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Two State Solution

Abbas Moves Bring Out Israeli Arrogance and Paternalism

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Every single day Israel continues its occupation and colonial settlement activities, it is acting unilaterally. The idea that it will take another unilateral move does not scare Palestinians who have little more to lose through their newfound, albeit tiny, act independent of their Israeli occupiers.

Palestinian Leader Joins UN Treaties and Continues Talks

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian negotiators are now facing the tough challenge of applying to join various UN agencies while, at the same time, agreeing, to continue peace talks until the end of April.

Israelis and Palestinians: Two-State Solution Delusion

Kenneth Kales | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Kales

I do not support a two-state plan to bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians. I realize this is not a popular opinion, particularly in the Obama administration. My reasoning is fairly simple. If you have two people who don't get along, why move them closer together? Why not give them space?

American Jewish Leaders Support Netanyahu's Two-State Efforts In Israel

Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion

On Wednesday the Israel Policy Forum delivered a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on behalf of 150 prominent American Jewish leader...

Sodastream, ScarJo, and the Myth of Benevolent Occupation

Lara Friedman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Lara Friedman

There is no such thing as benevolent occupation. Occupation is bad for Israel, bad for the Palestinians, and antithetical to Israel's survival as a democracy and Jewish state.

This Time Must Be Different

James Zogby | Posted 04.03.2014 | World
James Zogby

In 1993, surprised by their leaders' bold initiative, Israelis and Palestinians were quite hopeful. Twenty years later, the environment has become toxic, polluted by the ill-will generated by the negative behaviors of both parties.

Clearing the Air

Scarlett Johansson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business
Scarlett Johansson

While I never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation or stance as part of my affiliation with SodaStream, given the amount of noise surrounding that decision, I'd like to clear the air.

Israeli Extremists Gear Up to Oppose Kerry Peace Initiative

Alan Elsner | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Naftali Bennett, the leader of the hardline "Jewish Home" Party, who is Israel's Economics Minister, made a significant speech today which tells us how serious the peace negotiations being pushed by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have become -- and how worried opponents of the two-state solution are getting.

Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

Dragon of Israeli Right-Wing Incitement May Be Stirring Again

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

As we pass the 18th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Israel is again engaged in peace talks with the Palestinians and there are signs that the sleeping dragon of incitement is stirring in its cave once again.

Why do Palestinian-Israeli talks need nine months?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.04.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

As the world is riveted to the Syrian crisis, it may surprise many to know that the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations are still going on. The talks, h...

Kerry and Indyk in Israeli-Palestinian Talks: Don't Take Us Seriously

Steven L. Spiegel | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Steven L. Spiegel

Because the spoilers play such an important role in Mideast diplomacy, mediators should want to be considered as pursuing a hopeless mission. Most observers wonder why Kerry is wasting his time. That's exactly what he should want.

An Israeli-Palestinian Commonwealth?

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

The apparent conflict between Israel's security needs and the Palestinians' aspirations for a "real" state calls for thinking outside the box. Treating the two states as members of one commonwealth, may move the deliberations in a constructive direction.

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.

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.

Kerry's Challenge

James Zogby | Posted 08.22.2013 | World
James Zogby

Who is Netanyahu fooling, his cabinet and government, or the U.S. president and secretary of state? This is what John Kerry will have to discern as he attempts to move forward.

Israeli Minister Calls Palestinian State 'Pointless'

Agence France Presse | | Posted 08.17.2013 | World

Israeli economy minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday the idea of a Palestinian state was at a "dead-end", the latest Israeli official to speak out ...

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.

The Problem With Partition: Human Rights Provides an Alternative to Israel and the Palestinians

William K. Barth | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
William K. Barth

Since Israelis and Palestinians live interspersed they are already compelled to cooperate on areas of mutual responsibility such as border security, migration, right-of-return, dual-citizenship, public services, trade and employment.

Can Kerry Rescue a Two-State Peace Accord?

Henry Siegman | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Henry Siegman

However John Kerry will go about seeking to persuade the parties to return to meaningful negotiations, his efforts have no chance of success if he does not base his diplomacy on the following realities.

Israel Apology to Turkey -- Key to Regional Peace?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Obama figuratively dialed Turkish PM Erdogan's phone and pressed Israeli PM Netanyahu to apologize for the killings of Turkish activists on board a "peace flotilla" headed to Gaza. Perhaps the relationship has been permanently altered over the last few years, but it may be the fulcrum for resolution of Syria and a broader Israeli/Palestinian peace.

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.

The Prospect for Peace Must Trump Potential Failure

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The United States has the power, responsibility, and certainly the strategic interests to put an end to this self-consuming conflict in a region where the stakes for all concerned cannot be overestimated.

The Peril of Mutual Delegitimization

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Although a majority of Israelis and Palestinians realize that coexistence based on a two-state solution may well be inevitable, intractable voices on both sides simply refuse to accept this reality.