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Putin Explains to Netanyahu: Iran’s Air Defense System Is, Like, Defensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday with regard to the Russian Federation’s decision to go ahead with the sale to Iran of S-300 anti-aircraft batteries.

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Noam Chomsky on America’s Changing Attitudes Toward Israel and Palestine

Describing a shift in popular opinion, activist and linguist Noam Chomsky contends in a recent video chat that “there is the potential for a kind of reassessment of the blind support for Israel.”

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Iran Deal Could Lead to an Isolated, Disempowered U.S.

The framework agreement reached last week between the UN “5 plus 1” group and Iran has won general approval internationally, except in Israel and among Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican Party claque in Washington, where such was never expected.

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The Struggle for Palestine: What’s Winnable, What’s Not

In Europe’s parliamentary debates, discussion of a one-state solution is rare or nonexistent, but for some in the Palestinian solidarity movement, a two-state solution is unambitious.

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Noam Chomsky: Israel Is a Violent State Acting in Direct Violation of International Law

In a talk aired on C-SPAN in March, the world-renowned linguist and political activist discusses his book of essays “Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013” and answers questions about Israeli politics.

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Discussing ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, author and journalist Max Blumenthal and Israeli activist Ronnie Barkan discussed the state of Israeli society at an event sponsored by Princeton University’s Seminarians for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land.

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What If U.S. and U.N. Sanctioned Israel Over Its Nukes as They Did Iran Over Its Enrichment Program?

There is a lot of talk about nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and the ways in which an Iranian bomb would provoke Saudi Arabia and others to acquire nuclear warheads of their own. But for decades, the primary impetus to a nuclear arms race in the region has been Israel.

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Islamic State’s Conquest of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Challenges Israeli Propaganda

Palestinian women and Christians and male secularists are at special risk in the Yarmouk refugee camp now that Islamic State has taken it over. But had they been living normally in their homes in what is now Israel, with their own state, they would not have been left vulnerable to this fate.

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‘Each Breath Despite the Air’: A Poet’s View of Gaza From America

Kenji Liu’s poem about the 2014 conflict in Gaza is especially poignant to listen to as news of the Palestinian Authority joining the International Criminal Court spreads.

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Band 47SOUL Defies Contentious Middle Eastern Borders With Its Political Music and Lyrics

The members of 47SOUL came together to play traditional Arabic street music with an electronic twist and a warm message to their audience that they “don’t care where you’re from,” so long as you listen.

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Palestinian Authority Becomes Member of International Criminal Court

The Palestinian Authority became a formal member of the intergovernmental justice organization Wednesday in a move that could open the way for Israelis and Palestinian militants—including those from Hamas—to be prosecuted for war crimes.

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April Fools’ Day Will Be No Joke at the International Criminal Court

Palestine, as a new member state, will be able to ask for a probe into alleged war crimes in last summer’s Gaza war as well as into Israel’s West Bank settlement policy—whether Israel likes it or not.

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Netanyahu Jumps the Shark With His ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen’ Axis Barb

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, no longer allowed to sit at the adult table because of his past food fights, has been reduced, as Haaretz observed, to whining from the sidelines.

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U.N. Report: Palestinian Death Toll in 2014 Highest Since 1967

An annual U.N. report states that last year, more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 injured at the hands of Israel.

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Young Jews to ‘Pharaoh’ Netanyahu: ‘Let the Palestinian People Go’

Increasingly, younger Jews are opposing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “open racism and obstinate refusal to help create a Palestinian state,” Rabbi Michael Lerner of Tikkun magazine writes.

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Glenn Greenwald: Secret NSA Documents Contradict Netanyahu’s Spying Denials

On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently denied a Wall Street Journal report, based on a White House leak, that Israel spied on U.S. negotiations with Iran and then fed what it gathered to Republicans in Congress.

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Obama-Netanyahu Tiff Worsens: U.S. Won’t Rule Out Using U.N. to Create Palestine

President Obama dropped some further hints on Tuesday about how he might proceed on Israeli-Palestinian relations in his final two years.

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Did the Pentagon Just Concede That Israel Also Has Nuclear Bombs?

