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  • U.N. speech boosts Bibi’s ratings in Israel

    September 26, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s popularity has climbed in Israel after a hard-hitting speech at the United Nations opposing a Palestinian bid for statehood, an opinion poll showed on Monday.

    The right-wing leader’s approval rating rose to 41 percent from 32 percent in a previous...

  • Israel police arrest Hamas lawmaker in East Jerusalem

    September 26, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Israeli police arrested a Hamas lawmaker on Monday who had been sheltering for more than a year in the International Red Cross (ICRC) offices in East Jerusalem, a police spokesman said.

    Ahmad Attoun had taken shelter in the ICRC building along with another Hamas legislator and a...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Opinion: The only road to statehood

    September 13, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    Last week, a plan of action “to mobilize international support for the Palestinian bid” for United Nations recognition of the state of Palestine was approved at the Arab League meeting in Doha, Qatar.  The Palestinians will formally submit their request for U.N. membership on...

  • Russia says it backs Palestinian U.N. statehood bid

    September 13, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Russia will support the Palestinian Authority’s statehood bid at the United Nations next week.

    Russia’s ambassador to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, made the announcement Monday, saying Russia would vote in favor of the Palestinian state in the Security Council, where as a permanent...

  • Opinion: A Palestinian state must come from negotiations

    September 12, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    To establish its independence, Israel had to win a war against the combined might of the Arab nations in 1948. The Arab failure to destroy the nascent Jewish state became known, in Orwellian Arab vernacular, as “Nakba,” a catastrophe. For the next 20 years, neither Jordan nor any...

  • Opinion: Israel should support the Palestinian statehood push

    September 12, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Israelis and Jews around the world are awaiting the Palestinians’ push at the United Nations for statehood with trepidation.

    The official response of the government of Israel and American Jewish groups has been to do everything possible to prevent any action at the U.N. and to...

  • US aid threat not deterring Palestinian UN option

    September 9, 2011 | 9:22 am

    As seen on The Media Line

    Palestinian plans to petition the United Nations for recognition and membership as an independent Palestinian state are going forward despite intense diplomatic pressure to back down. On Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told foreign...

  • China announces support for Palestinian UN statehood bid

    August 25, 2011 | 5:38 pm

    China says it supports a Palestinian plan to seek full membership in the United Nations next month.

    Negotiations with Israel on the terms of Palestinian statehood have been frozen since 2008. As an alternative, the Palestinians have decided to seek UN recognition of an independent...

  • U.S. threatens to cut off Gaza aid

    August 12, 2011 | 9:10 am

    The U.S. State Department threatened to withdraw more than $100 million in aid to Gaza if Hamas leaders do not end demands to audit American charities working there.

    The withdrawal, if enacted, would affect spending in Gaza on health care, agriculture and water infrastructure.

    The...

  • ‘All hands’ needed in September, Oren tells Jewish Dems

    August 11, 2011 | 8:51 am

    Israeli ambassador Michael Oren told Jewish Democrats that Israel needs “all hands on deck” ahead of a Palestinian push for statehood.

    Oren, in a conference call Monday with the National Jewish Democratic Council leadership, also called for bipartisanship, saying it is in...

  • 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...

  • Ahead of Palestinian U.N. gambit, Europe is in play

    June 7, 2011 | 10:21 am

    It was a sign that ties between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations remain strong despite the apparent tensions two weeks ago when the two leaders met at the White House.

    On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shot down a French proposal for renewed...

  • Israel considers options on Palestinian statehood bid

    June 1, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    While U.S. officials are running a full-court diplomatic press against the Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition of statehood this September and officials at international Jewish organizations are trying to convince foreign leaders to oppose statehood, the Israeli government appears...

  • What are the options to derail Palestinian statehood at the U.N.?

    May 31, 2011 | 10:05 am

    Remember the tension a couple of weeks ago between Israel and the United States? That was all about avoiding tension between Israel and the rest of the world.

    That’s what Obama administration officials are telling Jewish officials looking ahead to September, when the Palestinians...

  • Recognize Palestinian statehood—Today

    May 16, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    At 4:00 in the afternoon, sixty-three years ago today, Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion took to the podium in the auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum to make a bold and historic announcement.  The preceding days had been filled with often difficult deliberations among Zionist leaders...

  • Jewish groups strategize for statehood debate at UN

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 20, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    The path to international recognition of Palestinian statehood by September — when the Palestinians plan to bring the matter before the U.N. General Assembly — seems clear.

    The question before Israel and its supporters who oppose such recognition is how to create a detour.

    Some...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu updates Cabinet on U.S. settlement freeze proposal

    November 14, 2010 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present to his Cabinet an American proposal to convince Israel to again freeze settlement construction in an effort to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Netanyahu updated the Cabinet on the American offer Sunday during its...

  • Clinton: Palestinian Relief Aimed at Statehood

    March 2, 2009 | 7:18 pm

    The United States will use Palestinian emergency relief as a platform toward a two-state solution, Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    The U.S. secretary of state formally announced the U.S. contribution of $900 million at an international donors’ conference Monday in the Egyptian...

  • The Arafat Factor

    By James D. Besser

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    According to a poll released last week by Americans for Peace Now (APN) and the Arab American Institute (AAI), U.S. Jews continue to support an active Mideast peace process and a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, despite two years of horrific terrorism and the...

  • Around Town

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

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