It's unquestionably tragic if a large segment of the population lives below the poverty line and doesn't receive basic services. And it's equally dispiriting to imagine an even bleaker future. Yet such an outcome wasn't inevitable, nor need it be down the road.
It is important for everyone to be exact and careful when speaking about Palestine and Israel, but it is wrong to construe every criticism leveled at the government of Israel as an attack on Jews or Judaism.
Now is the time for President Obama to become more actively involved, working to drastically revise the Quartet's approach and show that he can make a real difference to the lives of Palestinians and Israelis.
It's comfortable for Abbas to keep selling this lie, and for a good reason: everyone seems to be buying it. But the truth is that when Abbas was offered this deal he supposedly wants, he refused. Why? Because he doesn't just want "a Palestinian state." He wants much much more.
Just as our Freedom Riders were primarily directed to awaken the conscience and sense of decency in the majority of white America, our Palestinian brothers and sisters are seeking to awaken the conscience of the world and a majority of Israelis.
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.
So long as the official mascots of Palestinian Statehood are four murderers, so long as Palestinian officials speak of a Judenrein Palestine, no one but the Arabs themselves can bring peace to the Holy Land.
The opportunity exists for a Turkey-Iraq style relationship in the Holy Land. Turkey provided Iraq with essential ingredients -- trade channels, key industry growth and international legitimacy -- which Israel alone has the power to provide the Palestinians.
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.
They've been talking about it. They've been negotiating about it. Some have used violence to achieve it. Now, say Palestinians, they'll finally become a state. Metro met Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad for an exclusive interview.
"Don't Demolish My Future" is the name of an online campaign launched by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, to save the school in a small Bedouin community near Jerusalem from demolition by the Israeli authorities.
Popular and armed resistance didn't work for the Palestinians, forcing them to take the matter to the U.N. in a new kind of intifada -- a diplomatic one -- that will achieve for them what 60 years of armed resistance failed to bring about.
The decision of the Palestinian Authority to go to the U.N. to seek recognition of a Palestinian state is likely to make matters worse, leading both sides to further entrench themselves into long-time, hardened positions.