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The Politics of Prayer in Jerusalem

Ruth Margalit, New Yorker

How the Middle East Got to This Point

Conrad Black, National Review

Whitewashing Abbas Leads to Violence

Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

To understand the significance of these events is to recognize the politics of prayer and worship in Jerusalem. Perhaps no thirty-seven acres are more contested in the history of t...(full article)

Conspiracy theories about Jews planning to blow up the mosques on the Temple Mount go back to the efforts of Haj Amin el-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem and Nazi ally who led the ...(full article)

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...(full article)

Recent events in the Middle East are a reminder of how the old models of peace between Israel and the Palestinians are no longer relevant. The time has come to rethink the two-stat...(full article)

How far can you go to foment violence and encourage terrorism while still being considered a hero of peace by the Obama administration? Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas...(full article)

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Sweden's Middle East Blind Spot - Michael Freund, Jerusalem Post

Not every country is blessed to have Norway and Finland as neighbors, or to live without threat or fear of annihilation....

Shattering Myths About the Arab World - Jack Shaheen, The National

Vibrant film offerings are providing audiences with a better understanding of the Arab world and are also helping to shatter Hollywood’s stereotypical Arab images....

Hitting Reset With Israel - Washington Post

The latest furor in the toxic relationship between the Obama administration and Israel erupted over a barnyard epithet directed at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a “senior ...

Jerusalem Is on the Brink of an Intifada - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Jerusalem's Temple Mount — home to the holiest site in Judaism and one of the holiest in Islam — is closed for the first time in at least 14 years, and possibly since I...

Netanyahu and Obama in Open Conflict - David Horovitz, Times of Israel

Each regards the other as arrogant, incompetent, wrongheaded and ill-intentioned....

Obama Caused the US-Israel Strain - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Since Barack Obama became president, The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg has been a reliable indicator of administration opinion about foreign-policy issues. Like some other jour...

Can the US-Israel Relationship Be Repaired? - Jacob Heilbrunn, NI

If there wasn’t a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations before the appearance of Jeffrey Goldberg’s explosive new article in the Atlantic, then there is one now. Israeli prime minis...

Israel's Soldier Suicides - Creede Newton, Daily Beast

Were Israeli soldiers so haunted by what they saw and did in the last Gaza war that they took their own lives? What role did their zealous commander play?...

Terms of Reconstruction Make a Prison of Gaza - J. Cook, The National

It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tent...

The Arab World Needs Israel's Help - Jake Wallis Simons, Jerusalem Post

After decades of corrupt dictatorships and rising Islamism, a brief glance across the region reveals that the blood of Sunni and Shi’ite spatters almost every cobblestone fro...

The Eco Train to Middle East Peace - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

The only source of lasting security is not walls, rockets, U.N. votes or European demonstrations. It’s relationships of trust between neighbors that create healthy interdepen...

Israel's Poor Policy Invites Another Intifada - Hussein Ibish, The National

After several days of violence in occupied East Jerusalem, talk is spreading of a new intifada. We’ve heard this many times since the second intifada petered out. But just be...

An Israeli Book to Break Barriers - Yuval Avivi, Al-Monitor

A new anthology of short stories and poetry (and a comic strip, too) is about to challenge Israeli readers, Jewish and Arab alike. The book, titled “Two: A Bilingual Antholog...

Force Won't Solve Jerusalem's Problem - Haaretz

Following Wednesday’s attack, rightist politicians, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called for a harsh crackdown on the rioters....

Jerusalem Rail: Once a Symbol, Now a Target - Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed

Eight people were injured and an 3-month-old girl was killed when a Palestinian motorist ran his car into the platform of the Jerusalem light rail....

Lacking a Plan, Abbas Opts for Confrontation - Laub & Daraghmeh, AP

The Palestinian president has been speaking in increasingly belligerent tones in recent weeks, accusing Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza and calling on Palestini...

Israel Is Under Attack Again - Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

What many in the West treat as “Oh, another attack in Israel,” should not be overlooked. It should be obvious who are friends are and who are enemies are....

To Save Israel, Let the Right Run It Aground - C. Landsmann, Haaretz

The fact that control of the Palestinian people is maintained by a democratic Israeli government increases the responsibility of every one of its citizens for what’s being do...

We Need to Recognize Palestinian Statehood - M. Barghouthi, The Nation

Israel’s actions make clear its rejection of the two-state solution....

Palestinian Statehood Is a Hoax - Martin Sherman, Jerusalem Post

Two recent events have once again propelled Palestinian statehood into the forefront of media spotlight, after several months of it being overshadowed by other events like developm...

The Hypocrisy of Israel's Asylum Policy - Haaretz

n response to the High Court of Justice’s decision last month to overturn an amendment to the anti-infiltration law, Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar said the provision &...

