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  • Reporters’ notebook: AIPAC 2011

    May 24, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    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...

  • Bibi to Congress: No compromise on Jerusalem, refugees or Jordan River presence

    May 24, 2011 | 10:00 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that any peace deal with the Palestinians must grant Israel a military presence along the Jordan River, exclude repatriation of Palestinian refugees to Israel and leave Jerusalem as Israel’s united capital.

    However, the Israeli leader...

  • At AIPAC, effort to shift focus back to agenda: Iran, foreign aid, Capitol Hill relationships

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 24, 2011 | 8:14 am

    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...

  • Netanyahu at AIPAC: ‘Israel is America’s indispensable ally’

    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...

  • Palestinian Authority prime minister suffers heart attack

    May 23, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad suffered a heart attack while in Texas for his son’s college education, his spokesman told the Associated Press.

    Fayyad felt chest pains Sunday and went to an Austin hospital, where he had a heart attack, AP reported. He underwent...

  • Hamas: Let’s discuss 1948 lines

    May 23, 2011 | 11:17 am

    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...

  • At AIPAC, Obama’s Jackie Mason Moment

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    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...

  • Is Obama charting a new course on Israeli-Palestinian issues?

    May 23, 2011 | 10:43 am

    President Obama knew he had some damage control to do when he took the podium before thousands of Israel supporters on Sunday morning at the opening plenary of the annual AIPAC conference.

    But he wasn’t offering any apologies for his speech three days earlier that called for...

  • Hamas response to Obama speech: Still won’t recognize Israel

    May 23, 2011 | 7:48 am

    Hamas condemned President Obama’s AIPAC speech, saying it will not recognize Israel despite the United States president’s demand.

    The Obama administration is “not a friend to the people of the region,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the Ma’an Palestinian news service.


  • Hamas: Obama will fail in forcing us to recognize Israel

    May 22, 2011 | 2:32 pm

    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...

  • Netanyahu says he’s determined to work with Obama on peace

    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...

  • Obama to AIPAC: Israelis, Palestinians should negotiate a new border

    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...

  • Palestinians: Israel must accept 1967 border as basis for negotiations

    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...

  • Despite Obama's speech, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria will outlive us all

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    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...

  • From praise to anger, Jewish response to Obama’s speech runs the gamut

    May 20, 2011 | 10:30 am

    From accolades like “compelling” to accusations like “Auschwitz borders” to radio silence, to label the Jewish response to President Obama’s speech on Middle East policy as diverse understates matters.

    The very breadth of the Middle East policy speech—5,600 words and covering the...

  • Obama: 1967 borders with swaps should serve as basis for negotiations

    May 19, 2011 | 11:21 am

    President Obama said the future state of Palestine should be based on the pre-1967 border with mutually agreed land swaps with Israel.

    In his address Thursday afternoon on U.S. policy in the Middle East, Obama told an audience at the State Department that the borders of a...

  • Words Matter — Obama’s Next Challenge

    By Judea Pearl

    May 17, 2011 | 6:16 pm

    By the time this article is published on May 19, President Barack Obama will be putting the final touches on his policy speech on the Middle East, scheduled for the same day. Many see it as an important speech, for it could signal a dramatic shift in U.S. policy in the wake of the...

  • Nakba Is in the Eye of the Beholder

    By David Suissa

    May 17, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    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...

  • Italy raising Palestinians’ status to ambassador

    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...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu to Knesset: Israel is ready for ‘true peace’

    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...

  • Recognize Palestinian statehood—Today

    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...

  • Israel will transfer collected tax money to PA

    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...

  • George Mitchell steps down as peace envoy

    May 13, 2011 | 3:54 pm

    George Mitchell, President Obama’s envoy to Israeli-Arab peace talks, is stepping down from the post.

    Mitchell handed in his resignation on Friday.

    “I strongly support your vision of comprehensive peace in the Middle East and thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of...

  • ZOA lobbies for embassy move, P.A. cut-off

    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...

  • Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise in Jerusalem, West Bank as Nakba Day nears

    May 13, 2011 | 8:00 am

    Israel Defense Force soldiers and Palestinians clashed on Friday throughout the West Bank, days before planned demonstrations to commemorate the Nakba.

    Mild clashes between the IDF and Palestinians erupted in Jerusalem on Friday morning, in Silwan, Isawiya and in the Old City....

  • Italy will not recognize unilateral Palestinian state, Berlusconi says

    May 12, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    Italy will never recognize a unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said.

    Berlusconi at a celebration of Israel’s 63rd birthday praised the Jewish state as the only democracy in the Middle East. He was the guest of honor Wednesday at...

  • Fayyad to Arab states: ‘Save’ the Palestinian Authority

    May 11, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    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...

  • Hamas leader: State on 1967 borders, but no Israel recognition

    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.


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