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  • 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...

  • In Ramallah, West Bank Palestinians divided between celebratory and cynical

    September 23, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    A larger-than-life sky-blue chair with the word “Palestine” dominates the center of Manara Square in downtown Ramallah.

    The Palestinian flag, a national symbol once banned by Israel, flies everywhere. Long banners of flags crisscross the square, huge flags decorate the sides of...

  • Opinion: We know Abbas will fail, but it'll be a Palestinian moral victory

    September 23, 2011 | 11:54 am

    A throng of young Palestinians charge the stage with what could easily be seen as malicious intent - if their vigorous stampede hadn’t been in sync with a performance of Dabke, the traditional Arabic folk dance that literally translates as “the stamping of the feet.”

    Former Israeli...

  • Bill Clinton: Netanyahu isn’t interested in Mideast peace deal

    September 23, 2011 | 11:52 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is responsible for the inability to reach a peace deal that would end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, former U.S. President Bill Clinton said on Thursday.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New...

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  • Abbas asks for Palestinian state [VIDEO]

    September 23, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas applied for statehood recognition at the United Nations in New York on Friday morning.

    Abbas handed his application to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at about 11:30 a.m., various media reported, minutes ahead of his planned speech to the...

  • Iran says Palestinian statehood only “first step” towards wiping out Israel

    August 26, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    The creation of a universally-recognized Palestinian state would be just a first step towards wiping out Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday.

    He spoke weeks ahead of a U.N. General Assembly in New York where the Arab League plans to seek full U.N. membership...

  • Palestinians set date for U.N. statehood bid

    August 14, 2011 | 8:35 am

    The Palestinian Authority will ask the United Nations to recognize Palestine as an independent state on the first day of the body’s new session.

    P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas will take the Palestinian’s case to the U.N. on Sept. 20, when he asks U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to...

  • Palestinians announce official decision to ask U.N. for statehood

    June 27, 2011 | 8:44 am

    The Palestinian leadership officially decided to go ahead with plans to ask the United Nations for recognition as an independent state.

    The decision was made Sunday during a meeting in Ramallah, called by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Following the meeting, The...

  • Syrian protesters remain on border after deadly demonstrations

    June 6, 2011 | 9:40 am

    Syrian protesters spent the night on the border with Israel on the Golan Heights following a day in which Syrian reports claim that up to 23 Arabs were killed.

    More protesters began gathering near the border again on Monday but did not show signs of repeating Sunday’s attempts to...

  • Netanyahu: Israel cannot prevent UN recognition of Palestinian state

    May 30, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that no one can prevent the recognition of a Palestinian state in the United Nations in September.

    “No one has the power to stop the decision to recognize a Palestinian state in the UN General Assembly in September,” Netanyahu said. “It...

  • Reflecting on AIPAC: Applause. Tears. Repeat.

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    May 25, 2011 | 11:48 pm

    Among 10,000 friends and comrades, I stood and applauded, as the Prime Minister forcefully stood in the breach. The State of Israel would never accept borders that cannot be defended, or allow itself to be undone as a Jewish State through the return of generations of refugees, or...

  • Obama says U.N.-declared Palestinian state a ‘mistake’

    May 25, 2011 | 10:25 am

    President Obama said in London that it would be a “mistake” for the Palestinians to go to the United Nations to proclaim a state.

    During a news conference Wednesday in the British capital with Prime Minister David Cameron, Obama called for the Palestinians and Israelis to return to...

  • 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...

  • France considering recognizing Palestinian state

    April 25, 2011 | 10:29 am

    France is actively considering recognizing a Palestinian state, along with other European neighbors.

    “The recognition of a Palestinian state is an option that we are currently thinking about, with our European partners,” Gérard Araud, France’s ambassador to the United Nations...

  • EU will not recognize unilaterally declared Palestinian state

    December 13, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    The European Union will not recognize Palestinian statehood until an “appropriate” time, its Foreign Affairs Council said in a statement.

    The 27 EU foreign ministers meeting Monday in Brussels issued the statement in response to a letter from Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat to EU...

  • Argentina joins Brazil in recognizing Palestinian state

    December 7, 2010 | 10:39 am

    Argentina has recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, according to a note sent from President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to Mahmoud Abbas.

