The centerpiece of AIPAC’s annual conference, the gala banquet, is a little like the Oscars: The room is full of celebrities, speeches are interspersed with emotional video montages, the highlight that everyone’s waiting for comes at the end, and the main event is followed by...
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Let’s get past this U.S.-Israel relationship thing, so we can get on with important stuff, like the U.S.-Israel relationship.
That seemed to be the message this week at the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
With a record 10,000 people and...
May 23, 2011 | 9:27 pm
Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at AIPAC Policy Conference Monday night, reassuring the public that Israel remains the United States’ ‘indespensible ally’, despite his rejection of U.S. President Obama’s call for a peace deal based on 1967 borders last week.
Netanyahu began his...
May 23, 2011 | 2:46 pm
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Mahmoud al-Zahar says US president’s plan for Mideast peace similar to that of George Bush, Ynet News reports.
The difference in tone between US President Barack Obama’s two policy speeches on Mideast peace sparked outrage among Palestinian leaders Monday.
Hamas spokesman Mahmoud...
May 23, 2011 | 10:56 am
President Obama’s speech at AIPAC straddled the line of Jackie Mason standup. It turns out that when the President said last Thursday that Israel should return to its ’67 borders, it wasn’t exactly what he meant. Who said I was referring to 1967. I meant 1867. And even 1867, I...
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Hamas condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech to AIPAC on Sunday, saying it will not recognize Israel despite U.S. demands.
In his second Mideast speech, Obama reaffirmed U.S. support for Israel and called on the Gaza-rulers to recognize Israel’s right to exist, as well as...
May 22, 2011 | 2:23 pm
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he “appreciated” President Obama’s speech to AIPAC and that he is “determined to work together” with the president to advance peace.
“I join in the president’s desire to advance peace, and I appreciate his past and present efforts to achieve...
May 22, 2011 | 11:31 am
President Obama said his call for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations based on the pre-1967 lines did not mean the future state of Palestine would have those exact borders.
“By definition, it means that the parties themselves – Israelis and Palestinians – will negotiate a border...
May 22, 2011 | 9:13 am
Palestinian officials said they would not resume peace negotiations unless Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepts President Obama’s 1967 border guidelines.
“If Netanyahu agrees, we shall turn over a new leaf. If he doesn’t then there is no point talking about a peace...
May 20, 2011 | 10:50 am
In approximately 18 months Barack Obama may no longer be President, or just a lame duck limping to January 2013. At most, he would be President for another 5 and half years.
During the same period, more thousands of Jews will continue being added to the population of Judea and...
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While the world media was buzzing on May 15 about the Arab demonstrations marking the “Nakba” (catastrophe) of 1948, I was listening to a commencement address by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu at Pomona College in which he lamented, among other things, America’s inability to...
May 17, 2011 | 4:37 pm
Italy plans to upgrade the level of the Palestinian representative in Rome to ambassador.
President Giorgio Napolitano made the announcement Monday during a joint news conference in Bethlehem with Palestinian Authority President Mahnoud Abbas.
The upgrade from delegation to full...
May 17, 2011 | 11:06 am
May 16, 2011 | 3:06 pm
Israel is willing to have “true peace” with the Palestinians, but the current Palestinian government is not a true partner for peace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset.
Israel also would be willing to make compromises including ceding land to the Palestinians for...
May 16, 2011 | 12:07 pm
At 4:00 in the afternoon, sixty-three years ago today, Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion took to the podium in the auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum to make a bold and historic announcement. The preceding days had been filled with often difficult deliberations among Zionist leaders...
In West Bank, Palestinians marking Nakba Day encouraged by Arab Spring in their fight against Israel
May 16, 2011 | 10:21 am
Clouds of tear gas hovered over hundreds of rioting Palestinian youths on the road to Jerusalem, where demonstrations marking the anniversary of Israel’s founding 63 years ago turned violent.
“I want a third intifada,” said Ala Barghouti, a 21-year-old accounting student, his...
May 16, 2011 | 10:17 am
Israel will resume the transfer of collected tax funds to the Palestinian Authority, its finance minister said.
Yuval Steinitz, saying he was satisfied that none of the tax transfers would be given to the government’s new partner Hamas or any other terrorist group, confirmed on...
May 13, 2011 | 3:54 pm
May 13, 2011 | 11:07 am
A Zionist Organization of America mission to Congress lobbied for bills that would move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority if it declares statehood.
Some 400 delegates met with an array of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives...
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The Palestinian Authority appealed to Arab countries Wednesday to pay the salaries of 155,000 government workers after Israel decided to suspend the transfer of tax funds to the PA.
“We say to our Arab brothers: save us. We need your help more than any time before. It is the moment...
May 11, 2011 | 10:24 am
Hamas will accept a Palestinian state on 1967 borders but will not recognize Israel, a senior Hamas leader said.
Recognizing Israel would “cancel the right of the next generations to liberate the lands,” Mahmoud Zahar told the Ma’an Palestinian news service on Wednesday.