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Gaza and a Summer of Strife

David Remnick, The New Yorker

The World Mess Obama Didn't Make

Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

Is the Left Antisemitic?

Brendan O'Neill, Daily Telegraph

The supposed tranquillity of earlier seasons is almost always an artifact of distance. And yet Samore’s “everywhere” is forgivable hyperbole. In eastern Ukraine, ...(full article)

People looking at the world today are, I think rightfully, seeing something of a parallel with confusions of a century ago. In the last weeks and months, what a crowding and a tang...(full article)

It's easy to forget that planet Earth has always been a turbulent locale. During the Reagan administration, often fondly recalled as a golden age, there was endless strife hither a...(full article)

Many of the Palestinian death toll figures quoted by the UN and others ‘are not worth the paper they’re written on,’ researcher says....(full article)

There has been a lot of talk over the past two weeks about whether it is anti-Semitic to oppose Israel’s attack on Gaza. Radical Leftists and liberal commentators have insisted (...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Israel's Disturbing Moral Grey Areas - Hussein Ibish, The National

Israel’s rhetoric focuses entirely on primary intentions, without acknowledging the problem of responsibility for civilian deaths when they are a predictable and inevitable r...

Indicting Hamas for War Crimes - Michael Curtis, The Commentator

Hamas has really only one grievance: the existence of Israel. It seems to share that grievance with more than one prominent agency of the United Nations. Hamas's bloodthirsty sacri...

A Ceasefire Is Not Enough in Gaza - The Daily Star

The problem is that the notion of cease-fire, as it applies to Gaza, remains highly selective. Many Palestinians are desperate to escape the horror in Gaza, but they are prevented ...

In This Gaza War, the Truth Is Buried - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View

What would you want your government to do if your enemy was digging tunnels under your village, in order to pop out at night to kill or kidnap you? Could you imagine taking the ris...

800 Dead Palestinians and Israeli Impunity - Robert Fisk, The Independent

Impunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine. And if ...

Al Jazeera's Israel Problem - Shlomi Eldar, Al Monitor

I am by no means trying to exonerate Israel for its responsibility for the circumstances of Gaza's inhabitants following the suffocating siege imposed on them since Hamas seized po...

Old Story, New Twists in Gaza War - Dan Perry, Associated Press

The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket ...

Blame Ariel Sharon for Gaza Bloodshed - The Guardian

The chain of causation, as with so much else in Israel, leads back to Ariel Sharon. He conceived of withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 as above all a tactic which would allow him to post...

Needed in Gaza War Reporting: Balance - The Australian

As Israel exercises its right to defend itself, Hamas’s predilection for hiding its arsenals among civilians has been one of the main reasons for Israel’s ground incurs...

Israel Must Be Permitted to Crush Hamas - Michael Oren, Washington Post

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and H...

The Shared Destiny of Israel and Gaza - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Nobody is going away. The peoples of the Holy Land are condemned to each other. Without that realization, any truce, even any demilitarization of Gaza, will only be a way station t...

Strategies Collide in Gaza - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

Many wars are fought over accidents and misunderstandings. This is not one of those times. With key interests at stake, the conflict in Gaza is likely to continue....

Something Is Broken in Israeli Society - Lisa Goldman, Globe and Mail

Something has broken down in Israeli society. Friends who always said they would never leave because they were too deeply rooted in the place, its language and their families are d...

A Tip for the UN - Jerusalem Post

If the UN truly wishes to play a constructive role in ending the bloodshed, it should be a part of an international effort to bring about the gradual demilitarization of Gaza....

When the Guns Are Roaring, Israelis Must Speak Out - Haaretz

Freedom of speech has been a notable victim, and fears about criticizing and protesting could spread....

Europe's Jews Punished for Israel's War - Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Since the beginning of the current war between Israel and Hamas, eight synagogues in France have been attacked. In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked for Jews to apol...

Hamas' Useful Idiots - Rich Lowry, New York Post

Hamas is happy with either a tragedy (the four kids killed on the beach by Israeli shells last week) or a statistic (the climbing civilian toll), so long as it is death and so lo...

Who Bears More Responsibility for Gaza? - John Judis, The New Republic

Like almost all conflicts that have occurred in Israel, this latest war in Gaza has provoked a furious debate. Was Israel’s ground and air assault on the Gaza Strip justified b...

Why I Flew to Israel - Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg View

Just hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibited domestic airlines from flying to Israel this week, I boarded an El Al flight from John F. Kennedy International...

Hezbollah to Hamas: You're on Your Own - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Hamas is increasingly isolated in the region as it fights its ferocious war against Israel. In the old days Hezbollah might have helped -- but not now....

Gaza on the Seine - Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

The conflict between Israel and Hamas hits close to home for France's Arabs and Jews. The French Republic might be the casualty....

