- Tuesday March 24, 2015 7:37 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: The Israeli elections and the future of the Palestinian Authority
Last week’s victory of Benyamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies at the polls in Israel is merely one more indication that Israeli society continues a trend of radicalization. The only way to explain this drift in the direction of increasingly rigid and extreme political positions is the absence of accountability.
- Tuesday Nov. 25, 2014 5:09 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Jerusalem at a crossroads
Which way things go in Jerusalem depend on how the Israeli government handles its
responsibilities in the occupied city--indeed, whether it maintains the practices
and policies that are responsible for bringing us to this precipice.
- Monday July 14, 2014 7:14 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: The third war on Gaza--maintaining the status quo?
As the first week of the third Israeli war on Gaza draws to a
close, expectations seem to mimic the scenarios that unfolded in the
previous two wars in 2008 and 2012. Yet to incur dead among its
citizens, Israel is not in any hurry to reach a ceasefire, and the
outside world is not feeling any urgency to end the confrontation.
- Monday June 16, 2014 6:59 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Who's calling whose bluff?
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has seemed to make out pretty well recently, isolating both Israel and Hamas. But will it last?
- Thursday April 25, 2013 8:36 PM (EST+7)
OP-ED: Fayyad’s resignation and Abbas’ crisis
The seemingly inevitable resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam
Fayyad has left Palestinians in the occupied territories, and their
president, knee deep in trouble.
- Sunday March 3, 2013 12:19 PM (EST+7)
OP-ED: Obama’s visit to mark crossroads
There are numerous reasons to be worried about stability in the West
Bank and the March 20 visit of
US President Barack Obama to the region comes at a critical time.
- Friday Dec. 7, 2012 2:13 AM (EST+7)
OP-ED: President Abbas, get yourself off the hook
The new status of Palestine at the United Nations, combined with the
(albeit relative and temporary) improvement in his public standing
provides President Abbas with the opportunity to get himself off the
hook. He can and should call Israel's bluff.
- Friday Dec. 7, 2012 2:07 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: If not two states, then one
Author Saree Makdisi lays out in the New York Times
how Israel is sealing the fate of the two-state solution, and why one
state where Jews and Palestinians have equal rights is "infinitely
preferable" to the current international consensus.
- Tuesday Sept. 18, 2012 11:18 AM (EST+7)
EDITORIAL: On the brink of collapse
Last week, the Palestinian Authority experienced the most dangerous
internal crises it has faced since its establishment in 1994.
- Saturday Aug. 4, 2012 2:15 AM (EST+7)
EDITORIAL: Between Obama and Romney
The combination of US President Barack Obama’s abandonment of the Middle
East peace process and Republican candidate Mitt Romney’s exaggerated
support for Israel should generate worry among those who care about the
- Thursday July 5, 2012 7:00 PM (EST+7)
BLOG: Susiya expulsion recalls early Israel ethnic cleansing
Writing in the New York Review of Books, David Shulman traces a direct line between the destruction and emptying of Palestinian villages during Israel's establishment to the impending expulsion of the West Bank villagers of Susiya.
- Sunday June 10, 2012 5:43 PM (EST+7)
VIEWPOINT: Inside the Palestinian prisoners' strike
Palestinian prisoner and activist Ameer Makhoul describes at Electronic Intifada what he believes were the strengths of the recent hunger strike by over a thousand prisoners in Israeli jails.
- Sunday May 27, 2012 4:52 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Palestinians need backing for development, not more aid
Two gas fields off Gaza could fund the Palestinian Authority and its
energy needs for years to come, so why doesn't the international
community pressure Israel to allow their development?, asks Victor
Kattan in an editorial for Foreign Policy.
- Saturday Jan. 21, 2012 1:12 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: The diaries of Tom Hurndall
Activist Tom Hurndall's diaries are a compelling portrait of the Middle East conflict, writes Robert Fisk in the Independent.
- Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012 5:44 PM (EST+7)
WITNESS: A Gazan reunites with her long-imprisoned uncle
In this moving account at the Electronic Intifada, Fidaa Elaydi describes their first meeting when she travels home to Gaza to
welcome him home after his release last year in a prisoner swap with
- Thursday Jan. 5, 2012 8:30 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: For co-resistance
In a comment for the +972 blog, Omar Rahman explains why the
current transitional period on Palestinian politics is leading to a
debate over "normalization" or contacts between Palestinians and
- Sunday Dec. 11, 2011 11:10 AM (EST+7)
WITNESS: A friend writes of losing Mustafa
Writer and activist Linah Alsaafin was at the West Bank village of Nabi
Saleh on Friday when Mustafa Tamimi was fatally wounded in the face by a
tear gas canister.
- Saturday Nov. 26, 2011 2:50 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Israel's 'false friends' in Washington are beating the war drums, again
In a frank opinion for Salon,
Gary Kamiya argues that neo-conservatives beating the drums for war
against Iran are ensuring Israel's "doom".
- Tuesday Nov. 1, 2011 11:58 AM (EST+7)
Goldstone challenges Israel 'apartheid' comparison
Judge Richard Goldstone, author of a United Nations report alleging war
crimes in Israel's 2008 war on Gaza, has once again published an opinion piece rejecting charges that Israel is
breaking international law.
- Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011 10:44 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: AP fails fact check of Abbas speech
When the Associated Press wrote a "fact check" on Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas' speech last week before the United Nations, it spent most
of the time presenting Israeli arguments in lieu of facts, says blogger Roi Maor.
- Sunday Sept. 25, 2011 12:55 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Diplomacy is now at the UN, where it belongs
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the United Nations Friday
was a potential game-changer, argues Phyllis Bennis.
