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  • The Third Intifada?: Violence rises as a two-state solution fades

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    Reading “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” an illuminating new book by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, is a humbling experience. I read it over Sukkot and, in fact, it was the right book for a holiday during which one makes one’s home in a temporary shelter...

  • Why Jewish educators need to teach the Palestinian perspective

    2 weeks ago

    As the new school year gets underway, Jewish educators are making decisions regarding how best to teach about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most begin with the premise that Jewish students should learn to support Israel and defend its government. Throughout the year,...

  • U.S. military chief seeks to reassure Israel on Iran threat

    June 9, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    America's top general sought to reassure Israel on Tuesday of "unshakable" U.S. military support, despite deep strains in political relations over the prospect of a U.S.-led nuclear deal with Iran and differences over Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.

    U.S. General Martin Dempsey, on...

  • Path to Israeli-Palestinian peace starts with meeting the neighbors

    June 3, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    Palestinian peace activist Ali Abu Awwad shared the stage with an Israeli settler on May 28 as part of his ongoing attempt to accomplish what some might consider the unbelievable. 

    “I couldn’t imagine that one day, I would be standing next to a settler, talking about any hope,”...

  • A Jewish settler at the checkpoint

    June 3, 2015 | 11:36 am

    Even at first glance, it is clear that Issa Abu Aram, the former head of operations for preventive security in the West Bank, is a founding member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, with a chiseled, worn, leathery face, rotting teeth and a no-nonsense manner.

    Abu Aram had...

  • Jimmy Carter: Israeli-Palestinian conflict a cause of Paris attacks

    January 13, 2015 | 9:20 am

    Former President Jimmy Carter said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was among the factors that led to the deadly attacks last week in Paris.

    Carter made the assertion Monday night during an appearance on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.

    “Well, one of the...

  • Irish government to accept motion to recognize Palestinian state

    December 9, 2014 | 1:16 pm

    The Irish government will accept a motion to be proposed by the opposition on Tuesday calling on parliament to recognize Palestine as a state, echoing similar recent symbolic decisions in other European Union countries.

    While most developing countries recognize Palestine as a...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel on campus, violence in Israel, Zev Yaroslavsky and more

    December 3, 2014 | 10:02 am

    When Neighbors Are Attacked

    How tragically sad and foolish it is to see the Jewish Journal’s cover proclaim “When Neighbors Attack:” Can Israelis protect themselves …” (Nov. 28) and not realize that the two civilian Palestinian women pictured are more obviously needing protection...

  • ASA conference revisits the boycott of Israeli institutions

    By Ryan Torok

    November 12, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Nancy Koppelman, an American Studies professor at The Evergreen State College in Washington, is well aware of how passionate things can get on college campuses over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The late pro-Palestinian activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed to death by an...

  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    September 16, 2014 | 1:59 pm

    The dust has barely settled from this summer’s disastrous outbreak of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and already the Israeli government has announced the expropriation of nearly 4,000 dunams (approximately 1,000 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

  • Selena Gomez to Howard Stern, celebs share opinions on Gaza in tweets and rants

    August 5, 2014 | 11:11 am

    What do Madonna, Javier Bardem and Rihanna have in common?

    Aside from talent and many millions of dollars, they’ve all waded into the maelstrom of public debate over the Gaza conflict — and then had to extricate themselves when the going got tough.

    For almost as long as the...

  • A prayer for peace

    July 24, 2014 | 8:40 am

    As an American visiting Jerusalem for a month, the Tuesday night of the first air raid siren in the city was a new experience for me. Rationality told me that I was safe. Under the protection of the Iron Dome, the probability of one of Hamas’ rockets reaching the ground was slim,...

  • Choose Life: Jews and Muslims working for peace together in Israel

    July 23, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    While violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has escalated in recent weeks, a small group is attempting to keep dialogue open between the disparate groups. 

    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, 57, Rabbi Shaul Judelman, 35, and a growing number of Israeli West Bank settlers and...

  • Maggie Gyllenhaal stars in SundanceTV’s “The Honorable Woman”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2014 | 1:00 pm

    In the opening moments of “The Honorable Woman,” an eight-part series premiering on Sundance TV on July 31, the young Nessa Stein looks on as an assassin plunges sharp tongs into her father’s neck, splattering her face with blood.

    The action then fast-forwards to the same room in...

  • Will Israel’s third Gaza conflict in six years end any differently?

    July 10, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Get used to conflict.

