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Gaza War has hurt both sides; peace will help them

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Forty-four years ago, an official of the Israel Government Press Office took me on a tour of the West Bank, which had been named by the Jordanians to contrast it  to Jordan, the East Bank, a few years before the Jordanians were kicked out of the West […]

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When did Bibi know about 3 teens’ murders?

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida –Many weeks ago, J.J. Goldberg published a column in the Forward which accused Bibi Netanyahu of allowing the public to pray and agitate for 18 days for the return of the kidnapped boys while he knew that the boys had been murdered. According to Goldberg, the Israeli and […]

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Creating Iraq, not 3 countries, was a mistake

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By J Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — There were 39 English men, diplomats, army officers and Middle East experts, — and one English woman — sitting in Cairo in March 1921. They had been convened by Winston Churchill who had taken over the colonial office not long before. The former Turkish Provinces of Mossul, […]

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Israel further isolated from U.S., rest of world

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By J Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Prime Minister Netanyahu’s settler government has reached a parting of the ways with the United States. The United States will continue to advocate the two-state solution. It is the only way in which Israel and Palestine can live side by side in peace and prosperity. It is […]

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Israel has spurned meaningful Palestinian gestures

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — If one is looking for reasons of the collapse of the nine-month peace negotiations, one needs to go no further than the remark by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu after he talked with Pope Francis in Jerusalem. Netayahu said, “I long for the day in which Pope Francis’s […]

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OpEd: P.L.O. – Hamas accord good for peace

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Last July Secretary of State, John Kerry, conceived a peace baby to be delivered in nine months. The gestation period was full of turmoil. Mr. Kerry devoted an extraordinary amount of time to move the parties to negotiate until agreement. He spoke to Mahmoud Abbas, the head […]

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OpEd: Don’t repeat pre-WWII mistakes with Russians

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — In my early years I was a confirmed pacifist. At Cornell University in the 30s I proudly wore a 2% button. Exactly what the 2% represented has been lost in the folds of memories I recall that the Oxford University Union adopted a resolution about 2% of […]

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Columnist Lurie’s first column at 100

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By J.Zel Lurie    DELRAY BEACH, Florida –This is my first column in my second century. It will be devoted to my daughter Susan, who  made aliyah over 40 years ago.  She had earned a Ph.D. in Botany at New York University.  She spent many decades as a research scientist at the Israeli Agricultural Center. […]

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Who is responsible for Jewish settlements?

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Chautauqua is a remarkable, unique institution. Lying on the shore of 18-mile-long Lake Chautauqua between the cities of Buffalo and Erie, it is not easy to get to, but I have managed to spend a few weeks there every summer. Elsewhere in the summer months, one can […]

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Obama and Kerry seem likely to bring Mideast peace

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — A few weeks after President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, I predicted that a peace agreement  between Israel and the Palestinians would be signed before the end of Obama’s second term eight years later. Some people thought that I was pessimistic. Obama had promised to appoint a […]

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Fayyad resigned, or did he?

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Salam Fayyad was 55 years old when they found him six years ago. “They” are the secretary of state and the European donors who wanted to help the Palestine Authority in its hour of trial but did not want to see their contributions diverted by corrupt Fatah […]

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Peace can be win-win or lose-lose

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — At the current events session in my retirement home a neighbor said: “Obama did something amazing. He brought Arab Turkey and Jewish Israel together in peace. Simply amazing. Why can’t he repeat it between Israel and the Palestinians.” Confusing Turks with Arabs is a common error. The […]

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Filtering Israel through the New York Times

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By J. Zel Lurie   DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Readers of the New York Times, who, like myself, buy the paper chiefly for its extensive coverage of Israel, might be forgiven if they believed that the question of what to do about Iran’s  nuclear ambitions played a major role in Israel’s recent elections.   Iran […]

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Kenya from an Israeli resident’s perspective

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By J. Zel Lurie   DELRAY BEACH, Florida –  I will be on a cruise when this column is published. I will return home one day before the crucial Israeli elections. The Israeli campaign is confined to three months and TV ads are forbidden, except for the last two weeks. On the day after the elections […]

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