Just “Ending the Violence” Isn’t Enough

Just “Ending the Violence” Isn’t Enough

The demand for accountability and human rights is now stretching from Ferguson and Staten Island to Iraq and Syria — and beyond, to the even longer-standing Israel-Palestine crisis. In this two-part interview, Phyllis Bennis discusses the need for a political approach...
Netanyahu Is a National Security Risk—And Washington Knows It

Netanyahu Is a National Security Risk—And Washington Knows It

Last month, an anonymous U.S. official stirred a tempest in a teapot when he called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “a chickenshit” in comments to the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. The insinuation was that while Netanyahu will happily rile up his right-wing...
Recognizing Palestine

Recognizing Palestine

In his recent meeting with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was “committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples.” That sounds nice. But if he’d been pressed, Netanyahu might have admitted that the two states he...
Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

Mowing the Lawn in Gaza

The Palestinians of Gaza are guilty of that new post-Cold War misdemeanor: voting while Muslim. The punishment for this crime has been eight years of economic hardship, international isolation, and periodic Israeli bombardments. Like the Algerians in 1990 and the...
Obama’s Chance to Renew the Peace Process

Obama’s Chance to Renew the Peace Process

President Barack Obama’s upcoming trip to the Middle East presents an opportunity to move the dormant Palestinian-Israeli peace process forward. If he’s serious about making progress, the president should take into account how dispute resolution works in...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Pieces

As always, emphasis added. Credibility: The Only Thing People Value More Highly Than Their Credit Rating So why do so many smart people keep embracing an approach to Iran that is internally contradictory and has consistently failed for more than a decade? I’m...

Emphasis Added: The Foreign Policy Week in Fragments

Emphasis, as always, added. A “fundamental problem with COIN.” Where foreign forces go, violence follows. . . . a wave of “insider-attacks,” perpetrated by members of the Afghan security forces, has killed 60 coalition troops this year...
Putting Bibi in a Corner

Putting Bibi in a Corner

With the January 22 general elections only days away in Israel, the majority of polls and media sources concede that Benjamin Netanyahu is on track to be elected for his third term as prime minister. Backed by the right-wing Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu bloc, which is...
Susan Rice Would Have Been a Bad Secretary of State Anyway

Susan Rice Would Have Been a Bad Secretary of State Anyway

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s announcement that she would withdraw her name from consideration to be the next secretary of state is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it marks yet another example of the Obama administration’s failure...
Israel Escalates Gaza Attack with an Assassination

Israel Escalates Gaza Attack with an Assassination

Yesterday’s Egyptian-brokered cease-fire between Gaza and Israel collapsed today when Israel launched a major escalation. In airstrikes almost certainly involving US-made F-16 warplanes and/or US-made Apache helicopters, Israel’s air force assassinated...