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Israeli Official Won’t Risk U.K. Visit, Fearing Arrest

The Guardian: “An Israeli cabinet minister has turned down an invitation to visit Britain next month after he was warned he might face arrest on suspicion of war crimes.”

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Squaring Idealism and Realism

Europeans are coming to terms with the fact that President Barack Obama is not a miracle worker, and with the reality that everything he does is not magic.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE



Larry’s List: All-You-Can-Eat Weekend Wrap-Up

What have you been doing all weekend? If the answer isn’t reading about Fox’s goofy polls, the man who hid 44 lizards in his pants and great moments in Orwellandia, hop on past the jump for the weekend list and catch up.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE


Jerusalem protest
AP / Sebastian Scheiner

Protesters Rally in Jerusalem Over Building Moratorium

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in Jerusalem, converging near the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to protest his recent announcement of a 10-month moratorium on approving permits for new settlement homes in the West Bank, according to the BBC.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Palestinians, Israelis Unite to Save Village in ‘Budrus’

This is the kind of story that offers some inspiring relief to the seemingly relentless bad news about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The new documentary “Budrus” follows an unlikely alliance between feuding Palestinian groups and between Palestinians and Israelis, forged in the interest of saving a village through nonviolent protest.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Jens Meyer

Liberals Are Useless

The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Evert Elzinga

How the Anti-Semites of Hezbollah Have Sent Anne Frank Back Into Hiding

“This young woman who upsets people ...” was the headline in Lebanon’s L’Orient Littáraire yesterday. The teenager was Anne Frank, who died of typhoid at Bergen-Belsen in 1945 after being betrayed to the Nazi authorities, along with her family, in her Amsterdam “safe house.”

Posted on Dec 4, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Abbas: Obama Hasn’t Helped Mideast Peace Process

President Barack Obama just got a report card from Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and it’s not good. According to Abbas, Obama “is doing nothing for the peace process” between Israelis and Palestinians ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 24, 2009 READ MORE



White House (Archive) / Vince Musi

Rabin Turns in His Grave

Uri Avnery remembers Yitzhak Rabin, Yasser Arafat and the historic Oslo agreement that has since turned to mush. “The public memory,” Avnery warns, “is trying nowadays to obliterate” Rabin’s “inner revolution” toward peace with the Palestinians.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE



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Israel Deals Peace Process Another Blow

The Israeli Interior Ministry has approved the construction of 900 housing units, four or five bedrooms each, on annexed Palestinian territory in East Jerusalem. Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman said any settlement deal with the U.S. would not include Jerusalem. (continued)

Posted on Nov 17, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Hatem Moussa

The New State Solution

The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the result of Israel’s 42-year refusal to implement a two-state solution, leaves the Palestinians no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

Rights Group Fires Back at Israel

Human Rights Watch is accusing Israel and its backers of waging a campaign of misinformation in an effort to discredit the group. HRW has been a leading voice in condemning alleged Israeli war crimes in the Gaza Strip.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

A Disappointing Year With Obama

Who would have thought a year ago that most of the issues of conflict in America’s foreign relations would be made worse during the first year following Barack Obama’s election as U.S. president?

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Ben Curtis

Hezbollah, Fearing War, Digs In

Hezbollah is reportedly prepping for another possible conflict with Israel, stocking up on arms and reinforcing fixed positions, as fears grow that the Netanyahu government will launch a new assault against Lebanon as a precursor to any attack against Iran and its nuclear facilities.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Abbas Unlikely to Seek Re-Election

In the face of failing peace talks with Israel and a stalemate with rival Hamas, reports suggest that a frustrated Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not seek re-election early next year.

Posted on Nov 5, 2009 READ MORE


Turkish Cooperation—and Coffee—in Short Supply for Israel

Other than the United States, Turkey has probably been the most important of Israel’s allies, but now it is getting the “freedom fries” treatment.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


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American Scientist Charged With Espionage

American scientist Stewart David Nozette, who has worked for NASA, the Pentagon and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and even did a stint at the White House, could spend the rest of his life in jail after being charged with passing secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Israeli intelligence officer.

