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29 Apr 2010

Israel’s man in the US Senate

But in case anyone missed it, there has been a growing argument in recent weeks among Washington policy wonks over this very issue, with scathing editorial salvos fired between the formidable Harvard Professor Stephen Walt and the pro-Israel Washington Institute's equally outspoken Robert Satloff. Their debate centres on whether "dual loyalty" is an appropriate term to use when describing US government officials who put Israel's interests ahead of America's, even when it jeopardizes US national security.
But in case anyone missed it, there has been a growing argument in recent weeks among Washington policy wonks over this...

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29 Apr 2010

Israel’s dog and pony show

When I asked our guide why Israel is making long-term plans for a border he just finished telling us was only temporary, he answered "because one day it will be permanent". It's a simple strategy and one Israel uses unapologetically - creating facts on the ground they call temporary (because in theory they are still negotiating over these facts) while carrying out actions that would make a final settlement based on anything other than what they have already created almost impossible.
When I asked our guide why Israel is making long-term plans for a border he just finished telling us was only temporary,...

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26 Apr 2010

Biden Israel won’t attack Iran before sanctions allowed to work

U.S. Vice President tells ABC's 'The View' that 'everyone agrees the next step against Iran should be the sanctions route.' U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he expects new United Nations sanctions on Iran by late April or early May and dismissed the notion that Israel might attack the Islamic Republic before first allowing sanctions to take their course. Biden issued the latest U.S. warning to Iran, which is locked in a standoff with the West over its nuclear program, in an appearance on ABC television's "The View" talk show.
U.S. Vice President tells ABC's 'The View' that 'everyone agrees the next step against Iran should be the sanctions...

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26 Apr 2010

Clashes erupt as extreme rightists march through East Jerusalem

Hundreds of police officers deployed in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday as extreme Israeli rightists set out to march in an attempt to demonstrate Israeli sovereignty over all of Jerusalem. The march began just as U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell met Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem for a second round of talks since Mitchell's arrival in the region.
Hundreds of police officers deployed in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday as extreme Israeli rightists...

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19 Apr 2010

The Anat Kam Case The Internet Shatters Israeli Censorship

Last week, Israel s most infamous gag order was lifted to reveal that a journalist had stolen secret documents during her army service and supplied them to a fellow journalist who used the material for articles. The gag order was lifted after reports about the story surfaced in blogs and later mainstream media outlets outside of Israel. Israeli journalists could only hint and protest against the gag order until it was lifted. The story serves as an excellent example of the dangers posed by state censorship and cover-ups to the rule of law and democracy itself. This unique case proves the important role of the internet in combating censorship, during the time when the Israeli press was forbidden from reporting about the matter.
Last week, Israel s most infamous gag order was lifted to reveal that a journalist had stolen secret documents during...

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19 Apr 2010

Barak Iran poses no immediate existential threat to Israel

Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio on Monday that the only way out of the current stalemate with Iran is a bold Israeli move, adding that he felt that Iran did not pose an immediate existential threat to Israel. The defense minister's remarks came in response to a statement by Pentagon officials on Sunday, who said that U.S. President Barack Obama's national security advisers were considering a broad range of options to curb Iran's nuclear program, among them military strikes, if diplomacy and sanctions fail.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Israel Radio on Monday that the only way out of the current stalemate with Iran is a...

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19 Apr 2010

Netanyahu Israeli construction in East Jerusalem is justified

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Monday that Israel would not accept Palestinian demands that it stop building settlements in East Jerusalem. Appearing in an interview broadcast Monday on ABC's Good Morning America, Netanyahu called the Palestinian demand that Israel stop building in settlements "unacceptable" and said this long-standing Israeli government position is not his alone, but rather dates to governments led by Golda Meir, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Monday that Israel would not accept Palestinian demands that it stop building...

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19 Apr 2010

Barak urges end to occupation

Ehud Barak, Israel's defence minister, has said that his country must recognise that the world will not put up with decades more of Israeli rule over the Palestinian people.
Ehud Barak, Israel's defence minister, has said that his country must recognise that the world will not put up with...

