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  • Hamas: The new Fatah?

    Borrowing a page from Fatah’s playbook, Hamas is criticizing Fatah militants who are shelling southern Israel from Gaza as acting against the Palestinian national interest by risking the shaky truce begun June 19 with Israel. Years ago, it was Fatah – then led by Yasser Arafat – that was signing agreements with Israel and criticizing… More ▸

  • Ha’aretz publisher uses the A-word

    The publisher of Ha’aretz, Amos Schocken, has a piece today under the headline “Citizenship law makes Israel an apartheid state”: The law stipulates that the interior minister does not have the authority to approve residence in Israel for a resident of Judea and Samaria (unless, of course, they are Jews – that is, settlers). This… More ▸

  • Freeing Samir Kuntar

    In a follow-up to his recent piece arguing for ignoring Israel’s national interest and releasing terrorists in exchange for captive Israeli soldiers, former Rabin aide Eitan Haber writes in Thursday’s Ynet that convicted murderer Samir Kuntar should be freed by Israel, if needed. Kuntar is the Lebanese Druse who snuck into Israel in 1979 and… More ▸

  • Time to bolster Hamas?

    If Fatah militants are now firing Kassam rockets at Israel in a bid to embarrass Hamas and prompt the collapse of the group’s cease-fire with Israel, does this mean Israel should bolster Hamas’ military wing so that it cracks down on these renegade Fatah militants and can impose its rule on Gaza? Madness, you say?… More ▸

  • Beware of war

    An editorial in Thursday’s Daily Star of Lebanon suggests Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert may launch a war this summer in a bid to rally Israeli public opinion and ensure his political survival. Possible targets: Iran, Gaza and Lebanon, write the Daily Star’s editorialists. Though tensions long have been mounting on the Gaza and Iran… More ▸

  • The mitzvah of redeeming Jewish captives

    When it comes to making deals to return captive Israeli soldiers, dead or alive, successive Israeli prime ministers have ignored Israel’s national interest and their own pronouncements to do all they could to bring Israel’s missing boys home, writes Eitan Haber, a former aide to Yitzhak Rabin, in Ynet. This is not necessarily a bad… More ▸

  • Cameras as weapons

    After the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem handed out more than 100 cameras to Palestinians in the West Bank to document their harassment by Israelis, it didn’t take long for the investment to pay off. This month, Muna Nawajaa of Khirbet Susiya recorded an attack by masked men, believed to be Israeli Jews, beating members… More ▸

  • Good news on coexistence

    At a time of mostly bad news on the Arab-Jewish coexistence front, a recent Harvard University study on Arabs and Jews in Israel finds some good news to report. Among the key findings: • 77% of Arab citizens would rather live in Israel than in any other country in the world. • 68% of Jewish… More ▸

  • Dreary Israel, dreary Israelis

    The Sunday New York Times’ Week in Review has two revealing Israel-related pieces: One, a spot-on piece by Ethan Bronner about the gloomy mood in the Jewish state, thanks to threats from within and without. The other, a column by Nicholas Kristof, is revealing for who Kristof thinks are the bad Jews, and who the… More ▸

  • Hamas’ gain, Fatah’s loss

    Israel’s new cease-fire agreement with Hamas may be good news in Sderot and Gaza City, but it’s bad news for the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. As if Fatah’s routing by Hamas in elections in January 2006 and in a violent coup in June 2007 weren’t enough, now Israel is signing agreements with Hamas while… More ▸