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  • Rand Paul: Cut aid to Palestinians unless they recognize Israel as Jewish state

    April 28, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said he will introduce legislation that would cut U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority unless its government recognized Israel as a Jewish state.

    Paul (R-Ky.), a likely contender for the Republican presidential nod in 2016, said the law was needed because...

  • Palestinian Authority PM offers to quit, easing way for unity government

    April 25, 2014 | 10:06 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah offered his resignation on Friday, the official news agency WAFA said, a move which may pave the way a unity government agreed between P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas.

    Israel on Thursday suspended peace talks with the Palestinians, saying it could not negotiate with an administration that embraces a militant group sworn to Israel's destruction.

    Reporting By Noah Browning, Editing by Ori Lewis and Angus MacSwan

  • Israel formally suspends talks with Palestinians

    April 24, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Israel formally suspended peace talks with the Palestinian Authority over the P.A.’s national unity accord signed with the Hamas authority in the Gaza Strip.

    “The Cabinet today unanimously decided that Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas, a...

  • Report: Abbas threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority

    April 21, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly threatened to dismantle the P.A.

    Citing unnamed Palestinian sources, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot wrote Sunday that Abbas was considering the unilateral action, which would leave Israel with full responsibility for...

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  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Danny Danon’s warning to Bibi

    April 8, 2014 | 12:00 pm

    As the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks deteriorates, several Israeli government ministers are asking whether the Palestinian Authority is interested in an agreement.

    Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is asking a different question: Is Prime Minister...

  • Pope Francis visit to Israel going forward despite diplomats’ strike

    March 27, 2014 | 9:43 am

    Pope Francis is going ahead with his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in May, despite a strike by Israeli diplomats.

    The Vatican on Thursday released the program for the papal trip, scheduled for May 24-26.

    The pope will have an intensive series of meetings...

  • An open letter to President Obama

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 12, 2014 | 10:14 am

    President Obama,

    My name is Noga, and I am a young Israeli student. I am now in my senior year of my B. A studies in Political Science and Communications, and this is about the time in my life where I start thinking about the future. I have big dreams of being a Diplomat,...

  • Arab League stands firm on rejection of Israel as Jewish state

    March 10, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    The Arab League refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in the framework of current peace talks with the Palestinians, as per Israel’s demand.

    On Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers released a resolution at a meeting in Cairo that supported the decision by Palestinian...

  • Abbas says NATO force can patrol Palestinian state

    February 3, 2014 | 6:04 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be willing to allow a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol a Palestinian state for an indefinite amount of time.

    Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlements could remain for five years from the state’s establishment, Abbas also...

  • Abbas says NATO force can patrol Palestinian state

    February 3, 2014 | 6:00 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be willing to allow a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol a Palestinian state for an indefinite amount of time.

    Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlements could remain for five years from the state’s establishment, Abbas also...

  • Bill would link funding for Palestinians to incitement

    January 16, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    A bill introduced by the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee would link assistance to the Palestinian Authority to its efforts to stop incitement.

    Under the bill presented Wednesday by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the president would have to determine that the...

  • Abbas exposes BDS activists lies.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    Pro-Israeli activists waited years for the day when we could shout out loud: “FAIL!” This day has arrived. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, stated that the Palestinians do not support a boycott of Israel. As reported in The Star, a newspaper in South Africa,...

  • Kerry heading back to Israel for more talks

    December 10, 2013 | 9:28 am

    U.S.  Secretary of State John Kerry will return this week to Jerusalem and Ramallah, his second visit in two weeks.

    Kerry will discuss Iran and the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations during a meeting Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. State...

  • Arafat did not die of poisoning, French tests conclude

    December 3, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    Yasser Arafat was not the victim of poisoning, French forensic tests concluded on Tuesday, countering the theory put forward by a Swiss report on the 2004 death of the Palestinian leader.

    The French conclusions were immediately challenged by his widow Suha Arafat, who has argued...