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13 Apr 2010

The Glory of Poland

So do not tell me that cruel history cannot be overcome. Do not tell me that Israelis and Palestinians can never make peace. Do not tell me that the people in the streets of Bangkok and Bishkek and Tehran dream in vain of freedom and democracy. Do not tell me that lies can stand forever.
So do not tell me that cruel history cannot be overcome. Do not tell me that Israelis and Palestinians can never make...
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12 Apr 2010

The Holocaust can happen again, warns top anti-Semitism scholar

The photograph on the jacket cover of Robert Wistrich's new book on anti-Semitism shows two fog-shrouded train tracks that careful observers will recognize as leading to Auschwitz. But for Wistrich, one of the world's leading historians of anti-Semitism, this image is not only a look at the past.
The photograph on the jacket cover of Robert Wistrich's new book on anti-Semitism shows two fog-shrouded train tracks...
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12 Apr 2010

IDF bid to expel West Bank Palestinians is a step too far

A new military order will take effect this week, enabling the army to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank and prosecute them on infiltration charges, which carry long prison terms. The order, uncovered by Amira Hass in Haaretz yesterday, bears the signature of Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni in his previous capacity as commander of the Israel Defense Forces in Judea and Samaria.
A new military order will take effect this week, enabling the army to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the...

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12 Apr 2010

U.S tensions put Jerusalem construction on hold

Construction requiring the approval of Jerusalem's district planning committee has been on hold for more than a month in all parts of the city due to concerns about a new crisis in ties with the United States. Staff members of the Jerusalem District Planning and Building Committee have been instructed to halt their work in an effort to spare Israel further embarrassing incidents like the March announcement, during U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel, of plans to expand the Jewish neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem.
Construction requiring the approval of Jerusalem's district planning committee has been on hold for more than a month in...

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7 Apr 2010

Palestinians Try a Less Violent Path to Resistance

RAMALLAH, West Bank Senior Palestinian leaders men who once commanded militias are joining unarmed protest marches against Israeli policies and are being arrested. Goods produced in Israeli settlements have been burned in public demonstrations. The Palestinian prime minister has entered West Bank areas officially off limits to his authority, to plant trees and declare the land part of a future state.
RAMALLAH, West Bank Senior Palestinian leaders men who once commanded militias are joining unarmed protest marches...

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6 Apr 2010

Debate in Israel on Gag Order in Security Leak Case

The journalist, Anat Kamm, 23, is accused of having copied Israeli military documents concerning the premeditated killing of Palestinian militants in the West Bank and of leaking them to a reporter. She apparently had access to the documents during her compulsory military service.
The journalist, Anat Kamm, 23, is accused of having copied Israeli military documents concerning the premeditated...
5 Apr 2010

Israel recognizes Obama means business

President Barack Obama's head-on collision with the Israeli government, coupled with his open support of a new, moderate and more efficient Palestinian leadership, has increased the likelihood that he might try to use Israel's dependence on the United States to force the Israelis to agree on a version of the Arab Peace Initiative. This is a strategic disaster for Israel.
President Barack Obama's head-on collision with the Israeli government, coupled with his open support of a new, moderate...
5 Apr 2010

Obama imposing a Palestinian state

President Barack Obama's head-on collision with the Israeli government, coupled with his open support of a new, moderate and more efficient Palestinian leadership, has increased the likelihood that he might try to use Israel's dependence on the United States to force the Israelis to agree on a version of the Arab Peace Initiative. This is a strategic disaster for Israel.
President Barack Obama's head-on collision with the Israeli government, coupled with his open support of a new, moderate...

