Palestine

Israel Wants to Buy Peace With Gaza

By on 7.23.14 | 5:33PM

John Kerry has made a surprise visit to Jerusalem to negotiate a cease-fire between Gaza and Israel, but since the conflict thus far has served only to unify Gazans and Israelis alike in mutual dislike, a more creative solution will be needed.

There is a certain appeal to this image of Kerry flying in unannounced to Israel's airport—which was recently closed to Americans for safety reasons—perhaps with a red, white, and blue cape fluttering in the breeze created by passing missiles. It is not terribly realistic, though. Both Israelis and Gazans view Egypt and the Obama administration—the powers that negotiated the ceasefire in 2012—with suspicion, and that will make a repeat deal challenging. 

Besides that, neither side would gain much from a return to the tense, non-violent hostility of a month ago. For Israel, it would be a matter of time before war began again. And besides thatexplained Jerusalem Post reporter Gil Hoffman, Israelis are almost unanimously behind the ground invasion: 

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Palestinian Groups Unite to Israel’s Dismay

By on 6.2.14 | 5:54PM

The reunion was highly unexpected, but governments can form quickly in the Middle East. The West Bank and the Gaza Strip are back together for now, at least politically speaking. According to the AP:

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a national unity government Monday, formally ending a crippling seven-year split with his Islamic militant Hamas rivals but drawing Israeli threats of retaliation.

The formation of the unity government and Israel's tough response are part of a wider competition between Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for international support since the collapse of U.S.-led peace talks between them in April. 

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The Sirhan Sirhan Wing of the Democratic Party

By on 12.5.10 | 5:04PM

Aaron Goldstein took notice of Helen Thomas's clearly anti-Semitic remarks in Dearborn. It's important to understand that Thomas was not engaged in anything that might be called a responsible discussion U.S. foreign policy. One may argue about Iraq, Afghanistan or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict without asserting, as Thomas did, that the U.S. is a puppet of "Zionists." My own reaction to the Thomas video:

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The War on Terror Spectator

Camp David Syndrome

By 9.25.09

Explaing Obama's addiction to the Middle East peace process.
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Another Perspective

Demolition Derby

By 8.6.09

European NGO style in East Jerusalem, where purportedly demolished homes apparently had no inhabitants.
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