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Hopeful, But Not Optimistic

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

It is difficult to be optimistic. But I can be hopeful that, with the appointment of George Mitchell, the region is getting what may very well be its last best chance at securing peace.

Hamas negotiators stopped with suitcases of cash

AP | SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — Hamas negotiators left Egypt without a long-term cease-fire with Israel on Thursday _ but not before some members of the militant group'...

Israeli Officers Could Be Prosecuted For Gaza 'War Crimes'

Times Online | Catherine Philp in Davos and James Hider in Jerusalem | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The International Criminal Court is exploring ways to prosecute Israeli commanders over alleged war crimes in Gaza. The alleged crimes include the us...

Healing Gaza's Wounds

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

In the war's aftermath it is important that attention be paid not only to Gaza's physical wounds and its immediate humanitarian needs, but to the psychic wounds of the survivors.

Arabs Find A Hero

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Replacing U.S. archenemy Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan president who recently expelled the Israeli ambassado, the new hero of the Arab street is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Mitchell Asks Palestinian Authority To Aid With Gaza Crossings

Jerusalem Post | JPOST.COM STAFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

US Middle East envoy George Mitchell on Thursday said that the Gaza crossings must be opened in cooperation with the Palestinian Authority. In a pr...

Gaza: the Audacity to Survive

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

A day after Israel ended its assault in Gaza Strip, my family (like countless other civilians) finally returned to the ruined remnants of their former lives and homes.

Why Did the BBC Censor a Cry to Help Gaza Victims?

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Erik Ose

The BBC has let down its worldwide viewership by refusing to broadcast this charity appeal to help Palestinian victims of the violence.

Mitchell's Challenge: After Gaza, Five Questions About Palestinian and Israeli Realities

Sandy Tolan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandy Tolan

Given the overwhelming odds facing a two-state solution, a strong American negotiating presence will be necessary, of a sort not seen since... well, ever.

Gaza: Worse Than an Earthquake

Kathy Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathy Kelly

"Patients died on the floor of the operating room because we had only six operating rooms," said Dr. Saeed Abuhassan. "And really we don't know enough about the kinds of weapons that have been used against Gaza."

Obama Phone Trail Highlights New Mideast Road Map

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Francis

Here is the obvious strategy to Gaza crisis that is being whispered about and probably has the best chance of succeeding and stopping the craziness and bloodshed.

The Phony War Crimes Accusation Against Israel

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Dershowitz

If Israel were ever to be charged with "war crimes," that would mark the end of international human rights law as a neutral arbitrator of conduct.

International Tribunal to Save Israel and Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

As we peer into the abyss, we believe that the establishment of a War Crime Tribunal needs to be supported both by Israel's friends as well as by supporters of Palestine.

"Ahlan Wa Sahlan" (Welcome) Obama. But...

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

In Amman, demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday to celebrate Bush's departure by tossing shoes at a banner with his picture on it. They did not, however, celebrate Obama's inauguration.

Reportage from Israel/Gaza

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

We can't ignore this fact: Gaza is becoming not the embryo of the so-desired Palestinian State, but the advance base of a total war against the Jewish State.

A Better Source for News on Gaza

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bob Ostertag

If you are looking for a better source of news on this catastrophe, may I recommend Paul Woodward's War in Context.

Self-Deception and the Assault on Gaza

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Bromwich

From the civilian deaths in Gaza will spring more hatred and terrorism. Yet no people are so prone as Americans and Israelis to think admiringly of our own good intentions.

Gaza, Qaddafi, And Starbucks

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

Along with the images of bloodied children, scenes of destruction and carnage in Gaza, debates on Arab disunity have increased in the Arab media.

Evidence Grows That Israel is Using White Phosphorus in Gaza

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Greg Mitchell

Today, at least two UN officials have flatly declared that three or more white phosphorous shells were part of the attack today that set a UN building and compound ablaze in Gaza City.

Gaza and the Obama Effect -- Ending the War

Daniel Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daniel Levy

It might be pushing the envelope to call Obama the peacemaker here, but it's hard to deny that his impending entrance to the world stage has an effect.

Hamas and the Death of a Better Future

Lazar Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lazar Berman

To me, Gaza is personal. As an Israeli infantry officer, I served in Gaza before, during, and after the 2005 Disengagement.

Palestinian Authority Rep: End Gaza Crisis with Suicide Attacks

GroundReport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
GroundReport

Originally published on GroundReport.com, the citizen journalism platform that covers world news at the local level. One week ago, in an effort to s...

Weighing Proportionality in Gaza

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The losses on both sides will be all in vain if the final outcome of the war does not substantially improve both the prospects for an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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.

Olmert Ignoring Calls From Barak, Livni For Immediate Gaza Truce

Israel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Defense Minister Ehud Barak is promoting a week-long "humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza Strip. In contrast, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert believes the...