Israel & Saudi Arabia: Possible Partnership? - Guzansky & Neubauer, TNI

To Saudi Arabia, the cost of open relations with Israel at this moment in time may be higher than the benefit, given the position of the Arab street, which rejects recognition of I...

Can Israel Win in Gaza? - Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed

As Israeli forces continue their offensive into Gaza, many have been surprised by Hamas’ ability to fight back. Some are beginning to ask whether Israel can achieve the kind ...

Nonviolence Worked for Mandela -- Why Not Gaza? - Ray de Souza, NP

Leaving aside the particularities of this latest Gaza war, a different question arises when observing the situation from Eastern Europe, where I have spent the past few weeks: Why ...

We Are Israeli Reservists. We Refuse to Serve - Yael Even Or, Wash Post

Whenever the Israeli army drafts the reserves — which are made up of ex-soldiers — there are dissenters, resisters, and AWOLers among the troops called to war. Now that Israel ...

Egypt and Gaza: No Longer a True Mediator - The Economist

It is no longer so easy. When Egypt brokered a ceasefire to end the last Israeli war with Gaza, in 2012, the then president, Muhammad Morsi, a Muslim Brother, enjoyed good relation...

Do or Die Against Hamas - New York Daily News

Hamas scored a victory in its latest nihilistic, death-obsessed war with Israel when its rockets prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and most Western airlines to susp...

Why U.S. Has Most Pro-Israel Foreign Policy - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Everyone knows the United States is Israel's best friend. The US gives Israel billions of dollars in aid annually, consistently blocks UN Security Council resolutions condemning Is...

Hamas, the First Palestinian Army - Shlomi Eldar, Al Monitor

In recent years, two narratives developed in Israel regarding its face-off against the Hamas movement. According to the first one, Hamas is a terrorist organization and, there...

A Pointless War No One Wanted - David Gardner, Financial Times

This latest conflict suggests the threshold of bloodshed has risen...

Europe's Protests Make Case for Israel - Jordan Hirsch, Tablet Magazine

As protestors’ rhetoric heats up across Europe, many Jews feel safer in Israel...

Inside the Cyberwar Against Israel - Dana Liebelson, Mother Jones

The shadowy hacker outfit vows to make Israel "feel fear tingling in their servers."...

Israel's End Game - Jerusalem Post

Not unlike Israeli foreign policy that over the years has raised international awareness of the Iranian nuclear threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and others in the governme...

How to Save Gaza and Prevent Another War - William Saletan, Slate

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is...

Israel Provoked This War -- Obama Must End It - Henry Siegman, Politico

The notion that it was Israel, not Hamas, that violated a cease-fire agreement will undoubtedly offend a wide swath of Israel supporters. To point out that it is not the first time...

Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

There are a couple of very good reasons why coverage of Israel and its troubles is so broad, and even obsessive. The first is a simple, technical one: Journalists can best cover wh...

The Last Great Myth About Egypt - Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy

Cairo has never been a mediator between Israel and Palestine -- and today's regime actually benefits from the Gaza invasion....

A Gaza Solution: Demilitarization - Michael Oren, Los Angeles Times

The key to ending the current battle between Hamas and Israel — and preventing more fighting in the future — is the demilitarization of Gaza. Simply put, Hamas without ...

Gaza Shows Netanyahu Never Wanted 2 States - Omer Aziz, Globe & Mail

The two-state settlement is the official policy of every major actor from the United States to the United Nations. It stipulates a just end to the occupation, a return to the pre-1...

The 'International Community' Is a Myth - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

Perhaps nothing better illustrates the perverse, self-propagating logic of open-ended military campaigns as the fact that an episode which began with four kidnapped teenagers (thre...

What 'Proportionality' Means to Israel - Zeke Miller, Time

The Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, challenged critics of his country’s military operation in Gaza Tuesday morning, saying they don’t understand the lega...

The Delusion of Hamas - Shlomi Eldar, Al Monitor

Nine years ago, in the course of my journalistic work in the northern Gaza Strip, my photographer, a Gaza resident, Majdi Arbid, was injured by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fire....

Did the UN Give Rockets to Hamas? - Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

When 20 rockets were discovered last week in a U.N.-funded school in Gaza, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees was quick to condemn the storage of w...

How the Mideast Peace Plan Died - Birnbaum & Tibon, New Republic

Kerry concocted a grand bargain. Under the deal, Israel would release the fourth tranche, free another 400 prisoners of its choosing, and halt all new settlement announcements thro...

All the News Hamas Sees Fit to Print - Noah Pollak, Weekly Standard

Something important is missing from the New York Times's coverage of the war in Gaza: photographs of terrorist attacks on Israel, and pictures of Hamas fighters, tunnels, weaponry,...

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