- Thursday Sept. 22, 2011 5:41 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Mr. President, we don't want a shortcut, we want our freedom
Writing on the Mondoweiss blog, activist Abir Kopy responded to US President Barack Obama's speech
Wednesday to the United Nations General Assembly.
- Sunday Sept. 18, 2011 10:45 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Palestinian statehood will come only in the face of US opposition
Academic Henry Siegman writes in a scathing editorial for Foreign Policy that Washington must know that, given
Israel's right-wing leadership, Palestinians and Israelis will never
reach a peace agreement if left to their own devices.
- Saturday Aug. 20, 2011 11:37 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Israel's tent protests are part of larger identity crisis
Journalist Mya Guarnieri describes the plight of thousands of African asylum
seekers in Israel - and says it represents a wider problem of identity.
- Thursday Aug. 11, 2011 10:49 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Why the delay in Palestinian unity?
Experts agree that implementation of the agreement signed between Fateh
and Hamas in May has been delayed because neither side is truly serious
- Monday Aug. 8, 2011 2:42 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: 'July 14 is not a movement I feel apart of'
A tour of the tent encampment in Tel Aviv will not make any Palestinian
feel comfortable, writes Abir Kopty.
- Monday Aug. 1, 2011 3:23 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Maybe Israelis aren't really seeking social justice after all
Blogger Dahlia Scheindlin says she tried several times, to no avail, to ask
Tel Aviv's protesters about their positions on Israel's occupation.
- Thursday July 28, 2011 11:09 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: Law expert warns that Palestinian statehood bid has serious risks
International law scholar Susan Akram has serious concerns about the
Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood at the United Nations, reports Max Blumenthal at his blog.
- Thursday July 28, 2011 10:37 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Obama must act on Palestine
Former Jordanian foreign minister Marwan Muasher makes a plea for Washington to address the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict with a plan of substance.
- Monday July 25, 2011 12:25 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: 'Israel's failure is a moral failure'
Ongoing demonstrations in Israel's cities against the high cost of
housing are a sign of a greater moral failure, writes Aziz Abu Sarah.
- Monday July 18, 2011 1:55 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: One view of the march for two states
Sixteen-year-old Jalal Abukhater attended last Friday's East Jerusalem
demonstration for two states as an observer. Read what he thought at the +972 blog.
- Wednesday July 13, 2011 12:27 PM (EST+7)
BLOG: Don't take the boycott law to court
Opponents of Israel's new law penalizing advocates of boycott against
Israel should not take the legislation to court, argues
- Saturday July 9, 2011 1:36 PM (EST+7)
BLOG: Mobocracy at Ben Gurion airport
Jerusalem Post journalist Larry
what happened at Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv when a small
group of Israelis demonstrated in support of pro-Palestinian activists
trying to visit the West Bank from Europe.
- Tuesday July 5, 2011 9:43 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Despite the bullying, the flotilla will sail
A passenger on a United States-flagged boat seeking to break Israel's
blockade of Gaza, activist Medea Benjamin, writes Monday that the
flotilla is determined to sail, despite many obstacles.
- Sunday June 26, 2011 2:12 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: 'This is why I sail'
Renowned author Alice Walker tells why she is participating in an effort
to break the sea blockade on the Gaza Strip in this essay published at The
- Saturday June 25, 2011 1:50 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Israelis propose advantage of Palestinian UN bid
Four Israelis, writing in the New
York Times opinion pages, have proposed that Israel and the
United States embrace the Palestinian move to have statehood recognized
by the United Nations in September.
- Wednesday June 15, 2011 9:23 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Israel's war through water
Israel is waging a war on Palestinians by stealing their water resources
and limiting their access to water, writes Palestinian Water Authority head Shaddad
Attili in the Jerusalem Post.
- Wednesday May 25, 2011 10:14 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Netanyahu's speech shows America will buy anything
Israeli commentator Gideon Levy despairs of the rousing reception received by
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his speech to the
United States Congress on Wednesday.
- Wednesday May 25, 2011 10:03 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Washington speeches nudges Palestinians towards UN
A week of Washington speeches calling on the Palestinians to abandon
plans to take their search for statehood to the United Nations seems
only to have increased the likelihood of them going down that path.
- Tuesday May 24, 2011 10:16 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: Even Israeli settlers seeking UN reference
Blogger Yossi Gurvitz describes how a group of Israeli settlers are taking
their case to the United Nations, a body not typically known for being
sympathetic to their illegal cause.
- Wednesday May 18, 2011 11:03 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Netanyahu is preparing for battle
Haaretz commentator Aluf Benn
says that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is headed to
Washington this week to gather support for Israel before the third
- Saturday May 14, 2011 11:59 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: What Mitchell's resignation tells us
Foreign Policy editor Daniel
Levy weighs in on what the resignation of US Mideast
envoy George Mitchell means for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process.
- Sunday May 8, 2011 10:57 AM (EST+7)
WITNESS: Nabi Saleh continues its non-violent resistance
Reporter Joseph Dana describes a Friday in Nabi Saleh, where Israeli
soldiers patrol the village to prevent its residents from coming out in
largely non-violent demonstrations.
- Thursday May 5, 2011 1:49 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Dershowitz argues Bin Laden killing exonerates Israel
Pro-Israel advocate and lawyer Alan Dershowitz says that the US killing
of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden vindicates Israel in its policy of
- Wednesday May 4, 2011 12:30 PM (EST+7)
Carter calls on US to support Palestinian unity
Former US president Jimmy Carter has penned an editorial calling on the
United States to support the Palestinian unity agreement being signed in
- Sunday May 1, 2011 10:44 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Hamas should be given a chance
Writer Gideon Levy says that Israel responded with the same, tired
response to Palestinian reconciliation: what is good for them, is bad
- Wednesday April 27, 2011 12:20 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: When Montgomery comes to Nabi Saleh
The non-violent protests that happen weekly in the villages of Nabi
Saleh and Bilin are made of the same stuff that US officials have lauded
in other Arab countries, says Mark Perry in Foreign Policy.
