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Abbas Speaks Out On Israeli Settlements

AP | DALIA NAMMARI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian president on Thursday appealed to Israelis to choose peace over settlements, saying that opportunities for...

A State of Palestine from a Brazilian Viewpoint

Shai Baitel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shai Baitel

Looking at Palestinian self-destructive behavior, from Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, or anywhere else in the world, it is difficult to be optimistic for the future in the Middle East in the year ahead.

New Hope Possible For Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's prime minister on Sunday proposed nonstop, face-to-face talks with the Palestinian president until a peace agreement is rea...

WikiLeaks Hints At Israeli-Palestinian Cooperation

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — A diplomatic message released by WikiLeaks on Monday suggested close cooperation between Israel and forces loyal to Palestinian Pres...

Palestinian President Holds Rare Meeting With Israelis

AP | KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held a rare meeting Sunday with dozens of Israeli lawmakers, ex-generals and peace act...

The PA's Choice: Palestinian State or Palestinian Cause

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

Rather than engage in negotiations which will reinforce the need for compromise, the Palestinian Authority has embarked on a strategy that, places its "passions" over its "interests." They key here is how the PA plays the image of powerlessness to its advantage.

Palestinians Ask Europe To Recognize A State

AP | BEN HUBBARD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinians have asked European countries to recognize an independent state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip – a...

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.

Palestinian President: I'll Ask Israel To Take Over West Bank

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned he may dissolve his self-rule government and ask Israel to resume full cont...

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.

Netanyahu, Abbas Begin Direct Middle East Peace Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE and ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — In an early sign of promise, Israeli and Palestinian leaders pledged Thursday in a cordial first round of talks to keep meeting at ...

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?

Influential Israeli Rabbi: Abbas Should 'Perish From This World'

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — An influential Israeli rabbi known for his vitriolic pronouncements against Arabs says Palestinians and their leader should "perish ...

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.

Hamas Compound Blast In Gaza Wounds Women And Children

AP | IBRAHIM BARZAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A huge blast Wednesday at a Hamas military base in southern Gaza lightly injured more than a dozen people, including chi...

Israel-Palestine Negotiations On The Rocks After Israel Approves New Construction

AP | DALIA NAMMARI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GAZA City, Gaza Strip — Palestinian officials say an Israeli strike has killed one and wounded two in northern Gaza. Two large explosions were ...

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.

Palestinians Stand Firm: No Peace Talks While Israeli Settlers Build

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Dozens of senior Palestinians on Saturday backed President Mahmoud Abbas' refusal to negotiate with Israel as long as it b...

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...