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  • Rocket explodes in Israel, first attack from Gaza since November truce

    February 26, 2013 | 4:53 am

    A rocket fired from Gaza exploded in Israel on Tuesday, the first such attack since a November truce and an apparent show of solidarity with West Bank protests after the death of a Palestinian in an Israeli jail.

    Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group in Palestinian Authority...

  • Israel-Palestinian peace talks: Palestinians’ fantasy world

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    February 13, 2013 | 7:58 am

    Without a doubt, at the moment, the Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank are riding high, flexing their muscles and feeling very confident about what they view as an impressive string of recent victories. The leaders of Hamas, for their part, have excited the whole Arab world...

  • New Secretary Of State John Kerry speaks to Netanyahu, Abbas about peace

    February 3, 2013 | 11:12 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry stressed his commitment to promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace on Sunday in telephone calls to the leaders of both sides, the State Department said.

    In separate conversations, Kerry, who took over as the top U.S. diplomat from Hillary Clinton on...

  • What is the Israeli election really telling the Palestinians?

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    January 29, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Without a doubt, at the moment, the Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank are riding high, flexing their muscles, and feeling very confident about what they view as an impressive string of recent victories.  The leaders of Hamas, for their part, have excited the whole Arab...

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  • Some reasons for Israel’s skepticism towards the Palestinian Authority

    By Arthur Cohn

    January 28, 2013 | 10:27 am

    The biased news coverage on Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, is frightening. It is therefore of vital importance to mention in discussions about the Middle East all relevant facts, in order to give the audience a full and balanced picture. I would like to illustrate...

  • Abbas claims link between Nazis and Zionists

    January 22, 2013 | 10:43 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told a Lebanese television station that the Nazis and Zionists worked in collaboration before World War II.

    The subject was the topic of Abbas' dissertation for his doctorate in history from the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow.

    ...
  • Jailed in Israel, Marwan Barghouti says he’ll be president of Palestine

    December 27, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Marwan Barghouti, a convicted terrorist jailed in Israel, said he will be the president of a Palestinian state.

    Barghouti also said in an interview reported Wednesday night on Israel's Channel 10 and conducted jointly with the Haaretz newspaper that he would not promise that...

  • Palestinians outline Israel isolation strategy

    December 20, 2012 | 11:00 am

    The Palestinian Authority is considering a multi-pronged strategy to isolate Israel, including seeking redress in international courts and ceasing security cooperation.

    The Associated Press reported on the strategy in a story published Thursday. Palestinian officials told the AP...

  • Support for Hamas soars

    December 18, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    A new poll shows growing support for the Islamist Hamas movement in both the West Bank and Gaza. If the elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

    The poll, by veteran pollster Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for...

  • Two-state attrition

    By Rob Eshman

    December 12, 2012 | 10:22 am

    There are three subjects that Jews in my social circle never tire of: food, movies and the two-state solution.

    Consider me officially tired of the third.

    I began promoting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict long before it was popular. In 1986, when I...

  • Israel to withhold Palestinian Authority funds until March

    December 12, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Israel will withhold tax revenues from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's administration until March at least in response to his statehood campaign at the United Nations, Israel's foreign minister said.

    Under interim peace deals, Israel collects some $100 million a...

  • Congressional letter urges Obama to shut PLO office

    December 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Incoming and outgoing leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to close the Washington office of the PLO.

    Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Edward Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)  are...

  • Hamas to hold rally in West Bank

    December 10, 2012 | 10:47 am

    The Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority reportedly has allowed Hamas to hold a rally in the West Bank.

    Israel’s Army Radio reported Monday that the apparent conciliatory gesture is the first of its kind since Hamas’ 2007 coup d’etat in Gaza that ended the Palestinian...

  • Abbas seeks talks if Israel halts West Bank construction

    December 10, 2012 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly said he wanted to negotiate with Israel it if freezes construction for six months in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

    Abbas made the statement on Sunday in Qatar during a meeting of Arab League nations in Doha, The Jerusalem...

  • December 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 10, 2012 | 12:47 am

    In-depth

    Why Obama Will Ignore Israel

    Peter Beinart explains in the Daily Beast why the White House is adopting what one adminstration official calls 'benign neglect'.

    What America won’t do, however, unless events on the ground dramatically change, is appoint a big-name...

