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  • Can religious leaders contribute to Middle East peace?

    6 days ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Islamic State used religion to justify the attacks in Paris, trumpeting in a statement that Allah had helped them in the series of concerted attacks that killed at least 127 people.

    “In a blessed attack for which Allah...

  • At Rabin rally, calls to pursue peace and defend democracy

    3 weeks ago

    Some 100,000 people joined together in central Tel Aviv on Saturday to pay tribute to slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, but they were divided over what exactly they were rallying for.

    The demonstration, which marked the 20th anniversary of Rabin’s assassination by a Jewish...

  • Palestinians offer to mediate Syria conflict

    August 11, 2015 | 9:13 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinian officials have met their Syrian counterparts as well as Syrian rebels in an effort to mediate a solution to the long-running civil war in Syria, Palestinian officials told The Media Line. The offer came after Saudi...

  • Netanyahu and Abbas speak for first time in 13 months

    July 17, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the phone, marking the first time the two have spoken in over a year.

    Netanyahu phoned Abbas on Friday to wish him a happy Eid al-Fitr, Haaretz reported. Eid al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday that...

  • Cutting losses on Iran nuclear deal, Israel eyes small print

    March 26, 2015 | 9:00 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has begun to signal that Israel could resign itself to an Iranian nuclear deal that would leave its enemy with some uranium enrichment capability, a compromise he has long opposed.

    The shift seems surprising given Netanyahu's contentious speech...

  • Why I continue to support peace

    March 25, 2015 | 11:48 am

    With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to office — in the wake of a campaign where he firmly rejected a two-state solution — and peace efforts in the Israel as well as the Palestinian struggle in shambles, why do I still support efforts to reach a two-state solution?

  • Congress aims to fund Israeli-Palestinian program using Northern Ireland model

    March 23, 2015 | 9:35 am

    A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress would seed $50 million a year to promote civil society engagement between Israelis and Palestinians.

    The bill “would establish a multi-national fund to support grassroots programs that promote peace and reconciliation in the region,” said...

  • Pelosi sees ‘lively discussion’ of Middle East peace after Israel vote

    March 18, 2015 | 9:56 am

    U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House of Representatives, said on Wednesday she respected the results of Israel's election and anticipated they would produce a "lively" discussion of the Middle East peace process.

    "The people of Israel have spoken," she...

  • Israel’s new reality

    November 4, 2014 | 9:38 am

    The Middle East is always a complex part of the world, but never more so than today. One almost needs a scorecard to keep track of the shifting alliances, the new and old players, the longstanding and emerging threats and, of course, the opportunities that abound.

    In many of...

  • Carter, Begin and Sadat — Nostalgia for hope of peace

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 14, 2014 | 2:35 pm

    Lawrence Wright, a staff writer for The New Yorker, is attracted to moments of high drama and historical significance. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his account of Osama Bin Laden and the events of Sept. 11 in “The Looming Tower,” for example, and he penetrated the inner workings of...

  • Letters to the editor: Listening to teachers and understanding Israel and Hamas

    August 13, 2014 | 9:55 am

    Protesters of Violence Can’t Be Protectors of Hamas 

    I would like to comment on Rob Eshman’s recent editorial in the Jewish Journal “Peaceniks for Murder” (Aug. 8). For the sake of openness, I do not read the Journal; I had ordered a pizza from a kosher restaurant and picked up...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    July 21, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

  • Abbas to U.S. Jews: Culture for peace better now than in 2000s

    September 24, 2013 | 9:41 am

    In a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was more hopeful now for peace than he was in the mid-2000s.

    “If you ask me this question during the intifada, I didn’t have an answer,” Abbas said Monday, referring to the 2000-2005...

  • Oil-rich Qatar pushing to make its name as a Mideast peace broker

    May 7, 2013 | 11:24 am

    When it comes to the latest Arab peace initiative, two questions are circulating in Washington: Why Qatar? And why now?

    The three answers: Because Qatar is rich; it is scared; and why not?

    Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister and foreign...

  • Netanyahu says he would put peace deal to referendum

    May 2, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would put any peace deal with the Palestinians to a referendum, raising expectations that direct negotiations might soon resume following a two-year stalemate.

    It was the second time in just three days that Netanyahu...

