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  • Is Mahmoud Abbas to blame for Jerusalem synagogue attack?

    November 19, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    After a gruesome attack by two Palestinian cousins left four dead at a Jerusalem synagogue, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu singled out one person for blame: Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas.

    In a statement issued by his office, Abbas denounced the...

  • Netanyahu accuses Abbas of incitement in Jerusalem

    November 17, 2014 | 9:38 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas of incitement as the P.A.’s official media called for a day of rage in Jerusalem.

    Netanyahu pointed out the call at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

    On...

  • Genocide, the Jews and why they call Israelis Nazis

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 3, 2014 | 11:21 am

    We’ve long witnessed Mahmoud Abbas – “the moderate” – naming public squares after Palestinian terrorists whose hands are dripping with Jewish blood. He posthumously bestowed the "Star of Honor" on Abu Jihad, the mastermind of the 1978 Coastal Road attack where 38 Israelis,...

  • Abbas calls would-be Palestinian assassin a ‘martyr’

    November 3, 2014 | 11:07 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the alleged shooter of a Temple Mount activist a “martyr.”

    Muataz Hijazi “will go to heaven as a martyr defending the rights of our people and its holy places,” Abbas wrote in a condolence letter sent Saturday to Hijazi’s...

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  • Netanyahu slams Abbas over deadly rail attack in Jerusalem

    October 22, 2014 | 1:01 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the light rail attack in Jerusalem that killed a 3-month-old girl.

    The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, on his official Twitter feed identified the driver of...

  • Netanyahu: No chance for peace deal if Israel sued for war crimes

    October 3, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    A Palestinian push to try Israeli officials for war crimes at a United Nations tribunal would end any chance of reaching a peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu spoke to Army Radio on Friday, a day after the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the...

  • At U.N., Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind is elsewhere

    September 30, 2014 | 10:01 am

    In the end, there was much to talk about at the U.N. General Assembly but few genuine surprises.

    With an eye on the jihadist group ISIS, President Obama focused on the need for the international community to counter the dangers of violent extremism. Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Abbas has a strategy of escalation and he is in a dangerously bad mood

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 29, 2014 | 4:02 am

    Israel has not "chosen to make" this year or any other year "a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people". Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the UN, at the center of which he made this preposterous lie, was, as Nahum Barnea noted, a declaration of war. It was...

  • PLO’s Abbas inadvertently reveals true intentions?

    September 16, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    In a press release advertising an upcoming speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at New York’s Cooper Union, organizers write that Abbas will address, among other things, “Why violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.”

    ...
  • Abbas: Hamas unity pact is off if gov’t doesn’t allow unity gov’t to run Gaza

    September 7, 2014 | 11:14 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would break his government’s unity agreement with Hamas if Hamas does not allow the unity government to operate in Gaza.

    “We won’t accept a partnership with them if the situation continues like this in Gaza where there is a...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    September 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

  • All you need to know about the state of the Gaza war in 7 very short notes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 26, 2014 | 3:56 am

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    Last week I asked: so you want to know what happens next? My updated answer, based mostly on what I’ve been hearing from Israeli officials: a renewed cease fire. It can take a couple of days to get there (update: it only took a few hours until a cease fire was announced early...

  • For Israelis in the western Negev, each day is ‘Russian Roulette’

    By Jared Sichel

    August 18, 2014 | 3:47 am

    When the tzeva adom, red alert, screams its siren as Yasmine Parda eats out in Ashkelon at her favorite restaurant, she waits and hopes for the best—no rocket shelters are reachable by foot within the siren’s reported 15-second warning interval.

    “We sit in the restaurant and...

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    By Jared Sichel

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    In a narrow alleyway just next to Begin Square in the center of this Israeli city, shops, cafes and bakeries are so tightly packed together that with every few steps brings a new business.

    These merchants have, for years, been accustomed to the inhospitable reality of life in...

  • Fired by Netanyahu in midst of Gaza campaign, rival aims to give voice to Likud’s hawks

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2014 | 8:24 am

    Former Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon did not seem bothered by the fallout from his rift in mid-July with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu—a spat that ended with Netanyahu removing Danon as this country’s Deputy Minister of Defense.

