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  • Obama planted seeds of failure

    By David Suissa

    March 30, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    A couple of years ago, I wrote a public letter to President Obama applauding his commitment to peace in the Middle East, but warning that he should be prepared to fail. My reasoning was that he was following Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and...

  • Israeli, Palestinian peace advocates connect online

    By Ryan Torok

    March 30, 2011 | 10:25 am

    A social networking site recently featured Israelis, Palestinians and others chatting together online about the crisis in Libya and its implications for Israeli-Palestinian relations. Elsewhere on the site, a circulating letter of Jewish support for Egypt gathered signatures and a...

  • Palestinian incitement letter garners 27 senators

    March 30, 2011 | 10:06 am

    A bipartisan slate of 27 U.S. senators signed on to a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to press the Palestinian Authority to address incitement.

    The letter, sent Tuesday but initiated two weeks ago by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.),...

  • Palestinians detained in connection with Itamar murders

    March 29, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Dozens of residents of a Palestinian village near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Itamar were detained by Israeli soldiers.

    The detained residents of Hawara village, located close to the West Bank settlement where five members of a single family were murdered two and a half weeks...

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  • Facebook removes Third Intifada page

    March 29, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Facebook has removed a page calling for a third Palestinian uprising against Israel, but a new one quickly took its place.

    Nearly 350,000 people had registered for the “Third Palestinian Intifada” page, established on Facebook earlier this month. The page, which calls for a third...

  • Palestinians to renew unity talks

    March 29, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah will renew unity talks.

    The talks will be held in Cairo next month, the Jerusalem Post reported.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, said he was planning to visit Gaza to talk with Hamas leaders. But the trip,...

  • Facebook to monitor intifada page, won’t remove it

    March 28, 2011 | 10:32 am

    UPDATE: Facebook has removed the “Third Palestinian Intifada” page from their website.

    Facebook will monitor a page calling for a third Palestinian uprising against Israel but will not remove it.

    Third Palestinian Intifada,” established on Facebook less than a month ago, calls for...

  • Settler leader’s son sentenced to prison for kidnapping Palestinian teen

    March 28, 2011 | 10:21 am

    The son of a leader of a West Bank Jewish human rights group was sentenced to prison for the kidnapping and assaulting of a Palestinian teen.

    Zvi Struk, 28, of the Esh Kodesh outpost near Shiloh, was sentenced Sunday in Jerusalem District Court to 18 months in prison. He also was...

  • Gates: Turmoil needs ‘bold action’ by Israel, Palestinians

    March 25, 2011 | 10:12 am

    The turmoil in the Middle East creates a need for “bold action” by Israel and the Palestinians toward peace, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

    “I know there may be a temptation during this time of great uncertainty in the region to be more cautious about pursuing the peace...

  • Remove intifada page, Edelstein asks Facebook’s Zuckerberg

    March 24, 2011 | 6:30 pm

    An Israeli government minister has called on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to remove a page calling for a third Palestinian intifada.

    Yuli Edelstein, minister of diplomacy and Diaspora affairs, in a letter sent Wednesday called Zuckerberg’s attention to the Facebook page “Third...

  • Obama relays condolences to Netanyahu, pledges support

    March 24, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    President Obama conveyed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu his condolences over recent terrorist attacks and reaffirmed “unwavering” commitment to Israel’s security.

    “President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today to convey his condolences over the...

  • Jerusalem bomb casualty was British tourist

    March 24, 2011 | 11:12 am

    The lone casualty in the bombing at a bus stop in central Jerusalem was a British woman studying at Hebrew University.

    Mary Jean Gardner, 59, had been in Israel since January, the Jewish Chronicle reported.

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague called Wednesday’s attack a...

  • ‘Miral’ filmmaker Schnabel is feeling the love — and the criticism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    In an early scene in “Miral,” the new film by artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel opening March 25, a Palestinian activist named Hind Husseini (Hiam Abbass) comes across a ragtag group of about 50 children in Jerusalem’s Old City, many of them crying, trembling, dirty, barefoot,...

  • Can a Palestinian story prompt dialogue for Middle East peace?

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 23, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Julian Schnabel must have known that screening a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the United Nations General Assembly would be scene-stealing. To set the town talking, the event would unite all the trappings — provocative subject matter, prestigious venue, Hollywood...

  • New violence suggests end of calm between Israel and militant Palestinians

    March 23, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Violence between Israel and militant Palestinians rose sharply this week with a bombing in central Jerusalem and a dramatic increase in rocket attacks on southern Israel.

    In a terrorist attack on Wednesday afternoon, a bomb planted near a telephone pole exploded near Jerusalem’s...

  • U.S. praises PA security progress

    March 22, 2011 | 10:24 am

    The Obama administration lauded the progress of Palestinian security services.

