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Abbas "Not To Seek Re-Election"

Al Jazeera English | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has said he will not seek re-election when elections are held in January, Palestinian officials said. "Th...

The Regional Economics of Peace

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

Palestinians are going to require a regional approach. The Arab world needs to play a much larger role than it has, primarily as an import market and as a positive influence on the overall regional business environment.

Israel's 10 Worst Errors of the Decade

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

It was a decade framed by a fundamentalist Palestinian belief in salvation through suicide and a fundamentalist Israeli belief in salvation through brutality.

Tony Blair Assailed At Palestinian Mosque, Called A 'Terrorist'

Reuters | Sangwon Yoon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Tony Blair, the Middle East envoy for the "Quartet" of powers - the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations, was assailed by ...

I Refuse to be your Enemy: Human Rights in the Holy Land

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bradley Burston

I have seen the future. It was last Friday, in the faces of thousands of people marching in the street in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, in the face of a little girl dancing on the shoulders of her father to music.

Voices from Jerusalem: Archeology and National Claims in Jerusalem

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

Many in Israel today see archeology as a tool for strengthening the connection between the Jewish people and the ancient past of the land of Israel.

Gilad Shalit's Counterparts: 10,000 Palestinian Prisoners In Israeli Jails

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

The Shalit story is reminiscent of the way Americans become obsessed with crimes committed against whites while generally indifferent to identical crimes committed against people of color.

Voices From Jerusalem: An Arab Citizen of Israel Discovers Jerusalem

Ir Amim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ir Amim

I am able to see the strength and the might of this city and its residents. I pray for them out of amazement and appreciation. I close my eyes and ask that the city accept me as its daughter.

A Response to Bradley Burston's Critique

Henry Siegman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Henry Siegman

For now, blaming Palestinians for their misery is nothing more than a pretext for the continuation of a colonialist enterprise that every other democracy in the world has relegated to a shameful past.

Israel Arrests West Bank Settler For Terror Attacks

Haaretz | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Following the arrest of a West Bank settler suspected of multiple murders and bomb attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel ...

Israeli Aircraft Strike On Tunnels And Hamas Targets Kills 1, Hospital Says

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Witnesses say Israeli aircraft fired missiles at smuggling tunnels and other Hamas targets in Gaza. Hospital doctors sa...

J Street Conference To Open Amid Controversy

Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

J Street, an advocacy and lobbying firm created 18 months ago, is holding its first annual conference beginning Sunday, with participation from about ...

Egypt Cracks Down On Foreign Protesters Traveling To Gaza

Christian Science Monitor | Liam Stack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Getting in to the Gaza Strip is no easy feat, but driving across Egypt should not be this hard. On Sunday, more than 1,000 international activists ...

Drug Addiction On The Rise In Gaza

Reuters | Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ivan Karakashian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians struggling to cope with the Israeli blockade of Gaza and the trauma of war are turning to painkillers and tran...

Israeli Prisoner Exchange With Hamas: A Necessary Deal With The Devil?

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Heather Robinson

Is it ethical to for Israel to make a prisoner exchange with Hamas, a body that denies the right of Israel to exist?

Peace In Arabic

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

His words didn't smell like propaganda or activism. He spoke for moderate Palestinians like himself, and he spoke from his heart, not from talking points.

Palestinian Negotiator: 'Defining Moment' Is Here

AP | MARK LAVIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

JERUSALEM — The chief Palestinian negotiator on Monday warned Israel that if it does not take peacemaking seriously, it will find itself dealing...

Hillary Clinton: US Wants Israel To Stop Building West Bank Settlements 'Forever'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAIRO — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended the U.S. stance toward Israeli settlement building to worried Arab allies on Wednesda...

Palestinians Halt Effort to Push Gaza War Report Due To U.S., Israeli Pressure

nytimes.com | NEIL MacFARQUHAR | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

UNITED NATIONS In a startling shift, the Palestinian delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Council dropped its efforts to forward a report acc...

Israel's Pines-Paz Ignores Facts on Iran

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taylor Marsh

After listening to Israeli Labor party MK Ophir Pines-Paz speak and answer questions, it seems clear that Pines-Paz does not understand Iran, though he's clearly not alone.

Israel Is More Than Real

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert David Jaffee

If Emanuel and Axelrod are "self-hating Jews," then I'll take more of them.

Israel Diary: A Tale of Two Visits

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Arianna Huffington

JERUSALEM -- Early Friday morning I visited the Bialik Rogozin School, an extraordinary example of what is possible with real leadership. The school has 750 students from 48 countries, most of them very poor. When director Karen Tal took over three years ago, the school was plagued by outbreaks of violence and dilapidated surroundings. But the school I toured was immaculate, with new computers throughout, and bright, smiling children everywhere. I left Bialik Rogozin energized and inspired. So it was particularly jarring to drive straight to the West Bank to see the Jewish settlements that have become a flashpoint of the stalled peace process. The security wall. The roadblocks and barbed wire. The checkpoints and "buffer zones." The large, sprawling, and very permanent-looking Israeli settlements carved out on Palestinian land. No wonder Palestinians feel like strangers in their own land. READ MORE Israel Diary: Shimon Peres on Peace, Obama's Tough Love, and Working in the Shadows Israel Diary: Hyper-Alert Security Guards and Hyper-Creative Tech Geeks

Obama Should Publicly Declare Israel's Failure to Honor International Obligation

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The summit meeting called for by President Obama on the eve of the opening of the UN general council is both good and bad news for Palestinians.

Obama at the UN: Will He Sound the Trumpet for Human Rights?

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

What an opportunity for Obama, after a tumultuous eight months in office, to announce at the UN an auspicious new beginning for his Administration by sounding America's trumpet as the champion of human rights.

Arab Responsibility, Not Rhetoric

Edgar M. Bronfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Edgar M. Bronfman

After decades of using the plight of the Palestinians as a useful stick with which to beat the West and as an excuse for their own domestic illegitimacies, Arab leaders finally need to be held to account.