7 Bad Endings to the New Middle East War - Peter Van Buren, TomDispatch

Here, then, are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer. After all, with all that military power be...

There Is no Two-State Solution - Yara Hawari, The Independent

Instead of Israel and Palestine living side by side, a one-state solution based on equality and freedom of movement is what the region needs....

The UK's Wrongheaded Palestinian Vote - Jerusalem Post

Britain prefers to unfairly place the blame for the conflict on Israel’s shoulders while ignoring the Palestinians’ role in perpetuating it....

Israel Should Heed the House of Commons' Message - The Guardian

What this will signify is a boost to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and its strategy of pursuing independence for the Palestinians through diplomacy rather than violence....

British Vote on Palestine Won't Change Much - Azriel Bermant, Guardian

Britain would probably do better by taking its cue from the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has a stronger grasp of the realities in the region, and has called for a r...

Anger toward Israel Is Growing - Economist

The Israeli government might try to take solace in the low turnout—only half of British MPs showed up to debate a motion proposing to recognise Palestine as a state on Octobe...

The UK Voted for Terrorism - The Commentator

With opinion polls showing that Hamas - as bloodthirsty a terror group as Islamic State - would win Palestinian elections if they were held any time soon, a bunch of Labour-led buf...

The Right Wing Has Stolen Hope out of Israel - Haaretz

People aren’t leaving for Berlin just because of the cost of living. Many Israelis do not want a nationalist-religious government imposing its values....

The UK Should Endorse a Palestinian State - A. Duncan, The Independent

Just as we did not seek permission from the Palestinians when we recognised the state of Israel, neither should we bow to Israeli opposition to recognising the state of Palestine....

Palestinian Authority Returns to the Gaza Strip - Barak Ravid, Haaretz

For the first time in the seven years since Hamas seized power in Gaza, the Palestinian Authority – represented by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah – traveled from Ramalla...

Israelis See They Have no Partner for Peace - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Rather than aiding the tiny minority of Israelis who oppose the war, criticism from abroad has seemingly only solidified a national consensus that opposes further territorial withd...

In Israel, Military Means for Political Ends - Kori Schake, Hoover

One can be sympathetic to the grievances of Palestinians while still allowing their choices to be self-defeating. By indulging revenge fantasies, Hamas collapsed belief among Israe...

Cold Wars Simmer in Islamic Middle East - Pierre Atlas, Indianapolis Star

The Muslim Middle East is increasingly divided along sectarian and ideological lines. In addition to the violent conflicts that make the nightly news, two "cold wars" are simmering...

A Dangerous Idea on Israel's Bedouin - Michael Brizon, Haaretz

That an Israeli minister states that he intends to work to reduce the birthrate among a specific ethnic group, and does not find himself sent home that same day or under arrest unt...

Obama's Galling anti-Israel Outburst - Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post

The exceptionally vicious US condemnation of Israel with regard to housing construction in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem is not merely misguided, but also reflects irration...

Israeli Administration Forgot What Democracy Is - Haaretz

By refusing to accept the High Court ruling against the detainment of asylum seekers, the outgoing interior minister is undermining the rule of law....

Rebels Seize Russian-Syrian Spy Base - Rogin & Lake, The Daily Beast

Syrian rebels have overtaken a joint Russian-Syrian secret facility that they claim was a covert intelligence collection base. Opposition fighters say the post was used to snoop ...

Sweden's Palestinian Mistake - Jerusalem Post

Swedes have a long tradition of tolerance and liberalism, and they tend to believe that others – including Muslim immigrants and their offspring living in Sweden – see ...

Palestinians Are Desperate to Leave Gaza - Economist

With its land borders and airspace blocked off, the Mediterranean Sea lapping at Gaza’s beaches has long looked enticing. Yet Palestinians have not produced boat people since the...

The Damage Netanyahu Has Wrought - Haaretz

One after the other, the masks are being torn off. Netanyahu is not (and apparently never was) aiming for a two-state solution; his actions prove it....

Netanyahu's Gross Ignorance - The Daily Star

Meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said that, given shared concerns, it was time Arab countries allied with Israel....

Truman's Israel Policy Can Teach Obama on IS - James Fromson, WOTR

In early 1948, Harry Truman’s policy of support for the partition of Palestine — and thereby the creation of the state of Israel — appeared dead in the water. As ...

The Viability of a Syria-Israel Buffer Zone - Tony Badran, NOW Lebanon

With the US still unwilling to lead efforts to create buffer zones around Syria, complicated challenges remain for neighboring states....

Israel Can Help Transform the Middle East Paradigm - Jerusalem Post

It is only logical that a solution will be found to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that includes input and support from the entire region in an atmosphere of mutual respect and c...

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