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  • 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

    In-depth

    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

    In-depth

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Clinton meets with Abbas

    July 6, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called her talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas productive.

    Clinton, who met with Abbas Friday, said she hopes to build momentum for another peace push when she visits Israel in 10 days, the Associated Press reported.

    ...
  • June 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 12, 2012 | 3:34 am

    Noteworthy

    Moscow…waiting for the right price

    Russia is cynically using the situation in Syria to negotiate a better international ‎position for itself, writes Emad El Din Adeeb in Asharq Alawsat.‎

    We hope that senior politicians in Moscow show us more respect and stop...

  • June 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 10, 2012 | 2:37 am

    Noteworthy
    Iran prepares for Moscow
    Kaveh L Afrasiabi of Asia Times Online speaks to Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, about his country’s nuclear program.

    Neither the Stuxnet nor Flame [the latest cyber attack] nor other acts of...

  • Abbas: 2-state solution may not be on table for long

    June 5, 2012 | 3:36 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to withdraw from all lands it occupied in 1967, warning that the two-state solution may not be on the table for much longer.

    “I would like to address our Israeli neighbors and say we are seekers of peace and freedom and...

  • Barak calls for unilateral West Bank withdrawal

    May 30, 2012 | 10:22 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel should consider a unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank if peace talks with the Palestinians fail.

    Palestinian officials and Israeli government coalition leaders slammed Barak’s remarks, which were made Wednesday morning during a...

  • May 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 28, 2012 | 3:10 am

    Political Islamism is not to be feared

    All political parties that have emerged in the wake of the Arab Spring will be ‎accountable to their electorates, including the Islamists, writes Marwan Muasher in ‎the Washington Post. ‎

    The field in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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