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5 Apr 2010

Are Israeli Arabs the new African Americans

Nearly 47 years after that speech, and 42 years after King was assassinated, there are no longer any laws discriminating against blacks in America. Though most of them still do not enjoy equal opportunity, President Barack Obama is in the White House. Advertisement King always stressed that his dream was anchored deeply in the American dream. Replacing the word "Negro," which King and Americans in general still used then, with the words "Israeli Arab," could also anchor this dream in the Israeli dream.
Nearly 47 years after that speech, and 42 years after King was assassinated, there are no longer any laws discriminating...
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2 Apr 2010

Israel, Palestinians must restrain Gaza violence, U.K. says

Israel and the Palestinians must show restraint in the wake of a recent bout of violence, a U.K. official said Friday, just hours after Israel war planes struck the Gaza Strip in retaliation of recent rocket fire.
Israel and the Palestinians must show restraint in the wake of a recent bout of violence, a U.K. official said Friday,...
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2 Apr 2010

Israeli planes carry out several attacks on Gaza

Israeli planes and helicopters mounted at least seven missile attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Friday, destroying what a military spokesman described as Palestinian munitions sites.
Israeli planes and helicopters mounted at least seven missile attacks on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Friday,...
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2 Apr 2010

Israel pounds Gaza with missiles

Three children have been reported injured in eastern Gaza City after Israeli aircraft carried out a series of missile strikes across the Palestinian territory. Palestinian hospital officials said the children were injured by flying debris in the air raids that came in the early hours of Friday.
Three children have been reported injured in eastern Gaza City after Israeli aircraft carried out a series of missile...
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31 Mar 2010

Sarkozy ‘condemns Israeli construction in East Jerusalem’

French President Nicolas Srakozy on Tuesday said his country stands with the United States in condemning Israeli settlement activity in East Jerusalem. Sarkozy said his own commitment to Israel's security is well known but adds that the settlement activity in an area claimed by the Palestinians "contributes nothing."
French President Nicolas Srakozy on Tuesday said his country stands with the United States in condemning Israeli...

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30 Mar 2010

Lo, the Mideast Moves

All the global mutterings about the Carterization of Obama, and the talk (widespread in Israel) of kicking the can down the road and so getting through the garbage time of a one-term president that is suddenly yesterday s chatter.
All the global mutterings about the Carterization of Obama, and the talk (widespread in Israel) of kicking the can down...

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24 Mar 2010

Israel’s Titanic moment Does Obama want Bibi’s head

To the delight of Mahmoud Zahar and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Israel's homemade weapons of mass destruction - pro-settlement bureaucrats with conflicts of financial and ideological interest - have done in one meeting what Israel's foes have sought for generations: driving a stake through the heart of Israel's relationship with the White House.
To the delight of Mahmoud Zahar and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Israel's homemade weapons of mass destruction - pro-settlement...

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24 Mar 2010

It’s impossible to stop Iran without Syrian help

Israel's security situation is fraught with a paradox. Despite the occasional incidents in the West Bank and on the Gaza border, 2009 (after Operation Cast Lead ended in January) was the quietest year in a decade in security terms. But amid this quiet, a worrying threat has developed on all sides of the Israeli home front. Most of the civilian population is now menaced by many more missiles and rockets; their range, precision and potential damage is greater than in the past. And memories of 2006 teach that we can't hope that they will rust.
Israel's security situation is fraught with a paradox. Despite the occasional incidents in the West Bank and on the Gaza...

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24 Mar 2010

Israel freezes Jerusalem construction deliberations

The Jerusalem municipality's representative on the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee, Yair Gabai, said Wednesday that all committee deliberations over expansion of construction have been frozen following the recent tensions between Israel and the United States over construction in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo.
The Jerusalem municipality's representative on the Jerusalem District Planning and Construction Committee, Yair Gabai,...

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24 Mar 2010

How can so many Israelis back the construction freeze

Two surveys published in recent days produced astonishing findings about the public's attitude on construction in Jerusalem, findings that should alarm every Jew. In a Haaretz-Dialog poll, 48 percent of the respondents said Israel should continue building in all parts of Jerusalem, even if the price is a rift with the United States, while 41 percent said Israel should stop building in East Jerusalem until the end of negotiations with the Palestinians. Almost identical findings came up in a Mina Tzemach poll, where 46 percent said building in East Jerusalem should be frozen and only 51 percent opposed such a move.
Two surveys published in recent days produced astonishing findings about the public's attitude on construction in...

