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Syria: Nukes or Peace?

This past week, Syria made headlines not once but twice. One story implicates the country in enriching uranium and says that the CIA confirmed to Congress that the target of a mysterious Israeli air raid in northern Syria on Sept. 6, 2007, was a reactor built with North Korean help.

Posted on Apr 27, 2008 READ MORE


Israel Rejects Hamas’ Truce

Israel denied Hamas a proposed six-month truce in the Gaza Strip on Friday, claiming such a lull would be used by Palestinians to prepare for future attacks against Israel. The cease-fire bid was seen by Israel as a “game” by Hamas, as Israeli airstrikes and commando raids continued in Gaza.

Posted on Apr 25, 2008 READ MORE


The Ritual Flaying of Jimmy Carter

Nobody with a functioning memory should be too quick to condemn Jimmy Carter for daring to speak with the leadership of Hamas, as nearly everyone along the American political spectrum suddenly has felt obliged to do.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


Golan Heights
flickr.com / John Barnabas

Israel Reportedly Ready to Return Golan

“Informed sources” say the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a historically contested area between Israel and Syria, may soon find itself under new management. The two countries, which have been at war with each other since 1973, are both looking to resume the stalled 2000 peace talk process, which Syria has declared will not happen until the Golan Heights are returned.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008 READ MORE


Carter Was Right to Meet With Hamas

What separates Jimmy Carter from the neocons, other than a Nobel Prize, is his genuine desire to negotiate a Middle East peace settlement, and that means talking to everyone.

Posted on Apr 21, 2008 READ MORE


Carter

Mosaic: Carter Shunned by Israel, Is a Hero to Hamas

Is former President Jimmy Carter on a peace mission or a mission impossible? As this Mosaic Intelligence Report explains, Carter will try to mediate the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit as a goodwill gesture on the part of Hamas, which is reported to be seriously considering Carter’s proposal.

Posted on Apr 19, 2008 READ MORE


Jimmy Carter
AP photo / Walter Petruska

Carter Feels ‘Quite at Ease’ With Hamas Meeting

The State Department says it has twice asked Jimmy Carter not to meet with Hamas leaders, but the former president says he feels “quite at ease” in going ahead with a scheduled meeting because “Hamas will have to be included” if there is to be peace in the region.

Posted on Apr 13, 2008 READ MORE


Highway 443
nytimes.com

You Take the High, Palestinians Take the Low

An interim decision by the Israeli Supreme Court on Wednesday marked the beginning of what could become a two-tiered road system in the West Bank. With two separate legal systems for Palestinians and Israelis already in operation, critics fear segregated roads would lead toward further institutionalization of apartheid in the occupied territories.

Posted on Mar 28, 2008 READ MORE


Merkel’s Israel Trip Off to a Rocky Start

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to speak before the Israeli Knesset to underscore her country’s strong ties with Israel, but at least one aspect of her visit is already causing controversy. Merkel will address the Israeli parliament in German.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Oded Balilty

The World as It Is

War creates a world without empathy. Those who have empathy cannot, as did Palestinian gunman Alaa Hisham Abu Dheim, coldly murder students in a Jerusalem library. Those who have empathy cannot drop tons of iron fragmentation bombs on crowded Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza, killing more than 120 Palestinians in a week, of whom one in five were children and more than half were civilians.

Posted on Mar 10, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad in Iraq

Iran’s President Is Smiling—Mosaic Tells Us Why

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report from Link TV takes a look at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to Iraq, where he was greeted with smiles and red carpets, and explains how Ahmadinejad has “outmaneuvered” President Bush everywhere in the Middle East (except Israel).

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE



guardian.co.uk

Aid Groups Slam Gaza Blockade

A coalition of human rights and development groups has condemned Israel’s blockade of Gaza as the worst humanitarian crisis the territory has suffered since 1967. The Israeli government has defended the blockade as a necessary strategy against rocket attacks, a claim the aid groups reject.

Posted on Mar 5, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Talks Tough in Texas

As Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battled it out in several states Tuesday, Republican front-runner John McCain sent out a word of warning about the “dangerous” state of the world in trying to win supporters in San Antonio, Texas.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


Olmert Bush Abbas
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Bush Hopeful for 11th-Hour Mideast Peace Deal

In keeping with the tradition of U.S. presidents attempting to forge peace agreements during their last years in office, President Bush remains optimistic about securing an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in the final 10 months of his administration despite the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle East.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


Gaza violence
AP photo / Adel Hana

Scores Killed in Israeli Attacks on Gaza

Attacks by Israeli forces killed more than 70 Palestinians on Saturday as fighting intensified in northern Gaza, prompting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to call the incursion “more than a holocaust.” Two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven were wounded, the Israeli military reported. Updated.

