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Will Zionism and Hamas Ideology Be Criminalized?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Joining the International Criminal Court (ICC) remains one of few options for the "State of Palestine," but it's one with profound implications for Zionism and Hamas.

Palestinians, Blacks, and Jews Living in a World of Trauma

David A. Love | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

All three groups have been dehumanized as the "other," the bogeymen that will destroy if they are not destroyed. And all of us know what it is like to be trapped in the ghetto and have the walls close in on them, and all know how it feels when the lynch mob comes.

The Butcher's Bill in Gaza: Far Greater than Casualty Figures

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Carlos F. Torres

In the widely-praised naval series by Patrick O'Brian, following each engagement, Captain Jack Aubrey would ask ship doctor Stephen Maturin "What is the butcher's bill"? The fictional hero wanted a casualty count.

Will Netanyahu Seize The Moment?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

I disagree with those who suggest that Netanyahu will never change his stripes. Many deeply ideological leaders before him have unexpectedly risen to the occasion to answer the call from their people and the international community for a drastic change.

Lessons from Gaza for Israel's Military: Unprepared for Unconventional Warfare

James Dorsey | Posted 08.07.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Calls for a reorganization of the Israeli military including a review of its strategy and doctrine are fueled by the fact that military intelligence struggled to cope with Hamas' ability to quickly change tactics and strategy.

Bringing Israel's Reality Home: 'We May Have to Hang Up If We Hear Sirens'

Tristan Higgins | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Tristan Higgins

I thought I knew enough to have a position. But I was wrong. I experienced something two weeks ago, and it rocked my world. My isolated, protected, and insular American world.

War on Gaza a 'Tie' With Hamas

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The decision of the Palestinian leadership to sign the Rome Protocols for the International Criminal Court will impress on all, including Israel, that decision making is independent and is aimed at addressing the interests of the Palestinian people. If this becomes truly a Palestinian policy, then this could be marked as the biggest success, despite the horrible results in Gaza, which cannot be ignored.

72-Hour Cease-Fire Takes Effect In Gaza

AP | KARIN LAUB and PETER ENAV | Posted 08.05.2014 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel said it withdrew the last of its ground forces from Gaza on Tuesday as it and Hamas began a temporary cease-fire...

How Netanyahu Would Answer His Critics

James Heffernan | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
James Heffernan

Israel has been sharply criticized for civilian casualties in Gaza, so I imagined how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would address the issue if ask...

Argument Over Middle East Politics Enters 8th Week

Omer Rosen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Comedy
Omer Rosen

The hostilities between Eric and Tom continued unabated into the early-morning hours yesterday, marking their longest email chain in years.

Gaza War: New Palestinian Resolve Changes Paradigm

James Dorsey | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Extolling the virtues of a ceasefire in the Gaza war that collapsed barely two hours after it took effect, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry inadvertently highlighted the root cause of the failure of international efforts to silence the guns in the Palestinian territory and resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I Support Israel, but Bombing Palestinian Civilians in Gaza Is Morally Reprehensible and Must End

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The morality of an action is never legitimized by saying a less moral individual would do the same or worse.

UN Chief: Gaza School Attack 'A Moral Outrage And A Criminal Act'

Reuters | Posted 08.03.2014 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Aug 3 (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned a deadly attack on a Gaza school on Sunday as a "moral outrage and a cr...

Gaza Casts Shadow Over Qatar's Hosting of 2022 World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup has emerged as the latest target of an undeclared alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel that with the war in Gaza has sharpened political fault lines in the Gulf.

Netanyahu Tells U.S. 'Not To Ever Second Guess Me Again' On Hamas

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 08.02.2014 | World

MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

Three Jews Visit Scandinavia

Seth Menachem | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Seth Menachem

Tensions are understandably high. The loss of lives on both sides is a tragedy. Thanks to Israel's Iron Dome defense, many Israeli lives have been spared. But Hamas keeps trying. And Israel keeps fighting back. And the horrible cycle goes on and on.

Margaret Thatcher Was Right: Justice Must be Done for The Palestinians

David Miles | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
David Miles

To understand this you could hardly do better than watch CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer's country club invocation of former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir this week to suggest Palestinians are forcing Israel to kill their children.

Gaza, the Answer: Separate the Fish From the Sea

Barry Lando | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Barry Lando

A fictitious communiqué provoked by the horrors of Gaza. From: Israel Defense Forces Special Gaza Group To: P.M. (eyes only) Date: August 1, 201...

The Israeli-American Predicament

Daniella Gitlin | Posted 08.01.2014 | Religion
Daniella Gitlin

The difficulty won't disappear. We can't have it both ways: There seems to be no way to reconcile earnest opposition to the Israeli government's oppression of Palestinians and the assault on Gaza with support for the protection of Tel Aviv from Hamas rockets.

Contemplating Gaza

James Campion | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
James Campion

"Really?" the reporter asked. "You honestly don't hold out hope that there is a peaceful solution to the Palestinian/Israeli conflict?" And that's when I went off the rails with the truth as I had learned it six years before.

The Voices of Gazans That We Never Hear

Lilac Sigan | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Lilac Sigan

Real data as to public opinion in Gaza is scarce. Still, there are a few hints of true voices coming out from the dark.

Gaza Ceasefire Collapses; What Should We Do Now?

Robert Naiman | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Robert Naiman

We have more time to organize. Everyone in the world who wants to end the blockade of Gaza should have a plan in place to put ending the blockade at the top of the international agenda so that when the ceasefire starts, we don't have to brainstorm from scratch what our response should be.

Why Can't Obama Enforce Peace Between Palestine and Israel?

Camelia Entekhabi-Fard | Posted 07.31.2014 | Politics
Camelia Entekhabi-Fard

If U.S. President Barack Obama believes so strongly in the diplomatic approach, to the point that he has angered Israel -- one of America's closest allies -- by making up with Iran over the nuclear dossier, then why can't he enforce peace between Palestine and Israel?

Gaza and the West Bank One Palestinian Entity

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.31.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The admission was buried deep in a long, drawn-out analysis by Israel's leading columnist. Nahum Barnea revealed that one of the yet to be declared results of the war on Gaza is the realization that the attempts to separate Gaza from the West Bank has failed.

Netanyahu's Dilemma: From the War in Gaza to the War at Home

James Dorsey | Posted 07.31.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is likely to face significant political problems at home and a far less empathetic diplomatic environment abroad once the guns fall silent in Gaza.