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Palestian-Israeli Talks Resume Wednesday

#BREAKING Israeli-Palestinian talks to resume in Cairo Wednesday, officials say — Agence France-Presse (@AFP) September 20, 2014 Now read this:U.S. Criticized For Ferguson–By China, Egypt, Russia And Iran! (Aug 20, 2014) This Palestinian Farmer’s House Has Been Bombed Three Times (Aug 11, 2014) Crackdown Involves Burning Books (Aug 10, 2014) My Interview With The PLO [...]

Sam Harris’s new book, Waking Up is about being spiritual without being religious. In a related blog post, Harris addressed a question he is often asked about Israel, a state based on religion. “We have to get out of the religion business,” Dr. Harris told me, and that applies to states like Israel. But he [...]

Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage

The Texas senator was speaking at conference for Middle Eastern Christians when he was booed off stage. Cruz, the keynote speaker at the sold-out D.C. dinner gala for the recently-founded non-profit In Defense of Christians, began by saying that “tonight, we are all united in defense of Christians. Tonight, we are all united in defense [...]

Israel is being rebuked by the United States for what an anti-settlement group is calling the largest land grab in 30 years. Some 400 hectares (988 acres) in the Etzion Jewish settlement bloc near Bethlehem were declared “state land, on the instructions of the political echelon” by the military-run Civil Administration. We urge the government [...]

JERUSALEM — When Issa Abu Khdeir drove a relative to the airport last month, police arrested two sons and him, and ransacked their Jerusalem home. Abu Khdeir, 58, said his family might have been targeted because they offered their home as a press center for Tariq Khdeir, 15, a nephew whose beating last month by [...]

Palestinian officials say a Gaza ceasefire deal has been reached with the help of Egypt. There was no immediate confirmation from Israel, where a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declined to comment. “An agreement has been reached between the two sides and we are awaiting the announcement from Cairo to determine the zero hour [...]

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshaal wants President Obama to persuade Israel to  “lift the siege” of Gaza and push for a cease-fire in the conflict to stop a “holocaust” against the Palestinians. “You as the leader of the most powerful state in the world, I ask you to call [on] Israel to stop its aggression [...]

H/t to Max Blumenthal for this one. For me, personally, Arabs are something I can’t look at and can’t stand,” a 10th-grade girl from a high school in the central part of the country says in abominable Hebrew. “I am tremendously racist. I come from a racist home. If I get the chance in the [...]

The Target was Mohammad Deif, the head of the military wing of Hamas, but it’s unclear if he was home at the time of the bombing. The Israeli warplanes that dropped at least five bombs on a house in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of Gaza City late Tuesday were seeking Mr. Deif, in at least [...]

MIT Professor Noah Chomsky was on my radio show Thursday night with his take on Gaza, Israel, Iraq and the United States. We first talked about the American media, that he says “tend to conform” to “state power and concentrated private power” that support Israel “and have no use for the Palestinians.” Americans “need to [...]

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