, and the consequences could be life-threatening.

Israel's Fictional "Undivided Jerusalem."

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

Israel's near hysterical reaction to a Swedish proposal to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state is framed in language that masks their real intent.