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  • 9/11 conspiracy

    Western media – and many Western governments – largely have ignored the pernicious smears that have proliferated in the last eight years in the Arab world about 9/11 (calling them “conspiracy theories” gives them more credence than they deserve). Prime among them are that the Jews and Israelis knew about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks… More ▸

  • Mughniyeh museum

    Here’s what they’re teaching the kiddies in southern Lebanon: Revere terrorist masterminds. The New York Times and Ha’aretz both have stories on a new museum in Nabatiye, Lebanon, devoted to glorifying Hezbollah chief Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in February in Syria by unknown assailants. The museum exhibits Mughniyeh’s personal effects, including his blood-stained clothes,… More ▸

  • Lip service only on Palestine, and ignoring Darfur

    Martin Peretz of The New Republic calls the Arabs out for their hypocrisy for paying lip service to the Palestinian cause while refusing to bankroll it, and for ignoring the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. He writes: The fact is, of course, that the other Arabs do not care a fig for Palestine, not a fig…. More ▸

  • 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 ▸