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21 Mar 2010

Israeli PM defiant before US trip

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has declared his government will not restrict building in occupied East Jerusalem, despite US condemnation of the recent announcement of 1,600 new housing units.
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has declared his government will not restrict building in occupied East...

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19 Mar 2010

Assad Mideast peace ‘impossible’ with Netanyahu

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that peace with Israel was "impossible" as the government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was not a real partner for talks, French news agency AFP reported.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that peace with Israel was "impossible" as the government headed by Prime...
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19 Mar 2010

ADL: Petraeus wrong to link anti-U.S. attitude to Mideast peace

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) criticized as "dangerous and counterproductive" the Senate testimony of General David Petraeus in which he blamed "insufficient progress" in resolving the ongoing Israeli-Arab conflict as a significant impediment to achieving U.S. goals in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Iran, and for encouraging "anti-American sentiment."
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) criticized as "dangerous and counterproductive" the Senate testimony of General David...

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19 Mar 2010

Israel will defend itself from Gaza rockets, regardless of Goldstone

The IAF hit six targets, including tunnels and a weapons manufacturing site in the Gaza Strip early Friday. The strike came in response to a rocket attack on Thursday that killed a Thai foreign worker in nearby Netiv Ha'asara. It was the third rocket fired from the Gaza Strip in the last 24 hours.
The IAF hit six targets, including tunnels and a weapons manufacturing site in the Gaza Strip early Friday. The strike...

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18 Mar 2010

Poll Nearly half of U.S. voters support total settlement freeze

The American institute claimed that a recent poll showed 49% of voters approved of forcing Israel to stop settlement construction, with only 22% of voters disagreeing, saying Israel should not be required to stop building those settlements. Another 29% were not sure.
The American institute claimed that a recent poll showed 49% of voters approved of forcing Israel to stop settlement...
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17 Mar 2010

Israel First

The America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has done a very unwise thing: It has issued a statement criticizing the Obama Administration, rather than Israel, for its reaction to the Netanyahu government's recent announcement of more illegal settlement blocks in East Jerusalem--an announcement that was made during Vice President Joe Biden's visit last week, an act of extreme rudeness on top of its unquestioned illegality.
The America-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has done a very unwise thing: It has issued a statement criticizing...

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16 Mar 2010

The Biden Effect

The Israeli right, whether religious or secular, has no interest in a two-state peace. I had lunch the other day with Ron Nachman, the mayor of Ariel, one of the largest West Bank settlements. He told me breezily that there can be no Palestinian state, and that Israel and Jordan should divide the land. I liked his frankness. It clarifies things.
The Israeli right, whether religious or secular, has no interest in a two-state peace. I had lunch the other day with...

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16 Mar 2010

Israel-Palestine PetraeusÂ’ Intervention Shakes Up US Policy

To be blunt, if you take a charitable interpretation of Petraeus move (he was telling the US diplomats to get out of their dead end of caving to Israeli steps such as settlement expansion) rather than the cynical one (he was again seeking to expand his authority), this may open up a prospect limited but visible of the US staking out a position where it can challenge Israel s unilateral obstacles to the peace process.
To be blunt, if you take a charitable interpretation of Petraeus move (he was telling the US diplomats to get out of...
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16 Mar 2010

U.S. administration is ignoring a host of Palestinian provocations

Eric Cantor, a leading Republican official in the U.S. House of Representatives, on Monday lashed out at the Obama administration's recent criticism of Israel over its announcement that it would construct 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem.
Eric Cantor, a leading Republican official in the U.S. House of Representatives, on Monday lashed out at the Obama...

