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Trump Invites Palestinian Leader Abbas To White House

Reuters | Philip Lewis | Posted 03.10.2017 | Politics

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday invited Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the White House, an Abbas spokesman said, after the two leaders s...

There Will Be No Palestinian State Under Netanyahu's Watch

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.15.2017 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

If Trump is serious about his desire to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for Israel's own sake, he must demand that Netanyahu commit himself to create a Palestinian state.

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Under Trump: May It Be

Shahar Azani | Posted 02.13.2017 | Home
Shahar Azani

Next week, on February 15, Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, for the first time since the latte...

The Shortcomings Of The International Conference For Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.19.2017 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

Although the resolution was largely on target, it lacked specific suggestions that could be embraced by the Trump administration to help advance the peace process in a tangible way.

Abbas Warns Trump: Moving U.S. Embassy To Jerusalem 'Will Not Help Peace'

Reuters | Paul Vale | Posted 01.14.2017 | Home

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas discussed the Middle East with Pope Francis on Saturday and said prospects for peace there will suffer if U.S. pre...

Do the Palestinians Really Want a State?

David Harris | Posted 12.25.2016 | Home
David Harris

In all the focus on the December 23rd vote at the UN Security Council, when 14 nations supported a resolution critical of Israel and the U.S. broke wi...

'Hell Is Truth Seen Too Late'

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.16.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

After seventy years of continuing violent conflict, the time has come to end the hellish conditions that the Israelis and Palestinians have created for themselves before they are ultimately consumed by it.

As Elections Are Delayed, Palestine Suppresses Speech

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.09.2016 | Home
Anhvinh Doanvo

Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority accused one another of foiling the election for political reasons. With their arbitrary arrest of journalists, West Bank and Gaza have joined Israel as they politicize their judicial system to demonize inconvenient actors and suppress criticism.

Israeli Researchers Say Mahmoud Abbas Was A KGB Spy In The 1980s

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home

JERUSALEM, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Soviet-era documents show that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas worked in the 1980s for the KGB, the now-defunct inte...

Abbas Election Call Leads To EU Outbreak Of Head-Scratching

Alex Benjamin | Posted 08.31.2016 | Politics
Alex Benjamin

The Hamas Leadership might not know the above quote, but they will certainly be rubbing their collective blood-soaked hands with glee at the frankly mind-boggling decision by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to call municipal elections for October 8th in the West Bank.

Incentives And Peace [Part 1]

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.17.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

Unless distrust, insecurity, and illusions are first addressed, no incentives--however sweeping and compelling--will motivate Israel and the Palestini...

Wanted: A UK Brexit For Widespread Anti-Jewish Bias

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 07.19.2016 | Home
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Eleven percent of UK Jews reported that they considered leaving their home country following the January 2015 Paris attacks. Statistics aside, without a Brexit of anti-Jewish attitudes in the UK, lovers of Zion are right to ask if there is any place for them in their native country's future.

The Ill Who Govern Us: How The State Of Health Of The Leaders In The Middle East Can Even Further Destabilize The Region And Perhaps Regions Further Afield

Hagay Sobol | Posted 07.11.2016 | Home
Hagay Sobol

100 years on, it seems naive to continue to believe that the division of the region via the Sykes-Picot agreement is still relevant when the reality on the ground tells an entirely different story. The West must take this into account if it hopes to find a solution to a conflict by which it is now also directly concerned.

The Palestinian Leadership... To Where?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.07.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

It is time to reconsider your positions, muster the courage to change course and give the Palestinians, young and old, the hope for a better and more promising future.

Joe Biden Is Mad That Palestinian Party Glorified Israel Stabbing

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden censured the Palestinian Fatah Party Wednesday for glorifying the man who stabbed a dozen people on Tuesday, killing a U.S. A...

Peace is not about a Nobel Peace Prize.

Shahar Azani | Posted 02.07.2017 | Home
Shahar Azani

In June 2014, three Israeli teenagers were abducted by Palestinian terrorists, who picked them up at a bus-stop and shot them dead almost instantly. A...

In Israel, Searching for Sanity

Michael Winship | Posted 11.12.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

Our trip to Israel and Jordan had been in the works for a year. Who knew back when we planned it that we'd arrive in the middle of an escalation of violent confrontations between Palestinians and Israelis that many feared would turn into a third intifada?

Arab Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter -- Part 2

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

After over a 100 years this conflict is still defined by its original clash of two narratives.

Arab Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter -- Part 1

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 11.12.2016 | Home
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

The longer this conflict goes on it becomes easier for radical elements to become strengthened and increase in numbers, while at the same time it allows for a spiral downward drawing the two sides further apart. The present violence is but another reminder that the status quo can not hold.

Now Is the Perfect Time for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks to Resume

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.11.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

There are six fundamental reasons that explain why the present geopolitical environment is conducive for the resumption of peace negotiations and why outside constructive intervention has become sine qua non to reaching an equitable peace with security.

A New Approach For Israel: An Israel Peace Initiative

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
Robert K. Lifton

What Israel needs now is a new approach -- one that does not involve any physical risk of actual withdrawal, but still demonstrates to Israelis, Palestinians, and to the world at large that Israel intends to separate from the Palestinians and carry out the UN mandates of two states.

Hillary Clinton Writes Love Letter To Israel

Forward | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

We have recently marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of then Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, a good friend, a courageous warrior an...

The Spirit of the Commander

Yael Wissner-Levy | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
Yael Wissner-Levy

In an environment where the spirit, the ruach, of the commander is the one calling the shots, the rhetoric is the only thing we can cling on to. It won't move mountains, but it will install a discourse of hope.

Is the Occupation Behind the Current Violence?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.29.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

The occupation is not sustainable; it is costly both in blood and treasure, Israel's national security will remain at risk, and the country will become ever more internationally isolated while risking its very identity as a Jewish state.

Why Netanyahu Needs Holocaust Revisionism and Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Stephen Zunes | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Stephen Zunes

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech claiming that Hitler had not planned to exterminate Jews until a prominent Palestinian cleric pressured him to do so, while outrageous, is consistent with the longstanding narrative of the right-wing government and its U.S. supporters.