- Monday April 25, 2011 10:22 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: When in doubt, give a Middle East speech
Palestinians, Israelis and the United States are all preparing
individual gambits to promote their separate perspectives on how peace
in the Middle East should proceed.
- Wednesday April 6, 2011 4:01 PM (EST+7)
Dugard: 'Strange' Goldstone op-ed doesn't change facts
Former United Nations human rights official John Dugard argues in an opinion piece that no new facts have been
presented concerning Israel's war in Gaza, despite judge Richard
Goldstone's contention otherwise.
- Monday April 4, 2011 1:08 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Goldstone 'retractions' vs facts
Despite Israel's claims that international jurist Richard Goldstone has
"retracted" the findings of a United Nations report on possible war
crimes in Israel's 2008-2009 war on the Gaza Strip, the truth of the
matter is quite different, writes author Ben White.
- Saturday March 26, 2011 2:07 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Confronting airport discrimination
Jerusalem resident Aziz Abu Sarah describes the insulting treatment he has received
traveling through Israel's main airport - and how pleased he is that
Israel's Supreme Court is reviewing the situation.
- Thursday March 24, 2011 1:02 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: I wish you Egypt
Palestinian boycott advocate Omar Barghouti writes a stirring call to the western public, asking
them to rise up to fight for social and economic justice.
- Saturday March 12, 2011 10:58 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Tear down this Israeli wall
Singer Roger Waters calls for the boycott of Israel in this opinion
peace in the Guardian.
- Saturday Feb. 19, 2011 12:13 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: US veto could be good news for Palestinians
Activist Phyllis Bennis argues that the United States' Friday veto of a
United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli
settlements is still a victory for human rights.
- Thursday Feb. 10, 2011 11:29 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: The long, lonely walk into Gaza
The Guardian's Harriet Sherwood describes the journey through Israel's terminal
leading in and out of the Gaza Strip.
- Saturday Jan. 22, 2011 10:10 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Dahlan affair means Abbas has abandoned Gaza
Palestinians experts are saying that the effective purging of former
security strongman Muhammed Dahlan from the ranks of Fateh means that
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given up all hopes of regaining
control of the Gaza Strip.
- Thursday Jan. 20, 2011 3:00 PM (EST+7)
Ashrawi: US should support anti-settlement UN resolution
Former Palestinian negotiator Hanan Ashrawi calls on the United States
to support a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlements in an op-ed published in the New York Times Thursday.
- Monday Jan. 3, 2011 10:19 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Unarmed demonstrators face difficult struggle
The death of Jawaher Abu Rahma in Bilin this weekend throws a new
spotlight on the weekly anti-wall demonstrations taking place at eight
villages in the West Bank, writes Donald Macintyre.
- Saturday Nov. 6, 2010 9:05 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Is Hamas Islamicizing Gaza?
Beginning this year, Hamas has gradually begun Islamicizing the Gaza
Strip in law and through the educational system, argues Mkhaimer Abusaba
- Thursday Nov. 4, 2010 10:23 AM (EST+7)
OP-ED: Finish Rabin's work
Former US President Bill Clinton fondly remembers Yitzhak Rabin and
calls on peacemakers today to step up to the plate and :finish Rabin's
- Sunday Oct. 31, 2010 5:51 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Crunch time
In this New York Times column,
Roger Cohen, describes a moment of truth for Israel's Prime Minister
Netanyahu to tell the world what his vision of Israel's future borders
with Palestine will be.
- Saturday Oct. 30, 2010 1:57 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: A new kind of partition plan
The passing of the benchmark of US mid-term elections next week could
expedite a paradigm shift underway between Palestinians and Israelis,
writes Aluf Benn.
- Wednesday Oct. 27, 2010 8:50 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Trading beyond the Green Line
In light of the
acclaimed theory that economic peace leads to real peace between a
future Palestinian state and Israel, the author pokes at an economic
report released earlier this month by the Bank of Israel that
illustrates Israel's trivial economic relationship with the occupied
- Thursday Oct. 14, 2010 12:41 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: The man behind Avigdor Lieberman
Haaretz's Aluf Benn argues that Israel's antagonistic policies against
its Arab minority are instigated not by its right-wing foreign minister,
but by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself.
- Saturday Oct. 9, 2010 9:30 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Israel should respect rights of foreign workers
In this Global Post op-ed, the
authors describe why Israel's supreme court has called the state's
treatment of foreign workers a form of slavery.
- Sunday Oct. 3, 2010 6:32 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: A new kind of two-state solution
In this well-researched article in Foreign Policy
magazine, the authors argue for an innovative system based on the
principle of Permanent Residency for Palestinians and Israelis choosing
to live where they wish.
- Saturday Sept. 25, 2010 9:57 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: If Netanyahu can't halt the building, there is no hope
Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to extend a freeze on new settlements says a
great deal about the Israeli prime minister's politics, writes Donald
Macintyre of the Independent.
- Wednesday Sept. 22, 2010 5:03 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Israel's unreasonable request
The current Palestinian leadership headed by President Mahmoud Abbas has
been absolutely right in refusing to recognise Israel as a Jewish state
because it does not have the authority to speak for the Israeli people;
nor should it acknowledge such undemocratic expressions of
- Saturday Sept. 11, 2010 10:30 AM (EST+7)
Fisk: Few lessons learned after September 11
Journalist Robert Fisk writes about the lack of lessons learned from
September 11 - two wars and hundreds of thousands of dead later.
