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The Obama Factor in the Middle East Conflict

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the Middle East is a potentially good thing for peace. The problem is how to make this factor last -- how to create mechanisms that will continue to work even when a U.S. president or his secretary of state are not around.

Is Obama Turning His Back on Peace in the Middle East?

Ali Younes | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Ali Younes

On Tuesday President Barack Obama embarked on his least anticipated trip to the Middle East that will take him to Israel, the Palestinian territories ...

U.S. Officials Set Low Bar For Obama's Mideast Trip

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.20.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- On his second trip to the Middle East as U.S. commander in chief, President Barack Obama this week will confront a political and strateg...

Pressuring Netanyahu May Save Two-State Solution

Guy Ziv | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Guy Ziv

Obama's key challenge will be to get Netanyahu to adopt a more constructive approach, one that is conducive to finalizing a peace deal. This is hardly an easy task. At the same time, however, Netanyahu is legendary for being susceptible to pressure.

John Kerry Has Busy First Day As Secretary Of State

AP | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — New Secretary of State John Kerry reached out to Israeli and Palestinian leaders in phone calls this weekend, assuring them the Oba...

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.

Mr. President: You Can't Ignore the Israeli-Palestinian Issue

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.18.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

Obama no longer has the luxury of non-engagement in the Middle East. Without firm and decisive action to reignite a meaningful peace process and to push for a swift deal, the two-state option may disappear forever, leaving Israelis and Palestinians alike facing a future of endless conflict.

Morsi Steps Into Hamas-Fatah Feud

AP | Posted 03.11.2013 | World

CAIRO — The Palestinian president and the leader of Hamas held talks Wednesday in a bid to seize on the recent goodwill between their rival fact...

Palestinian Name Change Brings Kafkaesque Dilemmas

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB | Posted 03.09.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — With U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in his pocket, President Mahmoud Abbas wants official documents to carry a ne...

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...