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Language Matters

James Zogby | Posted 05.15.2014 | 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 05.07.2014 | 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 05.06.2014 | 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 05.05.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 05.01.2014 | 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 04.22.2014 | 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?

This Time Must Be Different

James Zogby | Posted 04.03.2014 | World
James Zogby

In 1993, surprised by their leaders' bold initiative, Israelis and Palestinians were quite hopeful. Twenty years later, the environment has become toxic, polluted by the ill-will generated by the negative behaviors of both parties.

What Targeting SodaStream Reveals About the BDS Movement

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

The pillorying of this company by BDS activists only reveals the absurdity of their blind campaign, and their misguided refusal to engage in constructive dialogue regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and, at their core, rejection of Israel's Jewish existence and the two-state solution.

Young Israelis Need Reason for Hope: Progress on Peace Would Help

Alan Elsner | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Alan Elsner

Around this time last year, voters aged 18 to 24 were about evenly divided, with 48 percent saying the country was moving in the right direction while 44 percent said it was off on the wrong track. The finding is especially significant because this is the age during which most Israelis do their military service, take some time off to contemplate their future and then begin their studies.

Will Palestinians Accept Jewish Settlers in Palestine?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

The idea of Jewish settlers living in Palestine draws raw anger from many sides. Netanyahu might have thrown this trial balloon as part of his own negotiating tactic. The issue, however, is serious.

Why Israel Will Not Need Massive Forces in the Jordan Valley

Ephraim Sneh | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Ephraim Sneh

An agreement based on existential interests shared by the three states is immeasurably more efficient than foreign forces which are not defending their own country here.

Israel Needs Peace with Palestine to Avoid Looming Boycotts

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Israel is now facing the serious prospect of widespread boycotts and restrictions carefully targeting settlement activities, as distinct from Israel itself.

Shulamit Aloni -- I Cannot Imagine Israel Without Her Meretz

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

The word 'Meretz' means energy in Hebrew, and Aloni's unique energy mobilized change in Israel on all human dimensions since its founding more than half a century ago.

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.

Where Are the Leaders to Answer the Call?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.22.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Neither Netanyahu nor Abbas has demonstrated bold and visionary leadership, which is surely needed at this fateful juncture. The Israeli-Palestinian annals are saturated with self-denial and resistance to the inevitable, and there is little evidence that much has changed.

Exposing the Israel Bashers: Opinions Without Facts, Facts Without Context

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

If your "opinion" is that Israel is an apartheid state, engaged daily in crimes against humanity, and Zionism is a form of racism, then all you have to do is selectively point to events and statements that taken out of context appear to support your opinion.

The 'Jerusalem Committee' Reconsidered

Ahmed Charai | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the West, policymakers traditionally have not viewed such multi-government bodies in the region to be particularly helpful. But this year, there are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land.

Palestinians Apologize For Illegal Arms At Embassy

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Foreign Ministry says Palestinian authorities have apologized for illegal weapons that were discovered at the Palestinian em...

Sharon's Legacy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

For me, Ariel Sharon was a leader's leader who demonstrated the vision, courage and commitment to what he believed in -- qualities that are sorely lacking on the global stage today and especially in the Middle East.

The Gospel According to Arik

Terence Smith | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Terence Smith

His death brings the Sharon legacy back into the forefront of the Israeli national consciousness and confronts the current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with an awkward dilemma.

How to Ensure U.S. Sponsored Mideast Agreement Not Become Another Interim Deal

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Kerry has surprised many observers with his tenacity and insistence on producing a peace agreement in this intractable conflict. The framework idea could move the process forward as long as it is not allowed to become yet another interim agreement.