Gaza Truce Ends As Hamas Refuses To Extend Humanitarian Ceasefire

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

As Gaza War Winds Down, What Happens Next?

The war in Gaza seems to be winding down, but the underlying issues remain.

Despite International Pressure, Israeli Public Supports Netanyahu On The War In Gaza

The Israeli public if overwhelmingly behind the war in Gaza, and that means it will probably continue for awhile.

Israel Rejects Temporary Cease Fire Plan As Gaza Conflict Continues To Rage

Hopes for a temporary respite in the Gaza conflict faded away today.

Israel Begins Ground Operations In Gaza

The next phase of Israel’s attack on Hamas has begun.

Hamas Rejects Egyptian Cease Fire Deal Israel Had Accepted

An effort yesterday to bring about a cease fire in Gaza came to naught when Hamas rejected the proposal.

Israel Intensifies Attacks On Gaza, Hints At Ground Invasion

Things look to be going from bad to worse in Gaza.

Jonathan Pollard To Be Freed As Part Of Middle East Peace Deal?

Middle East peace talks are apparently in such bad shape that the U.S. is thinking of releasing Jonathan Pollard as an incentive to Israel.

Ariel Sharon, Israeli General, Defense Minister, Foreign Minister, Prime Minister, Dead At 85

After eight years in a coma, Ariel Sharon has passed away.

Violence In Iraq Is Not Obama’s Fault, And The Future Of Iraq Is Not Our Responsibility

The Iraqis need to learn to govern themselves, and conservatives blaming President Obama for renewed violence need a history lesson.

Israel Appoints First Female Battalion Commander [UPDATED]

The IDF has finally put a woman in command of a battalion. They’re decades behind American forces.

Swiss Report Supports Theory Yasser Arafat Was Poisoned, But Doesn’t Prove It

Was Arafat poisoned? A new report raises some questions, but answers none of them conclusively.

Women Were Nazis, Too

Wendy Lower documents the half-million women who helped Hitler carry out the Holocaust.

“Sending A Message” To Iran Is Not A Good Reason To Attack Syria

Bombing Country B to “send a message” to Country A is not a valid argument for bombing Country B.

John Kerry Leads America’s Latest Quixotic Quest For Middle East Peace

Secretary of State Kerry becomes the latest American official to wade into the Middle East’s longest lasting quagmire.

City Paints Handicapped Spot Around Car, Tows It

A Tel Aviv woman found her car towed and a handicapped parking space painted around where she’d left it.

Pot Calls The Kettle Hack

Alex Pareene’s annual hack list omits an obvious candidate: Alex Pareene.

Israel Seems Headed Toward An Invasion Of Gaza

The conflict between Israel and Hamas appears to be heading in one unfortunate direction.

The West Wing And American Politics

Not surprisingly, television and reality don’t really coincide.

Protests At Western Embassies Spread Across Muslim World

For the fourth day, American and other embassies became the focus of mass protests in many Muslim nations.

White House Denies Netanyahu Request For Meeting Amid Signs of Increased U.S.-Israeli Tension

In another sign that things may not be going so well between Washington and Jerusalem, President Obama will not be meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu when he’s in the United States.

Democratic Platform Amended On God And Jerusalem Amid Boos From Delegates

What should have been a simple parliamentary procedure, conducted under President Obama’s orders no less, turned into something of an embarrassment.

Wars, And Rumors Of Wars: Is An Israeli Strike On Iran More Likely Than Ever?

A new IAEA report may make an Israeli strike on Iran in the near future more likely than it has ever been.

German Rabbi Faces Potential Criminal Charges For Performing Circumcision

Under German law, this ceremony, which Jews believe dates from the time of Abraham, is now illegal.

Iran in the News

Some troubling, sad, and downright puzzling stories

What About Afghanistan?

The war in Afghanistan has not been a topic of discussion in the Presidential campaign, but that’s largely because there’s not much left to talk about.

Romney Praises Israeli Health Care System

Since Israel’s system is far more “socialist” by American rhetorical standards, I am not sure what his point was.

Romney Bans Press From Private Fundraiser; Press Upset

The Romney campaign has hurt the press corps’ feelings.

Mohammed Morsi Declared Winner Of Egyptian Presidential Election

The candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood is the next President of Egypt, but the political future of Egypt itself remains quite murky.

Mormonism Sure Is Weird

Jeffrey Goldberg asks, “What if Mitt Romney were Jewish?”

Dissecting Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy

Is there a Romney Doctrine?

Romney Wins Big, Newt Loses Mean, Race Continues (But Not For Long)

Mitt Romney won big last night, Newt Gingrich was Newt Gingrich, and the race is coming to the beginning of the end.

On Gingrich, The Palestinians, And “Invented People”

Newt Gingrich’s comments about Palestinian nationhood came up during last night’s debate.

Panetta Warns Of Unintended Consequences Of Striking Iran

The Secretary of Defense has some words of warning for those advocating military action against Iran.

At U.N., Obama Says There Are No Shortcuts To Peace

President Obama explained his position on the Palestinian statehood resolution today, but one wonders if anyone listened.

Palestinians To Go Forward With U.N. Statehood Resolution

Foolishly, the Palestinians are going forward with their effort to get Palestinian statehood recognized by the United Nations.