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Stop Giving Money to UNRWA

Joffe & Romirowsky, The New Republic

How Many Tons of Cement to Rebuild Gaza?

David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Israeli Propaganda Starts to Wear Thin

Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

Losing Facebook Friends over Gaza

Karen Lehrman Bloch, Tablet

Protests targeting an Israeli theater company in Scotland are the latest examples of the increasingly uncomfortable position of Jews across Europe....(full article)

UNRWA, the U.N.’s 65-year-old, internationally funded welfare organization for Palestinians, should be commended for providing much needed shelter and aid to displaced Gazans dur...(full article)

The importation of building materials to rebuild Gaza's tens of thousands of destroyed homes is one of the most potentially fraught issues. Hamas used large quantities of cement, a...(full article)

One of the fascinating dimensions of the battle between Israel and Palestine is how Israeli leaders and their American apologists keep changing their propaganda message aimed at ge...(full article)

I tried to stay out of the fray, but I finally had to go public with my opinions about Israel, even if it meant my friends disagreed....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

White House Sending Wrong Message to Terrorists - Jerusalem Post

It is important that both Israel and the US work to heal any rifts and press forward on common interests, such as countering extremist threats and creating regional stability toget...

The Oldest Hatred: Europe vs. the New World - Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News

It is no longer possible to decouple hatred of Israel from anti-Semitism. Organizations such as the Berlin-based German-Israel Friendship Society are supposed to advance Israel&rsq...

The Israeli Solution for Kurdistan - Andrew Peek, The Fiscal Times

Today, Israel would probably be a natural ally of the pro-American, non-sectarian Kurdistan, where civil society, stability, and democratic norms have advanced beyond the reach of ...

Supporting Hamas Is Anti-Semitic - Alan Dershowitz, Jerusalem Post

Criticizing specific Israeli policies is certainly not intrinsically anti-Semitic. Indeed, many Israelis are critical of some of their nation's policies. But support for Hamas is ...

Obama's Foreign Policy Record: TBD - Robert Kaplan, Stratfor

This is all intrinsically connected with optics: America's reputation for power as perceived by its friends and enemies. To wit, the Israelis might not have liked Kissinger or Bake...

Don't Count on Abbas to Save Gaza - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The idea that PA officials or security people will be an effective barrier to the re-militarization of Gaza—as opposed to the goal of demilitarization that Israel wants and which...

Repression & Stability: The Sisi Doctrine - Michael Hanna, Foreign Policy

From Gaza to Libya to Iraq, Egypt's new strongman is developing a foreign policy based on repression and stability....

Whither UNRWA? - Jerusalem Post

UNRWA has never been impartial. Its interest in self-preservation rules out fairness. Its existence hinges on keeping the flames of conflict burning....

Khamenei: Negotiations with U.S. Are Futile - Reza Nejad, IranWire

In a speech to prominent diplomats from around the world, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that he firmly believes further negotiations ...

Israel's Game of Russian Roulette in Gaza - Idan Barir, Daily Telegraph

Artillery fire is a statistical means of warfare. By using it in Gaza, Israel cannot claim it is doing everything in its power to spare the innocent....

Israel, Stop Calling Hamas a Terrorist Org - A. B. Yehoshua, New Republic

When Israel was established officially in 1948, the Jordanians bombarded Jerusalem and isolated it even as they killed hundreds of its residents. Yet, throughout that cruel and dif...

How America Lost the Middle East - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

The United States can't stop the Syrian civil war any more than it can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, halt the Egyptian military's brutal repression of political dissidents,...

Israel's New Lawyer: Hillary Clinton - Peter Beinart, Haaretz

Who’s the Israeli government’s best spokesperson? Ron Dermer? Michael Oren? Bibi himself? Nope. It’s Hillary Clinton....

Obama's Foreign Policy Failures - Hillary Clinton, The Weekly Standard

I think it was the great Maimonides who taught us, “You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.” So THE WEEKLY STANDARD is happy to feature this special guest edi...

How Hamas Beat Israel in Gaza - Ronen Bergman, New York Times

If body-counts and destroyed weaponry are the main criteria for victory, Israel is the clear winner in the latest confrontation with Hamas. There’s no doubt that Israel could...

Needed: A Broader Vision for Gaza - Jerusalem Post

Hamas has not and will not change its own long-term strategic vision, that of “resistance” to the State of Israel....

When Did Britain Lose Faith in Israel? - Benny Morris, Daily Telegraph

Half a century ago, relations between Israel and Britain were friendly. More than friendly. They were characterised by admiration. And nowhere in Britain was sympathy and admiratio...

How a Hamas Anthem Become a Hit in Israel - Yoram Hazony, Tablet

A few days ago, I called a young relative who is serving in the Israeli air force and asked him: “Do you know that song—“Kum, Aseh Piguim”?Without missing a beat, he said: ...

Why We're Protesting Gaza, Not Iraq - Lindsey German, The Guardian

The hundreds of thousands who have taken to the streets of Britain over the past month in support of and solidarity with the people of Gaza have seen their protests denounced by n...

