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  • Is a two-state solution still possible?

    December 5, 2013 | 10:00 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A trumpeter playing sorrowful songs outside of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art seemed to symbolize the melancholy many of the proponents of the two-state solution of an independent Palestinian state next to Israel feel these days.

    ...
  • Jewish leaders urge Abbas to make moderate stands public

    September 25, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    A slate of 100 U.S. Jewish leaders wrote Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urging him to make public his opposition to a ‘right of return’ and his agreement to a demilitarized Palestinian state.

    The letter, spearheaded by the Israel Policy Forum, noted that in a...

  • Rice: U.S. does not recognize use of ‘Palestine’

    January 23, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    Participation in United Nations forums that refer to a "State of Palestine" does not constitute U.S. recognition of Palestinian statehood, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said.

    "Any reference to the 'State of Palestine' in the United Nations, including the use of the term 'State of...

  • Obama: ‘Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are’

    January 15, 2013 | 9:27 am

    President Obama has said privately that "Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are,” columnist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote.

    In a column posted on the Bloomberg website late Monday, Goldberg wrote that when Obama was told that the Israeli government had approved plans to...

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  • Obama administration: PLO’s U.N. elevation broke no laws

    January 10, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    The Obama administration said the Palestinians' ascension in U.N. membership status did not violate U.S. law.

    William Burns, the deputy secretary of state, in a Jan. 8 determination said the Palestinians did not break the U.S. law that requires shutting down the Palestine...

  • Netanyahu thanks Czech Republic for support

    December 5, 2012 | 9:34 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the Czech Republic for standing with Israel against a United Nations resolution that gave the Palestinians enhanced statehood status.

    The Czech Republic was one of nine countries to vote against the resolution in the U.N. General...

  • Senate amendment penalizing Palestinians for U.N. status does not pass

    December 5, 2012 | 9:19 am

    A U.S. Senate amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not attached to its intended law.

    The National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed late Tuesday, did not include among its amendments one that...

  • Palestinians see U.N. gambit as step toward reconciliation

    November 30, 2012 | 9:20 am

    [Ramallah] – Palestinians took to the streets of Ramallah on Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday morning to celebrate the UN General Assembly vote bestowing non-member status to “Palestine.” Celebrants expressed hope that their newfound recognition at the United...

  • U.N. bid finds Palestinian leadership between a rock and a hard place

    November 13, 2012 | 9:26 am

    The arguments for and against the latest Palestinian bid for statehood status at the United Nations come down to which is the faster path to irrelevancy.

    The Palestine Liberation Organization is seeking a diplomatic victory to preserve the legitimacy of its affiliated Palestinian...

  • Palestinians considering new UN statehood bid

    August 3, 2012 | 1:54 pm

    The Palestinian Authority is considering a bid in September to be a U.N. “non-member observer state.”

    PA Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is ready to take the step, and has the backing of the Arab League, but has not yet decided when he will go ahead, according to the...

  • PA official: Romney recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ‘unacceptable’

    July 30, 2012 | 9:35 am

    Former Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said that Mitt Romney’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was “unacceptable.”

    Erekat said that Romney’s statement during a policy speech on Sunday, in which the presumptive Republican presidential candidate said...

  • 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...

  • Majority of Israelis, Palestinians don’t expect Palestinian state in next 5 years

    July 3, 2012 | 11:00 am

    A large majority of Israelis and Palestinians do not expect a Palestinian state to be established in the next five years.

    According to a poll conducted jointly by the Hebrew University’s Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and the Palestinian Center for...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Canada mounted intensive campaign against U.N. Palestinian statehood vote

    April 10, 2012 | 12:53 pm

    Canada mounted an intensive lobbying campaign last year to persuade other countries to oppose a United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, a Canadian newspaper reported.

    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird “personally took to the phones last year to try to swing countries” to...

  • Iceland votes to recognize Palestinian state

    November 29, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    Iceland’s parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of recognizing the Palestinian Territories as an independent state, the first Western European country to do so according Iceland’s foreign minister.

    The vote paves the way for formal recognition by the small north Atlantic island,...