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16 Mar 2010

Israel doesn’t need to grovel for U.S. forgiveness

So sorry! Very sorry! Very, very sorry! We apologize! This will never happen again! The prime minister, cabinet members and senior bureaucrats repeated this over and over again last week in an attempt to set right what seemed to them to have been a major blunder, one they thought had spoiled what should have been a dramatic goodwill visit by the vice president of the United States, Joe Biden. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might have been humming "I'm just a soul whose intentions are good, Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood," while he sat waiting for the arrival of Biden, who vented his anger over what he considered an insult by being deliberately late for dinner.
So sorry! Very sorry! Very, very sorry! We apologize! This will never happen again! The prime minister, cabinet members...

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16 Mar 2010

Row with U.S. questions Netanyahu’s fitness to lead

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares at a cabinet meeting that the media exaggerated in describing the grave crisis with the United States and throws in a few more phrases from the "it'll all be fine" department, it is clear that he has neither learned nor forgotten anything. You didn't have to read Thomas Friedman's devastating column in The New York Times to know that there is a limit to the Americans' patience and their willingness to let us pour mud on their heads and call it rain.
When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declares at a cabinet meeting that the media exaggerated in describing the grave...

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16 Mar 2010

East Jerusalem plan was supposed to be shelved, so what happened

A Jerusalem municipal engineer recused himself from a District Committee meeting discussing the building plans for Ramat Shlomo due to a conflict of interests. Despite that, the engineer was still able to force his will upon the committee, which approved the plan, at the worst possible time.
A Jerusalem municipal engineer recused himself from a District Committee meeting discussing the building plans for Ramat...

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16 Mar 2010

Jerusalem on high alert after Hamas announces ‘day of rage’

Warnings of widespread violence in Jerusalem on Monday proved to be unneeded, but police say the real test will be Tuesday. Hamas announced a "day of rage" in response to the dedication of the restored Hurva synagogue in the Old City's Jewish Quarter, police said. Large forces will continue to be deployed throughout the city, with 3,000 police and border police officers stationed in East Jerusalem and neighboring villages.
Warnings of widespread violence in Jerusalem on Monday proved to be unneeded, but police say the real test will be...

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16 Mar 2010

The big white elephant in US-Israeli ties

After a year of wrangling and arms-twisting, the Palestinians finally agreed to four months of so called "proximity talks" in order to test Netanyahu's intentions. And the result: humiliation. The Israeli announcement of new settlement expansion in East Jerusalem on the eve of the talks was as humiliating to the Palestinian president as it was rude to Joe Biden, the US vice-president, who was visiting the country.
After a year of wrangling and arms-twisting, the Palestinians finally agreed to four months of so called "proximity...

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16 Mar 2010

Israel to go ahead with settlements

Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has rejected calls from the US to halt settlement plans in occupied East Jerusalem, saying plans for building new homes would go ahead.
Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has rejected calls from the US to halt settlement plans in occupied East...

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15 Mar 2010

US wants Israel to cancel Jerusalem building plan

JERUSALEM The Obama administration is demanding that Israel call off a contentious building project in east Jerusalem and make a public gesture toward the Palestinians to help defuse one of the worst U.S.-Israeli feuds in memory, officials on both sides said Monday.
JERUSALEM The Obama administration is demanding that Israel call off a contentious building project in east Jerusalem...

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15 Mar 2010

Driving Drunk in Jerusalem

Israel needs a wake-up call. Continuing to build settlements in the West Bank, and even housing in disputed East Jerusalem, is sheer madness. Yasir Arafat accepted that Jewish suburbs there would be under Israeli sovereignty in any peace deal that would also make Arab parts of East Jerusalem the Palestinian capital. Israel s planned housing expansion now raises questions about whether Israel will ever be willing to concede a Palestinian capital in Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem a big problem.
Israel needs a wake-up call. Continuing to build settlements in the West Bank, and even housing in disputed East...

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14 Mar 2010

Netanyahu Offers an Apology, but No Shift in Settlement Policy

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told his cabinet on Sunday that the ill-timed announcement of new housing plans for a Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem during a visit here by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. last week had been "regrettable" and "hurtful."
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told his cabinet on Sunday that the ill-timed announcement of...

