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  • Hamas: Obama will fail in forcing us to recognize Israel

    May 22, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    Hamas condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech to AIPAC on Sunday, saying it will not recognize Israel despite U.S. demands.

    In his second Mideast speech, Obama reaffirmed U.S. support for Israel and called on the Gaza-rulers to recognize Israel’s right to exist, as well as...

  • Hamas leader: State on 1967 borders, but no Israel recognition

    May 11, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Hamas will accept a Palestinian state on 1967 borders but will not recognize Israel, a senior Hamas leader said.

    Recognizing Israel would “cancel the right of the next generations to liberate the lands,” Mahmoud Zahar told the Ma’an Palestinian news service on Wednesday.

    Zahar’s...

  • Palestinian Power-Sharing

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 10, 2011 | 6:20 pm

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  • My Hamas Meeting

    May 10, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    “You cannot begin to imagine the fear that infects everyone here.  Even before Cast Lead, we felt it.  But then, when the bombing began, it was devastating.  And no one can know whether at any moment it will resume.”

    Those are the words of Dr. Eyad Sarraj, the senior...

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  • Shalit’s brother shouts at Independence Day ceremony: Gilad is still alive

    May 9, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    Yoel Shalit, brother of abducted Israel Defense forces soldier Gilad Shalit clashed with police on Monday as he was escorted out of the official 63rd Independence Day ceremony at Mount Herzl for shouting during the speeches.

    Shortly after Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin finished his...

  • Egypt pushing Hamas to soften stance on Shalit deal

    May 8, 2011 | 11:53 pm

    Hamas has agreed in principle to a new proposal aimed at securing the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Al Jazeera television reported on its website Sunday. The report said the plan was forumated by Egypt.

    Egyptian sources told Haaretz Sunday that although Egypt has...

  • The Osama postmortem

    May 5, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    Evaluating the responses to the US action against Osama bin Laden is an important element in understanding who the West’s true enemies really are.

    There have been four significant voices speaking out against the killing of bin Laden.

    The most obvious voice is that of the Taliban....

  • Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron calls on Hamas to recognize Israel

    May 5, 2011 | 10:38 am

    British Prime Minister David Cameron during a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu called on Hamas to recognize Israel’s right to exist and join peace negotiations.

    Cameron and Netanyahu met Wednesday night; the Israeli leader traveled to France on Thursday.

    ...
  • Netanyahu: Israel won’t negotiate with Palestinian version of al-Qaida

    May 4, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    Israel will not negotiate with a “Palestinian version of Al-Qaida”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.

    The Israeli premier plans to impart the same message to French President Nicolas Sarkozy during their meeting on Thursday, in...

  • Abbas yes, Hamas no

    May 4, 2011 | 10:41 am

    As someone who wants the world to pressure Israel into ending the occupation, who hopes the UN recognizes Palestine in September, and who roots for Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, I say their agreement Wednesday to form a unity government with Hamas was a blunder....

  • Jewish Dems: Don’t let Hamas-Fatah prevent peace

    May 4, 2011 | 10:23 am

    The National Jewish Democratic Council counseled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to use the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation to back down from peacemaking.

    “The power-sharing agreement between Hamas and Fatah represents a turning point in the current dynamics of the peace...

  • Hamas, Fatah formally sign unity pact

    May 4, 2011 | 8:27 am

    Palestinian rival factions Fatah and Hamas in a formal ceremony signed a unity agreement, repairing a four-year rift.

    The ceremony Wednesday in Cairo was delayed for two hours after a question about whether the head of the Islamist Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, should sit on stage and if...

  • State slams Hamas mourning of bin Laden

    May 3, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    The Obama administration slammed as “outrageous” Hamas’ condemnation of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

    “It goes without saying bin Laden was a murderer and a terrorist,” Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman told reporters. “He ordered the killings of thousands of innocent men,...

  • For Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hamas’ pen is mightier than bin Laden bullet

    May 3, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    The pen that launched the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas is likely to have more of an impact on U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict than the bullet that ended Osama bin Laden’s life.

    In at least one respect, Sunday’s raid in Pakistan could have an...

  • Fatah-Hamas unity deal: Can a marriage of convenience survive?

    May 3, 2011 | 10:51 am

    If past Fatah-Hamas kiss-and-make-up sessions are any indicator, this one will have the life expectancy of a fruit fly.

    No sooner did the secular Fatah try to sell the agreement as a move toward peace than the Islamist Hamas declared just the opposite.

    In the realm of odd...

