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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Opinion: Moral dimension of Palestinian statehood

    By Judea Pearl

    September 27, 2011 | 7:14 pm

    I felt terribly guilty when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly: “Enough! It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence.” How can we deny to others what we claim for ourselves?

    Let there be no...

  • U.S., EU condemn Israeli plan to expand settlement

    September 27, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 1,100 settlement homes on annexed land in the West Bank, complicating global efforts to renew peace talks and defuse a crisis over a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.

    The plan was met with a chorus of Western criticism....

  • U.N. speech boosts Bibi’s ratings in Israel

    September 26, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity has climbed in Israel after a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations opposing a Palestinian bid for statehood, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

    The right-wing leader’s approval rating rose to 41 percent from 32 percent in a previous...

  • Israel police arrest Hamas lawmaker in East Jerusalem

    September 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Israeli police arrested a Hamas lawmaker on Monday who had been sheltering for more than a year in the International Red Cross (ICRC) offices in East Jerusalem, a police spokesman said.

    Ahmad Attoun had taken shelter in the ICRC building along with another Hamas legislator and a...

  • Opinion: The dangerous alternate Middle East reality

    September 23, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    This essay was first posted Wed., Sept. 21 on Huffington Post

    In the lead-up to the Palestinian application for full membership in the United Nations later this week, we can expect nation after nation to vilify the Jewish state and to walk out when Prime Minister Netanyahu takes the...

  • In U.N. speeches, Abbas, Netanyahu trade charges of ‘ethnic cleansing’

    September 23, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas outlined a vision for an independent Palestine that hewed to the two-state formula but also revived rhetoric that hearkened back to an era of Palestinian belligerence.

    Shortly after concluding his speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, the Palestinian Authority...

  • Abbas U.N. speech seen as inflammatory in Israel

    September 23, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Israelis reacted coolly on Friday to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s quest for statehood recognition, and some said his impassioned speech at the United Nations had only succeeded in harming the chances of peace.

    Telling the U.N. General Assembly he wanted peaceful relations...

  • Netanyahu to U.N.: Palestinians want state without peace [VIDEO]

    September 23, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of wanting statehood without peace.

    “The truth is so far the Palestinians have refused to negotiate,” he said. “The truth is the Palestinians want a state without peace.”

    He said he and Israel genuinely want peace...

  • In U.S. speech, Abbas commits to two states, but amps up fiery rhetoric

    September 23, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas outlined a vision for an independent Palestine that hewed to the two-state formula but also revived rhetoric that hearkened back to an era of Palestinian belligerence.

    “We agree to establish the state of Palestine on only 22 percent of historical Palestine on all of...

  • In Ramallah, West Bank Palestinians divided between celebratory and cynical

    September 23, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    A larger-than-life sky-blue chair with the word “Palestine” dominates the center of Manara Square in downtown Ramallah.

    The Palestinian flag, a national symbol once banned by Israel, flies everywhere. Long banners of flags crisscross the square, huge flags decorate the sides of...

  • Opinion: We know Abbas will fail, but it'll be a Palestinian moral victory

    September 23, 2011 | 11:54 am

    A throng of young Palestinians charge the stage with what could easily be seen as malicious intent - if their vigorous stampede hadn’t been in sync with a performance of Dabke, the traditional Arabic folk dance that literally translates as “the stamping of the feet.”

    Former Israeli...

  • Bill Clinton: Netanyahu isn’t interested in Mideast peace deal

    September 23, 2011 | 11:52 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for the inability to reach a peace deal that would end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Thursday.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New...

  • Hamas distances itself from Palestinian statehood bid at UN

    September 12, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    The Palestinian Authority’s push to achieve recognition of an independent Palestinian state in the United Nations has nothing to do with Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, Hamas officials said on Monday, adding that the campaign was launched without consulting Hamas leaders.

    Speaking...

  • Abbas, Barak met in Jordan

    September 6, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak held a secret meeting two weeks ago.

    During the meeting in Jordan, Barak asked Abbas to stop the Palestinians’ bid for a statehood declaration at the United Nations and to reign in mass...

  • Bill would cut U.S. funds to backers of Palestinian state

    August 31, 2011 | 9:08 am

    Legislation that would cut off U.S. funds to countries that support granting the Palestinians a state unilaterally was introduced in the House of Representatives.

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the United Nations...

  • Iran says Palestinian statehood only “first step” towards wiping out Israel

    August 26, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    The creation of a universally-recognized Palestinian state would be just a first step towards wiping out Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday.

    He spoke weeks ahead of a U.N. General Assembly in New York where the Arab League plans to seek full U.N. membership...

  • Palestinians set date for U.N. statehood bid

    August 14, 2011 | 8:35 am

    The Palestinian Authority will ask the United Nations to recognize Palestine as an independent state on the first day of the body’s new session.

    P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas will take the Palestinian’s case to the U.N. on Sept. 20, when he asks U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to...

  • Pressure mounts on Palestinians to abandon U.N. statehood gambit

    June 21, 2011 | 10:45 am

    The pressure on Mahmoud Abbas to back down from plans to seek recognition of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations in September is intensifying.

    Squeezed by a combination of concerted American pressure and intense Israeli diplomacy, some top Palestinian leaders are urging the...

  • Abbas: Speech left ‘nothing to build on’

    May 25, 2011 | 8:35 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said there was nothing for peace talks to build on in Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress.

    Abbas, speaking to the Palestine Liberation Organization and also with reporters on Wednesday in Ramallah, asserted that if no...

  • Abbas lays out reasons of Palestinian state in N.Y. Times Op-Ed

    May 17, 2011 | 11:06 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world’s nations to recognize a state of Palestine in the United Nations, saying it will promote negotiations with Israel.

    In an Op-Ed published Tuesday in The New York Times, Abbas laid out a detailed explanation of why the...

  • Palestinians will continue to negotiate peace, Abbas says

    April 28, 2011 | 9:02 am

    The Palestinians will continue to negotiate peace with Israel despite a unity agreement with the terrorist Hamas organization, Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, told reporters Thursday that the Palestine Liberation Organization that he heads will...

  • Palestinians gain ground in PR, diplomatic war

    December 21, 2010 | 3:48 pm

    In the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict, score some recent victories for the Palestinians.

    It’s not that Israel has given an inch in the territorial dispute over the West Bank, or that the Palestinians in Gaza have achieved new military victories against the Israelis,...

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