| Jan 11, 2009
American presidents have never had an easy time in the Middle East. For 60 years, they have been trying to make peace, or just prevent recurrent wars, and the record of success is thin while the death toll from the violence is disturbingly high.
| Nov 29, 2007
Yesterday, as the Annapolis summit on the Middle East came to a close, The Times' editorial board conceded that the meeting managed to defy "rock-bottom expectations" but concluded that, "where there is even the faintest hope, we must protect and...
| Dec 30, 2008
In launching airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, Israel has exercised its right to self-defense. Since the collapse Dec. 19 of a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian movement that controls the territory, residents of southern Israel have been...
| Jan 8, 2009
Today's topic: What is Israel's strategic objective in this operation? Is it merely trying to stop the rocketing, is it trying to eliminate Hamas or is it trying to do something else? And can it work? Previously, Bisharat and Phillips discussed the high...
| Jan 9, 2009
Today's topic: Should Israel deal with Hamas? Is Hamas a legitimate, democratically elected organization that cannot be ignored or a criminal, terrorist organization that should be shunned at all costs? Previously, Bisharat and Phillips discussed the high...
| Jan 19, 2009
Is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa right to publicly express his fervent support for Israel's military campaign against Hamas? Tim Rutten, who defends Villaraigosa in his Jan. 14 Times Op-Ed column, thinks so. But there is one major reason, among...
| Jan 28, 2009
Patrick Tyler is a veteran foreign and Washington correspondent who more recently has applied his formidable reporting skills and narrative gifts to diplomatic history. His latest effort, "A World of Trouble: The White House and the Middle East -- From...
| Feb 11, 2009
Israel is becoming a right-wing country. That is the most significant thing you need to know about Tuesday's election returns.
In a sense, this is no surprise. Israel has been moving right for years. It was not until 1977 -- almost 30 years after the...
| Apr 9, 2008
They sound like mockumentaries, variations on that comedic standard-bearer "This Is Spinal Tap."
"Young@Heart," a documentary opening today, follows the run-up to a new concert by a chorus of New England senior citizens who cover, to bizarre and then...
| Apr 10, 1989
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- In the lobbies of Baghdad's luxury hotels, portraits of President Saddam Hussein, attired in a Western suit, beam serenely on clusters of foreign businessmen.
Posters in the pastoral towns of northern Kurdistan portray the president...
| May 4, 1989
PARIS -- In the face of sharp criticism from rival Palestinian leaders, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat refused Wednesday to clarify his use of an ambiguous French word that has stirred hopes of progress toward peace in the Middle...