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Palestinians: Don't Miss Another Opportunity

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert K. Lifton

The Palestinians success will not stand or fall on the specific amount of land they control but on the talents, drive and commitment of their people. Let's hope they do not miss this opportunity.

How to Cure World Disappointment with Israel

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

A US State Department spokesman told reporters this week that Washington was disappointed with Israel because of its failure to extend the settlement ...

Whatever Happened to 'Just Say No'?

Mark Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Levine

The Israeli government ends a 10-month moratorium on settlement construction, and immediately cement and bulldozers start spreading across the West Bank. Did anyone really expect better?

Netanyahu's Freeze Scam

Henry Siegman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Henry Siegman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks at the formal White House launching of the resumed Middle East peace talks on September 2nd were the clearest indication yet of his lack of seriousness.

Israel's Lieberman at UN: Say What?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

With the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks wavering before they even begin, will Netanyahu be able to keep Lieberman as foreign minister or need to replace him with someone from the centrist Kadima party?

Mideast Peace Talks Hit 'Settlement' Roadblock: Abbas Says Israel Must Choose

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday there will be no peace deal with Israel unless the Jewish state stops settlem...

Contradiction in Washington Prevents Peace in the Middle East

Osamah Khalil | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Osamah Khalil

Without American largess, Israel's occupation could not continue. The United States can either broker a final peace accord or it can continue to subsidize settlements -- it cannot do both.

AP's Robert Burns Playing Politics by Replacing "Settlement Freeze" With "Curb on Housing Construction"

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Burns' piece unilaterally changes the terminology and phraseology connected to one of the major obstacles of the Palestinian-Israeli conflicts. By changing this terminology, Burns has clearly taken a biased stand.

Hollywood Joins Israeli Artists in Boycotting West Bank

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Hollywood progressives should do the right thing, which is supporting the boycott of the settlements. That is not only the pro-Israel thing to do; it is also supporting the end of the oppression of Palestinians.

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.

Mediating the Upcoming Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

There will be plenty of analysis on the substance of the upcoming talks at the White House between Netanyahu and Abbas. What is not being talked about...

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.

Peace Process Is a Foreign Term in East Jerusalem and Gaza

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Since the beginning of the proximity talks eight weeks ago Israeli behavior has not reflected a country interested in peace.

The "War" On Wall Street May Be Over: Who Won?

Danny Schechter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Danny Schechter

Wall Street has wriggled off the hook with a little help from their friends, and is winning the new "class war." Meanwhile, 2.1 million Americans can't even get unemployment benefits extended.

So Much Heat, So Little Light

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Gellman

What I continue to find shocking is that the message, tactics, and unrelenting anger of the Republican Party are becoming echoed and displayed by so many Americans who call themselves "pro-Israel."

Don't Play with Israel-Palestine Maps

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

An editorial by Jerusalem Post editor-in-chief David Horovitz posits low expectations for success of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace tal...

Presbyterians: End U.S.-Israel Aid Over Settlements In Palestinian Land

AP | PATRICK CONDON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

MINNEAPOLIS — Presbyterian leaders strongly backed a proposal Friday that included a call to end U.S. aid to Israel unless the country stops set...

Israeli Settlements Helped By U.S. Tax Law: Non-Profit Donations At Odds With U.S. Foreign Policy

New York Times | By JIM RUTENBERG, MIKE McINTIRE and ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As the American government seeks to end the four-decade Jewish settlement enterprise and foster a Palestinian state in the West Bank, the American Tre...

Why Are 110,000 Orthodox Israelis Rioting to 'Protect' Segregated Schools?

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

It is with American ears that revere the separation of church and state that we listen in awe to extreme religious happenings in the Middle East. Som...

Entitlement Runs Deep in East Jerusalem

Evan Pondel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evan Pondel

Not all Palestinians share the pan-Arab dream. Some say they prefer to live peacefully among the Jews because the region historically has been a mutual homeland. But emotions usually trump peace.

Palestinians Try More Peaceful Resistance: Less Violence, More Protest Marches And Boycotts Of Settler Goods

New York Times | ETHAN BRONNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Senior Palestinian leaders -- men who once commanded militias -- are joining unarmed protest marches against Israeli policies a...

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:

Heckuva Job, AIPAC ++ Names of Members of Congress Backing Netanyahu

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

I know what former President Bush would say if he had to comment on the results of AIPAC's conference this week. He would turn to Howard Kohr, its long time director, and say "heckuva job, Howie."

Netanyahu's Fallacy

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Netanyahu's policies are providing Islamic radicalism with the iconic images that consistently weaken moderate Arab positions, both among the Palestinians and elsewhere in the Arab world.

Its Either Me or the Settlements: A Marriage on the Rocks?

Noura Erakat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noura Erakat

Israel neither wants to be held to account to international law, which it deems biased, nor does it want to oblige U.S. foreign policy concerns when those concerns do not comport with its own agenda.