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Arab-israeli conflict

  • Al-Dura conspiracy theories

    After ridiculing claims by Jewish right-wingers that the iconic shooting of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura was a hoax, the Jerusalem Post’s Larry Derfner responds to a rebuttal by Richard Landes and Philippe Karsenty with a detailed analysis of what is, and isn’t, known about the shooting. Karsenty is the French Jewish media watchdog who was sued… More ▸

  • Parent trap?

    It’s completely understandable that the parents of Israel’s captive soldiers are doing all they can to bring their sons home. In a nation where most sons serve in the army, the sentiments of anxious parents carry a lot more sway than they do in America (Remember Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in the Iraq… More ▸

  • Cease-fire ho-hum

    On the eve of an apparent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist group that rules Gaza, the chatter in Israel already has moved onto another subject: Israel’s other threatening neighbor, Hezbollah in Lebanon. The New York Times reports that Israel is willing to engage in peace talks with Lebanon about “all issues,” including a… More ▸

  • Shut up

    After Israeli Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz opened his mouth last week to warn that an Israeli bombing run against Iran was inevitable, oil prices had their biggest single-day jump in history while global markets tanked. On Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post’s Michael Freund offered some advice to Mofaz and the countless Israeli politicians who mistake speech… More ▸

  • Osama sends Israel belated birthday wishes

    The Onion reports, In an unexpected act that Israeli president Shimon Peres called “thoughtful,” al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden sent a belated threat to Israel Monday in honor of the Jewish state’s 60th birthday. “Old fart!” read the front of the card in a font designed to look like ancient stone tablets. “Did you actually… More ▸

  • HaAm Im HaGolan

    In the following podcast, JTA staff writer Dina Kraft speaks with Ramona Bar-Lev, director of outreach for the Golan Resident’s Commitee, who moved to the Golan Heights as a teenager in 1969 and has never looked back. Responding to the announcement this month that Syria and Israel were engaged in indirect talks, Bar-Lev is once… More ▸

  • The other face of Syria

    Even as Syria moves forward with peace talks with Israel, it is strengthening its ties with Iran. On Tuesday, Syrian Defense Minister Hassan Turkmani ended a three-day visit to Tehran by signing a new defense pact with the Islamic Republic. Read the Tehran Times report here. Also on Tuesday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,… More ▸

  • How do you spell wrong? L-e-f-t-w-i-n-g or r-i-g-h-t-w-i-n-g?

    In the Jerusalem Post: M.J. Rosenberg makes the case for diplomacy and Caroline Glick takes aim at “Utopian peace junkies.” Rosenberg: There are those (and they have been quite vocal lately) who say that engaging in negotiations is a gift to the other side and that negotiating is a form of surrender. What hogwash! In… More ▸

  • Upset about Syria-Israel talks

    It seems Israel’s patron the United states isn’t the only country that is less than enthusiastic about Israel and Syria’s decision to restart peace talks. So is Syria’s patron, Iran. Unnamed sources told the London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad apparently is furious with Syrian President Bashar Assad for engaging the Zionist entity… More ▸

  • Prospects for Israeli-Syrian peace?

    After Israel and Syria announced this week they were renewing peace talks, the question on the minds of many was: Why now? Iran and Hezbollah’s rising power, new Israeli willingness to cede the Golan, the fading influence of the Bush White House and Ehud Olmert’s domestic troubles all are being cited as possible factors. JTA… More ▸