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  • Israel transfers money to PA to ease economic crisis

    September 12, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the transfer of some $63 million to the Palestinian Authority to help ease its economic crisis.

    The transfer Tuesday evening came after Netanyahu consulted on the issue with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, and then asked his...

  • September 9, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 9, 2012 | 2:05 am

    In-depth

    Lessons for Israel from Captured Iraqi Nuclear Documents

    Documents revealing Saddam Hussein's true motives for acquiring nuclear weapons in the 1980s could be applicable to Iran today, writes Dore Gold in Algemeiner

    In the debate over Israel’s future borders in...

  • August 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 26, 2012 | 2:15 am

    In-depth

    Where Will Morsi’s Embrace of Ahmadinejad Lead?

    Writing in Algemeiner, Dore Gold warns that any renewed warmth between Cairo and Tehran could endanger Egypt’s ties in the Arab world.

    [T]here are presently a number of challenges that will make any Sunni-Shiite...

  • Palestian power issues: The night that the lights went out?

    August 14, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    The Palestinian Authority (PA) owes more than $170 million to the Israel Electric Company, and Israel is threatening to cut off the flow unless the debt is paid. Palestinian officials say that could cause widespread blackouts throughout the West Bank.

    “A week ago they gave us a...

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  • Romney’s foreign controversies overshadow economic message

    July 30, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign tried to keep the domestic political focus on the U.S. economy and jobs on Monday, although the effort was overshadowed by more controversy from a foreign trip after he made remarks that upset Palestinians.

    Hoping to take advantage of President...

  • Mahmoud Abbas adviser visits Auschwitz

    July 27, 2012 | 11:35 am

    An adviser to Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas visited Auschwitz on Friday.

    Ziad al-Bandak, a Christian who advises Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Christian affairs, visited prisoner blocs, gas chambers and a crematorium in the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in...

  • PA opposes moment of silence for slain Israelis

    July 26, 2012 | 10:14 am

    The Palestinian Authority opposed a moment of silence at the London Olympics for the 40th anniversary of the Palestinian “Black September” terrorist group’s killing of 11 Israeli team members in Munich, Palestinian Media Watch reported.

    On July 25, the PA’s daily publication...

  • July 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 26, 2012 | 12:12 am

    In-depth

    Bandar Is Back

    Former Saudi ambassador to the US Bandar bin Sultan has returned to the spotlight with his appointment as the kingdom’s intelligence chief, but what does it mean asks Elliott Abrams in the Weekly Standard

    [T]he Saudis have been off the field. Now they...

  • World Bank: PA economy not strong enough to support a state

    July 25, 2012 | 11:07 am

    The Palestinian economy is not yet strong enough to support a sovereign state because of its heavy reliance on foreign aid, according to a World Bank report.

    “The Palestinian Authority has made steady progress in many years towards establishing the institutions required by a...

  • Palestinian Authority's Jew-hatred a deal killer for peaceful two-state solution

    July 24, 2012 | 5:17 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), has indicated that he will pursue his U.N. campaign of Statehood-Without-Borders. With the help of scores of Muslim and Arab countries, Abbas’ carefully choreographed “diplomatic” campaign has already yielded full...

  • The Rosner-Cohen Exchange Part III: Asking Jews about their trust in Israeli leaders

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 16, 2012 | 7:39 am

    This is the third ‎part in an ongoing debate with Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Hebrew Union College, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. The first part is here, and the second part here. We will be discussing many ‎issues over the next few weeks, and...

  • House Middle East subcommittee considers PA corruption

    July 11, 2012 | 5:56 pm

    The House Middle East subcommittee considered reports of Palestinian corruption and how the reports should affect U.S. assistance to the Palestinians.

    Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee who convened the hearing on Tuesday, said...

  • OSCE denies observer status to Palestinian Authority

    July 10, 2012 | 2:40 pm

    The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe denied observer status to the Palestinian Authority.

    In a 28-21 vote, the OSCE voted last month against granting the observer status, according to Israeli media reports. But the Palestinian Authority denied making a request for...

  • Israeli panel backs legalizing settler outposts

    July 9, 2012 | 7:57 am

    A government-appointed committee on Monday proposed granting official status to dozens of unauthorized settler outposts in the West Bank, challenging the world view that Israeli settlement there is illegal.

    The non-binding legal opinion, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had...

  • Clinton meets with Abbas

    July 6, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called her talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas productive.

    Clinton, who met with Abbas Friday, said she hopes to build momentum for another peace push when she visits Israel in 10 days, the Associated Press reported.