- Tuesday Sept. 7, 2010 1:25 PM (EST+7)
This time in Washington, honest brokerage is not going to be enough
Given the gross asymmetry between Israelis and Palestinians at the
negotiating table, the United States will have to do much more than
broker peace from the sidelines, it will have to force it on the
parties. This is the argument of Avi Shlaim in his latest piece in the Guardian.
- Tuesday Sept. 7, 2010 9:45 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Even if peace talks fail, Palestine's independence is inevitable
Even if current negotiations fail, the Palestinians will still achieve statehood, says Daoud Kuttab in his latest Op-Ed in the Washington Post.
- Wednesday Aug. 25, 2010 12:18 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: How to handle Hamas
Now that Palestinians and Israelis are entering direct talks, there
remains the outstanding question of how to handle Hamas.
- Monday Aug. 23, 2010 6:37 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Direct talks and their potential consequences
Alon Ben-Meir, a senior fellow at NYU's Center for Global Affairs, lays
out a four-point plan for President Barack Obama as he gets set to
engage Palestinians and Israelis in direct talks.
- Sunday Aug. 22, 2010 8:51 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Three reasons why peace talks are going nowhere
Esteemed scholar and co-author of The Israel Lobby, Stephen Walt, argues why he sees no positive outcome of the move toward direct talks, in Foreign Policy magazine.
- Thursday Aug. 19, 2010 11:27 AM (EST+7)
A third Lebanon war?
Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak is staying in close contact with
Washington, visiting often and hosting US diplomats in Israel.
- Wednesday Aug. 18, 2010 7:58 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Jordan Valley is a microcosm if Israel's colonisation
In his latest piece in the Guardian,
Ben White, describes the ongoing process of Israeli colonisation in the
Jordan Valley and why it is good example of Israeli policies vis-a-vis
- Wednesday Aug. 18, 2010 10:55 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: Doing an 'Ilana'
Author Ilana Hammerman took three Palestinian girls to an Israeli beach -
breaking Israeli law that prevents Palestinians from entering Israel.
- Sunday Aug. 1, 2010 7:05 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Abbas must test Obama's intentions
If Abbas does enter talks he should make it public that he is testing
the resolve and genuineness of President Obama, argues Lara Friedman in
her opinion piece in Foreign Policy magazine.
- Saturday July 31, 2010 12:41 PM (EST+7)
Fisk: Israel in EU without anyone noticing
The crash of an Israeli helicopter in Romania this week brought barely a
mention from the international press, writes Robert Fisk.
- Friday July 30, 2010 8:39 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Calls for one state from the Israeli right
Calls for a one-state solution between Palestinians and Israelis has
never been the rallying cry of the Israeli right wing, until now.
- Monday July 26, 2010 12:58 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Tweeting never started a revolution
New US funding for helping Arabs use new media won't help build
democracy, writes Rami Khouri.
- Saturday July 24, 2010 9:57 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: Israel needs a Palestinian state
Israel's policies towards Palestinians are making Israel more insecure,
argues Alon Ben Meir in the Huffington
- Thursday July 22, 2010 9:21 AM (EST+7)
Barghouti: Slow death of Palestinian democracy
Politician Mustafa Barghouthi argues in Foreign
Policy magazine that Palestinian democracy is gradually dying
out, hindered by Western interference and Palestinian division.
- Thursday July 22, 2010 8:59 AM (EST+7)
WATCH: NYT's Kristoff visits Susya in Hebron Hills
The New York Times' Nicholas
Kristoff argues that Israel's West Bank policies are profoundly unfair,
with a video visit to the Bedouin village of Susya in the Hebron hills.
- Monday July 19, 2010 9:56 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Palestinians work, Lebanon wins
The vote to grant the right to work to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon
is currently too close to call, even as the most serious debate ever
held in Lebanon on this subject builds momentum, writes Frank Lamb in al-Ahram Weekly.
- Thursday July 15, 2010 4:19 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Force Israel's hand on Palestinian home demolitions
Seth Freedman argues in the Guardian, that the world needs to take
direction action immediately to prevent Israel from carrying out future
demolitions of Palestinian homes.
- Saturday July 10, 2010 12:27 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: All this talk frittering away statehood
All the talk about whether or not to engaged in proximity talks or
direct talks, is frittering away the possibilities that negotiations
will ever amount to anything, writes Matt Beynon-Rees.
- Thursday July 8, 2010 3:48 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: In Gaza, Hamas may have weathered worst of storm
The worst could be over for Hamas whose rule in Gaza has survived three
years of economic blockade and a full-scale Israeli military onslaught.
- Monday June 28, 2010 8:23 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Israel offers misdirection on Gaza
Easing the import blockade won’t help Gaza. What it needs is a free pass on exports.
- Tuesday June 22, 2010 9:27 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: German-Israel relations, isolating friends
Germany has long been considered one of Israel's best friends in
Europe, but relations have begun to sour as of late. A spat of
diplomatic missteps has Israel feeling more isolated than ever.
- Monday June 21, 2010 4:38 PM (EST+7)
WITNESS: Writing on the walls in the Holy Land
Reuters Bureau Chief in Israel/Palestine, Alastair McDonald, bears witness to three years of covering the Holy Land.
- Saturday June 19, 2010 10:44 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Obama faces obstacles as he changes tack
In trying to change direction and find "a better approach" to dealing
with the long running crisis facing Gaza, the Obama administration is
confronting several deeply entrenched obstacles, writes James Zogby.