Posted on Oct 20, 2009 READ MORE


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Turkish TV Show Causes Conflict With Israel

A Turkish television series, “Separation,” caused a diplomatic clash between Turkey and Israel after an episode this week portrayed an Israeli soldier shooting and killing a Palestinian baby. The fictional scene was shown on Israeli television Wednesday and drew criticism from Israel’s foreign minister Thursday.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Khaled Omar

Gaza War Crimes Report Sparks Conflict

A controversial report about last winter’s war in Gaza, generated by the United Nations and headed up by South African Judge Richard Goldstone, was the subject of debate at the U.N. Security Council Wednesday, largely owing to the fact that the report accuses both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes.

Posted on Oct 14, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

He’s Earned It—for Now

In Obama’s nine months as president, he has put U.S. relations with Russia on a more constructive course; has seen Iran agree to open its nuclear facility near Qom to international inspection; and, despite Israeli and Palestinian intransigence, has kept the two sides negotiating with America’s dogged envoy, George Mitchell, who helped bring peace to Northern Ireland.

Posted on Oct 9, 2009 READ MORE


‘Mosaic’: Iranian WMD and the Writing on the Wall

Recent developments in Iran remind “Mosaic” producer Jamal Dajani of Colin Powell’s infamous speech to the U.N. about Saddam Hussein’s phantom WMD.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Under Duress, Palestinians Cave In on Gaza War Report

Under heavy U.S. pressure and threat of being denied critical communication infrastructure by Israel, Palestinian officials have removed their support for a U.N. report that criticized as war crimes some of Israel’s actions during its war in Gaza.

Posted on Oct 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Israel Should Pay Attention to a Man of Justice

Israeli investigations of the Gaza war, its government officials announced, were “a thousand times” fairer than the Goldstone investigation—a preposterous claim, given Israel’s constant inability to conduct fair inquiries of its own—and that his mission “gave legitimacy to the Hamas terrorist organization.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Iran’s Sacred Defense Week

Iran’s “Sacred Defense Week” is a time when Iranians can appreciate the natural awesomeness of military weaponry and missile tests, including the just-completed test-firing of long-range missiles able to hit both Israel and U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf.

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


Israel Soldiers Shells
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Israel to Palestinians: Have We Got a Deal for You

The Israeli government has conditioned the introduction of a second cell phone provider in the West Bank on one little thing: the Palestinian Authority withdrawing its request that the International Criminal Court investigate alleged war crimes during Israel’s assault on Gaza early this year.

Posted on Sep 27, 2009 READ MORE


Irving Kristol
AP / The Weekly Standard

Reflections on the ‘Godfather’ of Neoconservatism

It is puzzling that obituary notices of Irving Kristol obviously intended to be positive designate him the “Godfather” of neoconservatism. Likening this group of thinkers and writers to a gang of Mafiosi may or may not be accurate; it is certainly not flattering.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Could Get Much Worse if Tolerated

God’s specific instruction to the Jewish people to reoccupy Jerusalem and the Palestinian West Bank stands in the way of peace, but President Obama must get results—and fast—before the situation deteriorates.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE


Ehud Olmert
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Olmert’s Corruption Trial Opens in Israel

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is being tried on charges of corruption that allegedly occurred while he was Jerusalem’s mayor and later a Cabinet member. Olmert maintains his innocence, claiming a three-year smear campaign forced him to resign as prime minister a year ago.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / mikedarnell1974

Leonard Cohen Defies Boycott to Perform in Israel

Leonard Cohen performed in a soccer stadium near Tel Aviv on Thursday over the objections of activists who want artists and entertainers to stay away from the Holy Land. Unlike Madonna, as The Washington Post points out, Cohen donated his earnings to Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation and managed to avoid wrapping himself in the Israeli flag.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 READ MORE


Obama at the UN
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama: No Preconditions on Mideast Peace Talks

So, things didn’t go so well Tuesday for Barack Obama and his honored guests, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the latter of whom refused to budge on the contentious issue of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Well, now President Obama is doing some not-budging of his own on the issue, as he told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

Posted on Sep 23, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Whewes

Forget Religion, Settlers See a Bargain

Roughly 2.4 percent of the Israeli population has managed to hijack the peace process by moving into settlements in Palestinian territory. So what drives these people? It may have less to do with religion and more to do with the low cost of living on occupied land.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

Protest Returns to Iran

Protest returned to the streets of Iran Friday after an annual rally in support of the Palestinian cause turned into a massive demonstration against the government and the disputed presidential election three months ago.

Posted on Sep 19, 2009 READ MORE


U.S. and Israeli flags

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Stopped in Its Tracks?