Barack Obama on the World - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

President Obama’s hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray ha...

In Gaza, the War Is Far from Over - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

As strikes resume, the battered Palestinians of the Strip don’t want Hamas to give up the fight....

The Global Rule of Law Is Under Fire - Erna Paris, Globe and Mail

Are we witnessing a hollowing out of the global rule of law and other norms that have provided a framework for peace since the end of the Second World War? It is true that the laws...

What Gaza Reveals About American Diplomacy - Gilles Paris, Le Monde

It was almost as a spectator earlier this week that the United States welcomed Egypt's announcement of a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza between the Israeli army and Hamas, which has sin...

Remove the Gaza Strip Blockade - The Daily Star

Now in its eighth year, the medieval blockade of Gaza appears to have only just caught U.S. President Barack Obama’s attention. Although the current truce between Israel and Gaz...

Hacktivists Wage Cyberwar on Israel & Palestine - Sam Frizell, Time

Hacktivist attacks against Israel quintupled as violence swept across Gaza, but are the hackers doing any damage?...

Making the Gaza Ceasefire Last - New York Times

In the first good news in a long time, a 72-hour cease-fire appeared to be holding on Wednesday as Israelis and Palestinians tallied what was lost, and gained, during the latest ...

UN Whitewashes Hamas War Crimes - New York Post

In theory, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes. In practice, the effect is to advance Hamas by treating the Jewish state as t...

Netanyahu's 'Long War' Doctrine - Jonathan Spyer, PJ Media

Netanyahu, in stark contrast to his image in Europe and to a lesser extent in North America, is deeply cautious when it comes to the use of military force. This caution derives f...

Who Won the Gaza War? Egypt - Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

It's still too early to say, but for now, here's how I'd score the performance of the five major parties to this crisis: Israel, Hamas, the PA, Egypt, and the United States....

Turkey and Qatar: Hamas' BFFs - Jonathan Schanzer, Foreign Policy

It's time to stop treating Turkey and Qatar like they’re anything other than proxies for terrorists....

Saving Israel from Netanyahu - Peter George, Sydney Morning Herald

Since he took the reins in 2009, Netanyahu has fulfilled the worst fears of Israelis and friends abroad who believed in the prospect of a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians ...

What Would You Do if Hamas Attacked You? - Peter Beinart, Atlantic

What would you do if your neighbor were launching rockets at your cities? It’s the question every supporter of Israel’s war in Gaza hurls at every American critic. And ...

What in the World Was John Kerry Thinking? - Michael Doran, Mosaic

By seeking reconciliation with Iran, Washington alienates its allies and contributes to ever greater mayhem in the Middle East....

What Would Hamas Do if It Could? - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

It is, in my opinion, a dereliction of responsibility on the part of progressives not to try to understand the goals and beliefs of Islamist totalitarian movements....

Welcome to the 1930s - Roger Simon, PJ Media

Those horrifying events were in the past. It could never happen again. Even when Israel was at war in 1967 and again in 1973 I never really worried. (Later histories by Michael ...

To End the War, Recognize Hamas - Jimmy Carter & Mary Robinson, FP

This tragedy results from the deliberate obstruction of a promising move toward peace in the region, when a reconciliation agreement among the Palestinian factions was announced in...

Israel Winning the Battle, Losing the War - The Economist

Israel is the most successful state in the Middle East. It is the region’s only true democracy—a hub of invention, enterprise and creativity. Israel has overwhelming firepowe...

In Defense of Zionism - Michael Oren, Wall Street Journal

The often reviled ideology that gave rise to Israel has been an astonishing historical success....

For Hamas, Gaza War Is Step Toward West Bank - Hussein Ibish, National

There are at least two ways Hamas might be trying to parlay the current conflict into a greater presence in the West Bank. First, if it can emerge with tangible benefits, whether p...

Why Americans See Israel the Way They Do - Roger Cohen, New York Times

To cross the Atlantic to America, as I did recently from London, is to move from one moral universe to its opposite in relation to Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza. Fury over ...

What's All This Gaza Suffering For? Not Much - David Blair, The Telegraph

About half of Gaza’s people are under the age of 18. No one fights in Gaza without maiming, killing, displacing or traumatising legions of children. This not a campaign waged in ...

Israel, Trapped by Nationalism - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Globalization has made economies more open and interdependent, and national boundaries more porous. But 19th-century notions of exclusive sovereignty and territorial nationalism pe...

Hamas' Hidden Labyrinth Wired for War - Paul Sheehan, Sydney MH

Such is the nature of the Israel-Palestinian debate that many people regard all this as Israel reaping what it sows. Even as Israel strikes against a war machine, it is blamed for ...

Can Abbas Keep the Peace in the West Bank? - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

  A massive protest last week seemed to momentarily challenge the conventional wisdom that the West Bank was not ready for another uprising. In the largest West Bank demonstra...

Palestinian Civilians Aren't the Bad Guys - Ramesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg

Israel is a democratic state that is trying to respect human rights while defending itself against an adversary, Hamas, that does not. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, ...

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