History will judge Trump’s embassy decision

“A great day for Israel!,” proclaimed president Trump in celebrating the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem while Israeli armed forces slaughtered dozens of Palestinians. The demonstrators were trying to dismantle the borderline that cages them in the Gaza strip. They had been warned not to try. Israel made good on its warning by…

Kerry Pays Price For Trying to Stop Slaughter

There is an old saying that applies to beleaguered Secretary of State John Kerry: no good deed goes unpunished. To listen to his most rabid critics, the majority of them in Israel but quite a few in the U.S. as well, the head of American diplomacy committed the unpardonable sin of trying to arrange a…

‘Forcing’ the truce: a cruel illusion

At long last, a spokesman of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Assistance said what his boss, U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, found so difficult to utter: “There is literally no safe place for civilians (in Gaza)”. More than 600 have been killed by the relentless Israeli bombardment from air, land and sea. Five hundred…