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  • 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 ▸

  • Human rights low in Geneva?

    One of the top candidates to be the new U.N. high commissioner for human rights may bring the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva to new lows, warns one pro-Israel watchdog organization. Mexican Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba – who is the front-runner for the post, according to Human Rights Tribune, rarely missed an opportunity… More ▸

  • Now or later

    The New York Times had an article on Sunday suggesting that time might be just about out on President Bush’s plans for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal: When Israeli and Palestinian leaders committed themselves to peace talks after meeting in Annapolis, Md., last November, Mr. Bush had hopes of ending his presidency on a foreign policy… More ▸

  • Boteach: Why won’t Muslims speak out?

    Shmuley Boteach wonders in the Jerusalem Post why Muslims aren’t speaking out against last week’s shooting attack at a yeshiva in Jerusalem: The sight of Gazans rejoicing at the cold-blooded murder of eight yeshiva students who had not hurt anyone was particularly jolting for me. I am a religious man and feel an immediate affinity… More ▸

  • Welcome back, Condi

    On the eve of U.S. Secretary of Condoleezza Rice’s upcoming trip to the Middle East, Glenn Kessler reports in the Washington Post that the prospects for peace have “shifted dramatically” since President Bush held the Annapolis peace conference three months ago. And, now, the White House’s influence on the players in the region appears to… More ▸

  • Imad Mughniyah: A worthwhile target

    Ha’aretz’s Amir Oren argues that Imad Mughniyah, the Hezbollah leader allegedly killed by Israel, is irreplaceable. Mughniyah’s assassination has a substantive side but also a psychological one. Both challenge the myth commonly disseminated by those who fear (because they know why) that they will be targeted for assassination. It is the myth that “everyone can… More ▸

  • Winograd: Olmert tried his best

    What does the Winograd Commission’s final report on Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon mean for Ehud Olmert’s future? JTA Jerusalem correspondent Leslie Susser speaks with JTA Associate Editor Uriel Heilman about the war, the report and Olmert’s political prognosis. Click the play button below to listen. [audio:/images/archive/013008_heilman_susser.mp3] To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast,… More ▸