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Netanyahu Should Remember: Obama is a Friend

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

The last month has been dismaying for anyone concerned about the US-Israel relationship. While the United States and five other powers worked to re...

Overplaying Its Hand, Israel Still Holds Plenty of US Cards

Norman Solomon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

More than ever, Israel is isolated from world opinion and the squishy entity known as "the international community." The Israeli government keeps condemning the Iran nuclear deal, by any rational standard a positive step away from the threat of catastrophic war.

The Settlements: Israel's Albatross

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israelis and the Palestinians view the settlements enterprise from a completely different perspective that defines their strategic objectives and is becoming increasingly irreconcilable every time Israel announces the building of new housing units.

U.S. Gives $75 Million More In Aid To Palestinians

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United State will provide an additional $75 mil...

Israel's National Security: Delegitimizing the Legitimate

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Israel's fixation on "security" and the harsh measures it employs, presumably to achieve an impregnable national security condition, is making the Palestinians increasingly vulnerable, fostering deeper animosity and militant resistance.

Recognize Two States, Two Sets of Middle East Refugees

Lyn Julius | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Lyn Julius

The absorption of the Jewish refugees into Israeli society should be held up as a model for the assimilation of Palestinian refugees in their host countries. The Jews are no longer refugees, Israel having granted them full civil rights.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Palestinians boycott Israeli elections in Jerusalem again

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Once again Palestinians living in Jerusalem have made a powerful political statement about the future of the holy city. Israel's leading daily newspa...

'The Jewish State of Israel'

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

What will it take to ensure that Israel maintains its Jewish national identity while still preserving its democratic nature, given the gloomy demographic picture?

Echoes of China Opening in Iran Detente: It's the Interests, Stupid!

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Leon T. Hadar

Establishing diplomatic ties with China was almost by definition a diplomatic betrayal of America's traditional ally, Taiwan, and a major shock to other partners in East Asia, including Japan and South Korea

Jordanian Band Tour Runs Into Political Bumps

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Daoud Kuttab

This week, a Jordanian band went on a tour that includes the Golan Heights, Nazareth, Haifa, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. But the popular music ...

West Bank Economy Shrinks For First Time In Decade

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 8 (Reuters) - The Palestinian economy in the Israeli-occupied West Bank shrank for the firs...

Abbas at the UN -- Progress, But a Long Way to Go

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 12.04.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Each September, Mahmoud Abbas stands before the UN General Assembly and in fiery, confrontational language, gives a speech almost fully comprised of allegations of Israel's crimes and misdeeds against the Palestinian people.

No Olive Branch From Netanyahu for Iran; a Small Twig for Peace with Palestinians

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.02.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Seeking to discourage a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel threatened military action against Iran and dared others to do the same.

Let's Get Beyond Lip Service to A Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

It seems like almost everyone in the American-Jewish community - with the exception of a few on the extreme right and the far left - supports the two-...

Israeli Army Shoots 2 Palestinians On Gaza Border

AP | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli soldiers opened fire on two Palestinians near the Israel-Gaza border on Monday, killing at least one of them, a ...

I'm in: A Palestinian Diet for Peace

Bethany Saad | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Bethany Saad

Woah, was this a coincidence? Fate? Regardless, It was filed in my mental schema called: "One of those strange life moments that gave me shivers of surrealism."

Kerry Popularity Soars in New Gallup Poll

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

In a new Gallup poll considering the approval rating for Secretary of State John Kerry, he received sky-high favorable ratings of 60 percent and disap...

Russia and Syria Offer a Big Win for Obama, Boehner, Pelosi, Cantor, McCain, Reid, Kerry, America, Hollande and Decency

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

It is not yet clear whether the Russian plan is the end of the beginning or the beginning of the end of chemical weapons in Syria, but one way or the other, mass murder by chemical weapons, a crime against humanity, must not be tolerated.

Palestinians Reach Out To Israel In Renewed Peace Talks

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 08.30.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinians have traditionally shown little affection for Israeli politicians. These days, however, they are reaching out ...

Israeli Troops Suspended After Dancing 'Gangnam Style' With Palestinians

Evening Standard, London | Bo Wilson | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

A group of Israeli soldiers have been suspended after being caught dancing with Palestinians while on patrol in the West Bank. The troops were walkin...

Ingredients of a Palestinian uprising

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.28.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Predicting the next Intifada, or popular outbreak, is next to impossible. The past years have seen many predictions of an imminent third Intifada, on...

Palestinians and Double Standards

David Harris | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
David Harris

If Israel isn't involved, it seems, the killing of Palestinian civilians just doesn't arouse interest, much less anger.

The Named Angels

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 10.26.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

I wrote my string quartet, The Named Angels, against the current backdrop of unrest in the Middle East. Each of the four movements of the quartet portrays of one of the four angels shared by the Jewish, Christian and Islamic faiths.

Did Palestinians fall in the negotiations trap

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When Palestinian negotiators enter the Jerusalem hotel designated for the face-to-face negotiations with their Israeli counterparts on Wednesday, they...