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  • Why the U.S. should support Israel-Syria talks

    With the Bush administration seemingly reticent to wholeheartedly endorse Israel-Syria peace talks, the Israel Policy Forum offers a paper – crafted by former U.S. ambassadors to Middle East countries, among others – focusing on what the United States stands to gain from Israeli-Syrian détente. The importance of bringing America into the talks is no small… More ▸

  • Kristof’s argument

    New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof engages in a debate about Israel with readers who take issue with his call for the U.S. to give Israel “tough love” – which, as he outlines it, would include such things as U.S. insistence on a 100 percent West Bank settlement freeze. In the back-and-forth with readers, Kristof… More ▸

  • Making the tough choices

    Shlomo Avineri, a former director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and now a professor of political science at Hebrew University, writes in Ha’aretz that it’s time to restore sanity to Israel’s negotiations over its captive soldiers: Anyone looking in from the outside at the emotional turmoil and media circus surrounding the return of the bodies… More ▸

  • The day after: Israel reacts

    The day after Israel’s prisoner swap deal with Hezbollah, there was pain and anger in the Jewish state. Ari Shavit in Ha’aretz: Here are the results of Israel’s war against Hezbollah so far. Hezbollah is bringing home a living murderer, and Israel is bringing home two dead soldiers – over whose capture it sacrificed 160… More ▸

  • The Arab world reacts to the swap

    Not everyone in the Arab world is impressed by Hezbollah’s accomplishments in the prisoner swap deal, the Jerusalem Post reports. The London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat daily noted that the deal “cost Hezbollah more than $7 billion, more than 1,200 dead and 4,500 wounded Lebanese citizens.” Lebanon’s Al Anwar newspaper ran an editorial saying it was “shameful… More ▸

  • The swap and the pain

    The wrenching images of today’s prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah – in which the Regev and Goldwasser families learned that their loves ones were dead while Israel handed over Lebanese murderer Samir Kuntar to Hezbollah – commanded the attention of all of Israel today. Israeli media anticipated and reported on the event with a… More ▸

  • The third grade

    It’s difficult to decide if the efforts Syrian President Bashar Assad made to avoid a face-to-face meeting with the Israeli prime minister on Sunday are more reminiscent of the third grade, or of a guy steering clear of his ex at a party. In any case, at the Union for the Mediterranean summit in Paris… More ▸

  • Two years later

    Two years after the Second Lebanon War, Israel is suddenly waking up and pressing for implementation of the U.N. resolution that ended the fighting between Hezbollah and Israel, 1701. On Wednesday, Israel’s Security Cabinet convened a hastily arranged discussion about the lack of implementation of the resolution, which called for stemming the flow of arms… More ▸

  • Laments for Israel

    The IDF must find a way to inspire fear in Israel’s enemies, as in days past, laments Dov Weisglass, a former aide to Ariel Sharon, in Ynet: Once upon a time, when our founding fathers were in power, that same Mossad which [Hezbollah leader Hassan] Nasrallah now disparages would have eliminated him a long time… More ▸

  • Settlement ‘peace’ tours

    A recent poll commissioned by Peace Now showed that 73 percent of Israelis have not visited any settlements in the last five years. Peace Now’s reaction? Bus more Israelis to West Bank settlements. In other news from the wild West Bank, a Ha’aretz editorial calls on the Israeli government to do more to ensure the… More ▸