Editor: Rob Malley

Robert Malley is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the U.S./Middle East Project, and editor of the US/MEPolicy series. He is also the Director of the International Crisis Group's Middle East and North Africa Program.

Individual Briefs

August 2, 2011
‘Facts on the Ground’ in Israel/Palestine
June 23, 2011
Perspectives on the Arab Spring
March 2, 2011
The Middle East in the Aftermath of the Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia
September 10, 2010
Israel, Iran and the United States
September 3, 2010
Preparing for the End Game: United Nations Membership for Palestine
July 9, 2010
The Palestinian ‘Reconciliation’ Maze
June 2, 2010
The New Iraq and the Palestine Question
May 1, 2010
Peacekeeping in Palestine
December 11, 2007
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Washington’s Playbook After Annapolis
November 10, 2007

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General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

General Brent Scowcroft, Eric Melby and Henry Siegman

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Israel Provoked This War

There seems to be near-universal agreement in the United States with President Barack Obama’s observation that Israel, like every other country, has the right and obligation to defend its citizens from threats directed at them from beyond its borders.

But this anodyne statement does not begin to address the political and moral issues raised by Israel’s bombings and land invasion of Gaza: who violated the cease-fire agreement that was in place since November 2012 and whether Israel’s civilian population could have been protected by nonviolent means that would not have placed Gaza’s civilian population at risk. As of this writing, the number killed by the Israel Defense Forces has surpassed 600, the overwhelming majority of whom are noncombatants.

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