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  • November 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 13, 2012 | 11:10 pm

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    “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...

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  • November 6, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 6, 2012 | 12:51 am

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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...

  • Palestinian money woes

    September 19, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Could the Palestinian Authority’s budget woes end up costing Israel?

    Growing economic protests in the West Bank could lead to increased regional instability and perhaps even the end of the Palestinian Authority, experts are warning. At this point, however, they say the protests...

  • Study: Obama’s middle name influences Israeli perceptions

    September 19, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    President Obama’s middle name, Hussein, can influence the way he is perceived by Israelis, a new study found.

    Researchers at the University of Haifa and University of Texas found that when Obama’s middle name was used to identify him, Israelis saw him as less pro-Israel.

    ...
  • Abbas proposes canceling Oslo Accords

    September 19, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly has proposed canceling the Oslo Accords with Israel.

    Abbas made the proposal at the beginning of the week at a meeting of Palestinian leadership, the Frency news agency AFP reported, citing a senior member of the Palestine...

  • September 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 9, 2012 | 2:05 am

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    Lessons for Israel from Captured Iraqi Nuclear Documents

    Documents revealing Saddam Hussein's true motives for acquiring nuclear weapons in the 1980s could be applicable to Iran today, writes Dore Gold in Algemeiner

    In the debate over Israel’s future borders in...

  • August 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 26, 2012 | 2:15 am

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    Where Will Morsi’s Embrace of Ahmadinejad Lead?

    Writing in Algemeiner, Dore Gold warns that any renewed warmth between Cairo and Tehran could endanger Egypt’s ties in the Arab world.

    [T]here are presently a number of challenges that will make any Sunni-Shiite...

  • Abbas denies Jerusalem’s Jewish heritage

    August 22, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas also said that Israeli authorities want to build a Jewish Temple on the site of the al-Aksa mosque and Dome of the...

  • In letter to Quartet, Lieberman calls for Abbas’ ouster

    August 22, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman asked countries working for Israeli-Palestinian peace to call for new elections to remove Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from office.

    The letter, sent to the Mideast Quartet—the grouping of the United States, Russia, the...

  • August 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 22, 2012 | 2:06 am

    In-depth

    Time to Authorize Use of Force Against Iran

    Obama must make it very clear to Tehran that the US is prepared to use military force to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, writes Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard.

    At the moment, no one is persuaded that the United...

  • Palestian power issues: The night that the lights went out?

    August 14, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) owes more than $170 million to the Israel Electric Company, and Israel is threatening to cut off the flow unless the debt is paid. Palestinian officials say that could cause widespread blackouts throughout the West Bank.

    “A week ago they gave us a...

  • Palestinians considering new UN statehood bid

    August 3, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    The Palestinian Authority is considering a bid in September to be a U.N. “non-member observer state.”

    PA Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to take the step, and has the backing of the Arab League, but has not yet decided when he will go ahead, according to the...

  • Romney's comments aside, the Palestinian economy is tottering

    August 2, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Mitt Romney may have caused a storm of criticism by asserting that “culture makes all the difference” between the success of the Israeli economy and the Palestinians’ economic struggles.

    But the near future of the Palestinian economy is even far less rosy than he suggested.

    ...
  • Hamas official raps Abbas aide for Auschwitz visit

    August 2, 2012 | 10:27 am

    Calling the Holocaust “a big lie,” a Hamas official criticized an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for visiting Auschwitz.

    Ziad al-Bandak visited the death camp last week, according to The Associated Press. Some 1.5 million people were murdered at...

  • PA official: Romney recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘unacceptable’

    July 30, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Former Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Mitt Romney’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “unacceptable.”

    Erekat said that Romney’s statement during a policy speech on Sunday, in which the presumptive Republican presidential candidate said...

  • Mahmoud Abbas adviser visits Auschwitz

    July 27, 2012 | 11:35 am

    An adviser to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas visited Auschwitz on Friday.

    Ziad al-Bandak, a Christian who advises Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Christian affairs, visited prisoner blocs, gas chambers and a crematorium in the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in...

  • Palestinian Authority's Jew-hatred a deal killer for peaceful two-state solution

    July 24, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has indicated that he will pursue his U.N. campaign of Statehood-Without-Borders. With the help of scores of Muslim and Arab countries, Abbas’ carefully choreographed “diplomatic” campaign has already yielded full...

  • July 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 10, 2012 | 1:45 am

    In-depth

    Ehud Olmert acquitted in two cases, guilty of lesser charge

    Three years after stepping down as prime minister, Ehud Olmert is cleared of the most serious graft charges against him, reports the Times of Israel.

    The former prime minister was cleared in the Rishon Tours...

  • PA minister: Abbas rejected Netanyahu’s offer to release prisoners for peace talks

    July 9, 2012 | 5:42 pm

    A Palestinian minister said on Monday evening that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has rejected an offer by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to release security prisoners in exchange for the renewal of peace talks.

    Palestinian Authority Minister of Prisoner Affairs Issa Qaraqe...

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