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  • Israel to transfer Palestinian terrorists’ bodies to PA

    May 23, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Israel will transfer the bodies of 130 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority.

    The expected transfer in the coming days is a good-will gesture to PA President Mahmoud Abbas and was approved by the Israeli government several weeks ago, according to Ynet. The decision came after a meeting of Israeli negotiators and Abbas over restarting stalled peace talks.

    The transfer is expected to occur before the weekend.

  • Abbas swears in new Palestinian Authority Cabinet

    May 17, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new Cabinet, in a move that could spell the end of a Fatah-Hamas unity government

    The new Palestinian government in Ramallah is the second reshuffle of Cabinet positions since it was formed in 2007 under the leadership of PA...

  • May 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 14, 2012 | 2:06 am

    Palestinians Short of Ideas, Not Guns

    Mahmoud Abbas should start talking with Israel instead ‎of trying again to bring international pressure to force ‎Netanyahu’s hand, writes Jonathan S. Tobin of ‎Commentary Magazine.‎

    Abbas may harbor hopes a re-elected Obama will return...

  • May 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2012 | 4:38 am

    Hollande Victory in France Lessens Likelihood of War with Iran

    The new socialist president will steer France away from his predecessor’s hardline ‎policies, writes Muhammad Sahimi for PBS. ‎

    Assembling a coalition with communists and smaller center-left ‎parties, Hollande...

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  • Meeting fails to solve Palestinian unity plans

    May 3, 2012 | 10:23 am

    A meeting in Cairo between representatives of Hamas and Fatah did not bring a Palestinian national unity government any closer.

    Khaled Mashaal, chief of Hamas, and senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmed concluded a meeting Wednesday night that “produced nothing new,” the French news...

  • May 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 1, 2012 | 5:22 am

    The Move that Dare Not Speak ‎Its Name

    In part 2 of a series on Israel-Jewish ties, Yehudah Mirsky in Jewish Ideas Daily examines ‎ways in which Israelis who have left their homeland can maintain their ties to it.‎

    At any moment, some 500,000 to 600,000 Israelis and their...

  • April 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 5, 2012 | 3:28 am

    Egypt’s Muddy Waters

    The Muslim Brotherhood decision to name a candidate for the Egyptian presidency throws an already wobbly transition process into further disarray, writes Nathan J. Brown of the National Interest.

    Assuming al-Shater’s candidacy and the balloting move forward,...

  • Netanyahu to call on Abbas to return to the negotiating table

    April 3, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to send a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he will call on him to return to the negotiating table, promptly and without preconditions.

    A senior Israeli official said the letter would be a response to...

  • March 11, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 11, 2012 | 7:25 am

    U.N. Won’t Back Down on Iran Nuclear Inspections

    IAEA chief Yukiya Amano speaks to The Daily Beast about the UN agency’s policy on Iran.

    In his first report, in February 2010, Amano clearly spoke about “concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current...

  • Netanyahu rips Abbas over Al-Aksa destruction claims

    February 27, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned a speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in which Abbas said that Israel was planning to destroy the Al Aksa Mosque.

    “This is a harshly inflammatory speech from someone who claims that he is bent on peace,”...

  • February 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 22, 2012 | 2:21 am

    How to Talk Down Tehran’s Nuclear Ambitions

    Richard Haass and Michael Levi in the Wall Street Journal outline how best to maximize Iran’s recent readiness to engage in negotiations over its nuclear program.

    Negotiations need to achieve meaningful results if they are to be embraced....

  • Replacement rumors for Abbas as Prime Minister denied by ‘candidate’ Mustafa

    February 21, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Rumors circulating inside the Palestinian Authority regarding possible replacements for Prime Minister Salam Fayyad are being discredited by at least one of those being named. Sources have been reporting that Munib Al-Masri and Dr. Mohammad Mustafa are under consideration to replace...

  • February 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 10, 2012 | 8:15 am

    How to set Syria free

    The Economist argues that supplying Syria’s opposition with weapons would be counterproductive in Assad’s bloody battle against those seeking to oust him.

    Far better to attack Mr Assad’s regime where it is vulnerable—by peeling away his support, both at...

  • Abbas says exploratory peace talks have ended

    January 25, 2012 | 6:13 pm

    Talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators leading to full peace talks have ended with no progress, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas, following a fifth meeting between the sides, met Wednesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah before announcing that the...

