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Washington Is Livid With the Palestinians

Micah D. Halpern | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Micah D. Halpern

Palestinian leadership is on the move. In politics, there is seldom simply one move. And unilateral moves always result in strong responses.

Stuck in an Ideological Divide

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.03.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The common characteristics and stark differences between Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority's President Abbas might just explain why the current peace negotiations are stuck and not likely to lead to any breakthrough as long as they remain in power.

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.

Sharon's Legacy

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

For me, Ariel Sharon was a leader's leader who demonstrated the vision, courage and commitment to what he believed in -- qualities that are sorely lacking on the global stage today and especially in the Middle East.

The Red Sea-Dead Sea Water Deal: A Game Changer for Jewish-Muslim Relations

Ben Jablonski | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Ben Jablonski

The widely reported water sharing agreement this week between Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority to link the Red Sea and the Dead Sea has implications over and above the potential increase to agricultural and drinking water resources -- if we don't blow it.

Sophia Jones

Israel, Jordan And Palestinians Reach Rare Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Sophia Jones | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

CAIRO -- When you first wade into the Dead Sea, it feels like you’re drifting in outer space. Your body floats with ease in the ancient lake, eerily...

WATCH: Palestinian Businessman Arrested For Insulting President, Son Speaks Out

HuffPost Live | Erin McDonough | Posted 12.04.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A Canadian-Palestinian businessman, Mohamed al-Sabawi, was arrested and detained by the Palestinian Authority in yet another sign of a burgeoning crac...

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's National Security: Delegitimizing the Legitimate

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

Israel's fixation on "security" and the harsh measures it employs, presumably to achieve an impregnable national security condition, is making the Palestinians increasingly vulnerable, fostering deeper animosity and militant resistance.

Negotiating Under the Shadow of the Palestinian Refugees

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

The right of return will continue to be a major obstacle in peace negotiations unless Israel and the Palestinian leadership accept the changing realities which in fact lend themselves to find a solution.

Four Rules for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Alaa Tartir | Posted 10.19.2013 | World
Alaa Tartir

I have never been a peace negotiator, but as someone who will be profoundly affected by Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, I feel compelled to suggest basic rules of thumb for Palestinian negotiators. Otherwise a bleak future will be imposed on the youth of Palestine.

Give the Peace Process a Chance: Part Two

David Harris | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
David Harris

Israel's goal from day one, against the backdrop of relentless persecution of Jews in Europe and across North Africa and the Middle East, has been peaceful coexistence with neighboring states. But it takes two to tango, and, with only a few notable exceptions since 1948, the dance partner has been missing.

Shifting Reality for Peace!

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 10.05.2013 | World
Kevin Bermeister

The complexity of Jerusalem's Temple Mount appears insurmountable because demand to possess the world's most contested rock will in all likelihood continue unabated until a peaceful solution emerges from it.

Enough Talking About Talks

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

I am not entirely sanguine that either the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas or Israel's Netanyahu are ready, willing or able to make peace. Netanyahu is an ideologue who does not really believe in a two-state solution. Conversely, Abbas is politically weak.

Divide Over Kotel Prayer Highlights Racism of Palestinian Authority and Muslim Waqf

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 08.26.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Jewish communities might be fighting about fair access to the Kotel, but what is missing from the discussion is Jewish use of holy places in Jerusalem.

Kerry's Last Ditch Effort

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

In his upcoming visit to Israel and Palestine, Secretary of State John Kerry will attempt a last-ditch effort to persuade Israel's Prime Minster Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority's President Abbas to resume peace negotiations.

"If You Will It, It Is No Dream"

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have fallen victim to their own uncompromising public narratives. To facilitate the terms of an agreement, they need powerful and relentless pressure to provide them with political cover, which only the U.S. can exert.

Turkey: Opportunities and Risks Ahead

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington on May 16 comes at a pivotal time when the Middle East is riddled with extraordinary conflicts that have the potential of exploding into a regional war.

As Disappointing as It May Be, Mahmoud Abbas Is Taken for Granted

Mia Appelbaum | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Mia Appelbaum

If Abbas and his party do not govern the West Bank, Hamas will fill the power vacuum. This should sound familiar, and no less haunting.

Recognizing Israeli-Palestinian Realities Requires that the U.S., Not the Arab League, Change Direction

James Zogby | Posted 07.04.2013 | World
James Zogby

One way forward is to look again at what President Obama said in his recent speech in Jerusalem where he committed to support Israel while challenging Israelis to recognize and deal with Palestinian need for justice.

Salam Fayyad: Emerging as he Exits

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Fayyad will soon have to decide how to pursue his vision in practice. Can he turn his credibility into votes and electability, assuming elections are held? Can, or will he be allowed to, build an independent political movement, assuming he wants to do that?

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.

Winning Peace Through Hearts and Minds

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The many Palestinians who criticized President Obama for showering the Israelis with lavish praise and for his unfettered commitment to Israel's security seem to miss the central point that he wanted to convey and expected to achieve.

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.