    Kirchner on Monday sent the note to Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, announcing that her government recognizes...

  • Lieberman offers population exchange plan at U.N.

    September 28, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    Israel’s foreign minister presented a plan to the United Nations that would transfer Israeli Arab towns to a future Palestinian state in exchange for annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

    Avigdor Lieberman offered a draft of his proposal Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly...

  • Arab League could back off ‘two-state’ solution

    By Leslie Susser

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Irked by the slow rate of progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, major Arab players are threatening to withdraw their offer to normalize ties with Israel once a Palestinian state is established.

    Underlying the Arab reassessment is a deeper problem: Arab belief in the viability...

  • OneVoice speaks mistakenly on achieving peace

    By Arthur Cohn

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Again and again, private organizations appear on the scene, promoting agendas designed to advance the peace process in the Middle East. In many cases, their intentions may be good; unfortunately, however, they generally lack a minimal understanding of the situation, and their...
  • With Pakistan in turmoil, Israel keeps eye on nukes

    By Leslie Susser

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    With the pro-U.S. regime of Pervez Musharraf in crisis following the Pakistani president's move to suspend his country's constitution and scuttle planned parliamentary elections, Israel is watching the developments with great concern.

    The turmoil in Pakistan presents Israel with...

  • Bush Takes Wary Steps in Middle East

    By Ron Kampeas

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Congress officially is lined up behind President Bush's grand vision of Palestinian democracy -- but it wants details along with that vision.

    Members of the U.S. House of Representatives' powerful International Relations Committee met last week, right after two congressional...

  • Palestinians Facing Uncertain Future

    By Fadi A. Elsalameen

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Standing in the Muqata, Yasser Arafat's compound in Ramallah, on his funeral day made me believe that we Palestinians must overcome a hurdle if we are to move forward.

    Our youth face uncertainty, our people feel lost and beaten and our elders are sad to think that their children...

  • Obstacles Remain in Post-Arafat Era

    By Leslie Susser

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The post-Arafat era has begun with high hopes in Washington, London, Jerusalem and even Ramallah -- but many of the obstacles that prevented peace in Arafat's day remain, and it's not clear whether any of the major players has the single-minded determination to make peace happen.

    ...
  • The Blood of Arafat

    By Deanne Stillman

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    There are reports that Yasser Arafat died from a blood disorder. His death, and in particular these reports, reminds me of a strange photograph that flew across the wires a couple days after Sept. 11. In it, Arafat was giving blood at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, arm...

  • Project Re’ut Melds Optimism, Realism

    By Marc Ballon

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For many observers the "road map," which envisions creating a Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, looks increasingly like a dead end. As does the Geneva accord. With Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists blowing up innocent Israelis in bloody attacks and Israel building a security...

  • Project Re’ut Melds Optimism, Realism

    By Marc Ballon

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For many observers the "road map," which envisions creating a Palestinian state adjacent to Israel, looks increasingly like a dead end. With Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists blowing up innocent Israelis in bloody attacks and Israel building a security fence around itself that...

  • Creation of Mini-Iraq Seen in Peace Plan

    By Morton A. Klein

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    While the Bush administration has put an end to the Iraqi terrorist state, its "road map" will create a Palestinian Arab terrorist state -- a mini-Iraq. This will endanger Israel and undermine America's war against terrorism.

    Granting statehood does not guarantee peace. Syria, Iran...

  • Netanyahu’s Tactical Mistake

    By David Newman

    June 13, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a major tactical blunder when he pushed through the vote in the Likud Party central committee to the effect that they would no longer discuss or consider the future establishment of a Palestinian state as a means to resolving the...

  • Zinni’s Third Time Around

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Peace envoy Anthony Zinni's return to the Middle East later this week is seen as an attempt to address mounting international pressure on the Bush administration.

    Zinni set off for Israel as the U.N. Security Council, in a surprise move, approved a resolution Tuesday night calling...

  • Managing the Bitter Debate Ahead

    By James D

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Next month, Prime Minister Ehud Barak will travel to Atlanta for the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities, the central philanthropic and service organization in the American Jewish world.

    Israeli officials say that one goal will be to renew his appeal for Jewish unity as...

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