Tagged: Gaza

Obama, Netanyahu meet again

With recriminations over Israel’s blockade of Gaza still erupting, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Obama at the White House for a show of solidarity meant for political audiences in both countries.  International relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, a Middle-East specialist and author of “Hezbollah: A Short History,” says Netanyahu has been playing the […]

Israel eases Gaza blockade

Israel announced a relaxation of the 3-year-old blockade of Gaza, promising to ease the importation of some goods by land but not offering to lift its navel embargo.  The move came weeks after Israeli commandos killed nine people on an aid flotilla trying to breach the blockade.  International relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, author of “Hezbollah: A Short […]

Panel to examine Gaza raid

In an effort to stave off calls for an international inquiry and international criticism, Israel’s cabinet approved a government-appointed commission with foreign participation to investigate the deadly commando raid last month on a flotilla bound for blockaded Gaza.  But international relations Professor Augustus Richard Norton, author of “Hezbollah: A Short History,” says the proposed Israeli panel falls […]

Israeli flotilla raid condemned

After the UN Security Council condemned Israel’s open-seas raid on a flotilla headed with humanitarian aid to Gaza, Israel says the 600-plus activists it arrested are being freed and expelled from the country.  Law Professor Robert Sloane, an authority on international law, says Israel violated a very basic customary norm of international law: the freedom of […]

Israel says no to Gaza inquiry

Israel has dismissed the UN fact-finding mission’s recommendation that the Israeli government launch an independent investigation into “serious violations” of international law during last year’s war in Gaza.  Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a former ABC News Middle East correspondent and author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza,” says the UN report authored by South African jurist […]

Build on Bush’s Middle East Progress

Journalism Professor Robert Zelnick, former ABC News correspondent, a Hoover Institute fellow, and author of “Israeli Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza,” says Obama should build on Bush’s Middle East progress.  With Secretary of State Clinton in the region, Zelnick suggests in the Christian Science Monitor how this can be done. “If (U.S. special envoys George Mitchell and Dennis Ross) can […]