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Saber Rattling, Mostly Foolhardy, From the Potomac to the Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.

Abbas Moves Bring Out Israeli Arrogance and Paternalism

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Every single day Israel continues its occupation and colonial settlement activities, it is acting unilaterally. The idea that it will take another unilateral move does not scare Palestinians who have little more to lose through their newfound, albeit tiny, act independent of their Israeli occupiers.

Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Admittedly, the situation at the moment looks grim: After months of negotiations, a dozen personal visits from the secretary, and countless trips between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel is announcing new settlements and reneging on its agreement to release a small number of Palestinian prisoners this weekend.

"I'm Not Dead Yet": The Peace Talks are Not Ready for Burial

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Rabbi Steve Gutow

There are so many who have declared the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians dead. Let's not have a burial. Let's have a resuscitation. Peace, despite setbacks, remains a possibility.

Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Palestinian leadership is on the move. In politics, there is seldom simply one move. And unilateral moves always result in strong responses.

New Tourism Initiative Brings Another Face to the Holy Land

Anav Silverman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel
Anav Silverman

In a kitchen in Mea She'arim, stands an unlikely group of people: a Christian from Texas, a Muslim Arab from the Mount of Olives, and a Christian Arab from Jerusalem. Even more unusual is that the group is learning how to bake Challah -- the special sweet bread baked for the Jewish Sabbath.

Syrian Crisis Creating a Lost Generation

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Hani Almadhoun

Others I met on my journey around Lebanon's camps were positive and resourceful in spite of nearly impossible conditions. But, for how much longer?

John 'Quixote' Kerry Tilts for the Impossible With Russia and Israel

William Bradley | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

There are times these days when Secretary of State John Kerry seems like Don Quixote, tilting at windmills in trying to teach Russian President Vladimir Putin diplomatic manners and get right-wing Israeli leaders to accept a peace deal with the badly split Palestinians.

In Some Palestinian Neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, Not Even 17 Liters of Water Per Day

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Hagai El-Ad

He who dared to ask that now-famous question is of course Mr. Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament. So was Mr. Shulz's 70-to-17 liter water-consumption ratio a "blatant lie"? In actuality, for Palestinians in some neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, the situation can be much worse.

U.S. Mediators Try To Salvage Troubled Mideast Peace Talks

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — American mediators held urgent contacts with Israeli and Palestinian officials Sunday in hopes of salvaging troubled Mideast peace ...

Rated SR - the Socially Relevant Film Festival: a Promising Start at the Quad

Christopher Atamian | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Organized by genre, theme and country of origin, the different sessions brought a diverse and eye-opening group of over fifty films from eighteen countries to downtown Manhattan audiences, each one presumably carrying with it a "social relevant message" of some importance.

The Strange Currency of the Israeli Occupation

Jessica Montell | Posted 03.20.2014 | Politics
Jessica Montell

Last Saturday, Israeli soldiers came to the home of Shadi Sidr and demanded he remove the Palestinian flag from his roof. Shadi is a Palestinian who lives in the H2 area of Hebron and the flag offended his neighbors, the Israeli settlers in the Beit Hadassah settlement.

U.S. Calls to Palestinians to Take Risks for Peace Sound Hallow

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Justice and fairness must exist in any offer Palestinians are asked to take risks for. After all, Palestinian leaders cannot take chances on any agreement they know the Palestinian public will reject.

The Goat and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations

Haggai Carmon | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Haggai Carmon

On its face, the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's demand that as part of a final peace agreement with the Palestinians, the Palestinians declare tha...

Reality Check Forces the Search for a New Post-Dispensational Theology

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

A search is on among Christian evangelists to find a new theology that can take the place of the discredited dispensational theology, which many are u...

Language Matters

James Zogby | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

While reviewing polling data on Israeli and Palestinian attitudes towards the peace effort, what comes through clearly is the obvious disconnect between the views of both groups and the extent to which this divide is driven by the Israeli-centric language used in framing many of the issues.

Agreements to Protect - Fail to Protect

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Have you ever heard of the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances? Here's a hint. It was signed in Budapest, in 1994. My guess is, probably not. ...

Palestinian's Abbas in for a Fight of His Lifetime in Washington

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinians expect their leader to have the fight of his life as he goes to Washington for a tough summit with U.S. President Barack Obama March 17.

Israelis and Palestinians: Two-State Solution Delusion

Kenneth Kales | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Kales

I do not support a two-state plan to bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians. I realize this is not a popular opinion, particularly in the Obama administration. My reasoning is fairly simple. If you have two people who don't get along, why move them closer together? Why not give them space?

Why I Oppose the 'Boycott Israel' Movement

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Who are we to support punishing all Israelis for the crimes of their government when we ourselves are equally complicit in the crimes of ours?

Netanyahu's Games

James Zogby | Posted 03.01.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never tires of inventing new hoops through which he insists Palestinians jump. As he acknowledged a few weeks back, it's all part of a cynical game that he plays in an effort to kill the chances for peace.

Jordanian Diplomacy and Public Protests Produces Results in Protecting Al Aqsa

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

If properly invested, this modest Jordanian success can be built on to stitch together an understanding that can lower the political and religious temperature in Jerusalem and possibly help improve the atmosphere towards a more comprehensive peace agreement.

This Couple Needs a Military Permit for Valentine's Day -- Here's Why

Anat Saragusti | Posted 04.15.2014 | World
Anat Saragusti

It may be difficult to imagine that your registered address could separate you from your family. But for many Palestinians, this is exactly what happens.

Open Letter to John Kerry: Tough Talk in Munich Threatens to Undo Peace Process

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

Your comments, irrespective of your intentions, will inevitably be seen by Palestinians and anti-Israel activists as an incentive not to reach an agreement; as an indicator that if things fall apart, Israel will be blamed; and as legitimizing boycott activity.

Korean Voices Make Waves on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?