Religious politicians are usually considered to be on the right of the ideological spectrum. However, we look at three figures -- Iyad Jamal Al-Din in Iraq, Menachem Froman in Israel and Mehdi Karroubi in Iran -- who advocate pacifism and pluralism yet are grounded in traditional spirituality.
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Israel today tightened security in Jerusalem and sealed off the West Bank for 48 hours to prevent a repeat of last Friday's clashes between Israelis and Palestinians, but there were nonetheless more scuffles. To discuss the tension in the region, Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with James Rubin and Ian Bremmer in our weekly roundtable.
Yesterday the Arab League gave the green light for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to engage in four months of indirect peace talks with Israel. Today, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the talks could begin as early as Sunday. Daljit Dhaliwal discusses developments with Martin Fletcher, former Tel Aviv bureau chief for NBC News.
Arab foreign ministers from 14 nations meeting in Cairo gave Palestinian President Abbas four months to pursue indirect negotiations with Israel. An Israeli government spokesman welcomed the news, saying he hoped Israeli-Palestinian peace talks would resume soon. For more, Daljit Dhaliwal interviews Daniel Levy.
For 2009, UNESCO and the Arab League designated Jerusalem as the year's Arab culture capital. But Israeli authorities forbade events associated with the program, prompting a series of secret indoor gatherings. Worldfocus interviewed the Dutch organizer of Al Quds Underground.
One of the world's holiest cities is also one of the most divided. For more on Jerusalem's unique situation, Worldfocus spoke with Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force for Palestine, a non-profit dedicated to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Carla Robbins of The New York Times and David Andelman of the World Policy Journal discuss the week's top stories: Obama's reversal on a missile defense plan for Europe, the battle against Islamic militants and this week's United Nations report on the war in Gaza.
Schools run by the United Nations in the Gaza Strip were considering including the Holocaust as part of the curriculum this year -- but the idea was put on hold when some Palestinians protested the idea. Andrew Whitley of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency discusses the controversy.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank is "a national necessity." Daniel Levy of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation discusses the issue of settlements and whether or not there will be a freeze on settlement construction.