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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Gaza ground war wouldn’t cure Israel’s Hamas headache

    November 19, 2012 | 10:44 am

    An Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip will not provide any long-term solution to the problem posed by the Islamist group Hamas, and this will make the government think long and hard before sending in the troops.

    After six days of intensive military strikes against the Palestinian...

  • Israel’s Foreign Ministry: Oslo Accords could be canceled over Palestinians’ U.N. bid

    November 14, 2012 | 11:36 am

    A document being circulated by Israel's Foreign Ministry instructs its envoys to warn their host governments that the Oslo Accords could be canceled over the Palestinian Authority's attempt to upgrade its status at the United Nations.

    The document, which says the possible upgrade...

  • November 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 11:10 pm

    In-depth

    “Palestine” Does Not Qualify as a “State”

    Rick Richman of Commentary argues that Mahmoud Abbas' statehood bid is unfeasible, as the Palestinians do not meet the international requreiments for a state.   

    “Palestine” lacks a “government.” It is ruled half by a...

  • U.N. bid finds Palestinian leadership between a rock and a hard place

    November 13, 2012 | 9:26 am

    The arguments for and against the latest Palestinian bid for statehood status at the United Nations come down to which is the faster path to irrelevancy.

    The Palestine Liberation Organization is seeking a diplomatic victory to preserve the legitimacy of its affiliated Palestinian...

  • Palestinians will seek U.N. recognition at end of month

    November 12, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Palestinians will not succumb to United States President Barak Obama’s request to postpone their United Nations bid and will ask members the UN’s General Assembly to vote on a resolution to upgrade the Palestinians’ status to a non-member state no later than the 29th of this month....

  • Palestinians show lukewarm reaction to Obama’s re-election

    November 7, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Palestinians reacted lukewarmly to the news of President Barack Obama’s re-election for a second term, saying they are not hopeful this will improve their situation.

    On the political level, Palestinian officials called upon Obama to help in peace efforts.

    Palestinian President...

  • November 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 6, 2012 | 12:51 am

    In-depth

    Syrian Rebels for Romney

    Disappointed by Obama, those fighting the Assad regime is hoping that a President Romney would intervene in Syria, writes Anna Therese Day in the Daily Beast

    With the Assad regime escalating its aerial bombardments of “liberated” Syrian...

  • Abbas hints has no ‘right of return’ to home in Israel

    November 1, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a rare if symbolic concession to Israel on Thursday, saying he had no permanent claim on the town from which he was driven as a child during the 1948 war of the Jewish state's founding.

    Among several disputes deadlocking Middle...

  • Islamist Hamas in Gaza gaining international legitimacy?

    October 29, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    Since the Islamist Hamas movement kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in 2006 and even more after the organization forcibly took over the impoverished Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel has worked hard to isolate Hamas. It imposed a strict blockade on Gaza, and repeatedly insisted that...

  • October 18, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 18, 2012 | 2:37 am

    In-depth

    Romney's Sensible Stance on Israel-Palestine

    The Republican presidential nominee had the right idea when he said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict 'is going to remain an unsolved problem', writes Leon Hadar in the National Interest

    ... perhaps the time has...

  • October 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 16, 2012 | 3:32 am

    In-depth

    Iran's Secret Plan to Contaminate the Strait of Hormuz

    An increasingly desperate Iran could create a massive oil spill to force the West into temporarily suspending sanctions, writes Erich Follath in Der Spiegel

    According to the Pasdaran [Revolutionary Guards]...

  • Mohammed’s, Jesus’ – and ours too

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 5, 2012 | 10:10 am

    A long time ago, I wrote for Slate about the political fight over Jerusalem, and explained that:

    Jerusalem is the main reason we hear Olmert and Abbas talking about an agreement of principles rather than an agreement. This is the question on which no weak leader - and both are...

  • Palestinian street begins to sound like Spring

    October 4, 2012 | 9:23 am

    Since the beginning of the Arab Spring almost two years ago, the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been remarkably quiet. There have been no large demonstrations against what Palestinians call the ongoing Israeli occupation; or against President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam...

  • September 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 28, 2012 | 3:10 am

    In-depth

    The Iranian Red Line (in One Chart)

    Alana Goodman of Commentary Magazine has praise for Netanyahu's controversial prop at his UN speech.

    The chart wasn’t unserious, it was simple. And it’s precisely what the public needs to see at this point. The White House has...

  • Abbas tells Jewish leaders he’ll be more sensitive to Jewish Israel claims

    September 25, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Jewish leaders that his U.N. speech would address showing greater sensitivity to Jewish claims to Israel.

    Meeting Monday evening with about 10 Jewish leaders, Abbas also endorsed Alan Dershowitz's formula for returning to talks...

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