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  • Congressmen threaten PA aid over Helen Thomas award

    April 10, 2012 | 10:50 am

    In a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, two congressmen said a medal awarded to veteran journalist Helen Thomas could hurt U.S. assistance to the PA.

    Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the...

  • March 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2012 | 6:04 am

    Six Big Lies about How Jerusalem Runs Washington

    Writing in Foreign Policy, Aaron David Miller shoots down six common accusations leveled in the US when it comes to the topic of Israel.

    Election years seem to bring out the worst—not only in politicians, but in advocates, analysts,...

  • Lawmakers query Obama officials on P.A. funding, statehood push

    March 20, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    Top Obama administration officials faced tough questions from lawmakers on funding for the Palestinian Authority and its efforts to seek statehood recognition.

    During a hearing Tuesday of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), probed the U.S....

  • Nearly 3 of every 4 Americans view Israel favorably, poll finds

    February 22, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Israel is the eighth most-favored country by Americans, a Gallup poll found.

    Some 71 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, a three-point increase over last year’s results, according to the poll conducted Feb. 2-5.

    Israel’s highest favorability rating in this survey was...

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  • Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

    February 7, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

    Terrorist attacks against Israelis appear to be on pause, and rocket fire from Gaza is down significantly. The Hamas leader in Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, is trying to distance himself from the Assad regime and align Hamas with the forces of the...

  • Diaspora communities can help with peacemaking, Jewish leaders tell Abbas

    January 17, 2012 | 10:45 am

    The presidents of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and Latin American Jewish Congress expressed hope for progress in Middle East peace at a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins described the positive...

  • Joint Australian, British delegation meets Netanyahu, Fayyad

    January 17, 2012 | 10:22 am

    A joint delegation of Australian and British parliamentarians met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Palestinian counterpart, Salam Fayyad.

    The delegation, organized by Australian businessman and philanthropist Albert Dadon, was in Israel for the first edition of...

  • U.S. releases $40 million to PA

    December 30, 2011 | 11:53 am

    The United States transferred $40 million in foreign assistance to the Palestinians. 

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that congressional lawmakers released the funds, which amount to 20 percent of the $187 million in foreign assistance from fiscal year 2011 that was held up...

  • Meshaal: Palestinian unity will lead to mass protests

    December 23, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Palestinian unity will spur mass popular protests against Israel, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal said.

    “Now we have a common ground that we can work on—the popular resistance, which presents the power of people,” Meshaal said Thursday in an interview with the Associated Press in Cairo,...

  • Hamas to join PLO in unity bid

    December 22, 2011 | 10:38 am

    Hamas will join the Palestine Liberation Organization, a further step toward Palestinian unity.

    The deal to admit Hamas was struck Thursday in Cairo during meetings of rival Palestinian factions working to unify the Palestinian leadership, the Associated Press reported.

    Under the...

  • Palestinian Authority, South Americans sign free trade pact

    December 21, 2011 | 10:45 am

    A bloc of South American countries has signed a free trade agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

    MERCOSUR, the political and economic consortium made up of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, on Tuesday in Uruguay signed the first trade deal between the PA and nations outside of the Arab world, The Associated Press reported.

    Israel controls imports and exports from the West Bank and Gaza Strip, rendering the deal symbolic, according to the AP.

  • Israel releases PA funds

    November 30, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Israel released $100 million in tax funds it had withheld from the Palestinian Authority.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Wednesday the handover of the money, the transfer of which had been frozen on Nov. 1 in response to the Palestinians’ recognition as a state by...

  • Netanyahu considering releasing frozen PA funds

    November 28, 2011 | 11:45 am

    UPDATE: Israel releases PA funds

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Knesset committee that he could release frozen Palestinian Authority (PA) funds soon.

    Netanyahu reportedly told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Nov. 28 that he is reconsidering...

  • Abbas, Mashaal hail Palestinian unity

    November 25, 2011 | 12:27 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said they turned a “new page” in Palestinian unity after meeting in Cairo.

    Thursday’s meeting was the first time the Palestinian leaders had met face to face since they signed a reconciliation deal in May....

  • U.N.‘s Ban tells Netanyahu to release PA funds

    November 23, 2011 | 10:12 am

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to hand over tax monies collected for the Palestinian Authority.

    Ban in a phone call Tuesday also told Netanyahu to stop building in Jewish settlements.

    Israel transfers to the...

  • Israel to continue withholding P.A. tax funds

    November 21, 2011 | 10:35 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his inner Cabinet of eight ministers decided to continue a freeze on transferring taxes collected for the Palestinian Authority.

    The suspension began early this month, shortly after the Palestinians were admitted as a full member of UNESCO, the...

  • Israel maintains Palestinian funds freeze

    November 14, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    Israel’s cabinet decided on Monday to continue to withhold tax revenues owed to the Palestinian Authority and international envoys ended talks with no sign of a breakthrough in efforts to restart peace talks.

    The freeze on the transfer of funds collected by Israel on behalf of the...

  • Fayyad may quit for sake of Palestinian unity

    November 14, 2011 | 8:29 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad signaled on Monday he is ready to step aside to help reconcile the two rival factions of the Palestinian national movement and pave the way for presidential and parliamentary elections.

    The departure of the U.S.-educated former World...

  • Israel cuts tax payments to Palestinian Authority

    November 4, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Israel has suspended $100 million in tax payments to the Palestinian Authority.

    Israeli officials had threatened to cut off payments entirely if Palestine was admitted into UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency. Palestine was recognized as a state at UNESCO earlier this week...

  • Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister: We won’t accept less than full U.N. seat

    November 3, 2011 | 8:19 pm

    The Palestinians will not accept anything less than full U.N. membership and do not want an upgrade to an observer state in the world body, their foreign minister said on Thursday.

    Riyad al-Malki’s remarks suggested the Palestinians would not seek such an upgrade once their bid for...

  • Israel to speed up settlement building in West Bank

    November 1, 2011 | 1:44 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for the accelerated construction of some 2,000 housing units in areas in the West Bank and around Jerusalem, an official statement said on Tuesday.

    The statement came after Netanyahu called a special cabinet session to discuss the...

  • Israeli general speaks out for PA aid

    October 12, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    The Israeli general in charge of the West Bank is on the record opposing cuts in U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority.

    “Stability in the region includes the ability of the Palestinian Authority to pay its salaries,” Brig. Gen. Nitzan Alon was quoted Wednesday as telling The...

  • U.S. scrambles to keep Palestinian aid flowing

    October 3, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    The Obama administration is lobbying Congress to unblock $200 million in aid for the Palestinian Authority that was frozen due to its bid for U.N. recognition of statehood over U.S. and Israeli objections.

    State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said on Monday the...

  • Panetta urges Israel, Palestinians to negotiate

    October 3, 2011 | 9:21 am

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday called for “bold action” from Israeli and Palestinian leaders to achieve peace after cautioning that Israel was becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East.

    Panetta, making his first trip to Israel since becoming Pentagon chief, met...

  • US against settlement halt as precondition for talks

    September 27, 2011 | 9:30 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Israel reaffirmed on Tuesday Washington’s opposition to a Palestinian call to halt Israeli settlement building before peace negotiations can resume.

    Facing renewed urging from international mediators to return to negotiations and defuse a row over his bid for...

  • 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...

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