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Abbas Orders Palestinian Name Change

AP | Posted 01.06.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinian president has ordered his government to officially change the name of the Palestinian Authority to "State of Pa...

Fatah Party Stages Landmark Rally In Gaza

AP | IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 03.06.2013 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we...

Israel's Election (and Settlements) Are Killing the Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.05.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

Israel's upcoming Jan. 22 parliamentary election had been expected to be a status quo affair leading to an easy victory for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Instead, it's turned into a race to the extreme right that is threatening to kill the two-state solution. And Washington seems oblivious.

Unravelling the Complexities in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Robert K. Lifton

It is only by peeling off argument after argument that one can get down to the point of judging the underlying approaches that each party brings to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to see whether they make sense from the perspective of that party's long range interests.

After UN Vote, Punishing Moderates Helps Radicals and Hurts Israel

Brian Levin | Posted 02.09.2013 | World
Brian Levin

History shows that in the delicate arena of foreign policy, actions often have unintended, if not devastating, consequences. It is for this reason that I fear that Israel's response to the Palestinian Authority's successful bid for non-member observer state status at the U.N. does not serve its long-term interests.

Rabbis Who Screw Israel

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.06.2013 | World
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Tolerating the intolerable is the liberalism of fools. It turns out that when Rabbis criticize Israel or are seen to join the other side, guess what. It's news. Big news.

A Sad Day at the U.N.

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The onus is now on the Palestinians to make the right choice and to return to negotiations. The alternative will leave the core issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unresolved and festering with no framework in place to negotiate the issues.

Netanyahu's Brazen And Perilous Defiance

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

There are several central reasons why I feel that further delay in resuming the negotiations for tactical or strategic reasons by either side will erode the last vestiges of a mutually accepted agreement, with dire consequences for both.

The UN's Palestine Vote: Why the Panic?

James Zogby | Posted 01.31.2013 | World
James Zogby

The world spoke, but the U.S. proved itself incapable not only of acting in concert with the world, but of admitting the reasons why it could not. The U.S. remains the critical player, but because of the constraints our deformed politics has imposed on this and past Administrations, Washington appears incapable of fulfilling that role.

Why Czechs Only EU Nation To Vote Against Palestine

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2013 | World

By Michael Winfrey and Robert Muller PRAGUE, Nov 30 (Reuters) - When Czechs cast the lone European "no" vote against the Palestinian A...

Palestinian Vote at UN: Game Change Or Same Old, Same Old?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Palestine had no problem getting an upgraded status at the United Nations, isolating Israel and the United States and giving Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the boost in stature he so badly needed. OK, so what happened?

The UN Palestinian Vote: Historic Irony and Current Politics

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The Israel-Palestine conflict has always been dominated by symbols, the legacy of the past and the everlasting desire to score PR points. So, today was one of those days to be remembered in the annals of the tragic conflict.

What UN Palestinian Nonmember State Vote Means

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 11.29.2012 | World

JERUSALEM -- The admission of Palestine as a nonmember state in the United Nations is far more than a symbolic vote. For the Palestinians, the move gi...

Only 9 Countries Vote Against Palestinians At UN

AP | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS -- Just nine nations voted against the Palestinian Authority's upgrade to nonvoting observer state status, which passed the General Ass...

Palestinians Win Recognition By UN Majority

Posted 11.30.2012 | World

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has voted by a more than two-thirds majority to recognize the state of Palestine. The resolution ...

Abbas Calls On UN To Issue 'Birth Certificate' For Palestine

Reuters | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to recognize Palestinian statehood by s...

Middle East: The Perpetual War and The Peace Mirage

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Rizwan A. Rahmani

Anyone who thinks that there is a possibility of peace between Israelis and Palestinians is either delusional or just hasn't been paying close attention to that part of world for the last 65 years.

Palestinians Certain To Win U.N. Recognition As A State

AP | EDITH M. LEDERER | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a victory decades in the making for the Pale...

LOOK: Key Players In The Palestinian Statehood Bid

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 01.28.2013 | World

The vote is largely symbolic, the outcome nearly assured: The Palestinians and Israelis are closely watching the evolving positions of a few key count...

Mahmoud Abbas and the UN General Assembly

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Arsen Ostrovsky

In going to the UN, Abbas risks damaging the entire peace process beyond repair, and in the process crushing the hopes of millions of his own people.

Palestinian Official: U.S. Opposition To Palestinian Recognition 'Pathetic'

AP | KARIN LAUB and DALIA NAMMARI | Posted 01.28.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The expected U.N. vote Thursday to recognize a state of Palestine will be far more than symbolic – it could give the...

Spain To Recognize Palestinian Statehood At U.N.

AP | Posted 11.28.2012 | World

MADRID -- Spain's foreign minister says Spain will vote in favor of recognition of a Palestinian state at the U.N. General Assembly this week. Jose M...

Palestinian Recognition Wins Support From Switzerland, Denmark

Reuters | Posted 01.28.2013 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay and Noah Browning GENEVA/RAMALLAH, West Bank, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Switzerland and Denmark on Wednesday joined a gr...

Abbas Needs An Exit Ramp From the UN

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 01.27.2013 | Politics
Steven L. Spiegel

Although saying yes at the UN -- or even turning a blind eye -- is not a viable option, we need to give Abbas a feasible exit ramp. And it needs to be compelling enough to remind the Palestinian street that his path, the path of non-violence, pays greater dividends than Hamas's.

Gaza: Clarifying Israel's Intentions

James Zogby | Posted 01.24.2013 | World
James Zogby

Netanyahu's goal is not a lasting peace based on two states. It appears that he has never surrendered the Revisionist Zionist goal of a Greater Israel, with an autonomous and pacified Palestinian population that submits to Israel's diktat. And, in his way of thinking, he's almost there.