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Is Israel Fighting a 'Just War' in Gaza — and What About Hamas?

By Jamie Levin

The concept of a ‘just war’ has been enshrined in Western thought since the days of St. Thomas Aquinas. Does Israel — or Hamas — have the right to claim the mantle of justice?Read More


8 Reasons Menachem Creditor Is Wrong To Be 'Done Apologizing' for Israel

By Jay Michaelson

Rabbi Menachem Creditor says he’s done apologizing for Israel. Jay Michaelson gives 8 reasons why it’s important to tell the truth about the Gaza war — even if it hurts.Read More


Solitude and Quiet Will Not Cure You

By Elissa Strauss

We are told to value idleness and isolation, even boredom, but Elissa Strauss wonders if this is really our problem as a society. Maybe we just need to learn how to engage with one another.Read More


Israel's Conflict Has a Past — and a Future

By Dahlia Scheindlin

Lost in all the discussions of the Gaza war is any sense of how we got here. Understanding this past, argues Dahlia Scheindlin, is critical to preventing a return to a tragic cycle.Read More


Dani Danon Is Such a Threat to Israel Even Bibi Fired Him

By Leonard Fein

Credit where credit is due: A year ago, I wrote about Israel’s Deputy Minister of Defense, Dani Danon, that he is Israel’s “enemy within,” perhaps the most dangerous current threat to Israel and a star of Likud, the linchpin of the governing coalitionRead More


For Peace To Win, Hamas Must Lose

By J.J. Goldberg

With fighting raging in Gaza, it’s not clear how the conflict can end soon. But J.J. Goldberg writes it’s clear Hamas must lose for there to be any chance at peace.Read More


Israel Has a New Worst Enemy — Twitter

By Gal Beckerman

Israel’s wars are always fought on two fronts — on the ground and in the battlefield of world opinion. Gal Beckerman explains how social media has changed all the rules.Read More


Dan Markel's Meaningful Life Ends in Senseless Death

By Jay Michaelson

After a senseless death, people often speak about the person’s impact in life. That can be a truism, but in Dan Markel’s case every word is true, Jay Michaelson writes.Read More


Tel Aviv Is Under Red Alert — In Many Ways

By Haggai Matar

A group of right-wing extremists attacked a peace rally in Tel Aviv. Haggai Matar, who was there, thinks this is part of a bigger pattern of dehumanization in Israeli society.Read More


When We Stop To Really See Each Other

By Leonard Fein

The crisis between Israelis and Palestinians is also the result of dehumanization, writes Leonard Fein. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to stop seeing each other.Read More





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