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The Palestinians Must Not Repeat the Mistake of 1947

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Palestinians have made a terrible mistake in rejecting the 1947 UN partition plan. Will they use their historical opportunity for peace, or repeat their mistake?

Can We Ever Admit Failure?

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

Israel should fess up that it doesn't have the power to turn enemies into peacemakers. If such honesty spares us the pathetic spectacle of grown men pretending to make peace, that alone would be a miracle.

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.

Palestinians Remove Claim To Western Wall After U.S. Objects

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) The Palestinian government has pulled a report stating that Jews have no historic connection ...

Fifteen Years Later: Rabin and the Bullet That Rode a Crest

Adam Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adam Chandler

Israel, a country without capital punishment, must honor Rabin by working with the Palestinians to finally put Yigal Amir's dreams to death.

Another Unilateral Disaster?

Sara Reef | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sara Reef

Time and again, history has shown how unilateral declarations in the Arab-Israeli conflict do not result in increased peace or security.

The Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: How to Turn the Current Mess Into a Success

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

Skeptics will claim that a basic agreement in principle on which settlements are going to stay in Israel and which are going to be evacuated, is not possible in 60 days. So why should and might the parties accept this idea?

The Middle East Peace Process: Opposing Views

Reza Aslan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Reza Aslan

Schleifer: I am not giving up on Obama or on the direct negotiations he has tried to revive. Aslan: Is any other way to describe the present state of affairs other than utter failure?

A Paradigm Shift

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Arab League's decision to give more time for efforts to resume the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations signals they may have finally decided to collectively assume responsibility for its success or failure.

Rethinking Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

For nearly two decades, the contours of a final compromise that would enable the State of Israel to live alongside a new State of Palestine have been known, yet an actual agreement has remained elusive.

The Making of a Virtual Palestinian State

Jamal Dajani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamal Dajani

U.S. special envoy George Mitchell has been frantically shuttling between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah and Israeli Prime Minister B...

Dancing At Joseph's Tomb: The Night Rabbi Hillel's Smile Trumped Death

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Joseph's Tomb is yet another inconvenient but critical component that underscores the complexities of the past and future in the Holy Land.

What You Get for Not Rocketing Israel

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

Are Israel's actions truly a reaction to hostilities against its existence and security? Let's look at this claim in the context of the ongoing negotiations between the Palestinian Fattah Movement and Iran.

Infusing the Negotiations With Purpose and Legitimacy

Darya Shaikh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Darya Shaikh

It took 20 months to get each side to sit down again. It is imperative that both negotiating teams realize that they could be playing with the very last reserves of their respective peoples' faith in this process.

Who Will Be the Next Sadat?

Richard Eisendorf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Eisendorf

The need has never been more pressing for a visionary Arab leader to step forward and transform the landscape of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Saudi Arabia, this may be your cue.

The Settlement Enterprise Has Run Its Course

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The objectives of the settlement enterprise have generally been achieved. Today, its continuation in areas which will inevitably be part of a Palestinian state would place Israel's security, and the nascent peace process, in jeopardy.

Israel Settlement Freeze Ends, Construction Resumes Across West Bank

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP) JERUSALEM — The Palestinian president said Monday he would wait at least a week before deciding whether to quit Mideast peace talks, giving U.S...

Violence In East Jerusalem Clouds Fragile Peace Efforts

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

(AP JERUSALEM - Crowds of Palestinian youths violently rampaged in east Jerusalem Wednesday following the shooting death of a local man, clouding frag...

The Last Summit?

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The current Israeli-Palestinian talks could mark the last serious attempt by a U.S. president to invest his (or her) own political capital and American diplomatic prestige in resolving the conflict based on a two-state solution.

Israel Seeks Release Of Jailed Spy In Exchange For Extending Settlement Freeze

The Guardian | Chris McGreal and Rachel Shabi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Israel is seeking the release of an American jailed for life for spying for the Jewish state in return for concessions in the renewed peace process wi...

The Art of Talking Middle East Peace with a Forked Tongue

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

If you believe the media, great strides are being made in the direction of Middle East peace, and the prospects are hopeful. Personally, I am not as hopeful

Even if Peace Talks Fail, Palestine's Independence Is Inevitable

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is easy to be pessimistic, or even apathetic, about the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks. Nevertheless, a breakthrough is possible this time -- thanks to the unshakable Palestinian peace strategy.

Real Men Don't Talk Mideast Peace

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

A number of Jews and Palestinians are going to make sure a shared Holy Land doesn't happen. Much of it has to do with the need to prove oneself a man, even at the price of thinking like a 12-year-old.

Foreign Policy: 3 Pieces Of Advice For Clinton On Middle East Peace Talks

Foreign Policy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

This weekend, Elliott Abrams, a deputy national security advisor to U.S. President George W. Bush, offered three pieces of advice to Secretary Clinton...