The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: What if Kerry Fails?

March 03, 2014

Failure to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement could be catastrophic.  In April 2013, US Secretary of State John Kerry made clear his opinion on the necessity of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, elucidating his dedication to the current negotiations. He...

The Iran Deal Legitimizes a Terrorist Group

February 06, 2014

Negotiating with Iran provides legitimacy to its Lebanese proxy: Hezbollah. Hezbollah can destroy any target within Israel, a senior commander in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) recently said, while US officials say Syrian forces have transferred advanced guided...

Ariel Sharon: A Complicated Career and Legacy

January 16, 2014

Josef Olmert looks back at the life of one of Israel’s most important leaders. A famous Zionist poet, Saul Tschernichovsky (1875-1943), wrote in one of his songs that "the human being is a reflection of his childhood landscape." If there was one Israeli leader of recent time whose life story...

Top 10 Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East

January 16, 2014

Ariel Sharon probably helped doom the whole enterprise of Israel. Arik Scheinerman, who became Ariel Sharon, was from a Russian family that emigrated to Palestine at a time when Palestinians had been deprived of the right to set immigration policy into their own country. He would go on powerfully...

When America Met Mandela

July 04, 2013

"Take your guns, pangas, and knives and throw them into the sea" (Nelson Mandela). By Francis Njubi Nesbitt "Who is this man Mandela?" The US News & World Report asked in January 1990. Apparently no one knew much, since the magazine could only come up with three short...

The Obama Administration and the Israel Lobby

May 03, 2013

Jerome Slater analyzes the power of the Israel lobby and argues that US support for Israel is the result of the convergence of a wide range of factors, not solely determined by the Israel lobby. In light of Israeli rigidity and continuing expansion into the Palestinian territories of East...