U.S. officials have finally publicly stated a fact about Israel many already feared was true; researchers are starting to study the effects of the Internet on education; and Latin America’s leaders are taking Venezuela’s side in its recent rift with the United States. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Mideast Apocalypse 2030: Why Obama Wants the Palestine Issue Solved. Now.

It began in Hebron, which Palestinians call “al-Khalil,” the city of Abraham. Here’s a recap of the recent clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth.

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A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Budgets, Loretta Lynch and Benjamin Netanyahu

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the 2016 Republican budget, Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearings for the post of attorney general, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral victory.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE


State of the Middle East

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The Israel/Iran Issue Sends a Liberal Zionist off the Deep End

Being a liberal Zionist was always a tough thing to pull off, but it is becoming just impossible. And the effort seems to have driven New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman bonkers.

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The GOP Is Promoting War With Iran as a Campaign Strategy

With other arguments against the Democrats vanishing, only by turning the debate toward Iran can the Republicans survive. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress was just a political stunt to try to achieve that end.

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Netanyahu Wins

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Bibi Flip-Flop

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Bibi’s Winning Strategy

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Noam Chomsky: Obama Launched ‘the Most Extensive Global Terrorism Campaign the World Has Yet Seen’

In an interview with a Brazilian television network, Noam Chomsky discusses the many ways the Obama administration has not only supported terrorism but taken part in it.

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Rabbi Michael Lerner on the Winners and Losers in Israel’s Elections

“The biggest losers [in Israel’s decision to re-elect the Likud Party],” writes the former Truthdigger of the Week, “will be all those on the planet who yearn for a world based on social and economic justice, environmental sanity, peace and non-violence, and genuine caring for the peoples of the world.”

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Mideast Reacts With Horror at Netanyahu’s Re-Election: ‘Israel Has Elected Extremism and Racism’

Observers in the Arab press who contemplated the victory of far right Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli elections express emotions from “concern and anxiety” to out-and-out horror at the potentially destructive impact it will have on the region.

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The Right Wing Triumphs in Israeli Elections (Videos)

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party scored a decisive victory in Israel’s election Tuesday, winning the most seats in the legislature and toppling its main rival, the center-left Zionist Union.

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The Palestinian-Israelis’ Selma Moment? (Video)

Ayman Odah, leader of the Joint Arab List, the party representing Palestinian-Israelis and elements of the Israeli left, responded late Tuesday to the news that Israelis of Palestinian descent came out in droves to vote.

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GOP and Foreign Policy

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The Top 5 Ways Netanyahu Has Sabotaged U.S. and Israeli Interests

Whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term as prime minister of Israel or not, he will be remembered for the damage he has done to the interests of the United States as well as those of his own country.

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Apartheid Forever: Israel’s Netanyahu Rules Out Palestinian Statehood (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under extreme pressure over the real possibility that he will lose the March 17 elections, made a powerful appeal to his far right-wing constituency by vowing that he would keep millions of Palestinians stateless.

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The Global Drone Trade, by the Numbers

More drones are being transferred between countries than ever before, says the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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Could a Netanyahu Loss in Israeli Elections Change Everything? (Video)

Israeli polling suggests that Benjamin Netanyahu’s party might get only 21 seats or fewer in the 120-seat Israeli Parliament, with his rivals, the Zionist Union, getting 24 or 25.

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As Israel’s Economic Onslaught Against Gaza Continues, War May Be Inevitable

The conditions in Gaza this winter, as described by the United Nations and The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, are not only heartbreaking but inhumane. It’s no wonder many Palestinians are predicting another war with Israel.

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Bibi Weighs In

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Truthdigger of the Week: Rabbi Michael Lerner

The progressive American Jewish leader has responded forcefully to Netanyahu’s right-wing vitriol against Iran by calling for peace and mutual respect among nations.

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Bibi Poll Campaign

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Greater Republica

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The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.

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Iran

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Bibi’s Roast

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Stand Together

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Jon Stewart on ‘Bibi’s Big Adventures’ in America

“It was a festival of slights,” remarked the “Daily Show” host about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday.

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