Published under ‘onevoice & middle east’

It would be wrong to get too carried away by the overnight US missile strike on the Syrian airbase, north of Damascus, from which it is believed the Assad regime launched Tuesday’s despicable chemical weapons attack. This was, after all, just a single retaliatory strike on an air base, and not a 180-degree change in [...]

Piece below by Yoram Raved Adv. Yoram is a former Adviser of P.M. Ariel Sharon and was an active member in the Israeli – Palestinian Track II diplomacy between 2006 and 2009 Israeli – Palestinian Agreement – Before it is too late The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a national conflict between the Zionist movement and the [...]

What an inspiring and heartening act of valor and kindness! Call them Israel’s American volunteer fire brigade. Dozens of firefighters from across the United States put their lives on hold – leaving behind jobs and families – to help subdue the wildfires that swept Israel over the past week. While they all share a love [...]

By Maayan Lubell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an unprecedented vilification of the Israeli media on Monday, accusing a leading television journalist of being part of a plot to bring down his right-wing government. After declining to be interviewed by Channel Two anchorwoman Ilana Dayan for a piece investigating the workings of his administration and [...]

Amos Oz, as always, provides interesting insights on a variety of topics in this succinct interview on BBC

Shimon Peres was the last of his kind By Ari Shavit Unlike other Jews who succeeded him in power, Peres always knew that to be a Jew also meant to be universal and moral; to be on the correct, enlightened side of history. True, he founded Israel Aircraft Industries (1953), made the decision about the Entebbe [...]

Mount Herzl Jerusalem, Israel PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Zvia, Yoni, Chemi and generations of the Peres family; President Rivlin; Prime Minister Netanyahu; members of the Israeli government and the Knesset; heads of state and the government and guests from around the world, including President Abbas, whose presence here is a gesture and a reminder of the unfinished [...]

I am really saddened to lose Shimon Peres, a leader that was among the greatest statesmen of the 21st century, an inspiring voice of reason and wisdom not just for the Jewish people and for the Israeli people, but for humanity. Shimon Peres was one of the last living pioneers who established, built, secured, and [...]

I just recently had a chance to read Ehud Barak’s speech from earlier this summer in full and I truly consider it to be one of the most important commentaries in years on the challenges Israel faces. On the State of the Nation—and what is to be done? A speech at the IDC, Herzliya, June [...]

A joint poll conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in Ramallah and released on August 22, 2016 shed some interesting insights on the state of public opinion on both sides.  The findings include: A slight majority of Israelis and Palestinians support the [...]