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Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Palestinian leadership is on the move. In politics, there is seldom simply one move. And unilateral moves always result in strong responses.

Washington's Policy: Blaming the Palestinians and Exonerating the Israelis

Raghida Dergham | Posted 04.04.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

The culture of blame shifting, which countries adopt as a way to evade responsibility, is being deployed against both the Palestinian leadership and the Syrian opposition.

Palestinian Leader Joins UN Treaties and Continues Talks

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian negotiators are now facing the tough challenge of applying to join various UN agencies while, at the same time, agreeing, to continue peace talks until the end of April.

U.S. Calls to Palestinians to Take Risks for Peace Sound Hallow

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Justice and fairness must exist in any offer Palestinians are asked to take risks for. After all, Palestinian leaders cannot take chances on any agreement they know the Palestinian public will reject.

Palestinian's Abbas in for a Fight of His Lifetime in Washington

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinians expect their leader to have the fight of his life as he goes to Washington for a tough summit with U.S. President Barack Obama March 17.

Korean Voices Make Waves on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Joseph Braude

It is clear that under the shade of America's security umbrella in the Middle East, Koreans have been making strong inroads. Are there ways in which the United States, as a partner of Korea, might seek to benefit from those inroads, whether on the ground or over the airwaves?

Will Palestinians Accept Jewish Settlers in Palestine?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

The idea of Jewish settlers living in Palestine draws raw anger from many sides. Netanyahu might have thrown this trial balloon as part of his own negotiating tactic. The issue, however, is serious.

Palestinians and Arabs Will Not Budge on Jerusalem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When it comes to the sensitive issue of Jerusalem and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Arab leaders have proved, over and over, that they will not budge under American pressure, and Abbas knows this well.

Audit: EU Pays Palestinians In Gaza Who Don't Work

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 12.11.2013 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union auditors recommended Wednesday that the EU stop paying the salaries of Palestinian civil servants in Gaza who don't w...

Abbas Will Not Pursue Further Palestinian Recognition At General Assembly

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.23.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- At this week's annual top-level U.N. General Assembly meetings, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is honoring a promise to th...

Israel And Palestinians Reach Agreement Over Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — After a rush of last-minute talks with Palestinian officials, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sealed a step toward relaunchin...

Kerry Heads To West Bank For More Shuttle Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was planning to fly to the West Bank Friday to press his effort to get Israelis and Palestinians b...

Abbas Accepts Palestinian Prime Minister's Resignation

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 06.23.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of his newly appointed prime minister on Sunday, a spokesman said, leaving his...

Will Palestinian Negotiations Tactics Work?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

One of the hardest decisions that a political leader has to take is when to engage in negotiations and when to refrain. This has been the dilemma faci...

Leaders-less Jerusalemites looking to Fayyad

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian residents of Jerusalem have been frustrated for years as they are caught between Israel's unilateral decision to annex East Jerusalem and ...

Israel Responds to Obama's Generosity With Nastiness

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.18.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Israeli arrogance is based on the feeling that the relative quiet in the West Bank will last forever. But already there are signs that it will not last long.

Free Movement Is Litmus Test of Peace Process

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While Abbas should continue to demand a settlement freeze and a demarcation of the borders of Palestine, he might wish to challenge the Israelis to bring back the Palestinian police to King Hussein Bridge and to allow free passage between Gaza and the West Bank.

A New PLO Will Emerge After Reconciliation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

If the agreed timetable for Palestinian reconciliation is adhered to, we are promised to witness the reemergence of the Palestine Liberation Organization as the embodiment of the aspirations of Palestinians.

Abbas Alleges Link Between Zionists and Nazis

David N. Myers | Posted 03.27.2013 | World
David N. Myers

Netanyahu has guided Israel to unprecedented international isolation, income disparity and diplomatic stasis. But it is necessary and sobering to recall that his presumptive partners for peace are hardly without blemish.

Will the Third Palestinian Intifada Replicate the First?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.19.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

This week's creative and disciplined actions by young and unaffiliated Palestinian men and women resemble very much the creativity and experimentation that had been the hallmark of the first Intifada.

Abbas' Newfound Courage

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Having taken that courageous step at the UN, the Palestinian president now feels free to make some changes that reflect that symbolic move.

Jordan-Palestinian Confederation Talks No Longer Taboo

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is unlikely that East Bankers, already concerned that their role and importance is being eroded, will easily accept the suggestion that the Kingdom agree to an agreement with the PLO regarding the country's long-term status.

The Palestinian Goals Behind Demanding a Non-Member State

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

Perhaps the most important implication of Palestine receiving recognition as a state, at the UN General Assembly, is the fact that international laws ...

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...

The Gaza War Reinforces Palestinian Division and Threatens Abbas's Palestinian Authority

Raghida Dergham | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Raghida Dergham

The most recent war in Gaza has provided an opportunity on the field for Israel to test its new anti-missile system, the Iron Dome, and for Prime Mini...