March 25, 2009 |
Israel's Labor Party voted Tuesday to join the incoming government of Benjamin Netanyahu, lending a moderate voice to a coalition dominated by hard-liners and easing concerns of a head-on confrontation with Washington over Mideast peacemaking. Chants of "Disgrace! Disgrace!"
January 1, 2009 |
It's a new year in an old and bloody world. In Israel, politicians jockeying for power have launched the most lethal military assault on Palestinian territory in decades. Israel has justified its bombardment of Gaza on the grounds that Hamas broke a fragile, temporary cease-fire. The Israeli government is right to consider Hamas' rocket attacks on Israeli civilians inexcusable, but the timing of the Israeli military offensive has more to do with politics than anything else.
April 25, 2008 |
A few years back in Israel, the people who were against Jewish settlers being forced to move decided that they would adopt orange as their symbolic color. For Etgar Keret, the Israeli short-story writer and director of the new film "Jellyfish" -- which was written by his wife, poet Shira Geffen -- that posed a problem.
January 9, 2008
Re "Israel's false friends," Opinion, Jan. 6 Where John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt miss the boat is their opining that the key issue (vis-a-vis an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution) is the future of Gaza and the West Bank, which Israel conquered in 1967 and still controls. From the perspective of many Americans, including U.S. presidential candidates, the key issue is Israeli security against suicide bombers and other Palestinian opponents of a two-state solution.
March 29, 2006 |
ON PREVIOUS election days, the street outside my polling station would be crowded with booths staffed by passionate activists from Israel's three-dozen-plus parties seeking one last opportunity to persuade voters. The sidewalk would be littered with leaflets from right-wing parties promising peace through strength and left-wing parties promising peace through concessions, from secular parties opposing Israeli theocracy and religious parties bemoaning godless hedonism.
October 25, 2002 |
Palestinians must take decisive action against militants and get serious about internal reform if they want to move toward statehood as outlined in a new Mideast peace plan, a U.S. envoy told senior Palestinian officials Thursday. But the Palestinians and Israel have expressed reservations about the plan. The document envisions a gradual Israeli troop pullback to positions held before the outbreak of fighting two years ago.