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13 Mar 2010

Clinton Rebukes Israel for Housing Announcement

WASHINGTON In a tense, 43-minute phone call on Friday morning, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Israel s plan for new housing units for Jews in East Jerusalem sent a deeply negative signal about Israeli-American relations, and not just because it spoiled a visit by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
WASHINGTON In a tense, 43-minute phone call on Friday morning, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told Prime...
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11 Mar 2010

Hopes fade over Palestinian unity

A reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian parties, has been delayed, following a bitter dispute over the Palestinian decision not to back a UN report on alleged Israeli war crimes. The deal was to be signed on October 25, clearing the way for Hamas and Fatah to co-operate in rebuilding war-damaged Gaza by preparing for Palestinian elections in the first half of 2010.
A reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, the rival Palestinian parties, has been delayed, following a bitter...

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8 Mar 2010

Israel and U.S. launch indirect peace talks

The United States has already begun to mediate indirect peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the Israeli Embassy in the U.S. confirmed on Monday.
The United States has already begun to mediate indirect peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, the...
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8 Mar 2010

Biden Visits Israel to Restart Peace Talks

JERUSALEM Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. began a five-day visit to the Middle East on Monday, part of a concerted American effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and keep Israel focused on imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program rather than pursuing unilateral military action.
JERUSALEM Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. began a five-day visit to the Middle East on Monday, part of a concerted...
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7 Mar 2010

PA moves to ban Palestinians from working in settlements

The Palestinian Authority is moving to prevent Palestinian workers from taking jobs in settlements, as officials Ramallah repeatedly declare their refusal to resume direct negotiations until all Israeli construction in the West Bank is halted.
The Palestinian Authority is moving to prevent Palestinian workers from taking jobs in settlements, as officials...

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7 Mar 2010

Inshallah, Obama

Actually, president Obama didn t say all the right words in his speech. He created an obstacle for himself by demanding that Israel stop expanding settlements when it was not going to do so even though it should and when that wasn t the most important condition to Arabs.
Actually, president Obama didn t say all the right words in his speech. He created an obstacle for himself by demanding...

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1 Mar 2010

Moshe Dayan’s widow Israel doesn’t know how to make peace

She turned 93 last Friday, according to the Hebrew calendar. On Thursday, Herzliya awarded her honorary citizenship. Ruth Dayan doesn't rest for a moment. In the Bedouin town of Segev Shalom and in the Palestinian village of Kharbata, she founded an arts and crafts workshop for women. Once every week or two she drives to these places by herself. She's also busy with countless humanitarian issues in the territories. A few months ago she flew to Malta to meet the daughter of Yasser Arafat, the granddaughter of her soulmate, Raymonda Tawil.
She turned 93 last Friday, according to the Hebrew calendar. On Thursday, Herzliya awarded her honorary citizenship....
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1 Mar 2010

Israeli police storm Jerusalem site

At least six Palestinians have reportedly been injured after Israeli police forces stormed a holy site in Jerusalem to disperse Muslim worshippers. Palestinian sources said that Israeli forces fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the worshippers holding protests in the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday.
At least six Palestinians have reportedly been injured after Israeli police forces stormed a holy site in Jerusalem to...

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26 Feb 2010

Arab source Mitchell wanted to quit over U.S. bias for Israel

An Arab political source said Friday that special U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell has requested to resign due to his frustration with the way the Obama administration has been handling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to a Nazareth-based daily. Hadith a-Nass reported that Mitchell's request stemmed partly from to his own failure to advance the resumption of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and also from his perception that certain elements within the State Department hold biased favor toward Israel.
An Arab political source said Friday that special U.S. Mideast envoy George Mitchell has requested to resign due to his...

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26 Feb 2010

Hamas Mabhouh was long-time target

The assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas official, in Dubai on January 19, has been making headlines in international media. Dubai police blame the killing on Mossad, the Israeli spy agency. Al-Mabhouh was a military commander in Hamas' military wing of Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. He founded Unit 101, which was dedicated to abducting Israeli combatants.
The assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior Hamas official, in Dubai on January 19, has been making headlines in...

