Palestinians

Kerry Says Israel Is Headed Toward "Apartheid." Is He Right?
April 28, 2014

This was not a savvy thing to say, but that doesn't mean it was wrong.

This Photo Is Not from ‘Game of Thrones.’ It’s From Syria.
February 26, 2014

This is Damascus, last month. And these are Palestinian refugees lining up for food. 

A New Appointment Causes Hope for Reality-Based Mideast Policy
February 19, 2014

A new Obama administration foreign policy post is attracting some controversy. It's really about getting the best people onboard.

With All the Boycott Israel Talk, What Is BDS?
Scarlett Johnasson, John Kerry scare up controversy over Palestinian movement
February 02, 2014

Depending on how you feel about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, how should you feel about the BDS movement?

No Way Out
Syria's Palestinian refugees thought Egypt would be safe. Now they want to get to Europe.
November 25, 2013

On Friday, 50 Syrian and Palestinian refugees detained in the Montaza II police station in Alexandria, Egypt began a hunger strike.

Three Signs Hamas Is Losing Its Grip on Gaza
July 31, 2013

A serial loss of regional allies, serious financial difficulties, internal squabbling, and inability to build up its military capabilities have all weakened Hamas, leaving it vulnerable to potential unrest in Gaza.

Three Reasons Why the Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Won't Last
November 21, 2012

Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr has announced a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas. It's good news that the fighting will stop. But aside from the immediate cessation of hostilities there's little to cheer about. Here are three reasons why in the absence of considerable outside intervention, it's only a matter of time until war breaks out again. A comprehensive peace agreement is not in sight: Peace in the former Palestine rests not only on a permanent ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, but on a comprehensive agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

The Father of Palestine
February 13, 2008

‘I’ve never been to Ramallah before,” one of the White House correspondents says, gazing out at the cold gray mountains outside Jerusalem. The walls and ceilings of the buses provided for the press are lined with strips of old shag carpet, and it takes two skinny Third-World-person-sized seats to fit a single network cameraman accompanying President Bush on the first leg of his pilgrimage to the Middle East. The printed sign in Hebrew at the front of the bus reads hebron.

The Politics of Churlishness
April 11, 2005

If George W. Bush were to discover a cure for cancer, his critics would denounce him for having done it unilaterally, without adequate consultation, with a crude disregard for the sensibilities of others. He pursued his goal obstinately, they would say, without filtering his thoughts through the medical research establishment. And he didn't share his research with competing labs and thus caused resentment among other scientists who didn't have the resources or the bold—perhaps even somewhat reckless-—instincts to pursue the task as he did.

The Rejection
April 21, 2003

The Palestinian People: A History By Baruch Kimmerling and Joel S.