- Friday June 18, 2010 9:14 PM (EST+7)
Israel’s dilemma: Combining true democracy with control
The aid flotilla to gaza attack has sparked a debate within Israel itself on the policies
towards Arabs living within Israel and indeed on the wider question of
combining true democracy with continuing to hold onto the Palestinian
- Monday June 14, 2010 9:22 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Mabhouh affair raises questions, worries
Israel's alleged involvement in the killing of Hamas operative Mahmoud
Mabhouh in Dubai raises serious questions, says the Jerusalem Post.
- Saturday June 12, 2010 1:56 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Israel's military loses its footing
Palestinian analysts, asked their perspective of Israel’s raid on a
fleet of ships headed for the blockaded Gaza Strip, see cracks in
Israel’s usually-tough armor.
- Saturday June 12, 2010 11:08 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: War crimes advocate to head Israel inquiry
Israel's appointment of Giora Eiland to hear the flotilla inquiry is an
"excellent choice" writes the Israeli Occupation Archive blog.
- Thursday June 10, 2010 12:13 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Haaretz calls for Gaza inspection regime
Israeli daily Haaretz says
that the only way to salvage Israeli credibility is to implement a
maritime inspection regime.
- Wednesday June 9, 2010 7:46 PM (EST+7)
Palestinian author gets film made in Hollywood
Palestine will be heading to Hollywood this year as a film shot by
famed director Julian Schnabel will be picked up by high-profile
Los-Angeles producer Harvey Weinstein.
- Wednesday June 9, 2010 12:21 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Israel's inquiry to be a whitewash
Legal experts agree that the commission of inquiry dispatched by Israeli
prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel's deadly boarding of a
fleet of Gaza-bound ships last week is likely to be a whitewash, reports
- Monday June 7, 2010 6:33 PM (EST+7)
Ibish: Israel must clarify Palestine's status
In this article, Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at The American Task
Force on Palestine, calls on Israel to clarify its position on
- Monday June 7, 2010 8:58 AM (EST+7)
Queen Rania: Hardliners are the face of Israel
Jordan's Queen Rania calls in The
Independent for the end of the blockade on Gaza and a return to
moderate politics in Israel.
- Sunday June 6, 2010 9:07 AM (EST+7)
Pappe: The deadly closing of the Israeli mind
It is not the backing of the United States or relative weakness of the
European Union that allows Israel to maintain its policies, writes Illan
Pappe in the Independent.
- Thursday June 3, 2010 12:44 PM (EST+7)
Boyle: International law and Gaza
In this opinion piece, Francis Boyle calls for the suspension of Israel from the United Nations system.
- Sunday May 30, 2010 4:28 PM (EST+7)
WITNESS: A true story
The story and reflections of a Palestinian man and his journey of resistance.
- Wednesday May 26, 2010 4:17 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: The burden of collective narratives
Peace activist Amal Abu Zeidan describes the burden of collective narratives in conflict situations and how a common narrative will eventually be needed to cement a permanent peace.
- Monday May 24, 2010 8:37 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Path to peace runs through Damascus
Phil Sands of The National
notes that it is no coincidence that heads of state are paying a round
of visits to Damascus in an attempt to ease regional tensions.
- Saturday May 22, 2010 9:11 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Hariri finds himself between a rock and a hard place
Next week's meeting between Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri and US
president Barack Obama is expected to pass without great fanfare, says
Omaya Abdel-Latif in al-Ahram.
- Wednesday May 19, 2010 6:59 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: As non-violence takes root, so may a Palestinian state
As non-violent resistance continues to take a firmer root in the occupied Palestinian territories, so may the results of its struggle.
- Wednesday May 12, 2010 5:38 PM (EST+7)
OP-ED: Israelis' state of denial about repression of Palestinians pervasive
Despite the close proximity in which they live, Israelis largely remain
in a state of denial over their military's repressive treatment of
- Monday May 10, 2010 4:37 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Buy Palestinian products
Haaretz columnist Akiva Eldar confronts arguments against the
Palestinians right to boycott products made in illegal Israeli
settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.
- Sunday May 9, 2010 5:23 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Israel fights criticism by attacking the messenger
Since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office in 2009,
Israel's civil society network of human rights groups and NGOs have
increasingly found themselves under fire and persecution from the
- Friday May 7, 2010 8:39 AM (EST+7)
OPINION: Non-violence needs women
Asma Asfour, a member of the Sinjal Municipality, argues that Palestinian women should take a more active role in the non-violent struggle for their people's rights.
- Sunday May 2, 2010 5:37 PM (EST+7)
Siegman: Is the Israel-Palestine conflict 'ripe' for Obama’s intervention?
Renowned columnist and former National Director of the American Jewish Congress,
Henry Siegman contemplates whether the conditions are 'ripe' for an
imposed solution from the Obama administration.
- Wednesday April 28, 2010 11:17 AM (EST+7)
Miller: I am no longer a believer
In this article for Foreign Policy, Aaron David Miller outlines why he
is skeptical that the Obama administration can make any progress in the
- Monday April 26, 2010 6:18 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Beating the Mideast's black hole
Columnist Roger Cohen explains where the peace process now stands, and
why there is some room for hope.
- Sunday April 25, 2010 6:03 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Middle East peace: So why have we failed?
Former Egyptian Ambassador Nabil Fahmy gives his insight on why some
peace making efforts have succeeded and others failed.
- Saturday April 24, 2010 10:59 AM (EST+7)
Bishara: Palestinian plurality being overtaken by Zionist mono-theology
Former Knesset member Azmi Bishara warns of a process of cultural
colonization underway, and says the best way to fight it is to treat all
of historic Palestine as Jerusalem -- as sacred.
