By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – Hundreds rallied outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, DC to demand an end to the ongoing airstrikes on the Gaza Strip that have killed more than 100 Palestinians.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) –Israeli jets attacked at least 50 targets in the Gaza Strip earlier today. At least 15 people were reportedly killed, many others wounded. The action follows over 100 rockets being fired from Gaza into Israeli territory, failed US peace negotiations, the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers and a retaliatiatory murder by Israelis against a Palestinian teenager.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – An Egyptian Court's decision yesterday to jail three journalists on widely criticized charges sparked worldwide outrage against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. In downtown Washington activists with Code Pink protested the journalist's sentencing outside the Egyptian Defense Office in Foggy Bottom. They agreed that al-Sisi is at fault but they also stressed he’s hardly acting alone.
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — Allan Levene who is set to run for Congress either in Georgia or Hawaii, (or wherever he wins the primary), suggested creating “a 'New Israel' in Texas, or perhaps on the northwest coast of Florida where there really aren't many people." This would not replace the current Israel in the Middle East, it would simply be "a second part of Israel. In the same way that Alaska and Hawaii are part of the United States, but separate from the mainland," he explained.
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — Until the elections take place, and until the Palestinians are allowed to choose their representatives, "all this talk [about a National Unity Government] is very premature,” according the Palestinian representative to the United States, the Honorable Maen Arikat. He explained, there is nothing in the 3 year old reconciliation agreement Fatah and Hamas have recommitted to that calls for a National Unity Government.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR)– US-led peace talks between Israeli and Palestine are again on the verge of collapse. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed outrage over Israel's announcement it no longer plans to release 26 Palestinian prisoners.
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — The Israelis have failed to release Palestinian prisoners and essentially renege on the commitment they had made with US Secretary of State John Kerry, throwing the agreement into a tailspin, according to Yousef Munayyer, Executive Director of The Jerusalem Fund, a Washington, DC nonprofit organization working to raise funds to the aid of Palestinian people. "This is just symptomatic of the larger problem [which] is really the role that the United States is playing and the failure of Washington to get Israel to abide by commitments that it has made and obligations that it has. You see Israel is using this bargaining chip of prisoners not once, not twice, but three times," Munayyer said.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – An Israeli air strike on Syria today killed one soldier and left seven more wounded. It comes one day after a roadside bombing in northern Israel injured several Israeli soldiers.
By Victoria Mashkova WASHINGTON (VR) – A rabbi, political scientist and writer from Jerusalem Michael Finkel warns that the conflict in Ukraine is hugely influenced by right- wing ultranationalist groups: Accusing global media of double standards while covering the Ukrainian crisis, Finkel reminds that before the World War II not many believed that fascism could take over the world.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – President Barack Obama is the latest world leader to pressure Israeli and Palestinian leaders to negotiate a two-state solution to years of border disputes and bloodshed. But 20 years after the Oslo Accords failed to bring about Palestinian sovereignty, there are calls within Israel and Palestine to abandon the two-state framework.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – The U.S. is ramping up pressure on ally Israel to cooperate in peace talks with Palestine. Peace talks have stalled yet again because of the contentious issue of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Israel is already unhappy with and skeptical of the U.S.'s temporary deal with Iran over its nuclear program. That has caused a strain on U.S.-Israel relations, and it seems the U.S. is prepared to strain it even more over the Palestinian issue.
By Crystal Park Palestinian authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, is proposing a solution to break the stalemate between his people and Israel. Speaking exclusively to The New York Times, Abbas threw out the idea of having NATO forces stationed indefinitely in the West Bank.
WASHINGTON (VR) – The death of one of Israel’s most controversial prime ministers has led to a look back at the complex history of Ariel Sharon, who died recently after 8 years in a coma.
By Sean Nevins WASHINGTON (VOR) – On December 5th, VOR America attended a conference in Washington DC entitled, “The United States, Russia and the Middle East”.
By Kate Zickel WASHINGTON (VOR)—As the United States works with Iran over a new temporary nuclear deal, Israel is fighting back.
By Kim Brown WASHINGTON (VOR) – Two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister announced plans to construct 20,000 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
By Kim BrownWASHINGTON (VOR)—Two weeks ago, Israeli Prime Minister announced plans to construct 20,000 new homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Now, he has changed his mind.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VOR)—Secretary of State John Kerry is in Geneva to continue talks with Iran as they discuss freezing Iran's nuclear ambitions and unfreezing Iranian assets in the United States.
By Ric Young WASHINGTON (VOR)—Despite their differences, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt all have one thing in common—they are angry at the US.