Let’s Play ‘Who’s More Pro-Israel?’

By |July 3rd, 2011|

Let's see, Gaza or gossip, which shall it be? For almost every news outlet this week it was the latter, while the former is where the action is. From James Zogby writing over at Huffington Post: When it comes to issues involving Israel, politicians in Washington can become quite hysterical, making the dumbest remarks or [...]

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Tim Pawlenty’s Neoconservative Spring

By |June 28th, 2011|

It's like the ghost of George W. Bush, but with smoother segues. ...and so it begins: Now is not the time to retreat from freedom's rise. [...] Yet at the same time, we know these revolutions can bring to power forces that are neither democratic nor forward-looking. Just as the people of Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, [...]

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Israel Drops Threats Against Journalists Covering Gaza Flotilla

By |June 27th, 2011|

If there was anything dumber for the Israeli government to do I don't know what it could have been. Threatening journalists who are covering the Gaza flotilla backfired, as it should. Netanyahu said in a statement that the policy for journalists covering the flotilla should not be the same as against infiltrators and those who [...]

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Daniel Levy on Assad Brutality, Israel and Preferred Devils

By |June 8th, 2011|

Daniel Levy wrote a very important post for Foreign Policy yesterday, After Golan clashes, is Israel rethinking the Assad (or Palestine) file? Here's a snippet: [...] And Israel is none-too-enamored of the alternatives in Damascus. One alternative to the Assad regime -- a democratic Syria with greater soft power diplomatic heft and perhaps with Islamists [...]

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Netanyahu Dismisses Fatah & Hamas Deal

By |April 27th, 2011|

"You can't have peace with both Israel and Hamas," Netanyahu said, in remarks directed at Abbas. "Choose peace with Israel." - Fatah and Hamas agree to historic Palestinian reconciliation deal Haaretz (and Reuters) calls it "historic." PM Netanyahu's reaction proves he doesn't want to deal with the Palestinians at all (as if we needed it). [...]

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War Hawks and Neocons

By |April 23rd, 2011|

Security forces in Syria met thousands of demonstrators with fusillades of live ammunition after noon prayers on Friday, killing at least 81 people in the bloodiest day of the five-week-old Syrian uprising, according to protesters, witnesses and accounts on social networking sites. - Security Forces Kill Dozens in Uprisings Around Syria We will never be [...]

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PM Netanyahu Invited to Congress

By |April 21st, 2011|

The invitation came from Republicans, announced by Rep. Eric Cantor. "People seem to think that whoever goes first gets the upper hand," said Daniel Levy, a former Israeli peace negotiator and a director at the New America Foundation. Using Mr. Netanyahu's nickname, he said: "If Bibi went first and didn't lay out a bold peace [...]

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Julian Schnabel’s ‘Miral’ Premieres in Washington

By |April 2nd, 2011|

After reading Judge Richard Goldstone's remarkable piece in the Washington Post today, it's a further reminder of just how impossible it is to tell any story of Israelis and Palestinians without chasing narratives that inevitably end up colliding. "Miral" is just such a collision. Based on the autobiographical novel by Rula Jebreal, the Washington, D.C. [...]

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Rationalizing Libya

By |March 27th, 2011|

"It was not -- it was not a vital national interest to the United States, but it was an interest and it was an interest for all of the reasons Secretary Clinton talked about. The engagement of the Arabs, the engagement of the Europeans, the general humanitarian question that was at stake"... Defense Secretary: Libya [...]

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Peter Beinert’s Right, It’s The End Of An Empire

By |March 25th, 2011|

Some commentators love the Libya war; others hate it. But most agree that it's profoundly unnatural that we were pushed into it by"¦ France. Welcome to the post-American world. In the age we're entering, most of the time, the choice will no longer be between humanitarian interventions controlled by the United States and humanitarian interventions [...]

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