- Wednesday April 21, 2010 12:56 PM (EST+7)
Indyk: Mideast conflict now US strategic problem
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become a US strategic
imperative, writes former US ambassador Martin Indyk in the New York Times.
- Monday April 19, 2010 5:20 PM (EST+7)
Direction of US-Israel relations depend on which way the PM turns
Former two-time US ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, explains why the
decisions Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has to make, will determine
the future relationship of the United States and Israel.
- Monday April 19, 2010 1:45 PM (EST+7)
VIEW: Nablus clings to past as Palestinian industrial center
The city of Nablus was once the industrial capital of the West Bank,
teeming with the processing of agricultural products and goods produced
in local factories.
- Monday April 19, 2010 11:32 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: What if Palestinians were to unilaterally declare statehood?
Were Palestinians to declare statehood, argues Shlomo Avineri in Haaretz, not much would change on the
ground, but negotiations would proceed between two sovereign states
- Monday April 19, 2010 10:56 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Scud missile would be odd choice for Hezbollah
Long-range Scud missiles, which Israel has accused Syria of sending to
Hezbollah in Lebanon, seem unlikely weapons of choice for a nimble
guerrilla outfit, although they might pack a psychological punch.
- Wednesday April 14, 2010 4:52 PM (EST+7)
Will religious Zionist soldiers disobey orders to evacuate settlements?
In a final peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians, will the Israeli military be able to enforce political compromises against the settler movement, when many in its own ranks are themselves settlers or sympathizers?
- Wednesday April 14, 2010 9:29 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS:Summit helps Israel skirt nuclear scrutiny, for now
US President Barack Obama's Nuclear Security Summit was a high-yield
event for Israel, with little of the diplomatic fallout that made the
country's leaders duck such forums in the past.
- Sunday April 11, 2010 10:05 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Israel's corrupt sweat in the same gym
In Israel, those named in the latest corruption scandal -- a building and bribes affair -- all sweat in the same gym, writes Matt Benyon Reese.
- Tuesday April 6, 2010 9:10 AM (EST+7)
Khatib: 'Incitement' charges are a waste of time
There is a great opportunity in the next few months to reach a just
peace between Israelis and Palestinians, argues Palestinian government
spokesperson Ghassan Khatib.
- Monday April 5, 2010 8:01 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: The strange love-affair of the US and AIPAC
In this skathing look at the ties between the United States government
and the Israeli lobbying group AIPAC, Dan Lieberman questions why US
officials continue to maintain such a relationship.
- Wednesday March 31, 2010 6:59 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: A new Middle East war?
Columnist Conn Hallinan takes a look at the tension and tough talk
between Israel and Lebanon, which many fear could spring from saber rattling total war.
- Wednesday March 31, 2010 6:59 PM (EST+7)
Swedish pension giant divests from Israeli company
Sweden's largest pension funds have decided to
divest from Israel's largest military contractor, Elbit Systems, citing
- Monday March 29, 2010 9:40 AM (EST+7)
Halevy: Why not Hamas?
Former Mossad head Ephraim Halevy argues that Israel and the United
States should break the peace process impasse by negotiating with Hamas.
- Thursday March 25, 2010 9:03 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: Why Netanyahu is wrong about Jerusalem
Commentator Juan Cole lists ten reasons that Jerusalem does not belong
to Jewish-Israelis alone.
- Wednesday March 24, 2010 9:25 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Israel in political isolation
Washington's conflict with Israel may have been postponed, but it comes
at a time of political isolation for Israel, writes the Washington Post.
- Sunday March 21, 2010 12:04 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Jerusalem, settlements, and the 'everybody knows' fallacy
Within negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis it is often
considered that Israel will keep certain settlement blocs in the West
Bank and East Jerusalem, as it has established "facts on the ground."
This consideration, termed as the "everybody knows" argument by an
article in Foreign Policy magazine is depicted as fallacy by coauthors Lara Friedman and Daniel Seidemann.
- Thursday March 18, 2010 12:35 PM (EST+7)
Saudi Arabia more worried about Israel than Iran
Saudi Arabia may share Israel's concern over Iran, but more important is
its worry about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, writes Judith Miller
in the LA Times.
- Thursday March 18, 2010 11:42 AM (EST+7)
OP-ED: The Biden effect
"I’m tempted to see Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel as a
parable," writes Roger Cohen of the New
York Times. "Nice guy wanders into mess and truth is revealed."
- Thursday March 18, 2010 8:14 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Snubbing US can hurt Israeli pols
When Israeli politicians pick a fight with the United States, it can
sometimes come back to haunt them, reminds Washington Post writer Scott Wilson.
- Wednesday March 17, 2010 8:49 AM (EST+7)
Friedman: Fayyad and Iran have plans, US does not
Underlying the latest US-Israel spat over settlements is the deeper --
real -- problem, writes columnist Thomas Friedman.
- Tuesday March 16, 2010 12:31 PM (EST+7)
READ: Hamas' Yusef describes challenges ahead
Hamas leader Ahmad Yusef is hopeful that the political dissension
between Fateh and the Islamic Resistance Movement will be resolved by
the coming Arab summit, he writes.
- Monday March 15, 2010 4:32 PM (EST+7)
No hiding place for war criminals and torturers
In this article, British legal expert Sir Geoffrey Bindman, explains the merits of universal jurisdiction and why a hasty response by the British government in response to Israeli protests, was 'ill considered'.
- Saturday March 13, 2010 9:58 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: Kairos and Lent in the Holy Land
Last December, Palestinian Christians launched the Palestinian Kairos
Document, 'A moment of truth: A word of faith, hope and love from the
heart of Palestinian suffering' (www.kairospalestine.ps).
