“Please, just once, act with prudence….”

That is Gideon Levy’s plea to Israel, as a new flotilla of human rights activists prepares to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Levy, who writes for Haaretz, begs Israel to remember the past (emphasis is mine): Had Israel not behaved with such wanton stupidity, and not attacked the previous...

Deadly Violence Kills Dozens, Injures Hundreds, in West Bank and Golan Heights

Dozens of Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured in two separate incidents today — one on the Syrian border and a second in the West Bank. Both incidents were related to Naksa Day (June 5), which is the anniversary of the day the Six-Day War with Israel began. Naksa means “defeat”...

What Was Missing in SOTU

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter’s former national security adviser, made a very good point on Morning Joe this morning about the content of the State of the Union. He noted that while almost all parts of the world that American foreign policy focuses on (Iraq, Afganistan, China, Pakistan,...

Incentivizing Israel to Negotiate in Bad Faith

Not that Israel needs much incentive for that, but this basket of goodies the Obama administration is using to bribe Netanyahu into agreeing to a 90-day freeze on new settlements in the West Bank ONLY (East Jerusalem construction not affected) is a guarantee of failure. Among other things, the White House...

You are not helping

Helen Thomas is a tragic figure in American politics.  She spent years in the White House press corps, reporting doggedly on ten times more stories than most journalists could hope to cover in their career.  However, her comments about sending Jews ‘home’ to Europe brought her illustrious career...

OneMidEast.org First Impressions

I recently stumbled OneMidEast.org, which seems to be the most civil and intellectually insightful debate on the Israel-Syria peace process.  The site describes itself as OneMideast.org is an online discussion arena intended for raising and debating ideas central to the Arab-Israeli peace process. The...

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