Israel

West Bank: A Rocky Separation

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*+-Steve Hochstadt: Twenty feet high, sunk deep into the ground, topped with barbed wire, the Israeli walls of separation prevent movement, separate people and interrupt that very life.

Is John Kerry Right?

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*+-Brent Budowsky: The repeated barrages of derision from the Israeli right toward Israel’s one great ally in a lonely world are profoundly wrong and profoundly unwise.

The Iron Dome Inside Heads of Israel’s Leaders

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*+-Danny Schechter: It may not be much of a stretch to look at the “Iron Dome” counter-missile system utilized by the Israeli forces as a perfect metaphor for the men authorizing its deployment and use, the iron domes of the heads who head up Israel’s military, and orchestrate its most assuredly not defensive war against Gaza.

A Very Loud Silence

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*+-Murray Polner: How is it that for eight long days (at this writing), its editorial board has chosen to remain voiceless during the Israeli-Palestinian Gaza War, with its pitiless air war, soaring rockets, a growing army of refugees, and mounting civilian deaths?

U.S. Rejected Israeli Demand for Iran Nuclear Confession

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*+-Gareth Porter: The Barack Obama administration appears to have rejected a deal-breaking demand by Israel for an Iranian confession to having had a covert nuclear weapons program as a condition for completing the comprehensive nuclear agreement.

Overplaying Its Hand, Israel Still Holds Plenty of U.S. Cards

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*+-Norman Solomon and Abba A. Solomon: Netanyahu and many other Israelis — as well as the powerhouse U.S. lobbying group AIPAC and many with similar outlooks in U.S. media and politics — fear that Israel’s capacity to hold sway over Washington policymakers has begun to slip away.