Posted on Mar 1, 2008 READ MORE


A Bloody Duel in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 32 Palestinians, including four boys and a six-month-old infant, in the Gaza Strip since Wednesday morning in a standoff that continued into Thursday evening, according to the BBC. 

Posted on Feb 28, 2008 READ MORE


Mughniyeh coffin
AP photo / Hussein Malla

The Mughniyeh Enigma

Imad Mughniyeh was once America’s most-wanted terrorist, and his crimes were truly abhorrent. But his assassination, Ritter argues, will only lead to more violence.

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 READ MORE


Kosovo Could Start a Trend

The Mosaic Intelligence Report examines several statements from Palestinian officials and asks whether the Palestinians, with their own unique problems, are planning to follow Kosovo’s example by making a unilateral declaration of independence.

Posted on Feb 22, 2008 READ MORE


Israel pride parade
AP photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

Israel’s Version of Pat Robertson

A member of Israel’s parliament has an unusual explanation for the recent spate of earthquakes in his country: It’s the gays! Specifically, says Orthodox lawmaker Shlomo Benizri, the Israeli government’s acceptance of and tolerance toward homosexuals have incurred God’s wrath in the form of tectonic rumblers.

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE


Nassrallah

Tension in Wake of a Hezbollah Leader’s Assassination

The Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at the killing of Emad Moghniyeh, whom the United States considered a leading terrorist. Hezbollah has vowed to avenge him, and Israel has put its military and embassies on high alert.

Posted on Feb 17, 2008 READ MORE


Assud

Starting ‘Em Young

Warner Bros. might take issue with this character, Assud the rabbit, who recently debuted on the Palestinian kid-targeted program “Pioneers of Tomorrow” and bears more than a passing resemblance to WB’s Bugs Bunny. The similarities stop there, as Assud says he will “get rid of the Jews” and will “eat them up.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2008 READ MORE


Artillery
AP photo / Baz Ratner

Milton Viorst on Israel’s Tragic Predicament

Can decent Israelis, caught between complacency and conscience, save their beleaguered country from the corruptions of power, religious fanaticism and crippling hubris?

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Giving Israel a Pass

The former “60 Minutes” producer laments the unfortunate tendency to treat any criticism of Israel as an attack on the Jewish people and a denial of their past suffering.

Posted on Feb 1, 2008 READ MORE


Eliyahu Winograd
plusnews.fr

Israel Inquiry Slams Political and Military Leaders

A government probe of Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon has not only found that the war was a blunder but revealed “serious failings” in the political and military leadership of the country. The panel criticized the unnecessary loss of life and found that Israel’s ability to deter its enemies had been seriously damaged. Above, inquiry leader Eliyahu Winograd.

Posted on Jan 30, 2008 READ MORE


Gazans
news.bbc.co.uk

Gaza Refugees Storm Egypt

Tens of thousands of Palestinians flooded from a blockaded Gaza into Egypt on Wednesday after militants blew a gap in the border wall. Egyptian authorities stood by as the mob rushed to stock up on food and other supplies. Israel has raised concerns and appealed to Egypt to get control of the situation.

Posted on Jan 23, 2008 READ MORE


Palestinians
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Israel Loosens Grip on Gaza

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has decided to temporarily ease a blockade on Gaza after international organizations showered Israel with warnings and condemnation. Israel has promised not to allow Gaza to turn into a humanitarian crisis, but that’s exactly what our own Chris Hedges calls it in his latest column.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


Hamas mourners
AP photo / Khalil Hamra

The Lessons of Violence

The former New York Times Middle East bureau chief warns that the actions that led to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza will not bring peace to Israel but will instead create a new generation of Palestinian militants.

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


Bush

Gaza Déjà Vu

The Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at Bush’s rosy predictions for peace in the Middle East and explains why his optimism is unwarranted.

Posted on Jan 20, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad
rubinsville.com

Ahmadinejad Denounces Bush’s ‘Message of Confrontation’

During his just-completed tour of the Middle East, President Bush made no secret of his belief that Iran poses the biggest threat to the security of the region and beyond, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has his own ideas about Bush’s statements and Mideast allegiances, which he was equally willing to air on the heels of Bush’s visit.

Posted on Jan 18, 2008 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Worse Than Apartheid

The N.Y. Times’ former Middle East bureau chief, writing about Israel’s unrelenting attack on the Gaza Strip, argues: “It is a sad commentary on the gutlessness of the American press and timidity of the Democratic opposition that most Americans are not aware of the catastrophic humanitarian crisis they bear so much responsibility in creating.”
Above: Water mixes with blood in a street of a northern Gaza Strip town after an Israeli tank shelling in November.

Posted on Dec 18, 2006 READ MORE


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