My family and are taking a much needed vacation and will be cruising up Alaska’s Inside Passage until Aug. 24th. I’ve been advised to forget about the Middle East, American Jews, redefining Zionism, the plight of Israel’s Arabs, the pro-Israel lobby and my career…I may well ignore this advice from time to time and send a few missives. Regardless, look for commentary inspired by calving glaciers and brown bears upon my return.
Everyone agrees President Obama made a gutsy political call when he ordered the Navy Seals team to take out Osama bin Laden. There would have been a fierce backlash if the mission had failed. But heâ€™s not getting credit for demonstrating even more political courage by calling for an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement based on Israel’s […]
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recently announced plan of tenders for nearly 700 new apartments in East Jerusalem was not just a gesture to his restless right wing. It was yet another deliberate attempt to embarrass the White House, say Americans For Peace Now’s Lara Friedman and Ir Amin’s Danny Seideman in a provocative, must-read analysis. They […]
What follows is a column by Thomas Mitchell, lightly edited. We often read and hear comparisons between Israel and South Africa under apartheid. Mitchell finds lessons to be learned from South Africa, but not the most familiar ones. Instead, he focuses on diplomatic efforts to end South Africa’s occupation of Namibia and its confrontation with […]