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Palestinian Territories

Resolution 194 -- the Achilles' Heel of the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The Arab Peace Initiative's approach to Palestinian refugees has been the key source of the current deadlock which has caused the Initiative to languish until today. Those Israelis who are skeptical of the text should take a closer look.

Peace Process Is a Foreign Term in East Jerusalem and Gaza

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Since the beginning of the proximity talks eight weeks ago Israeli behavior has not reflected a country interested in peace.

Moment of Truth Has Arrived

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The upcoming "proximity talks" give the US mediators, a unique position to arbitrate and bridge proposals. The moment of truth about who is truly obstructing peace has finally arrived.

Let Us Expand the Definition of Terrorism

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

In these days of extremism at home, we cling to a narrow, selective definition of terrorism, while ignoring blatant forms of terrorism in our midst. In doing so, we can't see the forest for the trees.

The Arab Peace initiative: Now or Never

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Now more than ever, the Arab Peace Initiative (API) offers the best possible chance of achieving an inclusive peace, provided that all parties to the conflict understand its significance and historic implications.

Israeli organization empowers Palestinians to appeal against house demolition threats

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

On a calm morning in the south of the West Bank, Palestinian villagers in At-Tuwani are experiencing two very different types of encounters with Israe...

President Obama Is Insisting on Building Trust as a Precondition for Working With Israel Towards Peace

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

For the US to be able to help shepherd a serious peace process in the Middle East, America's trust towards the leaders of both parties in the conflict is critical.

Schumer: I'm on a Mission From God (to Be Israel's Guardian in Senate)

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

A United States Congressman is using his position to promote an organization whose sole purpose is smearing an American ally and subverting US policy in the Middle East.

Tea Party Jews: Betraying the U.S. and Israel at the Same Time

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

In his recklessness and tunnel vision, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat is undermining the very legitimacy of Israel at a time when Israel can least afford it.

Obama: Middle East Peace Talks to Begin Next Week

Eileen Read | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eileen Read

The first round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in a decade will begin next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced late Friday. These are the talks that should have started a year ago.

From a Source of Inspiration to a Pariah State

Hagai El-Ad | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagai El-Ad

The path leading beyond the cliff's edge is clear and Israel's government is propelling the country forward with eyes wide open.

A Report from the Battlefield of East Jerusalem

Hagit Ofran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hagit Ofran

In East Jerusalem, there are Palestinian neighborhoods with tens of thousands of residents, which in the last months have been at the center of clashes between settlers, police, and residents.

Israeli Tourism Maps Annex Palestinian Lands and Omit Palestinian Cities

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

While negotiations will soon begin, how about the international community making the simple request that Israel end ignoring Palestinians and Palestine, at least on the maps it officially produces?

Schumer and Dershowitz vs. Obama

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Dershowitz despises J Street for precisely the reason younger Jews, members of Congress, frustrated Israelis, and the Obama administration welcome it. It represents a new kind of pro-Israel activism, and Dershowitz is old school.

Has Obama Decided That the Netanyahu Coalition Is the Problem?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

It is time to announce to the world what is required for peace in the Middle East, no matter who ends up looking like the obstructionist party to the conflict.

Israeli Military Commander Acts As a Dictator Towards Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Israelis are showing that the original Zionist theory of lusting for the land, without its people, continues to be the main pillar of this right-wing Israeli government.

Dear Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

Foreign Minister Martin, you absolve Gaza of all responsibility for its own predicament, instead placing it squarely in Israel's lap.

The Fourth Assassin: A Palestinian Detective in Brooklyn

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Wherever a Palestinian travels, the ties to home are too intertwined with agony to break. The Fourth Assassin explores the dilemma of the Palestinian living in the Western world.

Israeli Army Investigating the Shooting Deaths of Palestinian Teenagers

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

In the face of allegations that it used live ammunition on unarmed protesters, and following inconsistent statements from soldiers, Israeli Defense Forces have launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of two Palestinian teenagers.

Elections (Local) In Palestine Again

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

With parliamentary and presidential elections indefinitely postponed, this will be the only measure of the attitude of the Palestinians towards the Abbas-Fayyad policies.

Gaza Violence Leaves 2 Israeli Soldiers Dead

AP | AMY TEIBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — Two Israeli soldiers and a Palestinian civilian were killed Friday as a gunbattle between troops and Palestinian militants widened i...

Is the Two-State Solution Dead?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

To continue to advocate for a two-state solution, Dr. Gordon explains, is to support Netanyahu and his map for an unacknowledged, de facto single state that oppresses Palestinian residents.

The Week that Was, and the Week Yet to Come: Testing Obama's Mettle

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Zogby

This coming week will tell us a great deal about the ability of President Obama to be a strong leader and an honest broker in Middle East peacemaking.

Are Israeli-US Relations at a Tipping Point?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

It is not only the Obama Administration that lacks a necessary backbone when it comes to Israel, but the larger United States Congress does as well.

Reporter's Notebook: To Risk Arrest in the West Bank?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

As a citizen of Israel who has attended the Bil'in demonstration on numerous occasions, I am offended by the army's attempts to censure Palestinian, Israeli, and international voices of dissent.