  • Kerry announces visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah

    November 27, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

    Kerry will visit Brussels, Chisinau, Jerusalem and Ramallah from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

    In Jerusalem, Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime...

  • Welcome to the world of the New Anti- Semitism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    Welcome to the world of the New anti-Semitism. While it does not replace the classical Anti-Semitism, which is well-known for its caricatures and the association between Jews and money, it rather adds a more modern touch to it, adjusting it to a broader audience who are clueless to...

  • How the United States fans the flames of Mideast conflict

    November 21, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    As the current round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks flounder and seek to regain momentum, many are wondering what America can do with its prodigious economic resources to encourage peace and reconciliation between the parties.

    For this reason, it may astound many that...

  • Deeply unpopular at home, French president embraced on Israel trip

    November 18, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    For Francois Hollande, the most unpopular head of state in France in more than half a century, his first presidential visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority promised a respite from the daily pummeling over his country’s stunted economy and his perceived flimsiness as a...

  • Released Palestinian prisoners get P.A. payout, monthly stipend

    November 18, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Palestinian terrorists who were released from Israeli prisons in a goodwill gesture by Israel to restart the peace process were granted large payouts and monthly stipends from the Palestinian Authority.

    Upon their release from Israeli prison, each of the prisoners received a...

  • Abbas: Palestinian peace negotiators quit over absence of progress

    November 13, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Palestinian peace negotiators resigned over a lack of progress in talks with Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas said he would try to convince the negotiating team to change its mind or find new negotiators, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing an...

  • Palestinian leader Arafat was murdered with polonium, widow says

    November 6, 2013 | 9:51 am

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned to death in 2004 with radioactive polonium, his widow Suha said on Wednesday after receiving the results of Swiss forensic tests on her husband's corpse.

    "We are revealing a real crime, a political assassination," she told Reuters in...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 7, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Back to Turkey

    Antalya and other Turkish cities have always been a favorite vacation destination for Israelis. In the past year or so, there has been a significant reducing in Israeli tourism to Turkey, do to some unfortunate diplomatic incidents between the two countries and a...

  • The demonization of the IDF: the truth must be revealed

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 25, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Last Friday, Reuters reported that IDF soldiers "threw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yanked a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents." The Diplomat, Marion Castaing, was quoted saying:...

  • Abbas to U.S. Jews: Culture for peace better now than in 2000s

    September 24, 2013 | 9:41 am

    In a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was more hopeful now for peace than he was in the mid-2000s.

    “If you ask me this question during the intifada, I didn’t have an answer,” Abbas said Monday, referring to the 2000-2005...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 23, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Shared agriculture

    Cooperation between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The Israeli and Palestinian Agriculture Ministries agreed to revive some of the joint committees formed in the 1990s under the Oslo Accords, which were frozen 13 years ago. The ministries also decided to...

  • Islamist movement Hamas moving closer to Iran

    August 14, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The Islamist Hamas movement has sharply criticized the Palestinian Authority for resuming peace talks with Israel, saying that President Mahmoud Abbas is giving in to American pressure. The criticism comes as Hamas moves toward...

  • As prisoner release begins, rockets fired at Israel

    August 13, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel as Palestinian prisoners being released by Israel were being transported to the border.

    One rocket fired Tuesday night at Sderot fell short of its target and is believed to have landed inside Gaza. A second rocket landed in the...

  • Give the peace process a chance

    August 12, 2013 | 10:03 am

    The questions come fast and furious: 

    Why, of all times, now, when the Middle East is in upheaval and its future course is anyone's guess? 

    What's the American obsession with this issue, when Iran, Russia, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, and China all cry out for greater U.S....

  • West Bank civil authority approves construction in settlements

    August 8, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Israel’s Civil Administration approved the construction of nearly 900 housing units in West Bank settlements.

    Wednesday’s approval by the Civil Administration, the highest civilian authority in the West Bank, comes as the first round of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are...

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