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Did Palestinians fall in the negotiations trap

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When Palestinian negotiators enter the Jerusalem hotel designated for the face-to-face negotiations with their Israeli counterparts on Wednesday, they...

Palestinian and Proud

Miriam Awadallah | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Miriam Awadallah

I am a Palestinian-American with big ideas; dreams so big, they consist of becoming the next Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, or Condoleezza Rice. But I sometimes see a red sign in front of me that reads: STOP.

Eid Reflections

Philip Barton | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Philip Barton

Today is Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. As with Lent in Christianity and Yom Kippur in Judaism, this fasting creates space for reflection, humility and compassion. Current events in many Muslim countries give cause for all three.

Seven Reasons for (Cautious) Optimism About Kerry's Mideast Peace Effort

Alan Elsner | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

Nobody would deny that the obstacles are formidable and nobody ever got rich betting on the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace. But some of the underlying conditions have changed, creating a spark of hope that this time could be different.

Gaza Again Falls Victim to Egypt's Turmoil

Bill_Corcoran | Posted 10.05.2013 | World
Bill_Corcoran

The shock of our 22 staff in Gaza is hard to express. Their family members are stuck in Cairo as they transit from other countries to re-enter Gaza. Students on summer break were trying to get home to see their families after a year of studies.

Show the Leaders the Road to Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.30.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

If there is even a small chance of success in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, trust must be cultivated between Israelis and Palestinians through people-to-people interactions.

US Court rejects to connect Jerusalem with Israel

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The city of Jerusalem has many diplomatic missions that have the official title of consulate general. These include the US, most Western European and ...

Kerry, Palestinians and Israelis -- Anything Beyond PR?

Dr. Josef Olmert | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
Dr. Josef Olmert

With that in mind, we can see that there is some incentive for both sides to open talks, a welcome development by all accounts, but the process requires much more than that in order to come to a successful conclusion. The set of circumstances which will make it possible is still not around.

New Hope For The Peace Proces

Reuters | Posted 09.16.2013 | World

By Ali Sawafta RAMALLAH, West Bank, July 18 (Reuters) - As Palestinian leaders discussed a possible U.S-brokered resumption of peace ...

'Little Pride, Little Joy': The Tragedy Behind Assaf-Mania

Somdeep Sen | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Somdeep Sen

The passion and emotions of the jubilation made me wonder, "This is just a reality TV-show. Isn't it?" It sure is. But, of late, victory for Gazans has been of a morbid nature. Often steeped in the mentality of resistance, it has been synonymous with survival.

Silent Majority of Israel Supporters Must Speak Up in Support of Kerry's Efforts to Save Two-State Solution

Ephraim Sneh | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Ephraim Sneh

A detailed offer from Secretary Kerry now will compel the Israeli public to decide whether or not they want an agreement with the Palestinians, a clear choice they have not been given since May 1992, when Yitzhak Rabin ran against Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir.

Jordan May Play Greater West Bank Role

Michael Sharnoff | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Michael Sharnoff

As Secretary John Kerry returns to the Middle East for another round of shuttle diplomacy and meets with President Abbas, current realities on the ground and recent events seem to suggest that talks will center on a greater Jordanian involvement in Palestinian affairs.

Past, Present, and Future Intersect in Fifth Israeli Presidential Conference

Guy Ziv | Posted 08.31.2013 | World
Guy Ziv

The fifth Israeli Presidential Conference, the brainchild of President Shimon Peres, drew more than the usual crowd of academics, entrepreneurs, government officials, and foreign dignitaries this year.

Israel's New Generation of Leaders Begins to Speak Up

Alan Elsner | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

One of the unexpected results of last January's Israeli election was the emergence of 47 new members of parliament, 13 of them under the age of 40, who have taken their places among the 120 Knesset members.

Palestinian Wedding Singer Gets More Votes Than His President

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Mohammed Assaf, a 23-year-old wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza, became not only the first Palestinian to win "Arab Idol," but also the first in decades to prompt such a visceral outpouring of emotion, uniting Palestinians of all walks of life, political affiliations and generations in a winning moment - a rarity, to say the least.

Has Obama-Kerry Charm Offensive to Israel Failed?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

U.S. interests in the region are not limited to Israel. A time will come when Americans will wake up to this simple fact. The sooner they do the better it will be for all concerned.

One Small Step Closer to Middle East Peace?

Claude Salhani | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

When it comes to the question of dealing with the state of Israel, when it comes to matters of Israel's national security, two major events in the history of the Jewish people come into play: Masada and the Holocaust.

The Palestinian Idol and the Gaza Rocket

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Hani Almadhoun

In March 2013, I read a story on a Palestinian website about a young man from Gaza who auditioned to be on the Arab version of the popular show American Idol. The show is produced in Egypt but includes participants from across the Middle East.

Love Can't Overcome Israel-Palestine Tensions

AP | DIAA HADID | Posted 08.12.2013 | World

BARTAA, Israel — When Israeli Arabs search for a spouse, they don't just worry about looks, job prospects or future in-laws. They must think abo...

Muslims Combating Anti-Semitism

Anav Silverman | Posted 06.03.2013 | World
Anav Silverman

"Anti-Semitism is everyone's problem. The moderate Muslims don't understand that after the radical Muslims finish with the Christians, Bahai, and Jews, they will come after them. The minute we stop fighting for each other, we lose our humanity."

The 'Forgotten People': Palestinian Refugees From Syria

James Zogby | Posted 07.25.2013 | World
James Zogby

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the Middle East with a rather full plate. I don't want to pile on more, but there is an issue connected to both the Syrian civil war and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict that must not be ignored.

Netanyahu Must Clarify Government's Stance on Two States

Alan Elsner | Posted 07.24.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

As Secretary of State John Kerry labors to launch a new Israel-Palestinian peace initiative, it is legitimate to ask how firmly the government of Israel still believes in a two-state solution.

Israeli Denial and the Nakba

Mustafa Barghouthi | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Mustafa Barghouthi

An apology will not destroy Israel. Yet, it would be a first step towards making amends for the crimes of the past, acknowledging the wrongs of the present, and creating the space needed to work towards a just and lasting peace.

Playing Your Role: A Middle East Peace Drama

Jason Alexander | Posted 07.14.2013 | World
Jason Alexander

Good men and women in the Middle East are struggling for their futures, their dignities, and their security. We have a role to play, no matter how small. I have taken a part, but this cast is large. And the players need you. It is a great story. You really shouldn't miss it.

Mitigating Conflict Perception

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.02.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

There are many impediments to finding a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While changing perceptions may not by itself solve every discordant issue -- Jerusalem, refugees, national security, etc. -- it will dramatically contribute to finding solutions.