    ...
  • PA says it’s facing ‘worst financial crisis’

    July 2, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    The Palestinian Authority is facing its “worst financial crisis” yet, according to a PA official, because of a foreign aid shortfall and the rejection of a $100 million loan by the International Monetary Fund.

    Unless the PA finds a way to close its budget gap, PA Labor Minister...

  • Can Mofaz influence Netanyahu?

    June 25, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short political career — after 35 years of...

  • Abbas: 2-state solution may not be on table for long

    June 5, 2012 | 3:36 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to withdraw from all lands it occupied in 1967, warning that the two-state solution may not be on the table for much longer.

    “I would like to address our Israeli neighbors and say we are seekers of peace and freedom and...

  • Israel to transfer Palestinian terrorists’ bodies to PA

    May 23, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Israel will transfer the bodies of 130 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority.

    The expected transfer in the coming days is a good-will gesture to PA President Mahmoud Abbas and was approved by the Israeli government several weeks ago, according to Ynet. The decision came after a meeting of Israeli negotiators and Abbas over restarting stalled peace talks.

    The transfer is expected to occur before the weekend.

  • Abbas swears in new Palestinian Authority Cabinet

    May 17, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a new Cabinet, in a move that could spell the end of a Fatah-Hamas unity government

    The new Palestinian government in Ramallah is the second reshuffle of Cabinet positions since it was formed in 2007 under the leadership of PA...

  • Israel, Japan mark 60 years of relations

    May 16, 2012 | 10:08 am

    Israel and Japan marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

    The anniversary, which was celebrated Tuesday, is set to be marked in both countries with a series of special events, including cultural events, academic meetings and...

  • May 14, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 14, 2012 | 2:06 am

    Palestinians Short of Ideas, Not Guns

    Mahmoud Abbas should start talking with Israel instead ‎of trying again to bring international pressure to force ‎Netanyahu’s hand, writes Jonathan S. Tobin of ‎Commentary Magazine.‎

    Abbas may harbor hopes a re-elected Obama will return...

  • Hamas says it will not go to war for Iran

    May 10, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    The Islamist movement Hamas will not let itself be dragged into a war against Israel if it attacks the nuclear facilities of Hamas ally Iran, Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Thursday.

    “Hamas is a Palestinian movement that acts within the Palestinian arena and it carries out its...

  • Abbas says he’s ready to engage with Israel

    May 8, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday he was ready to engage with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a Middle East peace agreement if he proposes “anything promising or positive.”

    Abbas, speaking to Reuters after Netanyahu announced a grand...

  • May 7, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2012 | 4:38 am

    Hollande Victory in France Lessens Likelihood of War with Iran

    The new socialist president will steer France away from his predecessor’s hardline ‎policies, writes Muhammad Sahimi for PBS. ‎

    Assembling a coalition with communists and smaller center-left ‎parties, Hollande...

  • May 1, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 1, 2012 | 5:22 am

    The Move that Dare Not Speak ‎Its Name

    In part 2 of a series on Israel-Jewish ties, Yehudah Mirsky in Jewish Ideas Daily examines ‎ways in which Israelis who have left their homeland can maintain their ties to it.‎

    At any moment, some 500,000 to 600,000 Israelis and their...

  • Supreme Court rejects torture lawsuit against P.A.

    April 20, 2012 | 11:58 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against a request by the family of an American allegedly tortured to death while in Palestinian custody to sue under the Torture Victim Protection Act.

    The family of American citizen Azzam Rahim sought to sue the Palestinian Authority and...

  • PA’s Fayyad is no-show at scheduled meeting with Netanyahu

    April 17, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad refused to attend a scheduled meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Netanyahu met Tuesday in Jerusalem with two PA leaders—chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and security official Majed Faraj—according to reports.

    ...
  • Palestinians to deliver Netanyahu ultimatum on talks

    April 16, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    The Palestinian Authority prime minister plans to use a rare meeting set for Tuesday with Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a letter detailing Palestinian grievances on stalled peace talks.

    Although there was no official announcement of the encounter between Netanyahu and...

  • Palestinian Authority blames Gaza for deficit mess

    April 11, 2012 | 10:13 am

    Paying for the upkeep of the Gaza Strip while its political rival actively blocks revenues flowing back is taking its toll on the deficit-racked Palestinian Authority.

    The Western-backed PA, many of whose top leaders belong to the mainstream Fatah movement, says it has poured around...

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