    That’s the message Israeli officials and security experts are relaying as the Israel Defense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Israel’s missile defense capabilities have grown significantly since previous...

  • J Street’s real failure

    By David Suissa

    May 14, 2014 | 10:52 am

    Just when J Street’s reason-for-being, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, fell into a deep coma, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations gave the “pro-peace, pro-Israel” group new life by rejecting its bid to join the umbrella...

  • Kerry names Indyk to top peace negotiator post

    July 29, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry named Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, as his special envoy on Middle East peace.

    Kerry appointed Indyk on Monday, hours before talks were to resume for the first time since 2010.

    “Ambassador Indyk brings to this challenge his deep...

  • What’s John Kerry doing here?

    July 2, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Mark Landler and Jodi Rudoren at the New York Times ask a question that’s been puzzling Israeli journalists and analysts for weeks: With Egyptians rioting and Syria getting only bloodier, why is the U.S. secretary of state focusing on Israel and the Palestinians?

    Even if...

  • Shimon Peres won’t stop believing

    June 20, 2013 | 10:23 am

    He’s one of the oldest heads of state in the world and the star of his own two-day conference. Celebrities from Bill Clinton to Sharon Stone lavish praises on him. He walks into a room and it erupts into applause. Israel’s Presidential Conference is, in part, a tribute to Israeli...

  • BDS: Frustration, but with hope

    May 29, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    Senate Bill 160, which calls for targeted divestment from companies that profit off of human rights abuses in the Palestinian territories, passed this last week in the University of California, Berkeley, student senate. The debate it sparked left us both frustrated with the broken...

  • My Muhammad al-Dura case journey

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Thirteen years ago, right at the beginning of the so-called second Palestinian Intifada, on Sept. 30, 2000, a reporter of a French TV station aired some 60  seconds of footage of the killing of a Palestinian boy. Muhammad al-Dura, 12 at the time, was caught with his father in an...

  • Abbas wants peace talks with Israel this year

    March 14, 2013 | 6:49 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he hoped peace talks with Israel would restart this year although the chances of a resumption seemed slim.

    Abbas made his comments during a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said Russia...

  • Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Settlements are not illegal

    By David Suissa

    March 14, 2013 | 5:40 am

    If you think the West Bank settlements have been an albatross around Israel’s neck up until now, brace yourself. With the new governing coalition announced this week, and the settlers enjoying even more power, all bets are off.

    As Barak Ravid writes in Haaretz about Israel’s new...

  • J Street, StandWithUs heads tangle at Temple Isaiah

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2013 | 8:43 am

    These are tough times for people hoping for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

    A recent cover story in The New Republic optimistically called the prospects for a two-state solution “not altogether hopeless.” President Barack Obama has made clear that he...

  • Hagel’s other problem

    By David Suissa

    February 5, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    As any news junkie will tell you, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, didn’t do very well at his Senate confirmation hearings last week. Our own political editor, Shmuel Rosner, not known for hyperbole, called his performance “terrible.”...

  • Israeli vote may strengthen Obama’s hand with Netanyahu

    January 23, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    Get ready for The Barack and Bibi Show, Part Two.

    With crunch-time looming in the Iranian nuclear standoff and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict still smoldering, the fractious relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be tested...

  • Two-state attrition

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2012 | 10:22 am

    There are three subjects that Jews in my social circle never tire of: food, movies and the two-state solution.

    Consider me officially tired of the third.

    I began promoting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict long before it was popular. In 1986, when I...

  • EU draft resolution slams Israeli settlements, carries no sanctions

    December 10, 2012 | 11:33 am

    A draft of a European Union resolution said the EU was "deeply dismayed" by Israeli plans for new construction in settlements but did not mention sanctions.

    The draft resolution, which was obtained by the French news agency AFP, said Israeli settlement construction “threaten...

  • Living next to E1, Maale Adumim residents reflect Israeli consensus on settlements

    December 6, 2012 | 12:54 pm

    From the terrace of the mall in Maale Adumim, a West Bank settlement eight miles from Jerusalem that serves as a bedroom community for Israel’s capital city, customers get a panoramic view of the Judean Desert to the east.

    Arab and Jewish towns dot the hilltops, roads snaking...

  • U.S. repeats opposition to new Israeli settlements

    December 3, 2012 | 10:12 am

    The United States on Monday reiterated its opposition to new Israeli settlement activity on West Bank land including in the site known as "E1," which it said could be especially damaging to efforts to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    "The United...

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