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15 Feb 2010

Syria is no different from Hamas or Hezbollah

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem recently told Israelis that "you know that war at this time will reach your cities." The statement bolsters the recognition that the Syrian strategy in a future war will be based on targeting population centers in Israel. It seems that after the enemy's attempts to act through conventional military means and terrorism failed, it tried to locate Israel's weak point. Damascus sees our cities as a weak point.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem recently told Israelis that "you know that war at this time will reach your...
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15 Feb 2010

Clinton U.S. can’t force Israel, Palestinians into peace talks

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday acknowledged frustration in the Middle East over the delay in restarting Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, but said that the Obama administration could not "force" the sides into reaching a solution. "This is hard work," Clinton said at the beginning of a three-day visit to the region. "I know people are disappointed that we have not yet achieved a breakthrough."
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday acknowledged frustration in the Middle East over the delay in...

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15 Feb 2010

Amid push on Iran, U.S. seems keen for Israel to show restraint

The head of the U.S. armed forces said he was concerned about the unintended consequences of a military strike on Iran's nuclear program. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen said after arriving in Israel on Sunday that American policy on the matter is clear: "Iran must not acquire nuclear capability."
The head of the U.S. armed forces said he was concerned about the unintended consequences of a military strike on Iran's...

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12 Feb 2010

Hard Mideast Truths

But past persecution of the Jews cannot be a license to subjugate another people, the Palestinians. Nor can the solemn U.S. promise to stand by Israel be a blank check to the Jewish state when its policies undermine stated American aims. One such Israeli policy is the relentless settlement of the West Bank. Two decades ago, James Baker, then secretary of state, declared, Forswear annexation; stop settlement activity. Fast-forward 20 years to Barack Obama in Cairo: The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. In the interim the number of settlers almost quadrupled from about 78,000 in 1990 to around 300,000 last year.
But past persecution of the Jews cannot be a license to subjugate another people, the Palestinians. Nor can the solemn...

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6 Feb 2010

Israel Weighs Options in Iran Nuclear Threat

For the last few years, Israel has made the case that Iran poses a serious threat to its existence and it has not ruled out the possibility of a preemptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Tehran denies it is enriching uranium for weapons and says it will retaliate if attacked. The failure of the major powers to engage Teheran and convince it to stop developing its atomic capabilities is raising anxiety among Israeli leaders who are trying to determine whether to strike or give diplomacy another chance. Israel is drawing on lessons from its past as it deals with what may be a new threat in the not-too-distant future.
For the last few years, Israel has made the case that Iran poses a serious threat to its existence and it has not ruled...

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24 Jan 2010

Israel set to challenge Goldstone Gaza report

Israel was set to submit its rebuttal on Thursday to a United Nations reports accusing it of having committed war crimes in Gaza last winter. Though the Israeli response has been kept under wraps, it is expected to list the essential flaws in the report and explain why the report is biased against Israel and tainted with many problems. ...
Israel was set to submit its rebuttal on Thursday to a United Nations reports accusing it of having committed war crimes...

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12 Jan 2010

The Tel Aviv Cluster

Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world chess champions, 27 percent of the Nobel physics laureates and 31 percent of the medicine laureates.
Jews are a famously accomplished group. They make up 0.2 percent of the world population, but 54 percent of the world...
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10 Jan 2010

Finance Minister: We don’t need U.S. loan guarantees

Israeli officials were up in arms Sunday after Washington's special envoy to the Mideast suggested the U.S. might impose sanctions on Israel and withhold loan guarantees to press it to make concessions in negotiations with the Palestinians, with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz saying that Israel was "doing just fine" without American loan guarantees. ...
Israeli officials were up in arms Sunday after Washington's special envoy to the Mideast suggested the U.S. might impose...
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10 Jan 2010

Bush sold Arab states arms in violation of deal with Israel

The Bush administration violated security related agreements with Israel in which the U.S. promised to preserve the IDF's qualitative edge over Arab armies, according to senior officials in the Obama administration and Israel. ...
The Bush administration violated security related agreements with Israel in which the U.S. promised to preserve the...
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