Editorial & Opinion | Editorial

03/01/2011 | Editorial

Settlers in Israel are complaining bitterly that Jerusalem has instituted a de facto freeze on new construction even though it is unofficial; critics of Israeli policy continue to complain bitterly that building is continuing, impeding the peace process.

Welcome to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s world.

03/01/2011 | Editorial

In an international arena that is always quick to criticize Israel and slow — to put it charitably — to find fault with her adversaries, the outcry against the violent repression of protestors seeking an end to the regime of Libyan strongman Muammar Kadaffi has been a welcome development.

02/22/2011 | Editorial

The Israeli Interior Ministry, under Shas party leadership, appears to have exceeded the limits of tolerance, even among Orthodox leaders, in its latest move that would in effect prohibit a number of Orthodox converts from making aliyah.

02/22/2011 | Editorial

The Obama administration did the right thing last week by vetoing a United Nations resolution on Israel's settlements policies that would only have set back a peace process that the Palestinians, who pushed hard for the measure, claim they still support.

02/15/2011 | Editorial

On Monday, President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.7 trillion budget outline that includes significant cuts to a number of human service programs. Congressional Republicans quickly countered that the cuts are insufficient to rein in a runaway deficit that is projected to hit a staggering $1.65 trillion this year.

02/15/2011 | Editorial

Much has been written in recent days about Israel’s unease over the pro-democracy surge that led to the ouster of longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak. Critics have accused the Jewish state of hypocrisy — always touting its status as a genuine democracy and arguing that peace can be made only with other democracies while tilting in favor of Mubarak’s repressive reign in the interests of security and stability.