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Five Reasons the Paris Conference Failed

David Harris | Posted 01.15.2017 | Home
David Harris

As we said repeatedly in the build-up to Sunday's gathering in Paris of representatives of 70 countries to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian issue, AJC ...

Dear French Foreign Minister Ayrault

David Harris | Posted 01.09.2017 | Home
David Harris

I take the liberty of writing this open letter in the wake of the latest Palestinian terror attack, which killed four young Israelis and wounded many ...

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...

Lieberman: Demonstrate Your Credibility

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.04.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

I am skeptical of what Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says as I have judged him only by his actions. For the Palestinians, however, to immediately dismiss what he said in an interview with the Palestinian daily al-Quds.

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...

Africa At A Crossroads: New Israeli Opportunities Or Old Palestinian Habits

Jack Rosen | Posted 08.10.2016 | Home
Jack Rosen

African leaders have been presented with a stark choice. Israel waits in vain for a peace partner willing to negotiate without preconditions for the l...

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.

Palestine 2016: An Optimistic Outlook

Alaa Tartir | Posted 02.14.2017 | Home
Alaa Tartir

Will Palestine look any better in 2016? Are there any sources of optimism and hope amid these bleak facts and the current events unfolding? Yes, I argue, despite all the odds.

The Day After

Yair Lapid | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
Yair Lapid

We need to separate from the Palestinians. Not for them, for us. But that separation needs to be based on strict security measures and take into account the worst case scenarios.

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...

This Is What the Israelis Really Want

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 10.23.2016 | Home
Mya Guarnieri

TEL AVIV -- Israelis look for simple, external answers: They're anti-Semites, they hate us, they want to kill us, they want to drive us into the sea. While I don't understand this utter inability to self-reflect, I have to admit, I understand where it comes from: fear. I feel it, too, as I move through Tel Aviv. I, too, eye the people I pass on the street, sizing them up. Forget about racial profiling -- I'm scared of everyone I don't know right now.

This Is What the Palestinian Youth Really Want

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
Mya Guarnieri

TEL AVIV -- Foreign analysts have been quick to claim that recent events are about Al Aqsa, and they've been even quicker to argue about whether or not this is a third intifada. But both discussions miss the point.

Charting The Road to Peace, Before It Is Too Late

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.19.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

If Jerusalem cannot provide the microcosm of Israeli-Palestinian peaceful coexistence, there will never be peace between the two sides.

Palestinian Nights of the Long Knives

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

In all the years of Israel's existence with Palestinians nothing has prepared Israelis for this latest outburst of lone "kid wolf" Palestinian terror. Decades of shootings, missile strikes, bombings, kidnappings, and stonings, give way to the latest Palestinian weapon of terror, the kitchen knife.

It's the Education, Stupid!

Shahar Azani | Posted 10.15.2016 | Home
Shahar Azani

If we truly want to put an end to violence, not only during this round, but to make sure there are no more rounds, its time we get serious and put our efforts and attention where difference can really be made.

Mahmoud Abbas Adds to Israel's Isolation -- Where and When Will It End?

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 10.07.2016 | Politics
Dr. Michael Laitman

We Jews have a history of implementing unity as a means for social healing. The Midrash, as well as Maimonides, elaborate on Abraham's efforts to unite his fellow Babylonians after seeing their growing alienation.

Palestine/ Israel: Only an Imposed Solution Will Work

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 10.02.2016 | Home
Jakob von Uexkull

This conflict is not the only one in the Middle East, but a solution would send a strong signal of hope that solutions even for very intractable disputes are possible. Fortunately, both sides overwhelmingly agree on the key aspects of a viable solution: two states within the 1967 borders, with some mutual border adjustments.

A Time For Some Summer Levity: A Conversation Between Netanyahu And Abbas

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.31.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

The following conversation between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is fictitious.

Israelis And Palestinians Cannot Make Peace On Their Own

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.26.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

The enduring impasse between Israel and the Palestinians in the peace negotiations and their changing internal political dynamics has made it impossible for them to resolve the conflict on their own.

Israeli-Hamas Truce: An Opportunity In Disguise

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.21.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

The prospective Israeli-Hamas truce presents a momentous opportunity, albeit in disguise, for all parties concerned to turn a new page in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and change its geopolitical and security dynamics, which succeeding Israeli and Palestinian governments could build on.

Overcoming the Israeli-Palestinian Psychosocial Barrier

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.15.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

The current young generation of Israelis and Palestinians need to see each other through a different lens and adjust psychologically to accept that coexistence is irrevocable, and they must choose to either live in constant violent hostility, or in peace.

Eight Words From President Obama

David Harris | Posted 05.24.2016 | Home
David Harris

Like a clear majority of Israelis, I have long believed that the Palestinians have "a right to be a free people on their land." It would serve not only Palestinian interests but Israeli interests as well. But there is just one problem, and it is contained in eight words the president expressed: "The Palestinians are not the easiest of partners."

A Government Neither by nor for the People

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.14.2016 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

The new Netanyahu-led government was created to serve its own political agenda, which is far removed from Israel's national interests. Indeed, in Israel the politician's personal interest comes first, the interest of the political party comes second, favoritism comes third, and the country can wait.

Jessica Schulberg

Palestinians Join International Criminal Court, Risking Loss Of U.S. Aid

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday became the newest member of the International Criminal Court, meaning the group is now allowed to...