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05/04/2011 | Editorial

The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of courageous U.S. commandos (just after the 66th anniversary of the death of Hitler) won’t end a terrorist threat that has grown much more diffuse since 9/11. Still, we join with those who are grateful that justice was done and an important symbolic blow was struck against those who promote and conduct terror attacks — whether they be with suicide bomb belts or hijacked jetliners flown into skyscrapers.

04/27/2011 | Editorial

We are in the season of the Jewish calendar when celebration and mourning are upon us in rapid and sometimes confusing succession, from the joy of Passover freedom to the darkness of Holocaust commemoration, followed a week later by Israel’s Yom HaZikaron (memorializing its fallen soldiers) and the following day, Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, marked with fireworks and parades in the Jewish state.

04/27/2011 | Editorial

Israel is understandably ambivalent about the tsunami of change washing across the Middle East. Old adversaries suddenly look like forces for stability; anti-authoritarian change, long advocated by Israeli leaders as a precondition for real peace, is turning out to be scary.

That dynamic is particular evident in the case of Bashar Assad, the Syrian dictator who is busy gunning down his own citizens as they demand a semblance of freedom.

04/21/2011 | Editorial

You don’t have to work for a Middle East think tank or have a doctorate in international relations to understand that a Palestinian state created through unilateral action can never be anything resembling a real state — even if it is endorsed by the United Nations.

04/21/2011 | Editorial

This week marks the first 100 days of what has come to be known as the Arab Uprising or Arab Spring, which began in Tunisia and soon spread to Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya and beyond. It is too soon to tell what the region will look like even a year from now, but it is clear that it will never be quite the same, and some benchmarks are emerging.

04/18/2011 | Editorial

You don’t have to work for a Middle East think tank or have a doctorate in international relations to understand that a Palestinian state created through unilateral action can never be anything resembling a real state — even if it is endorsed by the United Nations.