  • Israel to open criminal probe of Jerusalem mufti

    January 24, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Israel’s attorney general has ordered police to launch an investigation of Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric after the mufti quoted a traditional text that called for killing Jews.

    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein on Tuesday asked the Israel police in a letter to open a criminal...

  • Diaspora communities can help with peacemaking, Jewish leaders tell Abbas

    January 17, 2012 | 10:45 am

    The presidents of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Latin American Jewish Congress expressed hope for progress in Middle East peace at a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins described the positive...

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators agree to meet again

    January 4, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met face to face for the first time in more than a year and agreed to meet again.

    Yitzhak Molcho, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy to the negotiations with the Palestinians, and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat...

  • No breakthrough on Mideast peace, talks to go on

    January 3, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators made no breakthrough during their first high-level discussions in more than a year on Tuesday, but agreed to hold further talks in Amman on a confidential basis, Jordan’s foreign minister said.

    Tuesday’s talks were aimed at agreeing terms under...

  • Abbas: Israel will face ‘difficult’ measures if attempt to revive peace talks fails

    January 3, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday Palestinians could take unilateral steps if Israel does not agree to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank and recognize the borders of a future Palestinian state.

    Speaking ahead of talks in Jordan between...

  • Hamas to join PLO in unity bid

    December 22, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Hamas will join the Palestine Liberation Organization, a further step toward Palestinian unity.

    The deal to admit Hamas was struck Thursday in Cairo during meetings of rival Palestinian factions working to unify the Palestinian leadership, the Associated Press reported.

    Under the...

  • West Bank mosque set alight following outpost razing

    December 15, 2011 | 8:09 am

    A mosque in the West Bank was set alight hours after Israeli soldiers demolished two structures in an illegal outpost.

    The interior of a mosque in a village near Ramallah was torched after being soaked with gasoline on Thursday morning. The words “war” and “Mitzpe Yitzhar,” the...

  • Palestinian flag raised at UNESCO

    December 13, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas raised the Palestinian flag at a ceremony marking its entrance into the United Nations cultural agency.

    Abbas raised the flag Tuesday at UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, in Paris. He was...

  • Opinion: Unintended consequences... or not

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    November 29, 2011 | 11:04 am

    In his zeal to punish Mahmoud Abbas for assorted affronts real and imagined, Benjamin Netanyahu may be Hamas’ most important benefactor.

    The Islamic terror organization has many friends– Iran, Syria, Hizbullah – but none is doing as much to expand its power and popularity from...

  • Palestinians staying the course on Security Council bid

    November 16, 2011 | 10:54 am

    The Palestinians will continue to press their bid for full membership in the U.N. Security Council.

    The decision to request a Security Council vote, even though it is likely to fail, came Tuesday at the request of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting of the...

  • As U.N. push fizzles, Abbas faces unclear path ahead

    November 8, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ statehood push at the United Nations may be fizzling, but his supporters insist that he can find a way out of the impasse.

    “Abu Mazen is a powerful leader and is very persuasive,” said Ahmad Tibi, an Arab member of Israel’s...

  • Protestant leaders call for U.N. endorsement of Palestinian membership

    November 1, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Leaders of four American Protestant denominations issued a statement endorsing the Palestinian U.N. bid for statehood.

    “The Palestinians deserve membership in the United Nations—not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness—but to help preserve a multi-religious...

  • Congress looks to punish Palestinians, but cuts to security aid pose dilemma

    October 4, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    If the Palestinians don’t pull back from their statehood push, congressional cuts in aid are inevitable, U.S. lawmakers say. Just how comprehensive such cuts will be, however, could end up depending on Israel’s stance on the issue.

    Lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staffers...

  • Opinion: Blowing in the wind

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    October 4, 2011 | 12:46 pm

    Israel gave a conditional “Yes” to the Mideast Quartet’s latest proposal to resume negotiations but the Palestinians are sticking to their demands for a settlement freeze and more before Mahmoud Abbas will sit down with Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Meanwhile, the Netanyahu government...

  • Council takes first step on Palestinian U.N. bid

    September 28, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday took its first step on the Palestinian application to join the United Nations by handing it to a committee that will review and assess it in the coming weeks.

    The standing committee on the admission of new members to the world body is comprised...

  • Netanyahu rejects widespread criticism of homes plan

    September 28, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Western and Arab complaints that the planned construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo on annexed land close to Jerusalem would complicate Middle East peace efforts.

    “Gilo is not a settlement nor an outpost. It is a...

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