Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Unlikely Partners For Peace

An Orthodox settler and Palestinian activist say reconciliation begins with seeing the humanity of your enemy.

Editor and publisher

If the friendship between Hanan Schlesinger, an American-born Orthodox rabbi and self-described “passionate Zionist settler,” and Ali Abu Awwad, a leading Palestinian activist who served a four-year jail sentence in Israel for membership in a terrorist cell, was typical of West Bank Jews and Palestinians, we would be living in Messianic times.

Gary Rosenblatt

U.N. Report Finds Israel, Palestinians May Have Committed War Crimes


Jerusalem — Israel’s military and Palestinian armed groups committed “serious violations” of international human rights law during their conflict last summer that in some cases may amount to war crimes, according to a United Nations report.

Bomb-damaged homes still scar the landscape in Gaza City, June 15, 2015. JTA

Swiping Right On Peace In The Middle East

New dating app launched to pair Israelis with Palestinians.

Blueprint Editor

“Two households, both alike in dignity … from ancient grudge break to new mutiny/Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”

Verona dating app

Yisrael Beiteinu Campaign Slogan Calls For Israeli-Arab Land Swaps


Jerusalem — The Israeli political party Yisrael Beiteinu’s new campaign slogan pushes the idea of swapping land on which Arab-Israelis live to a future Palestinian state for West Bank land.

The slogan, “Ariel for Israel, Umm al-Fahm to Palestine,” was unveiled Thursday. The party’s other slogan is “Tachles, Liberman.” Tachles is a Yiddish expression meaning telling it like it is, and Avigdor Liberman is the party chief.

Taking America’s Pulse On Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Staff Writer

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. An American of Israeli Arab heritage who moved to the United States at the age of 19, Telhami earned his doctorate in political science at the University of California at Berkeley and taught at such universities as Cornell, Princeton and Columbia. He has served as adviser to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the Trilateral U.S.

Shibley Telhami: Two-state solution seen as less “realistic” these days.

Israel And The Media: Sign Of The Times

Managing Editor

When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, few issues are as freighted as how the media, especially The New York Times, cover the story. And when there is a war on, like this summer’s hostilities in Gaza, the emotions are amped up even more. So when Daniel Gordis, the American-born Israeli author, commentator and Shalem College senior vice president, and the Times’ Ethan Bronner, the paper’s deputy national editor and former Jerusalem bureau chief, stepped into that charged landscape, it wasn’t surprising that fireworks sounded.

Michael Datikash/JW

The Case For The ‘Water-First’ Approach

Forget the settlements and deal with issues of water supply and sewage.

Contributing Editor

In Israel and the Jewish world, there are two common reactions to the crisis in Israeli-Palestinian relations. Both are waterlogged, so to speak.

Nathan Jeffay

ADL's Foxman To Abbas: Recognize Israel, Change The World

Special To The Jewish Week

Sometimes a simple sentence by a nation’s leader can do more to build trust than volumes of words and speeches.

Never would this be more true than in the cases of two of the most volatile issues in the Middle East — the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iran nuclear challenge.

Abraham H. Foxman

The Language of Multiple Narratives

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Like all other professionals who engage in counseling, rabbis are trained to know and believe that hearing one side of a story does not tell you all you need to know.  Whether it is a marriage that is in trouble or friends who have become estranged from each other, a professional may well ultimately choose to have the parties involved come in together for counseling.  But it is rare indeed that said professional would not see the parties individually before dealing with them as a pair.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Retirement Ahead For Alan Dershowitz


BOSTON — Alan Dershowitz, one of the country’s most prominent lawyers and a passionate, sometimes controversial, advocate for Israel, is retiring from Harvard Law School.

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