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Israel vs. Hamas: A Clash of Civilizations?

Joshua R. Fattal | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Joshua R. Fattal

By calling his enemies "savages," Netanyahu reveals that he is unwilling to view the Palestinians for what they are: a people of several million strong who dwell in the same land between the river and the sea, and who are as unwilling as Israel is to leave.

Behind the Gaza Ceasefire Efforts: Israel and Hamas Talk Potential Peace

James Dorsey | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Wars inevitably spark change. That is no truer than in the war in Gaza, no matter what Hamas and Israel say.

Terror on All Sides

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Richard W. Kropf

While a two-state solution might have worked for awhile had it been implemented from the start, the Israeli's continuation of the West Bank and their "settlements" have pushed the situation to the point that either the two antagonists learn to live together or else end up destroying each other.

Senior Hamas Official Says Members Of Qassam Brigade Were Responsible For Abducting Israeli Teens

Reuters | Noah Browning | Posted 08.21.2014 | World

By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank, Aug 21 (Reuters) - A top Hamas official said members of his militant group kidnapped three Israeli teenagers ...

How to Make the Israeli Occupation Costly?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is clear that the impunity Israel enjoys plays a large role in its continued occupation and belligerence. Making the Israelis pay a price for continuing to rule another people by force and the siege on Gaza would have a positive result.

Gaza War Puts Sporting Boycott of Israel Back on the Front Burner

James Dorsey | Posted 10.19.2014 | World
James Dorsey

The campaign to pressure FIFA to sanction Israel was part of a broader Israeli Palestinian move to gain recognition of Palestinian statehood through membership in international organizations and isolate Israel in the wake of the breakdown in April of US-sponsored Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

In Gaza, Emotional Wounds Of War Remain Unhealed

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 08.18.2014 | World

BEIT LAHIYA, Gaza Strip (AP) — Shahed Quishta was curled up in an armchair one late afternoon during the Gaza war when a shell slammed into her livi...

Palestinian Divisions Emerge In Gaza Truce Talks

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 08.17.2014 | World

CAIRO (AP) — The Palestinians appeared divided Sunday as the clock was winding down on the latest Gaza cease-fire, with officials saying Hamas was s...

'When They Return, They Will Find Nothing'

CARE | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
CARE

Haifa Abu Amro, CARE staffer in Gaza, 30 years old, talks about how she has lived through the violence in Gaza and what she sees on the ground.

IDF Spokesman: Hamas Guilty of War Crimes

Laura Goldman | Posted 10.11.2014 | Politics
Laura Goldman

If the international community launches a war crimes investigation follow the conflict in Gaza, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said, Hamas'...

Palestinian Negotiators Accept Proposal For 72-Hour Cease-Fire

AP | Posted 10.10.2014 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian negotiators on Sunday said they had accepted an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour truce with Israel, clearing the way for...

Camp Unites Israeli, Palestinian Kids In Shared Love Of Soccer As Tensions Persist In Gaza

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact

While turmoil and unrest continue in the Middle East, a group of Palestinians and Israelis have united in peace and found common ground -- on a soccer...

The Gaza Saga Continues

James Zogby | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With or without an infusion of massive amounts of international aid, clearing away the mess of this war will take years. Streets can be cleaned, but the wounds, both physical and mental, will not soon heal, nor will the survivors easily erase the feelings of helplessness, despair and anger with which they have been left.

Will Zionism and Hamas Ideology Be Criminalized?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.08.2014 | 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 10.08.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.07.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 10.06.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 10.03.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

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