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Senior Palestinian Official Offers 24 Hour Truce In Gaza

AP | Posted 07.29.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A senior PLO official has called for a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire in the Gaza war, saying he is also speaking in the...

Battle of the Ceasefires: Israel, Hamas Struggle for Moral High Ground

James Dorsey | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
James Dorsey

But more importantly it highlights a growing realization that Hamas is emerging politically strengthened from the death and destruction in Gaza while Israel is fighting a rear guard battle to turn military success into political victory.

The Double Folly

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The war between Hamas and Israel has exposed the folly of both sides. Hamas' long-standing objective to destroy Israel has come back to haunt it, which may eventually spell its own demise. Conversely, Prime Minister Netanyahu's unwillingness to end the occupation and the blockade has also shown the folly of his policy. The sad irony is that Hamas' leaders know that they will never be able to seriously threaten Israel existentially, and every time they challenge Israel, they subject the Palestinians in Gaza to the horror of war, destruction, and death. Similarly, Netanyahu does not recognize that continuing the occupation and the blockade is unsustainable and there is no such thing as secure borders in the age of rockets, regardless of how fortified they may be.

The Curse of the Occupation

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

At a time when hundreds of rockets are fired by Hamas and Islamic Jihad from Gaza against Israel -- threatening population centers, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv -- criticizing Israel's occupation of the West Bank would seem inappropriate at best. Many Israelis justify the continuing occupation in light of the intensifying violence. They argue that Israel cannot allow the West Bank to become under any circumstances like Gaza -- a staging ground for rocket attacks that could cause unimaginable death and destruction. The repeated acts of violence emanating from Gaza and the relative calm in the occupied West Bank are used to "validate" this claim. In reality, the occupation itself is the root cause behind the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the current deadly flare-up between Israel and Hamas.

Israel's No-State Outcome

Clayton Swisher | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Clayton Swisher

Just as most combat outposts are either abandoned following a war or overrun in conflict, given present circumstances I believe the same fate awaits what is today called the Israeli state.

Is War on Gaza Based on an Israeli Fabrication?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

War is often created in the public space and in closed rooms. Having created a major public campaign against Hamas, albeit on false charges, the debate for war moved to the war council.

A Tragedy Should Not Beget Another

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.02.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

No Israeli or Palestinian child should die in a conflict that could have been resolved decades ago. They deserve and have the right to live in peace and a promising future. The precious loss of life of Naftali, Gilad and Eyal should not be in vain -- may their victimhood be the catalyst for peace.

Middle East Fights Propaganda Wars on World Cup Sidelines

James Dorsey | Posted 06.25.2014 | World
James Dorsey

This year's World Cup is not just about soccer -- at least not as far as the Middle East and North Africa is concerned.

Nothing Good Will Come of This

James Zogby | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

With the kidnapping, Netanyahu has been reborn. Playing the victim card and confronting enemies is what he loves most and does best. The kidnappers have given the Prime Minister an undeserved second wind. No longer "the obstacle to peace," he has become "the defender of his victim people."

Charting a New Course

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

To be sure, the Palestinian unity government provides a historic opportunity to either advance peace and realize the long-hoped-for Palestinian state, or destroy any hope for the resumption of talks toward that end. What matters is the action the unity government takes, the public narrative it engages in, and how constructive a role Hamas will play.

Palestinian President Swears In Unity Government

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a national unity government Monday, formally ending a crippling seven-year s...

Palestinians March To Mark Their 1948 Displacement

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 07.15.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinian teens in a West Bank clash that erupted Thursday after Palestinians marked their...

Fatah and Hamas Reconciliation: Rushing to Judgment

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.01.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Characterizing the Fatah-Hamas unity, or rather reconciliation, agreement as helpful or harmful to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is premature at best.

Financing the Flames -- Key Lawmakers Ready to Defund Palestinians Over Hamas Unity and Terrorism

Edwin Black | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Edwin Black

A growing clamor among recession-wracked parliamentarians here and abroad warns Palestinians that the gravy train may quickly dry up.

Is Anyone in Washington Willing to Defend John Kerry?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The words that Kerry used are, in a way, an unhelpful distraction from the point he was trying to make: the establishment of an independent and contiguous Palestinian state is the only way that the state of Israel can be both democratic and Jewish.

Don't Worry, the U.S. Will Never Let the Peace Process Die

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

However impossible the Israeli-Palestinian conundrum looks at the moment, the United States is too proud to let generations of hard work and billions of dollars in investment in the Palestinian Authority amount to a continuation of the status-quo ante.

The US Should Accept Palestinian Unity

James Zogby | Posted 06.26.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Putting aside all these displays of faux anger and misplaced regret, the Palestinians are right to celebrate. Reconciliation and national unity are not only good, in and of themselves, they are necessary if there is to be a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

The Palestinian Reconciliation Bluff

Daniel Nisman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Daniel Nisman

After more than seven years of deadlock, the leaders of Fatah and Hamas seem comfortably set in their ways, for they have little to lose in the event that this latest attempt at reconciling falters.

Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Palestinian leadership is on the move. In politics, there is seldom simply one move. And unilateral moves always result in strong responses.

Stuck in an Ideological Divide

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The common characteristics and stark differences between Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority's President Abbas might just explain why the current peace negotiations are stuck and not likely to lead to any breakthrough as long as they remain in power.

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.

Sharon's Legacy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

For me, Ariel Sharon was a leader's leader who demonstrated the vision, courage and commitment to what he believed in -- qualities that are sorely lacking on the global stage today and especially in the Middle East.

The Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Deal: A Game Changer for Jewish-Muslim Relations

Ben Jablonski | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Ben Jablonski

The widely reported water sharing agreement this week between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to link the Red Sea and the Dead Sea has implications over and above the potential increase to agricultural and drinking water resources -- if we don't blow it.

Sophia Jones

Israel, Jordan And Palestinians Reach Rare Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

CAIRO -- When you first wade into the Dead Sea, it feels like you’re drifting in outer space. Your body floats with ease in the ancient lake, eerily...

WATCH: Palestinian Businessman Arrested For Insulting President, Son Speaks Out

HuffPost Live | Erin McDonough | Posted 12.04.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A Canadian-Palestinian businessman, Mohamed al-Sabawi, was arrested and detained by the Palestinian Authority in yet another sign of a burgeoning crac...