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War and "Peace," Gaza-Style

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

Given the tendency of international media and governments to jump on Israel at any opportunity, and given Israel's need for allies at this precarious time, might it have been better to just let this ship pass?

Through the Looking Glass: The Myth of Israeli Exceptionalism

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

2010-06-04-dove.jpg Exceptionalism is an ideology propagated by the power elites of two nations of vastly different proportions and histories -- Israel and the U.S. -- but each declares a divinely manifest destiny.

Gaza Flotilla Raid May Not Change U.S. Policy Towards Israel

The Associated Press | By BARRY SCHWEID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the uproar over Israel's deadly raid on the flotilla bringing aid to the Gaza Strip, it's important to note what is not happen...

VIDEO: Austria Protests Israel Attack on Gaza Aid Convoy

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Rihanna may have raved about her "amazing" trip to Israel several days ago, but most of the rest of the world, and namely Europe, isn't as impressed w...

Dialogue on the Gaza Flotilla

Dan Fleshler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Fleshler

"I appreciate your call. My staff was going to get in touch with you. The task force is meeting tomorrow at 8:30. Can you make it?"

Israel's Raid on the Gaza Flotilla: What is President Obama To Do To Succeed in Middle East Peacemaking

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

By Stephen P. Cohen Author, "Beyond America's Grasp: A Century of Failed Diplomacy in the Middle East." Until the tragic and reckless Israeli raid on...

Israel and Harman in Tandem: From High Seas to Airwaves

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The so-called smart money is on Harman in next Tuesday's primary, but the incumbent -- like the Israeli government -- has reason to worry. Sometimes, moral revulsion can topple defenders of the indefensible.

On Explaining Terrorism

Jerome Slater | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jerome Slater

The implicit assumption is that it is anti-Semitism and religious fanaticism -- practically by definition immutable and unrelated to Israeli behavior -- that drives Palestinian resistance, whether terrorist or not.

Liner Notes for a Freedom Seder: 4 Questions for the Jews This Passover

Michael Gould-Wartofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Gould-Wartofsky

Before Passover is over, then, let's not pass over the would-be pharaohs of the present age. Let's ask (at least) four more questions, and in asking, remember what history asks of us:

Israeli Attack on Gaza Aid Ship Offers Obama Golden, but Risky Opportunity

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Israel may be the only country in the world that can wage a war without fear of political isolation or economic consequence.

Interview: Israel Attacks Gaza-Bound Aid Flotilla

Amy Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amy Goodman

I interviewed Adam Shapiro, board member of the Free Gaza Movement, hours after the attack on the Free Gaza Freedom Flotilla.

The Holy City of Jerusalem and US-Israel Relations: How Did We Get Here? How Do We Move Forward?

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

Should the US continue trying to convince Israelis and Palestinians to permit a politically negotiated solution that circumvents historic complexities, or should it instead lead an interfaith effort of historic proportions?

Peace: Take it Personally

Joel Chasnoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel Chasnoff

As much money as America pours into Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, it should invest brainpower in finding ways to exchange not only land but Palestinian and Israeli culture.

Israel Prevents Christian Pilgrims From Visiting Bethlehem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Daoud Kuttab

In a response to a totally nonviolent protest by Palestinian Christians and Muslims demanding their freedom of movement the Israeli army has effectively banned entry of Christian pilgrims and tourists from visiting the birth place of Christ.

Trust Is What Is Missing Between Israel and the US

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The absence of trust, more than settlement announcements, seems to be the real reason behind the current anger of the Obama Administration toward its most important Middle East ally, Israel.

General Petraeus DID NOT Betray Us

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

Remember the scene from Woody Allen's film "Annie Hall" in which a pompous know-it-all is pontificating in a movie line about the ideas of media schol...

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...

A Message to the West from Palestinian and Israeli Students

Allen Grossman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Allen Grossman

The Middle East is a complicated place, but some things are not complicated. It is not complicated to understand that many young people care not for politics, but only want a just life and a decent job.

Christopher Lockwood WANTED: Dubai Says Hit Squad Included 62-Year-Old British Man

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Christopher Lockwood is wanted by Dubai for his alleged role in the murder of a senior Hamas official, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to ...

Jerusalem Approves 20 New Apartments For Jews In East Jerusalem

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — The Jerusalem municipality has approved 20 new apartments for Jews in an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, the city said Wednesda...

US-Israel Rift Over Settlements Underscores Change In Relations

The Washington Post | Glenn Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The two-week-old dispute between Israel and the United States over housing construction in East Jerusalem has exposed the limits of American power to ...

Will This Generation Of American Jews Abandon Israel? (New York Review)

The New York Review Of Books | Peter Beinart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In 2003, several prominent Jewish philanthropists hired Republican pollster Frank Luntz to explain why American Jewish college students were not more ...

What Are Palestinians up to?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Jaffe

The Middle East is a minefield capable of instantly exploding any expectations, so I come away from a short visit to Israel slightly more knowledgeable but still wary of my inevitably superficial conclusions.

Hidden in Plain Sight: Israel's Palestinian Citizens

Diane Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diane Winston

In the past six days I've talked with more Palestinians than many Israeli Jews meet in a lifetime.

Resources on the American National Security Interest in Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

My colleagues and I founded the American Task Force on Palestine in 2003 with a clear, focused mission: to advocate that a negotiated end of conflict ...