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The Palestine 194 Plan for Legitimacy and Justice

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

Completing the Palestinian quest for international justice and legitimacy means convincing the world of their historical narrative. But playing the exclusive role of victim still does not absolve Palestinians from their own responsibilities.

Palestinian President Urges Hamas To Give Up Power In Gaza

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and SARAH EL DEEB | Posted 09.07.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The new Palestinian unity government faced a new crisis on Sunday after President Mahmoud Abbas threatened to dissolve hi...

Nothing Good Will Come of This

James Zogby | Posted 08.21.2014 | 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."

President: Palestinian Unity Govt To Be Announced Monday

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 07.31.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The formation of a Palestinian unity government backed by rivals Hamas and Fatah will be announced Monday, Palestinian Pr...

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.

Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Admittedly, the situation at the moment looks grim: After months of negotiations, a dozen personal visits from the secretary, and countless trips between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel is announcing new settlements and reneging on its agreement to release a small number of Palestinian prisoners this weekend.

Obama En Route to Israel: 'Shalom Chaverim'

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The president will go to great lengths to reassure Israelis of his unyielding support for their security. But, as he reiterates these commitments, Obama will also urge his Israeli audiences to take a long hard look at what a failed peace process means to Israel's next generations.

Worth Versus Value: Hamas and the Case of Gilad Shalit

Shai Baitel | Posted 12.17.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

In the Middle East a transaction should not be measured by its worth rather than by its value. Hamas has won much more than the release of over a thousand Palestinian prisoners. It has won strength and influence.

Six Words That Could Change History

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.14.2011 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Israel, if it stands for anything in the Arab mind, is an assertion of Jewish equality. This is difficult for Arabs and Muslims to swallow under any circumstances, but particularly so because that assertion is being made in the heartland of the Arab world. But they must.

Abu Mazen: Man of Peace?

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Abu Mazen's case for going to the U.N. for support of a Palestinian state because there is no other way is a gross distortion of events, which again raises questions about his intent.

The Palestine Papers Might Help the PA Create a Palestinian State

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

The Palestine Papers help pave the way for two scenarios: The eventual establishment of a democratic, bi-national state or the PA continuing its push for international recognition of a Palestinian state.

When Seduction Fails: Time for Obama to Make His Own Weather

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

The White House missed a bullet by the latest Israeli settlement talks collapsing. This now gives the President significantly more latitude in going back to a broad stakeholder approach to a deal.

Danny Ayalon Needs to Thank Palestinians Too [UPDATED]

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

Disasters are often opportunities for good will and human empathy to get some momentum and move those in conflict in a healthier direction.

Do It for Us

Dana Agmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dana Agmon

The continual pre-conditions put forth by Israel and the Palestinian Authority are exactly the details that need to be discussed in formal negotiations. Instead of making demands, it's better to discuss the options.

By George, I Think the Palestinians Have Got It!

Ami Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ami Kaufman

This is a new kind of language coming out of the West Bank, and this new attitude and leadership from the Palestinian side is already bearing fruit on the diplomatic front.

Hamas Signals Compromise, But No One's Watching

Gershom Gorenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gershom Gorenberg

Last week, the head of Hamas's Political Bureau gave an interview to a Palestinian paper that should have been read as an act of public diplomacy. In the West, though, it has hardly been read at all.