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Israeli Peace Initiative: Who We Are

Israeli Peace Initiative: Who We Are

By The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) Group
Location Israel Israel

Israel must decide on its future from a position of strength and not to be dragged along by events. [Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of articles examining the Israeli Peace Initiative.] The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) is a nonpartisan movement whose 800 members come from left, center and left—and represent business, hi-tech, academic, security, diplomatic, civil society and media communities. We are the first to propose a regional initiative to end […]

The Growing Support in Israel for a Regional Approach

The Growing Support in Israel for a Regional Approach

By The Israeli Peace Initiative (IPI) Group
Location Israel Israel

We hope to see more leaders who understand the criticality of an Israeli endorsement of the API as the way forward. Historically, all Israeli governments have regarded peace with all of our Arab neighbors as an ideal end-goal. However, prevailing logic has held that by dividing up the regional end-goal into a series of bilateral agreements, Israel would have a greater chance of protecting her vital interests, while an overall regional or international arrangement would […]

Is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Justified?

Is Israel’s Operation Protective Edge Justified?

By Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Chair in Politics and Director of the Middle East Study Group, University of Hull
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

A new post-Hamas era will improve the lives of Palestinians and Israel. I am grateful to many readers who took the time to comment on my article “Israel Cannot Be Complete and It Cannot Be Secure Without Just Peace,”published in Sharnoff’s Global Views (July 18, 2014). Some have questioned the legitimacy of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge. None of the readers pondered whether indiscriminate, random rocket-fire on civilians is justified. Granted it is not. They questioned […]

July 25, 2014 · 0 comments · Israel, Politics
Respecting The Right of Israeli Citizens

Respecting The Right of Israeli Citizens

By Zahid Ali Baloch, Fulbright Fellow
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Why do Islamic militant organizations such as Hamas carry out attacks against Israeli citizens by using their civilians as human shields? Gilad Shalit, a former soldier in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was kidnapped by Hamas in 2006. His extra-judicial abduction raised several concern across Israel both from the government and public. Israel searched every possible way to bring him back alive. The only option that effectively worked was to return him by trading more than 1,000 […]

July 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Israel, Politics
Israel Cannot Be Complete and Secure Without Just Peace

Israel Cannot Be Complete and Secure Without Just Peace

By Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Chair in Politics and Director of the Middle East Study Group, University of Hull
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

In the post-Hamas era, two-state solution is the promise for a decent, normal future for both Israel and Palestine. The Israeli society has been living since birth in abnormal conditions. Sixty-six years after its establishment, Israel has no internationally recognized borders; some of its neighbors do not accept its very existence; security was and still remains Israel’s toughest challenge. Since its establishment, Israel has had to fight. From 1948 until now, some 23,000 Israelis were […]

July 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Israel, Palestinians, Politics
The Hamas-Israel Conflict: What Happened to Critical Thinking?

The Hamas-Israel Conflict: What Happened to Critical Thinking?

By Josiah Ching Yi-Xiang and Carissa Morais
Location Malaysia Malaysia

Why does the Hamas-Israel conflict receive more global attention in contrast to other conflicts? In April this year, 276 female students in Nigeria were kidnapped by an Islamic terrorist group called Boko Haram which has been fighting an insurgency against the Nigerian people. In Myanmar, the minority Rohingyas have been persecuted by the government and the Burmans which comprised the majority. Besides that, Palestinians in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria have been deliberately starved […]

July 18, 2014 · 0 comments · Israel, Politics
The Current Hamas-Israel War – An Israeli Perspective

The Current Hamas-Israel War – An Israeli Perspective

By Josef Olmert, Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina
Location United States United States

Hamas may finally force the issue on Israel and simply lead Netanyahu do what he does not want to do, and this is to go all out against Hamas. Israelis like to throw to their Western partners, particularly the Americans, the claim that “they do not understand the Middle East,” so it continues, “let us explain to you” … and then the inevitable dialogue of the deaf. First, because so much of what is happening […]

July 15, 2014 · 0 comments · Israel, Politics