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Oslo Accords

Time for United Nations Intervention

James Zogby | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Reactions to the horrific back-to-back kidnappings and murders of three young Israelis and a Palestinian teen have made clear several disturbing realities that must not be ignored.

The Goat and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Haggai Carmon

On its face, the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's demand that as part of a final peace agreement with the Palestinians, the Palestinians declare tha...

Mahmoud Abbas' Last Hurrah

Jamal Dajani | Posted 04.27.2014 | World
Jamal Dajani

President Abbas has been invited to come to Washington in March, in what seems to be his last hurrah, to meet U.S. President Barack Obama. The meeting, as usual, will take place after Benjamin Netanyahu's own talks with Obama.

This Time Must Be Different

James Zogby | Posted 04.03.2014 | World
James Zogby

In 1993, surprised by their leaders' bold initiative, Israelis and Palestinians were quite hopeful. Twenty years later, the environment has become toxic, polluted by the ill-will generated by the negative behaviors of both parties.

How to Ensure U.S. Sponsored Mideast Agreement Not Become Another Interim Deal

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Kerry has surprised many observers with his tenacity and insistence on producing a peace agreement in this intractable conflict. The framework idea could move the process forward as long as it is not allowed to become yet another interim agreement.

The Settlements: Israel's Albatross

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Israelis and the Palestinians view the settlements enterprise from a completely different perspective that defines their strategic objectives and is becoming increasingly irreconcilable every time Israel announces the building of new housing units.

Israel Frees 26 Palestinian Prisoners

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners early Wednesday, the second of four batches to be released a...

Why Rabin's Vision In Signing the Oslo Accord Is More Relevant Than Ever Today

Robert K. Lifton | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Robert K. Lifton

Oslo changed everything. And, in fact, the talks the U.S. is currently mediating today, which offer hope of resolving the elements that the Oslo Accords left open, are the direct legacy of the process Rabin started.

Twenty Years After Oslo, Trying It Again

James Zogby | Posted 11.14.2013 | World
James Zogby

In the end, the flaws of Oslo proved fatal. Today, the number of Israeli settlers has tripled; the Palestinian economy remains dependent on Israeli good-will and international largess; and thousands have died, victims of acts of terror, military assaults and settler violence.

Oslo's Smokescreen, Twenty Years On

Shawan Jabarin | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Shawan Jabarin

Fifteen years after Oslo's intended expiry date, the question remains as to whether this latest phase of the 'peace process' will allow the Palestinian people to exercise their sovereign rights.

Promise Of Oslo Accords Rings Hollow 20 Years Later

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 11.12.2013 | World

ABU DIS, West Bank — In 1993, the words rang hopeful and historic. Israel and the PLO agreed "it is time to put an end to decades of confrontati...

It's Just the Beginning

James Zogby | Posted 09.19.2013 | World
James Zogby

Two events jolted the Israeli/Palestinian arena this past week. There will be difficult days ahead. Getting the parties to "Go" is just the start, since, as Secretary Kerry has noted, the hard work has just begun.

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...

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.

Mitigating Distrust Is Central to Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is clear that if the Israelis and the Palestinians hold fast to their positions, it will be nearly impossible to allay distrust, leading to a continuing deadlock because distrust cannot be negotiated by simply agreeing to establish a new trusting relationship.

The Self-Imposed Ideological Siege

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The most puzzling aspect of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may be that after 65 years of violence, enmity and suffering, it remains unresolved when coexistence is inevitable and a two-state solution remains the only viable option.

The Peril of Mutual Delegitimization

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Although a majority of Israelis and Palestinians realize that coexistence based on a two-state solution may well be inevitable, intractable voices on both sides simply refuse to accept this reality.

Distrust and the Reality of Coexistence

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 02.10.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Genuine efforts can and must be made to mitigate distrust through a peace process based on reciprocal and reinforced provisions, to which both Israelis and Palestinians must commit to reach a lasting peace agreement.

The Return of the PLO

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Hamas, which has for years opposed the PLO, agreed to join the efforts to reform the PLO. Talks behind the scenes produced positive results. A new PLO will soon see the light, provided that reconciliation continues and that elections take place in Palestine.

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.

To Be Trusted, Mofaz Should Begin Dismantling the Occupation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The beginning of the end of occupation also requires telling Israelis that the settlement enterprise runs contrary to peace.

Preventing 'Politicide' in the Middle East

Henry Siegman | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Henry Siegman

The bilateral peace process that the U.S. has doggedly sought to insulate from outside "interference" is not only an empty exercise but has served to provide Israel with cover for its settlement project.

The Next Battleground for the Palestinians - Areas C

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.12.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Area C, covering about 59% of the West Bank, includes the entire Jordan Valley (with small exceptions for Jericho and the village of Uja), as well as all areas of natural West Bank development, and it is the area of focus for Palestinian activists of late.

Newt - Democracy's Blessing or Curse?

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Kevin Bermeister

In one fell swoop, Newt Gingrich focused the worlds' attention on all of the ignorance that has plagued Israel through more than 30 years of rhetoric ...

Sam Stein

When Gingrich Embraced Arafat.. Literally

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich's questioning of the "authenticity" of the Palestinian people and even whether they should be classified as a group has sp...