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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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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....(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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...

The Palestinian Leader's Warning to Israel - Akiva Eldar, Al-Monitor

The assertion that “we will not forget, and we will not forgive,” which Abbas proclaimed in the context of Israel’s activities in Gaza, was the warning siren for ...

Netanyahu Is Gradually Annexing the West Bank - Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu initiates very little and prefers to react or take advantage of political opportunities. His passivity is usually depicted as a tactic to stay in ...

Germany Has a Big Anti-Semitism Problem - Benjamin Weinthal, FP

With anti-Semitism on the march, Germany's politicians and opinion makers are grappling with what went wrong with the country's seven-decade-long struggle to come to terms with its...

Israel's Struggle to Turn Trade to Diplomacy - Rory Miller, Foreign Affairs

Israel’s economics minister Naftali Bennett argued last year that “diplomacy can follow economy.” Trade, he said, would help Israel “deemphasize” the ...

Are Evangelicals Turning Against Israel? - Mark Tooley, Weekly Standard

An increasing number of evangelicals in parachurch groups and evangelical schools are endorsing pro-Palestinian activism or at least a more neutral stance between Israel and its fo...

Israel's Man at the United Nations - David Frum, The Atlantic

When foreign dignitaries arrive in New York City for the annual gathering of the UN General Assembly, it’s often difficult to determine which world leaders are rolling past i...

The Parallel Campaigns Against ISIS and Hamas - Alan Dershowitz, J-Post

When Israel attacked Hamas military targets, including some that had mixed uses, it was condemned by the same Arab nations that participated in the joint United States-Arab attack ...

Abbas's Fake Civil Rights Struggle - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The purpose of Abbas’s efforts was to split the U.S.-Israel alliance and persuade Americans to support efforts to impose a solution to the conflict on the Israelis. But his calls...

Netanyahu Can Turn Around Unjust Policies - Haaretz

What can’t be achieved by force can be achieved by more force, believes outgoing Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, who wants to amend the Basic Law on Human Dignity and Freedom a...

Israel Is the Real Spearhead in This War - Yitzhak Laor, Haaretz

The war against the Islamic State has almost begun, and the world — that is, the West — is already insulting us. Presidents are sending fighter planes and commandos, an...

U.S. and Israel: Illusions of Diplomacy - Nathan Thrall, NY Review of Books

In the early days of the Gaza war that took the lives of some 2,100 Palestinians and seventy-two Israelis, a number of officials in Washington, Ramallah, and Jerusalem began to spe...

An Independent Scotland Will be Hostile to Israel - E. Simpson, J-Post

As Scotland looks to leave the United Kingdom, the Jewish population residing there may have to do the same....

Is Israel Most Important Strategic Ally? - Akiva Eldar, Al Monitor

US President Barack Obama might follow in the footsteps of Presidents George H. W. and George W. Bush by forcing diplomatic concessions on Israel....

Stop the Expulsion of the West Bank's Bedouin - Haaretz

The plan to establish a new town for Bedouin is yet another attempt by Israel’s government’s to clear part of the West Bank for settlements....

How Gaza Crisis Might Quickly Reignite - Danny Rubinstein, Worldcrunch

In recent days we have been witnessing growing discontent among Hamas public employees in Gaza who have not been paid their salaries. The situation endangers the coalition governme...

Did Hamas Win? - Mkhaimar Abusada, Project Syndicate

Hamas has proved its staying power. After decades of standoffs and stalemate, perhaps it can focus less on its own survival and more on helping to achieve a just and lasting peace....

Islamic State Is not an Excuse to Ignore Palestinians - Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong if he believes the world’s fear of the Islamic State will bury the need for negotiating an agreement between Israel and the Palesti...

Bogus Gaza Atrocity Story - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

If there is anything we have learned in the past few decades is that there is a thriving international journalism market for any story that can besmirch Israel’s image. Given t...

Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza? - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

The picture that’s emerging tends to confirm the story of a summary execution, on the one hand, while undermining subsequent reports by some in the international press who sug...

What Syria Fiasco Means for Iran, Gaza - Seth Mandel, Commentary

To say President Obama badly needed a foreign-policy win is an understatement. And there were decent odds he’d eventually get one: as sports fans tend to say about a batter in ...

Can Palestine Win the Peace? - Daoud Kuttab, Project Syndicate

RAMALLAH – The rollout of the war-ending ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestine last month was impressive. With almost perfect synchronization, Palestinian Presiden...

Reading Israel from Left to Right - Ian Buruma, Project Syndicate

In the early years, Israel was admired by Western leftists for being a progressive state, run by Polish and Russian socialists. Today’s Israeli leaders, however, in their rhe...

How Israelis See the Gaza War - William Booth, Washington Post

TEL AVIV — On a high floor of the Israeli defense ministry, a top intelligence officer sat down with a small group of foreign journalists Wednesday night to run through his s...

AIPAC Is in Decline -- So Is the Two-State Solution - John Judis, TNR

If an Israeli government were to come to power that favored serious negotiations—and that would include, for instance, acknowledging the Palestinian right to a capital in Eas...

Hamas' 'Victory' Is All Arabs' Loss - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View

On the surface, this summer’s Gaza war seemed like a repetition of what happened in 2012. The rockets from Gaza into Israel, the bombing of Gaza by Israel, the mutual recrimi...

Netanyahu Is in a Political Bind - Haaretz

It's time for the prime minister to keep his promises to the public and to obtain peace, even if it means replacing some of his coalition partners and confronting the political hac...

Who Supports UNRWA -- and Why - Moshe Dann, Jerusalem Post

Transferring UNRWA’s activities to the UNHCR will save money and allow Arab refugees to move on and build productive lives. >...

Take Hamas' Guns -- Then We'll Talk - Avigdor Liberman, Foreign Policy

There is an almost obsessive general focus on how to achieve a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But somehow, in all the talk, the means to achieve a solution are most ...

New Strain of Antisemitism Is on the Rise - Ephraim Mirvis, The Telegraph

Anti-Semitism may well be the oldest and most persistent social pathology, what historian Robert Wistrich calls “the longest hatred”. But this ancient enmity is now being expre...

What Hamas Destroyed - New York Daily News

Hamas eclipsed any pretense of moderate leadership by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Obama and Kerry squandered trust. And Israel lived to prepare to fight another ...

Hamas Claims 'Victory' Amid the Rubble - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

Having achieved virtually none of the objectives it said it fought for, at a cost of 2,000 dead and 500,000 displaced, Hamas tries to make the case it won the war....

Unsatisfactory Ceasefire Won't Doom Bibi - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The unhappy truth about the conflict is that nothing short of an all-out war to eliminate Hamas will guarantee that Israel won’t face another round of fighting anytime the Is...

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