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International Force Can Keep Peace Only When Both Sides Are Committed

By Yossi Alpher

Of the more than 50 international peacekeeping forces established or authorized by the United Nations since its inception, half a dozen have patrolled Israel’s borders with its Arab neighbors. Before another international force comes into existence and is deployed in southern Lebanon, it might be helpful to inquire what has made for the handful of successful international monitoring operations between Israelis and Arabs — and what explains the failure of others.Read More


A Mandate To Rescue Evidence of the Shoah

By Sara Bloomfield

Edwin Black’s August 4 opinion article puts him seemingly at odds with the world’s leading Holocaust scholars, most of whom have taken advantage of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s research center and its open access research policy (“History Demands an Uncompromised Home for Shoah Archive”).Read More


Who Will Send Troops To Save Darfur?

By Evan Goldstein

Last week the United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, proposed sending a 24,000-strong peacekeeping force to Darfur and called for international efforts to secure the Sudanese government’s consent to the plan. However, he knows full well that U.N. member states are unlikely to deploy troops to Sudan without the Sudanese government’s consent. The situation, in short, is this: unless the U.N. is willing to back military intervention into Darfur, the genocide will continue.Read More


Was There Really No Other Way?

By Leonard Fein

According to all reports, synagogues in America were unusually well-attended this Tisha B’Av, which fell this year on August 3. It’s the day on which Jews — some, anyway — remember to mourn the destruction of the First Temple, and then, according to the tradition, a number of other calamities that befell our people through the centuries.Read More


In Praise of The Double Standard

By Leonard Fein

There are real terrorists in our world, people who sow fear and death and exult in what they do. And Hezbollah is prominent, perhaps even preeminent, among them.Read More


THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE: Sweating Out a European Identity

By Eric frey

Earlier this summer, a group of Israeli academics attended a conference here in Vienna. Half of their visit was spent complaining about the heat.Read More


History Demands an Uncompromised Home for Shoah Archive

By Edwin Black

The world’s largest Holocaust archive, the secretive International Tracing Service in Bad Arolsen, Germany, has finally agreed to open its files to researchers and journalists. The long-awaited access follows years of acrimonious contention between the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the International Committee of the Red Cross, which manages the repository.Read More


Fog of War Is No Cover for Causing Civilian Deaths

By Kenneth Roth

The awful bloodshed and intense emotions of war are not conducive to careful moral reasoning. With Hezbollah rockets raining down on northern Israel, an honest reckoning of the conduct of Israeli forces in Lebanon is difficult.Read More


Hezbollah Hasn't Hit Investment in Israel

By Aaron Katsman

Investors throughout the world are worried about the possibility of the war between Israel and Hezbollah spreading across the entire Middle East. That the Israeli market has held up quite strongly in the face of this war, then, points to an impressive maturation of Israeli investors over the last five years.Read More


Will Mel Gibson Get Away With His Antisemitic Tirade?

By Edward Koch and Rafael Medoff

Now that Gibson has been revealed as having ranted against “f—ing Jews” who “are responsible for all the wars in the world,” a debate has erupted over what consequences, if any, he should suffer.Read More





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