    In fact, he seemed more relaxed...

  • Obama’s sit down with Thomas Friedman

    August 12, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Last Friday, President Obama sat down for an interview with NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman about foreign affairs.  Although the topics were broader than the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, the topic was broached.  When asked about whether he should be more...

  • Peres on Gaza: Time to turn to diplomacy

    July 30, 2014 | 9:24 am

    Former Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Israeli government to seek a diplomatic solution to the Gaza crisis and to return Gaza to the Palestinian Authority.

    The military option has played itself out, Peres said Wednesday after visiting wounded Israeli soldiers at...

  • Will Israel’s third Gaza conflict in six years end any differently?

    July 10, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Get used to conflict.

    That’s the message Israeli officials and security experts are relaying as the Israel Defense Forces conducts its third operation in six years against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Israel’s missile defense capabilities have grown significantly since previous...

  • Rallies at LA Israel consulate show strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence

    By Ryan Torok

    July 9, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Dueling rallies on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 7, outside the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles showed strong feelings about renewed Israel-Gaza violence.

    On the south side of the street at  11766 Wilshire Blvd., protestors held Palestinian flags, which flapped in a reporter’s...

  • Indyk: Settlements pushed Palestinians to end talks

    July 4, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    Martin Indyk, the former chief U.S. envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, said Israeli settlement activity caused the Palestinians to walk away from negotiations.

    Indyk, who quit his post as peace envoy last week after the breakdown of talks, blamed settlement activity for...

  • After two weeks of hope, a community mourns slain Israeli teens

    July 2, 2014 | 12:09 am

    Only 18 days after joining together in a hopeful prayer vigil for three Israeli teenage boys abducted at a bus stop outside their school, 1,500 members of the Los Angeles Jewish community grieved together in a memorial service for the teens—Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali...

  • Abbas invokes sovereign state in peace prayer with pope, Peres

    June 8, 2014 | 6:36 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for “freedom in our sovereign and independent state” during a prayer for peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Pope Francis.

    Vatican officials had called the service on Sunday at the Vatican a “pause in politics” with...

  • The Blame Game

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 14, 2014 | 8:22 am

    Lately, the so-called “peace talks,” aimed to resolve the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, changed their course from trying to negotiate the terms of ending this very complicated situation. It seems that in the past few weeks, all sides involved are...

  • After peace talks collapse, experts counsel a wait-and-see approach

    April 30, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The best move for the Obama administration on the Middle East peace front may be to take a few steps back.

    That’s what some observers are advising in the wake of the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    The Palestinian unity talks mean that President Obama and U.S....

  • With peace talks stalled, Israelis and Palestinians resort to old moves

    April 28, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    Nine months of negotiations were supposed to propel Israelis and Palestinians into a future of peace. Instead, the collapse of talks is threatening to make the future look much like the past.

    Israel’s decision last week to suspend negotiations — a day after the signing of a...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Kerry: U.S. to reconsider peacemaking role

    April 4, 2014 | 11:51 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States planned to re-evaluate its approach to Middle East peacemaking in light of recent setbacks.

    In response to a question while visiting Morocco, Kerry said that he would return to Washington to confer with President Obama...

  • Palestinians apply to join international conventions

    April 2, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    Palestinians applied to join 15 agreements and conventions governing human rights and international relations.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a show Tuesday of signing 15 applications to join the conventions in retaliation for Israel’s failure to release a...

  • Peres and Netanyahu, Israeli diplomacy’s good cop and bad cop

    March 17, 2014 | 10:16 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres doubled up on positive statements about Arab leaders this afternoon, praising Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at noon and lauding Jordanian King Abdullah II at 3:30 p.m.

    Today’s fare is nothing new  for Peres, who entered the largely...

  • An open letter to President Obama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 12, 2014 | 10:14 am

    President Obama,

    My name is Noga, and I am a young Israeli student. I am now in my senior year of my B. A studies in Political Science and Communications, and this is about the time in my life where I start thinking about the future. I have big dreams of being a Diplomat,...

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