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What the Peace Talks Need

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Steve Gutow

It's time to move forward and demonstrate that peace, while difficult to achieve, is not a fantasy and that a mainstream Jewish and Palestinian coalition can fill the public square with messages of hope and support.

Mideast Peace Talks Go Better Than Expected Despite Hamas

Alan Elsner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alan Elsner

For the first time, they have something to lose -- and much to gain from a final agreement that will at long last grant them independence.

Palestine: Too Many Managers, Not Enough Leaders

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

The Occupied Palestinian territories remain a toxic political environment. And unfortunately the few non-party affiliated Palestinians leaders who seem to be popular with activists and academics are weak and largely absent in every day news.

Palestinian Strategic Path Towards Independence Will Continue Despite Obstacles

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If as a result of Israeli obstructionism the latest peace talks fail, Palestinians will have no choice but to declare their state unilaterally and hope the world will recognize it.

How Obama Can Make These Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Different from Other Negotiations

Stephen P. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen P. Cohen

There is a tendency at the opening of each new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations for the parties to begin at the point where the previous negotiations concluded. That should be avoided this time.

US, Israel and Palestinians in Tripartite Talks, but Will They Succeed?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Much of the success or failure of the direct Israeli-Palestinian talks will depend on the role of the international community in general and on the American position in particular.

Middle East Peace Talks: Israel, Palestinian Negotiations More Hopeless Than Ever

New York Times | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The American invitation on Friday to the Israelis and Palestinians to start direct peace talks in two weeks in Washington was immediately accepted by ...

Are the Palestinians Being Pushed Into a Photo-op with the Israelis?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Every expert on the Middle East agrees that the best avenue to a serious breakthrough in Palestinian-Israeli negotiations is quiet, behind-the-scenes negotiations, not public photo-ops.

Seeking the Spirit of Palestine Through Photography: Q&A with Valerie Jouve

ARTINFO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
ARTINFO

Trained as an anthropologist, Valerie Jouve has brought a researcher's focus to her career as a photographer. Since the early 1990s, she has used her...

Noam Chomsky on Israel

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

"The attitude towards Israel on the part of the intellectual community changed very sharply in 1967, from either lack of interest or sometimes even disdain, to almost passionate support. So what happened?"

Peace Process or Real Peace?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Direct talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders are the most obvious way to achieve peace in the Middle East conflict. But history has shown time and again that a high-profile peace process alone is no recipe for success.

Hummus and Whiplash in Ramallah

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

I was eating in a refugee camp in Ramallah with Bassem Eid, the founder of Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. I sat listening to him for hours in scorching heat and didn't want to leave.

The United States of Crazy in Israel-Palestine

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In their goals and in their view of governance, Hamas, Kahanists and Haredim have much in common. Why not just let them run the Holy Land?

My Experience With the ADL

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

if the ADL is committed only to stopping the defamation of the Jewish people while participating in the defamation of the Muslim community, then it has clearly gone against its own goals and vision.

Settler, Warrior, Healer

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

Ron Jager looks the part of the diehard Zionist from the Bronx, where, in fact, he grew up. So how did this tough guy turn out to be a "kumbaya" promoter of Jewish-Palestinian cooperation in, of all places, the West Bank?

Radical Peace

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

It's a sign of how the peace movement has fizzled out in Israel that even the peace process itself rarely cites peace as the goal -- it's now the "two-state solution" that is the mantra.

Palestinian Suffering Crossing the Bridge Continues

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Once again the summer heat is upon us. And once again, people's anguish, and appeals at the overcrowded King Hussein Bridge are melting as quickly as an ice cream cone in the Jordan Valley's high temperatures.

What Antisemitism Is (And Isn't)

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

This morning, I received an email from a reader informing me that I was "a chicken hawk Jew." For good measure, I was then urged to perform an act wit...

VIDEO: Israeli Destruction of Bedouin Village

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Professor Neve Gordon of Ben Gurion University in Israel witnessed the destruction of an Israeli Bedouin village earlier this week. Apparently, the...

The Case for Attacking Iran's Nukes

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Fernando Espuelas

Some have argued that the Cold War-era mutual assured destruction doctrine would contain Iran. That is a big assumption -- specially in light of the Iranian regime's ideology.

Gaza Insomnia: No Rest For The Besieged

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Due to the constant power cuts and limited access to the World Wide Web, people who live outside Gaza are more informed about what goes inside it than those who call it home.

Children in Gaza Attempt Guinness Record By Bouncing Balls

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAFAH, Gaza Strip — The top U.N. aid official in Gaza says more than 7,000 children in the Palestinian territory have simultaneously dribbled ba...

Do the Palestinians Really Want Two States -- Or Are They Just Stalling?

Richard Z. Chesnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Z. Chesnoff

Khaled Abu Toameh, to my mind the best Arab journalist working in Israel and the Palestinian territories, reports in today's Jerusalem Post that "Pal...

US Says Israel Rocket Shield Will Work

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A U.S.-backed rocket shield is on track to protect Israeli towns against rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, a senior State Departm...

Libya Launders its Reputation

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Just as one would wash shady banknotes through an offshore bank, so can the most bloodstained of reputations can be cleansed just by engaging in a publicity stunt billed as a humanitarian gift to Gaza's Palestinians.