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Mahmoud Abbas

Israel's Jewish Essence Is Non-Negotiable: A Response to Mahmoud Abbas

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

Abbas's deliberate refusal to acknowledge that before either Christianity or Islam ever appeared on the historical or theological scene, Judaism had been firmly ensconced in what is today the State of Israel, speaks volumes.

Can Their Leaders Make the Very Hard Decisions Required for Peacemaking Between Israel and the Palestinians?

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Robert K. Lifton

There is nothing in the history of Netanyahu and Abbas that would indicate that they have the fortitude to achieve a resolution of the conflict. Still, as we have seen in the case of Ireland, history is sometimes made by leaders who surprise us.

The Settlements

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Mahmoud Abbas must know by now that he has been playing into Netanyahu's hand. He must change his strategy to bring him even better results. Negotiating borders will lead directly to the heart of the settlement issue, and will require their immediate resolution.

Are We on the Wrong Side of History?

Nida Khan | Posted 11.28.2011 | World
Nida Khan

When the world is championing the cause of freedom for Palestinians, how can we -- a country that prides itself on independence and exports democracy -- simply reject the notion all together?

Israel, the Jewish New Year: Lord, Rescue Us From Ourselves

Bradley Burston | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

On the High Holidays when I was small, Jews wore clothes they were not comfortable in, in order to ask themselves questions they were not comfortable with. Some things don't change.

Supporting Netanyahu Imperils Israel

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Regardless of all the protestations by Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu to return to peace negotiations if only the Palestinians would agree, one simple fact cannot be masked: Mr. Netanyahu does not want a two-state solution. He wants only to delay decision-making at all costs.

Palestinian President Abbas at the UN: Another Lost Chance for Peacemaking

David Harris | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
David Harris

Abbas chose the familiar path: Go to the General Assembly, where he's assured of an automatic majority that will cheer his every word, vote for whatever he seeks, and damn Israel for any alleged misdeed.

Netanyahu Is Killing the Two-State Solution

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Whatever the exact result of the Palestinians' UN bid will be, we must not let Netanyahu spin that Israel scores a moral victory if some major European countries will vote against it or abstain confuse us.

A Disturbing and Dangerous Week at the U.N.

James Zogby | Posted 11.24.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

It was a week of speeches and exhausting meetings and deliberations over what to do about the Palestinian bid for statehood. In a way, it was the speeches that told the story.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If the world wants to see resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict anytime soon, it has to wrest control of the issue from Washington. And that's why moving the arena to the United Nations makes perfect sense.

The Israel/Palestine Zero Sum Game

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

So long as the official mascots of Palestinian Statehood are four murderers, so long as Palestinian officials speak of a Judenrein Palestine, no one but the Arabs themselves can bring peace to the Holy Land.

Mr. Abbas Should Awe the UN, Not Just Shock It

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

All eyes are focused on the high drama that Mr. Abbas has created. He owes it to his people and to the people of Israel to not just create shock at the UN without an equal dose of awe.

A Voice for Palestine Is a Voice for Israel

Ru Freeman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Ru Freeman

Mamilla cemetery, located just inside West Jerusalem, contains the remains of several prominent Islamic leaders, including those who fought alongside ...

The Perry/Romney Israel-Obama "Shanda"

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Any Israeli military analyst (as well as Israeli diplomats in the U.S.) would agree that the Obama Administration has offered Israel an unprecedented level of unhindered, unrestricted military support and cooperation.

Obama Shames Americans at the UN

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 11.21.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

We need a President who can speak authoritatively, one who can really lead and one who possesses integrity. Obama can do neither of the first two things and possesses none of the latter. And now the world knows it.

The Real Reason Behind the Israeli Hysteria Over the UN Vote

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When Palestinians decided to go to the United Nations to seek Palestinian recognition, they knew that would anger Tel Aviv and possibly Washington. But they didn't expect the reaction that ensued.

Obama Tells Palestinians to Stay in Back of the Bus

Steve Clemons | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Steve Clemons

President Obama's speech at the United Nations yesterday paled in comparison to the soaring, expectation raising addresses he gave early in his administration, particularly in Cairo, but also at past UN General Assembly gatherings. The President has lost his groove.

Abbas's UN Mission Alienates His Own People

Anav Silverman | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Anav Silverman

Hatred can blind anyone. It can even make the most rational leader oblivious to the wreckage he may leave behind, as he trudges along a trail that leads as far away from peace as possible.

Behind Abbas's UN Gambit

Will Marshall | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
Will Marshall

Why are Palestinians devoting their diplomatic energies to scoring purely symbolic points at Turtle Bay?

The Land of Liberty Says No to Palestine

Eric Margolis | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in New York to ask the UN Security Council to turn his territory into a real nation. Consideri...

Palestinians Want to Negotiate as a State

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

So what, exactly, is Abbas hoping to achieve? The UN General Assembly, unlike the Security Council, cannot declare a state, and the U.S. has vowed to veto any Security Council resolution that recognizes Palestine's independence.

Ten Reasons Palestine Is Right to Bring its Case to the UN

Bradley Burston | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In the past, Abbas has shown himself both a man unafraid to gamble, and, against all odds, one who knows how to turn a crapshoot to advantage. Here are ten reasons that his Hail Mary route at the UN may succeed after all.

Go-it-Alone Strategy Leaves Palestinians Divided

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

Israel, the Palestinians and the international community must continue recognize negotiation is the best means for the realization of a two-state solution, whereby Israel and an independent Palestinian state will be able to live side-by-side in peace and security.

Palestinian Prime Minister Fayyad: "We Can No Longer be Dismissed as Unworthy"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Elisabeth Braw

They've been talking about it. They've been negotiating about it. Some have used violence to achieve it. Now, say Palestinians, they'll finally become a state. Metro met Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for an exclusive interview.

Joshua Hersh

U.S. Takes Lonely Path In Opposing All Forms Of Palestinian Recognition | Joshua Hersh | Posted 11.15.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- When Susan Rice, the American ambassador to the United Nations, appeared at a breakfast meeting with reporters here on Monday, it was ju...