How to End the Gaza War

by Emile Nakhleh As the killing and destruction rages on in Gaza, and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Hamas leadership exchange recriminations and threats, key regional and world players must accept a central truism: No peace can… Continue Reading  

Is Hamas Winning?

by Mitchell Plitnick When Israel, or any country, engages in armed conflict with a guerrilla group, even if that group controls significant territory and resources, it is a virtual truism that the longer the fighting persists, the greater the gains… Continue Reading  

The Lying Game: Failing in Gaza

by Mitchell Plitnick We’ve all seen it in movies and television shows. A man with a gun is pointing at an innocent, making demands of the “good guys.” When our heroes do not deliver, the man shoots the innocent and tells our heroes that… Continue Reading  

Was the Palestinian Reconciliation Deal a Mistake?

by Mitchell Plitnick At +972 Magazine my friend and colleague, Larry Derfner, a former columnist for the Jerusalem Post, says he believes that by deciding to go forward with a third unity agreement with Hamas at this time, Palestinian President Mahmoud… Continue Reading  

Kerry’s Last-Ditch Effort As Quixotic As Ever

by Mitchell Plitnick On the eve of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s fifth trip of the year to Israel and the Palestinian Territories, little has changed. Despite Kerry’s entreaties not only to both parties but also to Jewish-Americans to… Continue Reading