Commentary / World Apr 29, 2014

Why Hamas joining Fatah is good for Mideast peace

by Noah Feldman

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's personal investment in the Mideast peace process exerts enough leverage to make the Israelis and Palestinians pretend to talk — but not enough to make them agree to something they otherwise don't really want. The Fatah-Hamas rapprochement may ...

Hamas, Abbas' PLO announce reconciliation agreement

World / Politics Apr 24, 2014

Hamas, Abbas' PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile after seven years of internal ...

Commentary / World Apr 15, 2014

When will Netanyahu nail himself to the cross?

by Jeffrey Goldberg

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is not wrong to believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, sooner or later, have to stop nailing himself to small crosses (prisoner releases, minor settlement compromises) and move to the big cross: endangering his right-wing coalition ...

Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

World Apr 11, 2014

Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Jewish ...

Commentary / World Apr 8, 2014

U.S. empire beyond salvation

by Ramzy Baroud

For 25 years, the U.S. has tried to police the world for its own interests and failed. Now, it can't even cut and run from Iraq and Afghanistan because it is too deeply entrenched in the Middle East.

Sharon's life shaped Israel, mirrored its turbulent times

World / Politics Jan 12, 2014

Sharon's life shaped Israel, mirrored its turbulent times

The death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who had been in a deep coma since suffering a stroke in January 2006, represents an extraordinary moment of rupture in his country's history. Of the generation of Israeli soldiers and politicians who fought in ...

World Dec 24, 2013

Abbas says Jesus was a 'Palestinian'

In a Christmas message Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Jesus a "Palestinian" messenger of hope. Palestinian officials said Abbas used the term in a historic context, applying to all those in the Holy Land at the time Jesus lived, regardless of religion. Few scholars ...

Bethlehem woos Christian emigres, visitors

World Dec 22, 2013

Bethlehem woos Christian emigres, visitors

There has been something missing in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Christianity: Christians. For years, Palestinian Christians have been quietly abandoning the place where Jesus is said to have been born in a manger. Middle-class residents here have packed their bags for less chaotic lives in ...