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  • Free the hostage, but at what price?

    By Uri Dromi

    June 29, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    The fifth anniversary of Gilad Shalit’s cruel imprisonment by Hamas, without the Red Cross being allowed to visit him, sparked growing public pressure in Israel on the government to agree to a painful prisoner swap. As I watched the protest, my mind wandered back almost four...

  • The Face of Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    June 29, 2011 | 11:51 am

    When the thousands of delegates, journalists and observers drive to the United Nations this September for the General Assembly, I’d like to suggest that on their way they swing by the intersection of 10th Avenue and 35th Street.

    I know it’s not exactly on the way. In fact,...

  • Australian man accused by Israel of working for Hamas

    June 28, 2011 | 10:01 am

    An Australian man accused of working for Hamas denied any association with the terrorist organization during an appearance in an Israeli courtroom.

    Eyad Abu Arja, 46, was arrested at Ben-Gurion Airport in March and accused of training in Syria with Hamas. The indictment alleges...

  • Hamas rejects German mediator’s offer on Shalit

    June 28, 2011 | 8:52 am

    Hamas rejected an offer to free captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit made by the German mediator, a deal which the Israeli government had accepted.

    Hamas political bureau deputy chief Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzouk called the offer “unjust” and said the German mediator “endorsed the...

  • Palestinians announce official decision to ask U.N. for statehood

    June 27, 2011 | 8:44 am

    The Palestinian leadership officially decided to go ahead with plans to ask the United Nations for recognition as an independent state.

    The decision was made Sunday during a meeting in Ramallah, called by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Following the meeting, The...

  • Israel accepts terms of German deal for Shalit

    June 26, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    Efforts are intensifying for the release of Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit on the fifth anniversary of his capture by the terrorist organization Hamas.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had accepted a German-mediated deal for Shalit’s release, and was awaiting...

  • Netanyahu: Israel to toughen conditions of Palestinian prisoners

    June 23, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that he plans on toughening the conditions of Palestinian security prisoners in Israel’s prisons.

    “I have decided to change Israel’s treatment of terrorists sitting in prison,” Netanyahu said during the closing statements at the...

  • Hamas rejects Red Cross demand to prove Shalit is alive

    June 23, 2011 | 7:40 am

    The International Red Cross on Thursday urged Hamas to provide proof abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit is still alive, a request which the Islamist group quickly dismissed.

    Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in Gaza “The Red Cross should not get involved...

  • Fatah-Hamas unity meeting canceled

    June 20, 2011 | 10:24 am

    Leaders of the Palestinians’ Fatah and Hamas factions have called off a high-profile meeting set to announce a new government.

    The meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Fatah Party, and Damascus-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshal scheduled for...

  • Palestinians to unveil new Hamas-Fatah unity government next week

    June 14, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    Palestinians said on Tuesday they were ready to form a unity government and expected to unveil its new cabinet at a meeting between President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Cairo next week.

    Leaders from the two factions met for several hours in Cairo on Tuesday to...

  • Hamas rejects Fayyad nomination for prime minister

    June 12, 2011 | 1:24 pm

    The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation appeared to be in jeopardy after Hamas rejected Fatah’s nominee for prime minister, Salam Fayyad.

    Hamas on Sunday rejected Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority’s current prime minister, to lead the transitional Palestinian government until elections...

  • Report: U.S. to offer Turkey major role in Mideast talks if it stops Gaza flotilla

    June 3, 2011 | 3:29 pm

    The U.S. government is considering to offer Turkey a deal in which Ankara would stop a second Gaza flotilla that is due to depart later this month in exchange for the opportunity to host an Israeli-Palestinian peace summit in Ankara, the Turkish newspaper Today’s Zaman reported...

  • Sitting shivah for peace

    By David Suissa

    June 1, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his speech to the U.S. Congress on May 24, was like a battered fighter entering the final round of a championship bout. He knows his only chance to win is by a knockout. With nothing to lose, Bibi got up, and with the “Rocky” music blazing in...

  • Hamas urges Palestinians not to jeopardize Egypt’s opening of Rafah crossing

    May 31, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh urged Gazans on Tuesday to refrain from breaching Egypt’s security in order to maintain the Rafah border crossing open, French news agency AFP reported.

    “Don’t do anything that could compromise the reopening of the terminal,” AFP quoted Hanieyh as saying....

  • U.S. to help Israel buy more Iron Dome systems

    May 26, 2011 | 10:46 am

    The United States will help Israel buy four more Iron Dome short-range anti-missile systems, a Pentagon official said.

    Lt.-Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, the head of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, told the Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee Wednesday that the agency has...

  • U.S. visit “important” and Americans supportive, Netanyahu says

    May 26, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Benjamin Netanyahu called his visit to Washington “important,” and said he found “broad American support for Israel’s fundamental claims.”

    The Israeli prime minister made his comments upon his return to Israel following a visit to Washington, where he addressed both Houses of the...

  • Egypt to permanently open border with Gaza

    May 26, 2011 | 8:41 am

    Egypt will permanently open its Rafah border crossing with Gaza by the weekend.

    The Egyptian border with Gaza will be opened daily beginning on May 28, the Egyptian state MENA news agency reported.

    The decision is “part of Egyptian efforts to end divisions among Palestinians and to...

  • U.S.: Hamas can’t be peace partner until it recognizes Israel

    May 24, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    The White House declared on Tuesday that a two state solution would be in the interest of both Israel and the Palestinians, but stressed that it would not view Hamas as a partner for peace until the Islamist movement recognizes Israel.

    “The U.S. very clearly believes that Hamas is a...

  • Hamas: Let’s discuss 1948 lines

    May 23, 2011 | 11:17 am

    Mahmoud al-Zahar says US president’s plan for Mideast peace similar to that of George Bush, Ynet News reports.

    The difference in tone between US President Barack Obama’s two policy speeches on Mideast peace sparked outrage among Palestinian leaders Monday.

    Hamas spokesman Mahmoud...

  • Hamas response to Obama speech: Still won’t recognize Israel

    May 23, 2011 | 7:48 am

    Hamas condemned President Obama’s AIPAC speech, saying it will not recognize Israel despite the United States president’s demand.

    The Obama administration is “not a friend to the people of the region,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the Ma’an Palestinian news service.


  • 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.


  • Palestinian Power-Sharing

    By Steve Greenberg

    May 10, 2011 | 6:20 pm


  • 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...

  • 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....

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