- Wednesday March 10, 2010 8:40 PM (EST+7)
Israel punks itself
With Benjamin Netanyahu's ridiculous new global PR campaign, Israel just tells itself lies.
- Sunday March 7, 2010 8:57 PM (EST+7)
US Jewish activist: Why I am protesting the Friends of the IDF dinner
Israel is not the most moral army in the world says psychologist and
former Zionist Donna Nevel in the Israel daily Haaretz.
- Sunday March 7, 2010 8:27 PM (EST+7)
Muslim right to the Jewish past
Archaeologist Yonathon Mizrachi explores the complex histories surrounding the holy sites in the holy land and argues why they should be the responsibility of the local residents.
- Sunday March 7, 2010 10:25 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: A scandal for Israeli intelligence
has become overconfident and careless, says Mustafa Alani, a Gulf security analyst.
- Sunday March 7, 2010 8:36 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Mitchell's failed mission
US envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israel on Saturday night, setting
out on his mission to initiate indirect talks between Palestinians and
- Thursday March 4, 2010 7:20 PM (EST+7)
Hamas: Abbas must resign after failing to deliver
Hamas on Thursday called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resign, accusing him of selling the Palestinians "illusions" by moving to resume peace talks with Israel.
- Sunday Feb. 28, 2010 5:46 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: It is time for Israel's friends to condemn its acts of terrorism
Professor of Political science at the Australian National University, Amin Saikal, takes a look at Israel's intelligence policies in the wake of the assassinations in Dubai. He calls for a wider definition of terrorism and a serious critique by Israel's friends.
- Sunday Feb. 28, 2010 5:46 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Learning from the Sadat Years
Belgian Journalist Khaled Diab writes that Arab leaders should take lesson from former Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's legacy over thirty years ago in how to forge a peace with Israel.
- Saturday Feb. 27, 2010 11:58 AM (EST+7)
Siegman: For Israel, defiance comes at the cost of legitimacy
The Middle East peace process and its quest for a two-state solution to
the Israel-Palestine conflict that got under way nearly 20 years ago
with the Oslo accords has undergone two fundamental transformations. It
is now on the brink of a third, writes Henry Siegman in the Financial Times.
- Saturday Feb. 27, 2010 11:19 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Coming Arab summit opportunity for change
The Arab summit to be held in Libya on March 27-28 provides on
opportunity for changing the Palestinian-Israeli equation, says
political science professor Hassan Naffa in al-Ahram Weekly.
- Friday Feb. 26, 2010 9:08 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Israel's NGOs must operate freely
A recent attack of credability on the New Israel Fund (NIF) by elements of Israel's right-wing is undercutting an important institution of Israel's democracy, namely those who monitor human rights and expose instances of abuse. Antony Lerman, the former director of the Institute of Jewish Policy Research observes how this distubing trend could spell disaster for the foundations of liberty by eroding democratic culture.
- Friday Feb. 26, 2010 6:30 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: US can't afford military aid to Israel
Josh Ruebner, the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, lays out his argument for why the United States can no longer afford to provide billions in aid to Israel. US President Barack Obama recently secured $3 billion in military aid alone to Israel for the fiscal year 2011.
- Thursday Feb. 25, 2010 7:47 AM (EST+7)
Kouchner and Moratinos: Europe must shoulder its responsibilities
Europe must do more than call attention to the contours of a final
settlement between Palestinians and Israelis, the French and Spanish
foreign ministers said in an op-ed published Tuesday in Le Monde.
- Wednesday Feb. 24, 2010 9:11 AM (EST+7)
Annan: Occupation means strife
Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan calls for resolving the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict in tandem with working towards mutual
- Wednesday Feb. 24, 2010 8:58 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Mossad operation gone awry?
Many questions remain about what is now believed to have been the Mossad's killing of Hamas operative Mahmoud Mabhouh.
- Tuesday Feb. 23, 2010 5:37 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Declare a Palestinian state
In this opinion piece in the New York Times, Professor and author Jerome M. Segal makes a point-by-point argument for recognizing the State of Palestine prior to negotiations.
- Monday Feb. 22, 2010 8:48 PM (EST+7)
OPINION: Israel's smiling PR drive
The Guardian's Seth Freedman takes on Israel's latest attempt to fight negative public opinion with spin doctors and smiles.
- Sunday Feb. 21, 2010 7:00 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Broken 'engagement' in the Middle East
US President Barack Obama's efforts to 'reach out' to the Muslim world
have only emphasized the disconnect between his administration and
their potential Muslim allies. Doyle McManus observes how the breakdown
in Obama's peace efforts between Israelis and Palestinians has sullied
- Sunday Feb. 21, 2010 4:11 PM (EST+7)
How settlers prevented the construction of a Palestinian hospital
Director of the Settlement Watch project for Israel's Peace Now movement, Hagit Ofran, remarks on how a small contingent of settlers set the political agenda for the whole country.
- Sunday Feb. 21, 2010 10:22 AM (EST+7)
Fletcher: Don't deny peaceful protests in West Bank
It has become almost a cliché, yet people, including Irish rocker Bono,
continue to wield King's name when they bemoan the alleged absence of
his like among the Palestinians, writes the executive editor of
- Sunday Feb. 21, 2010 10:03 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: Getting gleeked on by the chosen people
I've had it in my head that during these nine months of traveling, I
will probably be disrespected in one way or another, writes blogger
Brooke Dean. I DID NOT, however, think in a million years that I would be spat on by a religious Jew in Israel.
- Saturday Feb. 20, 2010 9:23 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: The black humor of the Goldstone report
As the UN dithers while people keep dying in Gaza, writes international
lawyer Curtis Doebbler, it appears those of us who believed that things
would change were fools for believing that justice could triumph over
narrow political agendas.