    “The program has witnessed increased coordination of activities amongst international donors, and is achieving notable progress on security, justice, corrections, and other new fronts,” the U.S. State...

  • U.N.’s Falk says Israel committing ‘ethnic cleansing’

    March 21, 2011 | 3:15 pm

    Richard Falk, the special rapporteur of the United Nations on the Palestinians, told the U.N. Human Rights Council that Israel is committing ethnic cleansing in eastern Jerusalem.

    Falk’s statements Monday to the Human Rights Council came as the council prepared a resolution...

  • State Dept. condemns naming of square for Palestinian terrorist

    March 18, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    The State Department issued an explicit condemnation of the naming of a square in a West Bank town for a Palestinian terrorist.

    “We are disturbed by reports that a town square in the West Bank has been renamed in honor of Dalal Mughrabi, who was a terrorist responsible for an attack...

  • Hoenlein denounces lack of U.S. outrage after naming of square for terrorist

    March 17, 2011 | 12:17 pm

    Presidents Conference leader Malcolm Hoenlein slammed governments, including the Obama administration, for not denouncing the naming of a square in a West Bank town after a terrorist.

    Hoenlein, the executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish...

  • The Palestinian victim’s mentality

    March 16, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    The topic of the day-long conference was torture, and Palestinians were describing the horrific methods the Shin Bet used in prison to get information out of them. Photos and illustrations of these practices were shown on a screen. Human rights activists, Palestinian and Israeli,...

  • Japan disaster and Itamar killings put Jewish giving on the spot

    March 15, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    Almost as soon as the catastrophe in Japan began unfolding last Friday, Jewish groups scrambled to figure out how to get help to the area.

    In Israel, search-and-rescue organizations like ZAKA and IsraAid readied teams to head to the Japanese devastation zone. In Tokyo, the Chabad...

  • Palestinians rally for unity

    March 15, 2011 | 10:37 am

    Thousands of Palestinians rallied for unity in Ramallah and Gaza City.

    The rallies Tuesday were organized on Facebook by young Palestinian activists who are calling for an end to the division between Fatah, which governs the West Bank, and Hamas, which ousted Fatah and took over...

  • The Itamar murders: Double incitement

    March 15, 2011 | 10:15 am

    You’ve got to hand it to Bibi Netanyahu, who somehow managed to turn international outrage over the brutal massacre of a young Jewish family on the Shabbat as they slept in their beds into widespread criticism of his aggressive settlement policy.

    The most frequent question I get in...

  • Response to Itamar attack prompts Israelis to ask whether Palestinians are serious about peace

    March 14, 2011 | 3:15 pm

    The Palestinian reaction to the grisly killings of five Israeli family members in the Jewish settlement of Itamar, on the West Bank, has prompted many Israelis to ask the same question of the Palestinians that the world often asks of the Israeli government: Are they really serious...

  • With pressure mounting, will Bibi go left or right?

    March 14, 2011 | 1:41 pm

    Israel is staring at a fork in the road, with potential disaster along either path.

    On the path to the left lies a major Israeli peace initiative that deals with all the core issues under dispute with the Palestinians. On the path to the right lies more waiting, possibly with some...

  • Yesterday’s terrorist is today’s statesman: Another view of the Itamar murders

    March 14, 2011 | 1:07 pm

    Read a counter-point to this article by David Suissa here.

    Murdering people in their sleep (if that is what happened to the Fogel family in the Itamar settlement) and butchering children is horrible no matter whose children they are. But the fact remains that the jury is out. The...

  • Murder of West Bank family members spurs protests, new housing approval

    March 13, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    Demonstrations in solidarity with settlers and a Cabinet committee’s approval for new housing in the West Bank are among the Israeli responses to the suspected terrorist attack that killed five members of a West Bank Jewish family.

    An estimated 20,000 people attended Sunday...

  • Denmark upgrading Palestinian delegation

    March 9, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    Denmark said it will upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation to a mission.

    Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen at a news conference Wednesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the status of Palestinian diplomats will advance from “Palestinian general...

  • Israeli lecturer attacked in Ireland

    March 8, 2011 | 1:20 pm

    Security officials rescued an Israeli lecturing to law school students at a university in Belfast after pro-Palestinian demonstrators disrupted the program.

    Members of the Palestine Solidarity Society at Queen’s University and the youth wing of Sinn Fein began heckling Solon...

  • Britain upgrading status of Palestinian diplomats

    March 7, 2011 | 1:14 pm

    Britain will upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation to the United Kingdom to a mission.

    British Foreign Secretary William Hague made the announcement upgrading the status of Palestinian diplomats in Britain on Monday, a day before Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud...

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