  • Netanyahu to Abbas: Cancel Fatah-Hamas unity deal

    May 3, 2011 | 9:18 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to step away from a unity deal with the Islamist group Hamas a day before it was due to be officially signed in a ceremony in Cairo. On Tuesday it was announced that the deal itself had already...

  • Palestinian Unity: Israel’s Dilemma

    May 2, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    Skeptics and optimists in Israel are squaring off following the surprise reconciliation between the two rival Palestinian factions.

    The skeptics argue that by mending fences with Hamas, a terrorist organization that denies Israel’s right to exist, the secular Fatah party led by...

  • Could U.S. still fund PA that includes Hamas?

    May 2, 2011 | 1:28 pm

    The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation may portend yet another Congress vs. White House showdown in the battle in Washington over Middle East policy.

    The Obama administration has expressed its unhappiness with the compromise reportedly negotiated this week in Cairo, but it is not counting...

  • Hamas slams killing of ‘holy warrior’ Osama bin Laden

    May 2, 2011 | 11:45 am

    The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Monday condemned the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden and mourned him as an “Arab holy warrior.”

    “We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood,” Ismail Haniyeh,...

  • Israel to delay transfer of tax revenue to Palestinians

    May 1, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    Israel will delay the transfer of tax proceeds collected for the Palestinian Authority pending proof that the money will not go to the terrorist Hamas organization.

    Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Sunday that a routine transfer of $88 million will be delayed and that...

  • Barak reiterates: Israel won’t talk to Palestinian government that includes Hamas

    April 28, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Defense Minister Ehud Barak issued an official response on Thursday to the announcement of Palestinian reconciliation, saying there was “no chance that we will talk with this government, if they try to create it.”

    “Hamas is a murderous terrorist organization that fires rockets on...

  • Palestinians will continue to negotiate peace, Abbas says

    April 28, 2011 | 9:02 am

    The Palestinians will continue to negotiate peace with Israel despite a unity agreement with the terrorist Hamas organization, Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, told reporters Thursday that the Palestine Liberation Organization that he heads will...

  • Fatah and Hamas: Palestinian reconciliation will end Israeli occupation

    April 27, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    The rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas agreed Wednesday to reconcile and form an interim government ahead of elections, after a four-year feud, in what both sides hailed as a chance to start a fresh page in their national history.

    Israel said the accord, which was brokered...

  • Fatah and Hamas agree to historic Palestinian reconciliation deal

    April 27, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement hammered an historic reconciliation deal with the rival Hamas group on Wednesday, agreeing to form an interim government and fix a date for general election within the year.

    The deal, which took many officials by surprise, was...

  • Fatah, Hamas agree to reconciliation deal

    April 27, 2011 | 11:17 am

    The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to a reconciliation deal.

    The surprise deal to form an interim government and hold general elections within a year was reached in secret negotiations in Cairo between the two sides, according to reports. A formal...

  • Australian man arrested in Israel for spying for Hamas

    April 25, 2011 | 10:31 am

    An Australian citizen was arrested by Israel and charged with spying for Hamas.

    Iaad Rashid Abu Arja, 46, a computer expert, was indicted in Petah Tikvah District Court last week, accused of being recruited by the banned Islamic organization.

    Israeli prosecutors allege Abu Arja,...

  • Israel: New Gaza flotilla has ties to Hamas, terrorist organizations

    April 21, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Israel warned the United Nations Security Council on Thursday not to allow a new flotilla to sail to Gaza, saying that the flotilla organizers had “ties to Hamas and other terrorist organizations.”

    Another flotilla to Gaza is being planned for May, one year after Israel’s deadly...

  • WikiLeaks: Iran providing Hamas with smuggle-ready rockets, says IDF

    April 15, 2011 | 3:39 am

    Iran is manufacturing special missiles for Hamas that can be smuggled through tunnels into the Gaza Strip, according to the report of a conversation between Israel Defense Forces Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Harel and U.S. ambassador to Israel James Cunningham.

    A cable on the...

  • Israel, Gaza terrorists enter cease-fire

    April 11, 2011 | 8:10 am

    Israel and terrorist groups in Gaza reportedly agreed to a cease-fire.

    The agreement came late Sunday night and was followed by a Kassam rocket fired on Ashkelon and ten mortar shells that hit southern Israel. Israel did not respond to the rockets, showing that the cease-fire was...

  • IDF strikes kill nine in Gaza as barrage of mortars hits Israel

    April 8, 2011 | 11:42 am

    Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed four Hamas militants and five Palestinian civilians on Friday as a fresh spike in cross-border violence continued for a second day.

    The Israel Defense Forces said it had “identified two terrorist squads from Hamas” and hit them from the...

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