  • Two Israeli guest writers on the recent events

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 6, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Last week's Israeli- Palestinian- U.N members events dragged all kinds of critisizm. In the past week, I was exposed to various points of view and takes on the U.N vote for the Palestinian authority's resolution and on the Israeli reaction to it, and decided it would be best to...

  • Palestinians appeal to U.N. over Israel’s E1 housing plan

    December 6, 2012 | 9:12 am

    The Palestinians appealed to the United Nations Security Council to stop Israel from making plans to build 3,000 apartments in a controversial area outside of Jerusalem.

    In a letter to the Security Council, the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. secretary-general, the Palestinian...

  • Nov. 29 and Palestinian Statehood

    By Judea Pearl

    December 5, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Even as the sound of “Hatikvah” reverberated in the auditorium of the American Jewish University, where Los Angeles commemorated the 65th anniversary of the historic United Nations vote of Nov. 29, 1947, another U.N. vote was casting its shadows on our consciousness — the vote for...

  • The children’s game our leaders play at our expense

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Last week, the U.N. General Assembly voted to ratify the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state.” In my opinion, this decision did nothing except take the peace process backward another step. This resolution’s move...

  • An Independent Palestinian state- what’s the problem?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 3, 2012 | 10:25 am


    Last Thursday, the U.N General Assembly voted on the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," (like the Vatican’s.) Despite Israel's attempts to get as many states as possible to oppose that resolution, the majority...

  • Israel to expand settlements after U.N.‘s Palestine vote

    November 30, 2012 | 8:20 am

    Israel plans to build thousands of new homes for its settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, an Israeli official said on Friday, defying a U.N. vote that implicitly recognized Palestinian statehood there.

    The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Prime Minister...

  • AIPAC calls for review of U.S.-Palestinian ties

    November 29, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee called for a "full review" of the U.S. relationship with the Palestine Liberation Organization, including shutting its Washington office, in the wake of its obtaining non-member state status at the United Nations.

    "In requesting this...

  • Clinton laments ‘counter-productive’ U.N. vote on Palestine

    November 29, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized the U.N. General Assembly's vote to implicitly recognize a Palestinian state, calling it an "unfortunate and counter-productive" move that places more obstacles in the path to peace.

    "We have been clear that only through direct...

  • U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly upgrades Palestine to observer status

    November 29, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer state.

    The vote Thursday was 138 to 9, with 41 countries abstaining. The Palestinians were expected to handily win the vote, which is largely symbolic.

    Cheers erupted in the...

  • November 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 28, 2012 | 12:37 am

    In-depth

    Hamas’ Lifeblood: Money

    Money is flowing into the Hamas coffers from all over the Muslim world, often via charities operating in the West, writes Gary M. Osen in Tablet Magazine. 

    Whatever one imagines about Jabari’s true aims, one thing’s for certain: His life’s...

  • Abbas needs an exit ramp from the U.N.

    November 27, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    The Middle East is boiling over with crises. We've had the missile conflict between Hamas and Israel. We're in the midst of the quintessential post Arab Spring domestic conflict over how much power President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt should have, even in the short-term. And now ......

  • Canadian PM Harper pressured P.A. to drop U.N. bid

    November 27, 2012 | 9:32 am

    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally intervened to pressure the Palestinian Authority to drop its bid for upgraded status at the United Nations.

    While in New York to accept an award and attend the opening of a new session of the United Nations at the end of...

  • November 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 26, 2012 | 12:59 am

     In-depth

    Mursi kills Egypt’s spring

    By giving himself sweeping powers, the Egyptian president has betrayed the principles of the country's revolution, writes Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed in Asharq Al-Awsat

    The presidential decrees are equivalent in terms of their importance...

  • November 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 23, 2012 | 2:09 am

    In-depth

    Middle East shifts may weaken Iran's influence with Palestinians

    Hamas' reliance on Egypt as a interlocutor with Israel and the ongoing conflict in Syria are taking their toll on Tehran's sway in the region, write Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim in the Los...

  • Israel-Gaza conflict: Low expectations

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 20, 2012 | 10:40 am

    No one knows for sure why the Gaza hostilities began. 

    We know that there had been weeks of intensifying rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, rockets fired by various Palestinian groups that were tolerated, even encouraged by the governing Hamas. And we know that the Israeli...

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