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Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, President Obama's initial proposal in the fiscal cliff showdown sparked merriment and outrage from Republican leaders, who pretended they hadn't heard the same details six weeks ago. Susan Rice continued to have nomination meetings even without a nomination, but failed to win over GOP senators who are still "troubled" by Benghazi but not by their own failure of judgment on Iraq. Palestine scored a victory at the U.N., where it was given non-participating observer status -- the same status Mitt Romney has in U.S. politics. Romney was invited to the White House for lunch, where he and the president dined on white turkey chili [insert your own "white turkey" punchline here]. Meanwhile, revised figures show the U.S. economy had its best third-quarter performance in five years. How this fits into Jack Welch's conspiracy theories about "imagination defying" government stats, we'll just have to wait and see.

Obama's Cynicism on Israel and Palestine

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 01.30.2013 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Israel's hysteria and America's arm-twisting against the resolution gave the Palestinians a victory, a victory that the United States and Israel both elevated to historic proportions.

Israel Approves Controversial West Bank Settlement Construction

AP | ARON HELLER and KARIN LAUB | Posted 01.30.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — Israel responded swiftly Friday to U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state, revealing it will build 3,000 more homes for Jews on Isr...

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?

Palestinians Euphoric Over UN Recognition

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and KARIN LAUB | Posted 01.30.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Euphoric Palestinians erupted in cheers, honked car horns and chanted "God is great" after the United Nations endorsed an indep...

Palestinian Leader Forges Ahead With Statehood Bid

AP | KARIN LAUB and DALIA NAMMARI | Posted 11.23.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- After bitter rival Hamas held its own in a fierce battle with Israel, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no choice but to ...

Palestinians To Seek UN Recognition

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 12.28.2012 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinian president is moving forward with his plan to seek upgraded observer status at the United Nations next mont...

Open Letter To Mahmoud Abbas For Yom Kippur

Carlo Strenger | Posted 12.07.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Mr. Abbas: I know that this proposal is very difficult for you to accept. I write to you on the eve of Yom Kippur, because my heart is weary and full of sorrow; because I see the two-state solution slipping away.

Netanyahu Is Killing the Two-State Solution

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
Carlo Strenger

Whatever the exact result of the Palestinians' UN bid will be, we must not let Netanyahu spin that Israel scores a moral victory if some major European countries will vote against it or abstain confuse us.

The Dangerous Alternate Middle East Reality

Dr. Abner Weiss | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Dr. Abner Weiss

Israeli Prime Ministers have reiterated their acceptance of an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel, but their efforts to achieve a lasting peace with the Palestinians have largely been discounted.

Bad Muslims With a Good Idea

Jalal Alamgir | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Jalal Alamgir

Palestine has taken the right decision. A diplomatic showdown is bad behavior in colonial eyes, but a public show of hands in the U.N. is the right thing to do at this point.

Even Tom Friedman Says It's the Lobby

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Like Friedman, I feel terrible about all this. And I'm not alone. Most people who care about Israel understand that it can only survive if it ends the occupation and supports establishment of a Palestinian state.

Israel and the U.S. Should Support Palestine UN Membership

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 11.19.2011 | World
José Ramos-Horta

While I am an admirer of the state of Israel for their exceptional achievements in every field of human endeavor, the Palestinian issue is one the Israelis have failed to manage in a wise manner.

The Palestine UN Vote: Is There a Duty to Admit?

Balakrishnan Rajagopal | Posted 11.16.2011 | World
Balakrishnan Rajagopal

If the U.S. vetos the admission of Palestine, whose right to self-determination has been affirmed in hundreds of U.N. resolutions, including many in which the U.S. also voted in favor, it would breach international law.

Palestine Goes to the UN

Khaled Elgindy | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Khaled Elgindy

Even if the U.S. government does convince the Palestinians to abandon their U.N. bid, it will only have succeeded in delaying, rather than preventing, a more serious crisis down the road.

Palestinians Officially Launch Statehood Campaign

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 11.08.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinians launched a campaign on Thursday to rally support for U.N. recognition as an independent state, planning d...

Palestinians Ignore U.S. Pressure, Plan Statehood Bid

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 11.06.2011 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Palestinians on Tuesday said they would not give in to American pressure to drop their bid for statehood at the United...

When Decades Of Diplomacy Fail

AP | DAN PERRY | Posted 11.03.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — The Middle East conflict faces a critical diplomatic moment this month with the Palestinians apparently sticking to their plan to as...

Palestinian President Visits Bosnia On Campaign For U.N. Recognition

AP | Posted 10.15.2011 | World

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is meeting leaders of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a non-permanent member of the UN Securit...

Palestinians Announce Campaign Of Mass Marches On Eve Of UN Vote

AP | IAN DEITCH | Posted 10.01.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — In a dramatic policy shift, Israel's prime minister has agreed to negotiate the borders of a Palestinian state based on the cease-fi...