  • Prime Minister Fayyad: ‘Unity and Non-violence’ requisites for statehood

    November 29, 2011 | 9:55 am

    With skepticism rife over a Fatah-Hamas rapprochement and the Hamas demand to replace him, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the man credited with energizing the movement toward statehood and the man Western governments want holding the PA’s purse strings, discusses the...

  • U.N. panel draft signals Palestinian statehood bid doomed

    November 9, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    A key U.N. Security Council committee could not reach consensus on whether Palestine should be accepted as a U.N. member, a draft report said in the latest sign the Palestinian U.N. bid is doomed.

    The body was “unable to make a unanimous recommendation to the Security Council,” said...

  • Local Palestinians remain loyal to their roots

    November 9, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Palestinian-American Anwar Abdo was only a toddler when his family fled eastward from the earthy orange groves of Jaffa to the white stone city of Amman during Israel’s War of Independence.

    More than six decades later, the Orange County resident still dreams of returning to his...

  • Despite UNESCO victory, Palestinian statehood push running aground

    November 7, 2011 | 5:17 pm

    They may have scored a victory at UNESCO, but the Palestinians are running into new obstacles on their push for statehood recognition at the United Nations.

    The effort to pursue the issue at the U.N. Security Council has encountered a stumbling block in Bosnia, where the country’s...

  • Protestant leaders call for U.N. endorsement of Palestinian membership

    November 1, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Leaders of four American Protestant denominations issued a statement endorsing the Palestinian U.N. bid for statehood.

    “The Palestinians deserve membership in the United Nations—not only on the basis of international law and basic fairness—but to help preserve a multi-religious...

  • Appropriators warn UNESCO on ‘Palestine’

    October 7, 2011 | 3:44 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that controls foreign funding warned UNESCO in a letter that it risks a funding cutoff if it gives the Palestinians statehood status.

    “Any recognition of Palestine as a Member State would not only jeopardize the hope for a resumption of...

  • Congress looks to punish Palestinians, but cuts to security aid pose dilemma

    October 4, 2011 | 4:17 pm

    If the Palestinians don’t pull back from their statehood push, congressional cuts in aid are inevitable, U.S. lawmakers say. Just how comprehensive such cuts will be, however, could end up depending on Israel’s stance on the issue.

    Lawmakers, lobbyists and congressional staffers...

  • Council takes first step on Palestinian U.N. bid

    September 28, 2011 | 3:38 pm

    The U.N. Security Council on Wednesday took its first step on the Palestinian application to join the United Nations by handing it to a committee that will review and assess it in the coming weeks.

    The standing committee on the admission of new members to the world body is comprised...

  • Netanyahu rejects widespread criticism of homes plan

    September 28, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Western and Arab complaints that the planned construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo on annexed land close to Jerusalem would complicate Middle East peace efforts.

    “Gilo is not a settlement nor an outpost. It is a...

  • Opinion: Moral dimension of Palestinian statehood

    By Judea Pearl

    September 27, 2011 | 7:14 pm

    I felt terribly guilty when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly: “Enough! It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence.” How can we deny to others what we claim for ourselves?

    Let there be no...

  • U.S., EU condemn Israeli plan to expand settlement

    September 27, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 1,100 settlement homes on annexed land in the West Bank, complicating global efforts to renew peace talks and defuse a crisis over a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.

    The plan was met with a chorus of Western criticism....

  • After week of U.N. speeches, the ball is now in Palestinians’ court

    September 27, 2011 | 11:15 am

    After the mutual accusations of ethnic cleansing and the sarcastic posturing, the ball is back in the Palestinians’ court.

    The upshot of last week’s Lollapalooza of speechmaking at the United Nations is that the Obama administration has succeeded in persuading the international...

  • Dueling narratives: Palestinians seek pride; Israelis fear mischief

    September 26, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    Visiting Ramallah a few short weeks ago, the preponderance of replies to questions about what will follow the Palestinian UN gambit were remarkably similar to those heard in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Israelis and Palestinians were saying the same thing, but with accents on different...

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