- Friday Feb. 19, 2010 11:24 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Israel needs to talk human rights
Israel must learn to speak the language of human rights and cooperate
with the international community if it wants to join it, writes media
expert Gilad Heiman.
- Wednesday Feb. 17, 2010 4:58 PM (EST+7)
The silence of Israel's liberals
Israel's political left and peace groups were once a substantial force
in Israeli society. However, since the collapse of the Oslo Accords,
those voices have largely receded into obscurity and been overshadowed
by Israel's right-wing. Israeli philosopher and psychologist Carlo
Strenger asks the question: why?
- Wednesday Feb. 17, 2010 4:58 PM (EST+7)
FACTBOX-A brief history of Israeli espionage scandals
A look back into historical scandals involving Israel's Mossad and other intelligence agencies
- Wednesday Feb. 17, 2010 11:37 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Will Israel defy the US on Iran?
It is symbolic that the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff chose
Valentine’s Day to come here to talk about the meaning of the color
red, writes Amir Mizroch in the Jerusalem Post.
- Tuesday Feb. 16, 2010 8:40 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Hit team used Mossad methods
Details of the carefully-planned killing of a Hamas commander disclosed
by Dubai authorities Monday resemble techniques the Mossad has used in
the past, says writer Yossi Melman.
- Sunday Feb. 14, 2010 8:30 AM (EST+7)
Usher: US choosing confrontation with Iran
The US decision in late January to ramp up weapons systems in the Gulf can only mean on thing, argues reporter Graham Usher.
- Thursday Feb. 11, 2010 7:42 PM (EST+7)
Not valid forever
Ghassan Khatib says the idea of a land swap for settlements cannot stay on the table indefinitely.
- Wednesday Feb. 3, 2010 6:22 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Fear of peace will be the death of Israel
Columnist Bradley Burston responds to the argument from the
Israeli-right that peace with the Arabs will be the death of Israel.
- Wednesday Feb. 3, 2010 4:09 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Blair, Gaza's great betrayer
It's more than a year since Israel launched its immoral attack on Gaza and Palestinians are still living on the verge of a humanitarian disaster. So what has Tony Blair done to further peace in the region? Virtually nothing, argues the historian Avi Shlaim
- Monday Feb. 1, 2010 7:43 PM (EST+7)
Robert Fisk: Why does the US turn a blind eye to Israeli bulldozers?
As Israel's settlement policy destroys the chance for a two-state solution, so too does it destroy the chance for peace. Internationally renowned author and journalist Robert Fisk decries the world for letting it happen.
- Monday Jan. 25, 2010 9:03 PM (EST+7)
COMMENT: Israel's NGO crackdown spells trouble
Last week saw the latest move in the Israeli government's clampdown on those working in solidarity with the Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territories.
- Thursday Jan. 21, 2010 9:00 AM (EST+7)
READ: Stinging criticism of Barak's granting university status to a settlement college
Defense Minister Ehud Barak may have surprised some by designating as a university the college in Ariel settlement, but Yossi Sarid was not fooled.
- Wednesday Jan. 20, 2010 1:14 PM (EST+7)
BLOG: Palestinian Authority will have to give in
As US envoy George Mitchell comes to visit the region, Palestinians should prepare for their government to acquiesce, writes Sami Abdel Shafi in bitterlemons.org.
- Wednesday Jan. 20, 2010 9:36 AM (EST+7)
COMMENT: The perpetual process for impossible peace
Yasser Arafat has been dead for five years, the oval office has seen four new presidents, the Israelis had seven new prime ministers, Yugoslavia disintegrated into six republics, Pluto is no longer a planet and yet, according to the Obama administration's Special Envoy George Mitchell, we are still but two years away from a Palestinian state.
- Monday Jan. 18, 2010 8:37 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Egypt's wall sends strong message
Egypt's new wall on the Gaza border is causing Hamas to press the boundaries of its relationship with its neighbor.
- Sunday Jan. 10, 2010 11:44 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: Syria sits on top of the region
Nobody should underestimate the power of the Syrian regime, writes professor Elias Samo.
- Sunday Jan. 10, 2010 9:13 AM (EST+7)
Henry Siegman: 'It's time to impose solution'
An imposed solution in the Middle East simply means getting both sides to live up to committments that they have each made in signed agreements.
- Thursday Jan. 7, 2010 10:21 AM (EST+7)
BLOG: What Israelis think about Gaza
The Israeli press seems immune to Gaza's blockade and the plight of its residents one year after the Gaza war.
- Monday June 29, 2009 4:57 PM (EST+7)
INTERVIEW: Fayyad to Palestinians: Yes we can!
Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is influencing a new positive Yes-We-Can message to Palestinians. Fayyad believes that a positive outlook is how Palestine will get what it wants.
- Wednesday March 18, 2009 1:46 PM (EST+7)
BLOG: Why did Fayyad resign?
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad plans to resign by the end of the month. Some say his success was his downfall.
- Sunday Feb. 22, 2009 11:03 AM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Who is the new Netanyahu?
As Benjamin Netanyahu steps into the Israeli prime minister's office, many are wondering where his leadership will take Israel.
- Saturday Jan. 24, 2009 12:08 PM (EST+7)
ANALYSIS: Not much has changed in Washington
Arab commentators aren't very impressed with President Obama's words of empathy for Palestinian suffering.
- Friday Jan. 9, 2009 2:20 PM (EST+7)
Carter: Gaza war could have been easily avoided
I know from personal involvement that the devastating invasion of Gaza by Israel could easily have been avoided.