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  • Israel to authorize four West Bank settler outposts

    May 16, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorized West Bank settler outposts, a court document showed on Thursday, days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region to try to restart peace talks.

    Israel has been sending mixed signals on its internationally...

  • Congressmen call on Abbas to fire official who glorified terrorist

    May 16, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    A bipartisan group of congressmen condemned comments made by a Palestinian Fatah official in support of the murderer of an Israeli father of five.

    The letter sent to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday strongly condemned Fatah’s Sultan Abu Al-Einein...

  • With Netanyahu in Shanghai, China rips Syrian airstrikes

    May 6, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a five-day visit to China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticized the military strikes on Syria without singling out Israel.

    "We oppose the use of military force and believe any country's sovereignty should be respected,"...

  • P.A. Prime Minister Fayyad offers resignation, sources say

    April 10, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad offered his resignation to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday following a rift between the two men over government policy, two sources told Reuters.

    Abbas was due to return to the West Bank from Jordan on Thursday, and it...

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  • Suckers at the Casbah

    By David Suissa

    April 8, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Apparently, there are smart people out there who still believe it’s up to Israel to revive the dead Middle East peace process.

    Just last week, over 100 prominent American Jews released a letter, sponsored by the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Palestinian journalist gets jail term for Abbas insult

    March 28, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Palestinian Authority court sentenced a local journalist to a year in jail on Thursday over a picture posted on Facebook that was deemed insulting to Mahmoud Abbas.

    The ruling against Mamdouh Hamamreh, who works for the al-Quds TV channel in Bethlehem, is the second this year...

  • Obama’s Middle East visit: 50 shades of gray

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 27, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    On March 21, four days before Pesach, Sarah Chazizza was at home in Sderot, doing what people do before Pesach. She was cleaning. It was still early in the morning, but the weather was getting warmer and the windows were wide open to let the dusted furniture breath. So the sound of...

  • Why peace with Abbas and Hamas is worse than occupation

    By Mark Paredes

    March 24, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Mai bine singur decât cu o companie proastă [Better single than with bad company] – Romanian proverb

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    When I was single, I met lots of people who thought that not being married was the worst thing that could happen to them. They allowed their marital status to define --...

  • Leader of the free word

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    Words matter, especially when spoken by people of power. I once read a book that dissected the 271 words of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Would that speech have become historic if, instead of phrases like “a new birth of freedom,” he had used phrases like “a reaffirmation...

  • Abbas wants peace talks with Israel this year

    March 14, 2013 | 6:49 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he hoped peace talks with Israel would restart this year although the chances of a resumption seemed slim.

    Abbas made his comments during a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said Russia...

  • This conflict CAN end!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 13, 2013 | 12:35 pm

    In the past couple of weeks, I have encountered a record number of hateful messages, written by Palestinians, calling me a terrorist and a killer and wishing for my immediate death. Up until a couple of weeks ago, I thought that the center of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was...

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy in decline

    March 12, 2013 | 10:29 am

    During President Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA)  next week, he will visit the West Bank towns of Ramallah, where he will meet PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity. A new report by the World Bank says he will see an...

  • Is Obama bringing a peace plan?

    March 11, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Over and over, American officials insist that President Obama has no new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan hidden in his pocket, ready to be whipped out during next week’s meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But...

  • Southern Israel hit by Gaza rocket for first time in three months

    February 26, 2013 | 4:52 pm

    rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time in three months, causing some damage.

    A long-range Grad rocket struck early on Feb. 26 in the industrial zone of Ashkelon.

    The al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah party led by Palestinian...

  • Palestinians don’t expect much from Obama visit

    February 26, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian officials hope the upcoming visit by President Barack Obama will end the current deadlock in the peace process, but are skeptical that the visit will change the situation on the ground.

    Speaking to reporters before a PLO Executive Committee meeting at his Ramallah...

  • 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...

  • 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.

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  • 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...

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