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The Days of 'Kumbaya' Are Over: It's Time for Netanyahu and Abbas to Enter the Tent

Dana Beyer | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Dana Beyer

When both Barack Obama and James Baker take the same position on a critical foreign policy and national security issue, you know things have changed. When the bald call for automatic support for an Israeli government that has betrayed its own principles and people, and its agreements with the United States, finally turns away former supporters, you know things have changed.

Jessica Schulberg

For Many, Netanyahu's Backtrack On Palestinian State Is Unconvincing | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed on his pre-election promise that he would not allow for the creation of ...

Jessica Schulberg

Palestinian Authority Wants Avigdor Lieberman Arrested For Endorsing Murder Of Arabs | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the latest display of crumbling Israeli-Palestinian relations, the Palestinian Authority’s Foreign Ministry called for Avigdor Lieb...

The Palestine 194 Plan for Legitimacy and Justice

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 02.23.2015 | 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 Orders Investigation Into Newspaper's Muhammad Cartoon

Reuters | Posted 02.03.2015 | Media

By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered an investigation into a carto...

Lessons From Auschwitz, 70 Years Later

Carlo Strenger | Posted 03.29.2015 | World
Carlo Strenger

Soon no more Holocaust survivors will be alive, and our duty of remembering and understanding increases. This means, among other things, that we must face the uncomfortable truths about human nature that Auschwitz symbolizes.

Oscar-Worthy Performances by World Leaders (Paris Edition)

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Chaker Khazaal

It should not escape notice that a handful of the world leaders who were at the march advocating freedom of speech do not uphold this right in their own countries, much less promote it. It made me think of an Oscar-worthy performance, ending when the credits rolled and everyone went home.

Palestinian President Abbas Requests Arab Aid After Israeli Cut-off

AP | Posted 01.15.2015 | World

CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked the Arab League to provide a "safety net" of $100 million a month to cover tax revenues w...

Keeping the Palesinian State a Virtual Reality

David Hearst | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
David Hearst

Imagine for a moment that a Palestinian State did exist in the tunnels, and cuttings, and behind the walls and in the pockets of a land that lies between the settlement blocks and roads which Israel is allowed to keep.

The Security Council Vote: Netanyahu's Honey Trap

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 03.02.2015 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

Netanyahu may or may not like it (probably the former is the answer) but what happened yesterday proves that while Israel is cementing good relationships with countries like India, not a marginal world power, there is no substitute to the alliance with the US.

Pope for the Holidays

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In the new year, I expect further diplomatic breakthroughs. I strongly suspect that by next Christmas we may see the Catholic Church enjoying normalized relations with the Chinese government.

Trapped in Their Public Narrative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is time is for the Palestinians to reexamine the shifting political landscape in Israel and among themselves and change course now, however incongruous that may be, because it is indispensable to their overall objective.

Abbas Accuses Israel Of Religious War

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Tuesday of leading the region toward a "religious war," saying freq...

The Bogus Achievement for the Palestinian State

Lilac Sigan | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Lilac Sigan

What needs to become a success is not Abbas' campaign, but a negotiated two-state solution. Only an agreement in which both sides will take full responsibility for their present and future will be able to hold in the unexpected reality of the Middle-East.

Palestinian Kills Israeli With Car, Attacks Crowd

Reuters | TIA GOLDENBERG | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

By Jeffrey Heller and Suleiman Al-Khalidi JERUSALEM/AMMAN, Nov 5 (Reuters) - Increasing strife over Jerusalem's most volatile holy site plunged rel...

Delusional Victory Holds the Promise of Change

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Should Israel and Hamas achieve their stated objectives, the relationship between Israel and the Palestinians, as a whole, will take a dramatically different turn, change the nature of the conflict, and substantially improve the prospect for peace. The question is: Will their political circumstances and the reality they face lead to such an outcome?

The Real Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

Rather than viewing the conflict merely between Jews and Arabs, it is important to note that the major disagreement here is between Palestinians and Israelis who support the separation of the area into two states and those Arabs and Israelis who reject the partition of Palestine in favor of a one-state solution.

Recognizing Palestine

John Feffer | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
John Feffer

In his recent meeting with Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he was "committed to the vision of peace for two states for two peoples." That sounds nice. But if he'd been pressed, Netanyahu might have admitted that the two states he had in mind were Israel and the U.S., not Israel and Palestine.

It's Really The Settlements, Stupid!

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Benjamin Netanyahu is in desperate need of a top-of-the-line hearing aid, because evidently he is growing tone deaf. He can no longer hear the voices warning him of Israel's destructively deteriorating international isolation.

Reconstructing Gaza Means Reinventing Aid

Alaa Tartir | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
Alaa Tartir

If donors want to finally contribute to a just and lasting peace, then they need to take a more balanced approach that includes inviting Hamas into the political process and holding Israel accountable for its actions.

Abbas' Dismal Failure at the United Nations

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

His failure to strike a balance between his justifiable resistance to the occupation and the need to rally the support of the Israeli public was a major blunder, deeply injurious to the Palestinian cause.

Protesting Mahmoud Abbas in New York

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.24.2014 | New York
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Recently my children made me a very proud father. Mahmoud Abbas was coming to speak at New York University where my son Mendy is an undergraduate.

Abbas Blocks ICC Application. Why?

David Hearst | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
David Hearst

Why again? That is harder to answer. The strategy of using the UN and accession to international bodies to advance Palestinian statehood is his. Why would he, of all people, be blocking it?

US Must Take a Stand Against Settlements

Alan Elsner | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often said that the Palestinians must choose between Hamas and peace. By continuing its settlement drive, Israel is making that choice -- the wrong choice -- very easy for them.

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...