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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.

Obama Practices Kabuki War at Home While Managing Potential War Abroad

William Bradley | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
William Bradley

Obama is engaged in the latest round of political conflict at home, all too reminiscent of the tiresome campaign just past, while real conflicts brew in global hot spots.

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.

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?

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.

Netanyahu Is the Loser at the End-Game

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Although Obama will not be vindictive against Israel, Netanyahu's alienation of Israel's most important ally was a colossal mistake and Obama is not likely to forget his arrogance going forward.

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.

Israel and Hamas: How Biases Are Driving the Conflict to the Precipice

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Listening to Israeli and Hamas officials talk about the nature of their conflict and what precipitated the current conflagration, one comes to a definite conclusion: they are both right. At close scrutiny, however, one finds that while both may indeed be "right" they also are dead wrong. Both sides have successfully managed over the years to foster public perceptions that support both their respective narratives and the notion that the other has wronged them. It is this conviction and the lack of unbiased and credible voices to the contrary from within and outside the region that allows this violent and self-consuming conflict to fester.

Put Hamas Out of Its Misery

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

What lies behind this latest round of attacks and counter-attacks? Hard to say why Hamas decided to take on Israel's leadership on the cusp of a national election when anything short of unremitting Israeli retaliation would undermine Netanyahu's "security first" campaign platform.

If Not Now, When? If Not Abbas, Who?

Lara Friedman | Posted 01.08.2013 | World
Lara Friedman

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gave an interview last Friday to Israeli TV in which he recognized Israel within the 1967 borders. The deafening silence in response to this interview -- in U.S. political circles and in the organizational Jewish community -- is telling.

Following the Elections, Mideast Peace Negotiations should Resume

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is long overdue. The parties have come close on several occasions. Following the two elections, the time will be right for moving in the direction of peace. I hope my proposal will help to facilitate renewed negotiations.

The Issue of Arab Jews: Manipulating a Justified Cause

James Dorsey | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Few, if any, Palestinians are likely to want to physically return to Israeli rule and even fewer Arab Jews would opt for a return to their ancestral homelands. Nevertheless, the devil is in the details.

The Palestinian Authority: Strategic Moves on the International Front

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations have persuaded the Palestinian Authority to apply to the U.N. General Assembly as a non-voting member state. There is very little to lose at this juncture and perhaps much to gain in taking such a unilateral step.

No Drama at Turtle Bay

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

At the United Nations General Assembly meeting, the world will be watching -- though with markedly less intensity than last year -- to see what the Palestinians will do.

Joshua Hersh

Palestinian President Signals Willingness To Restart Talks | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.25.2012 | World

In a private appearance with Jewish leaders in New York on Monday night, a conciliatory Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he felt the...

Palestinians Crossing Green Line

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

What was the reason for this Israeli "benevolence" at a time when hundreds of foreigners coming to visit Palestine are denied entry at the King Hussein Bridge?

Jerusalem's 360,000 'Orphans'

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.17.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinians living in East Jerusalem are experiencing perhaps their worst times. With the continuation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the uncertainty of the future of Jerusalem, the 360,000 residents of East Jerusalem are political orphans.

Jon Ward

Newt Gingrich Campaigns For Mitt Romney, But Also For Bill Clinton | Jon Ward | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Newt Gingrich walks into a TV store on Leesburg Pike and cracks a joke. "Well I bet that both of you think that you're working," ...

Trust Broken in Ramallah

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Arab Spring might have taken some time to reach Palestine, but as one Arab leader said, spring is a season that comes back every year.

No Peace Until Palestinians Stop Glorification of Terror

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Arsen Ostrovsky

This Thursday, Israel released the bodies of 91 Palestinian terrorists to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a 'goodwill gesture' to President Mahmoud Abbas.

Finding Law in Lawless Gaza

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Hani Almadhoun

Back when we were living under full-blown Israeli occupation, there was no local police or civil government. This contributed to a rise in family-based organization as a means of self-rule in the face of external oppression.

Israel: One Vote!

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Kevin Bermeister

Israel remains the poorest developed nation in the world, with 23 percent of her residents living in poverty -- half of whom are Jews and the other half Muslims. Notwithstanding security, this is the most significant issue affecting Israel today.

Jordanians and Palestinians at a New Crossroad

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 06.18.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

King Abdullah has frequently gone out of his way to assert that "Jordan is Jordan" and "Palestine is Palestine." He has also encouraged Hamas to dispel the possibility of Jordan serving as a substitute homeland.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Finds Palestinian Authority Immune From Torture Lawsuit | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The family of a Palestinian American killed while in the Palestinian Authority's custody cannot sue the organization, the Supreme Court ...

Joshua Hersh

Heated Negotiations To Save Palestinian Aid -- And Sesame Street | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.21.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- House appropriators on Tuesday were scrambling to complete a deal that would result in the release of some $150 million in development a...