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...
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March 30, 2011 | 12:47 pm
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...
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.),...
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...
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...
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,...
March 28, 2011 | 10:32 am
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
March 23, 2011 | 2:43 pm
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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...
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...
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...
March 17, 2011 | 12:17 pm
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,...
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...
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...
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...
March 14, 2011 | 3:15 pm
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...
March 14, 2011 | 1:07 pm
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...
March 13, 2011 | 3:52 pm
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...
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...
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...