Berrigan, Buber, and the ‘Settler State’

Article by Seymore Cain

Daniel Berrigan’s address on the Arab-Israeli conflict, delivered to the Association of Arab University Graduates last October, was vintage Berrigan. It displayed paradigmatically his superb virtues and his glaring defects: the absolute moral stance, the calling of men and institutions to account before the divine imperatives, the insistence on concrete witness to good and active …

Blessing Both Jew and Palestinian: A Religious Zionist View

Article by Yehezkel Landau

Our soldiers are fighting against the inevitable — namely, freedom and sovereignty for the Palestinians in a state of their own. If we do not accommodate Palestinian nationalism in a two-state compromise arrangement — ideally, in a three-state confederation that includes Jordan — then the Palestinians will grow even more militant and uncompromising, reverting to …

In the West Bank

Article by Marthame and Elizabeth Sanders

The drive from Afula in Israel south to Jalame in the West Bank takes only minutes, but these two towns are worlds apart. Afula is a relatively affluent suburb with ATMs, tree-lined streets and pleasant neighborhoods. Jalame is a town of degrading poverty, which is evident in the pot-holed roads (when they’re paved at all), …

Israel and the Evangelicals

Article by James M. Wall

A recent full-page advertisement appearing in major U.S. newspapers argues for support of the State of Israel and voices concern over “the recent direction of American foreign policy” in the Middle East. The signers of the statement “are particularly troubled by the erosion of American governmental support for Israel evident” in the U.S. decision to …

Israel’s Fences

Article by Manachem Klein

By 2010, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promises, Israel will have a border on the east. "Convergence" — withdrawal from the occupied territories — is the name of the game after the end of "disengagement" Parties that do not agree to "converge" will not enter the government. It sounds convincing. Who needs the agreement of the …

Jews vs. Jews

Article by Marc H. Ellis

The violence between Israelis and Palestinians is once again in the forefront of the news. Those who support Israel see themselves defending it against the prophesied destruction of the nation and the Jewish people. Palestinian supporters witness for a people who have been denied the basic human need for dignity and statehood. The dualism is …

On Criticizing Israel

Article by Howard Singer

On November 4, 1983, a member of a Muslim suicide squad attacked an Israeli compound in southern Lebanon with a truck bomb, killing more than 60 soldiers, The following day Israeli fighter planes bombed the base from which the truck might have come. That night, the television newscaster I was watching remarked that the Israelis …

Property Rights

Article by Ronald Goetz

Book Review: Politicide: Ariel Sharon’s War Against the Palestinians. By Baruch Kimmerling. Verso, 234 pp. Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes. By Marc H. Ellis. Pluto Press, 198 pp. Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being Told About Israel and the Palestinians. By Gay M. Burge, Pilgrim Press, 286 pp.   In …

The Road to Emmaus

Article by James M. Wall

Traveling the roads of West Bank territory occupied by Israel, the visitor is struck by the dominance of the Arab culture. The cities, running from Nablus in the north, through Ramallah and East Jerusalem, and down to Hebron, are almost exclusively inhabited by Arabs, both Muslim and Christian. And yet, because of the hysteria of …

The Slow Death of the Two-State Solution

Article by Alain Epp Weaver

A viable two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is dying; perhaps it is already dead. This reality should prompt new theological and political analysis among Christians and others who yearn for justice, peace and security for Palestinians and Israelis. The Negotiations Affairs Department of the PLO recently issued a policy analysis arguing that “Israel’s on-going …

To End the Bloodshed

Article by Rashid I. Khalidi

According to the consensus among American commentators, reflecting the views of the administration and Congress, a peace process that was on the verge of a breakthrough a few months ago has broken down because of the Palestinians’ intransigence. Instead of responding to a generous Israeli offer, they have turned to senseless violence, putting Israel under …

To Israel and Back Again: Journey of an American Jew

Article by Aliza Becker

Some of my earliest memories are of gatherings at my grandparents small apartment in Milwaukee where my relatives would crowd around the dining-room table and talk passionately about Israel. Many had been involved in labor Zionism in their youth, before they immigrated to the U.S. from Russia. They envisioned a socialist paradise in Israel: a …

Who Owns the Holy Land?

Article by Shaul Magid

In recent years, certain religious Jewish and Christian communities have proclaimed that exclusive Jewish sovereignty over the Holy Land is a theological fight and necessity, a condition for the unfolding of the messianic era. This view has been exploited by some secular Israelis, who for political reasons–linked to concerns about security or the war on …