Although the Obama administration, in particular Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is maintaining a cautiously positive stance about the current state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, there doesn’t seem to be much progress on that front—which, as Al Jazeera English points out in this report, might have to do with all involved parties driving a hard-line approach.

Posted on Sep 18, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / ISM Palestine

U.N. Finds Israel War Crimes in Gaza

A U.N. fact-finding mission has concluded “there is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.” (Full release after the jump.)

Posted on Sep 15, 2009 READ MORE


Netanyahu
World Economic Forum

Israeli PM Won’t Halt Settlement Construction

Although the U.S. has requested that Israel stop building new settlements in the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apparently refused to put a halt to those projects. About the best he was willing to do Monday was say that construction might be scaled down “for a temporary period.”

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


‘Lebanon’s Madoff’ Goes Bankrupt After Bouncing Check to Hezbollah

Everyone trusted Salah Ezzedine. A billionaire Shiite Muslim businessman and financier from southern Lebanon, he organized pilgrimages to Mecca, ran a major Beirut publishing house and a children’s television station, held major investments in east European oil and iron conglomerates and—much more to the point—was a close personal friend of very senior leaders of Hezbollah.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Oded Balilty

Israel’s Holy Warriors

Changes in Israeli policy have military rabbis joining combat troops at the tip of the spear. Ostensibly there to boost morale, critics worry that the rabbis are turning soldiers into Jewish jihadis. One rabbi says he was ordered to blow a ram’s horn like Joshua, because “It makes the war holier.”

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Artists and Activists Protest Tel Aviv Program at Toronto Film Fest

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has a way of popping up in any number of seemingly unrelated arenas across the world, such as the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, where a planned Tel Aviv-themed program has spurred several entertainers, including Jane Fonda, Danny Glover and David Byrne, as well as writers and filmmakers, to sign a letter of protest that’s shaking things up with just days to go before the fest begins. All of the 10 films in City to City, a new program at the festival, will focus on the Israeli city.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Sebastian Scheiner

U.S. Condemns Israeli Settlement Expansion

In a strong rebuke of Israeli policy, the White House has expressed “regret” over an announcement by Israel that it will expand its illegal settlements in Palestinian areas. Hundreds of new housing units are expected to be approved for construction in the West Bank in a move seen as placating the rightists in power.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Clay Weis

Cheney Plays to His Crowd

Dick Cheney represents a significant number of conservatives who still believe that the United States can bomb, invade, occupy and torture its way to security.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Palestinians Love Obama, but Won’t Budge on Settlements

Dashing the president’s hopes to restart the peace process, Palestinian leaders said they would not talk to Israel until there is a “total settlement freeze.” Obama has been pushing for just that, but recently indicated a willingness to compromise. In the words of one Fatah leader: “I would say, Mr. Obama, we love you ... but I am sorry, this is not enough. ...”

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Settlement Freeze: Been There, Done That

The Obama administration hopes to announce a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. But Israel’s ever-expanding network of settlements seems to stand in the way. Will a new push for “settlement freeze” succeed? Or will Netanyahu’s delay tactics prevail?

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / freegazaorg

Gideon Levy: Bad Journalism Is a Gift to Occupation

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy writes that the “cheap and harmful journalism” of the Swedish organ harvesting story has made life more difficult for opponents of the occupation: “The Israeli occupation is ugly enough without the contribution of Nordic fairy tales. ... [A]ny exaggeration in describing the occupation’s cruelty will ultimately damage the struggle against it.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Israel Furious at Organ Harvesting Accusation

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu likened a report in a Swedish tabloid that said Israeli troops harvested organs from dead Palestinians to “medieval libels that Jews killed Christian children for their blood.”

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE



Flickr / Marius Arnesen

Israeli Blockade = Hamas Cash

Israel’s blockade of Gaza is making archenemy Hamas rich. According to The Christian Science Monitor, Gaza businessmen (who are going bankrupt thanks to the blockade) say Hamas and friends “have been using their control of smuggling tunnels, money changing, and tax revenue to buy prime tracts of land and buildings. ...”

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


Mike Huckabee
Flickr / candid

What Have Israelis Done to Deserve Mike Huckabee?

The failed presidential candidate who “majored in miracles” is in the Holy Land as the guest of a pro-settlement group. Huckabee likened opposition to Israeli settlements, which have stalled the peace process, to American segregation. That would make America’s first black president a segregationist, in Mike Huckabee’s estimation. And this man wants the launch codes.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


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