Editorials

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June 12, 2014

The role of the president of Israel is largely ceremonial. The most important constitutional role is holding consultations in forming a government and accepting a government’s resignation. But Israel’s presidency has also been shaped by the men who have served in that capacity. In the case of Likud Knesset member Reuven Rivlin, who was elected CONTINUE »

June 12, 2014

To free or not to free. “Every circumstance is different,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in explaining why the U.S. trade of Taliban prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl does not necessarily mean that Washington will make trades for other Americans in enemy hands. The list of Americans held includes CONTINUE »

June 5, 2014

The Palestinian unity government that was sworn in Monday has been denounced in Jerusalem and met with an official wait-and-see in Washington. To soften the effect of his partnership with Hamas, President Mahmoud Abbas filled his cabinet with lawyers, businessmen and academics — none of whom proclaim to have direct connections to Abbas’ Fatah or CONTINUE »

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June 5, 2014

Everything in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict seems to have two narratives. Even in art. Even in Pittsburgh. That’s the lesson of the exhibit of Israeli, Palestinian and American artists, which was to have opened Sunday at Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory museum but was canceled at the last minute. “Sites of Passage: Borders, Walls & Citizenship” was to CONTINUE »

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May 29, 2014

Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Jordan, Israel and the West Bank was not merely a religious event. He is, after all, the head of a state. And even more than the charismatic John Paul II, Francis is everyone’s pope. He came, as one commentator put it, “mostly to do what he does best — project CONTINUE »