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Palestine Statehood

Not Even an Itsy-Bitsy Step

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 02.02.2013 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

It would seem that even an itsy-bitsy step toward the goal of a two-state solution in ex-Palestine would be welcomed in all capitals. On Nov. 29, the ...

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...

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...

Arafat's Widow Says Exhumation 'As If His Soul Was Resurrected' For UN Vote

AP | STEPHEN CALLEJA | Posted 01.29.2013 | World

VALLETTA, Malta — Yasser Arafat's widow sees a spiritual significance in the timing of her late husband's exhumation, which came just two days b...

The West Should Accept Palestine's Right to Exist

John V. Whitbeck | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
John V. Whitbeck

The votes of the U.S. and other Western states on Palestine's application for a UN status upgrade from "observer entity" to "observer state" will be absolutely critical to keeping alive the current slim hopes of achieving peace in the Middle East.

LOOK: Key Players In The Palestinian Statehood Bid

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 01.28.2013 | World

The vote is largely symbolic, the outcome nearly assured: The Palestinians and Israelis are closely watching the evolving positions of a few key count...

Joshua Hersh

At AIPAC, Amb. Susan Rice Emerges As Pro-Israel Courter-In-Chief

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama spoke at a pro-Israel conference here on Sunday, among his many goals was to offer a defense of his administ...

Taking Advantage of the Calm Before the Storm

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 04.01.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

The history of failed bilateral negotiations shows that it may be time to try a novel and multilateral approach advocated by the Arab Peace Initiative.

Confronting Palestinian Reactions to Failed Talks With Israel

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Michael Sharnoff

Israel cannot negotiate out of fear but it concurrently cannot stand oblivious to the fundamental transformations which have occurred because of the Arab Spring.

Israel Might Release Palestinian Tax Money

AP | By AMY TEIBEL | Posted 11.28.2011 | World

JERUSALEM -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Monday that Israel might soon release tens of millions of dollars owed to the Palestinians, acco...

Joshua Hersh

Palestinian UNESCO Bid Sets Up Clash Between Hollywood And Israel Lobbies

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Pro-Israel interests on Capitol Hill may be about to run afoul of the nearly equally powerful lobbyists of Hollywood and Silicon Valley,...

UNESCO To Vote On Palestinian Membership On Monday

AP | Posted 12.28.2011 | World

PARIS — The Palestinian request for full membership in the U.N. Cultural Agency goes to a vote on Monday. Frustrated by stalled peace talks and...

U.S. Warns UNESCO To Stay Out Of Palestine Debate

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 12.06.2011 | World

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Obama administration warned the U.N. cultural agency to stay out of the question of Palestinian statehoo...

Palestinians Seek Full UNESCO Membership

AP | ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 12.05.2011 | World

PARIS — Palestinians cleared their first hurdle Wednesday to full membership in the U.N. cultural agency, an official said, as they expand and a...

AIPAC's Democrats Demand Cutting Palestinian Aid

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Yes, the Palestinians are turning to the United Nations to achieve statehood, but Netanyahu has ignored repeated demands by the Obama administration to take action to facilitate negotiations.

Netanyahu Welcomes Parts Of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Plan, Has Concerns About Others

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 12.02.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel's government welcomed on Sunday parts of an international proposal to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians b...

There Are No Silver Bullets to Peace

The Morningside Post | Posted 11.29.2011 | World
The Morningside Post

So long as the Israelis and Palestinians of this city remain guilty of indifference and fail to seek understanding beyond their walls, Hebron's future, like its past, will remain mired in constant struggle.

Palestinians Won't Negotiate Without Settlement Freeze

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 11.29.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinians can't resume negotiations with Israel under current conditions and will pursue their bid to win U.N. reco...

With Regard to a Palestinian Request Which Does Not Serve the Cause of Peace

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

This statehood demand is based upon a false premise, -- that of the supposed "intransigence" on the part of the Israelis -- which leaves the opposing party no recourse other than this diplomatic putsch.

Mahmoud Abbas, the Jackie Robinson of Palestine

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

If the world wants to see resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict anytime soon, it has to wrest control of the issue from Washington. And that's why moving the arena to the United Nations makes perfect sense.

Win, Lose, or Draw? The UN Showdown

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 11.23.2011 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

The debate over full Palestinian membership in the UN is not over yet, but it is not too early to issue an interim report card, and it seems that what was billed as a diplomatic showdown is just another chapter in a long saga whose end is still not in sight.

A Voice for Palestine Is a Voice for Israel

Ru Freeman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Ru Freeman

Mamilla cemetery, located just inside West Jerusalem, contains the remains of several prominent Islamic leaders, including those who fought alongside ...

Mahmoud Abbas, Meet Warren Buffett

Kyle G. Brown | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Kyle G. Brown

You might think Palestine and President Barack Obama's mooted "Buffett Tax" have nothing to do with each other. Except for one thing: Republicans have found a way to (unwittingly) combine the two -- with revolutionary results!

Blessed are the Businessmen and Women

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Stanley Weiss

Maybe if the benefits of peace in the Middle East were made material and not ethereal, with concrete commitments rather than vague promises, it would be the kind of disruptive development that sparks compromise.