  • Kerry, Netanyahu meet in Jerusalem to discuss restarting peace talks

    April 9, 2013 | 8:01 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Jerusalem to discuss restarting negotiations with the Palestinians.

    In their three-hour meeting Tuesday, the last day of Kerry's three-day visit to Israel, the two leaders also discussed the...

  • Path to peace: J Street

    March 28, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Opponents of J Street consistently argue that our positions are somehow radical, strange and way out of the Israeli or American-Jewish mainstream.

    The opposite is true: When it comes to Israeli-Palestinian peace, the two-state solution and the inexorable demographic threat to...

  • Obama’s tightrope walk

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 21, 2013 | 10:18 am

  • Obama: Israeli settlement building not constructive to peace

    March 21, 2013 | 5:07 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he had told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that continued Jewish settlement activity was not constructive and did not "advance the cause of peace".

    Obama, speaking at a joint news conference with Palestinian President...

  • July 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 17, 2012 | 12:54 am


    It’s Foreign Affairs, Stupid

    As the world roils, the upcoming US election should be about more than simply the economy, writes Zalmay Khalilzad in the National Interest.

    [K]ey regions are experiencing destabilizing transitions, particularly in the greater Middle East....

  • June 27, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 27, 2012 | 1:00 am


    Questions For One-Staters

    Writing in the Daily Beast, Ziad J. Asali has some tough questions for proponents of a one-state solution.

    How do we negotiate, implement or impose a single state in “Israel-Palestine”? Would it require a UN Security Council or General...

  • The long-term damage of the Sinai situation

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 22, 2012 | 9:12 am

    Three days ago I wrote an IHT-New York Times article on the significance of the Sinai trouble for the ‎prospect of peace making in the Middle East, and on the impact Sinai attacks and ‎Egyptian turmoil have on the way Israelis eye the region.‎

    Once again, the great irony of...

  • Advice for Romney: No ‘opposite’ please

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 19, 2012 | 7:07 am

    One of President Obama’s many mistakes when it comes to Israel was his ‎insistence on being the anti-Bush whenever possible. It was a mistake he ‎could have avoided, a decision against which he was advised by some of his ‎smarter advisors. President Bush didn’t leave office...

  • June 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 17, 2012 | 1:55 am


    No Iranian Nukes

    Writing in the Weekly Standard, Jamie Fly and William Kristol call on the U.S. to ‎present military measures as a way to halt Iran’s nuclear program. ‎

    But Iran’s nuclear progress marches on. That fact trumps all the administration’s hopes...

  • ‘Two-states for two peoples will be the only outcome to our conflict‎’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 15, 2012 | 11:21 am

    Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister and former ambassador to the US Danny Ayalon ‎discusses a one-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. ‎

    Is a one-state solution a serious idea, or just propaganda by the Palestinians?‎

    It is an idea that has no serious backing...

  • Palestinian leaders reject Netanyahu letter to Abbas

    May 14, 2012 | 8:28 am

    Palestinian leaders reportedly have rejected the contents of a letter delivered by Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy Isaac Molho to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

    “The content of [Netanyahu’s] letter did not represent grounds for returning to...

  • The Israel Factor 04.2012, Full Statistics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 7:02 am

    ‎1.‎ Please rank the two presidential candidates – Barack Obama and Mitt ‎Romney – on the following issues from 1 (totally disagree) to 10 (totally ‎agree):




    Shows good understanding of Middle East ‎affairs



    Can be trusted to halt...

  • PA’s Fayyad is no-show at scheduled meeting with Netanyahu

    April 17, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad refused to attend a scheduled meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Netanyahu met Tuesday in Jerusalem with two PA leaders—chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and security official Majed Faraj—according to reports.

  • April 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 16, 2012 | 3:52 am

    Israel’s right to say ‘no’

    Smadar Shir of Ynet supports Israel’s decision to deny entry to dozens of pro-Palestinian ‎activists who were part of a coordinated demonstration. ‎

    When a US embassy official refuses to grant a certain person a visa because he was ‎born in...

  • Netanyahu, Fayyad to meet later this month

    April 4, 2012 | 8:38 am

    The Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers will meet later this month, officials said on Wednesday, but the rare talks may only sharpen differences that have brought peace negotiations to a standstill.

    The Palestinians said they will present Benjamin Netanyahu with a letter...

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