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Essay: With Friends Like These...

Essay: With Friends Like These... Categories: Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Efraim Karsh

For most of the twentieth century, inter-Arab politics were dominated by the doctrine of pan-Arabism, postulating the existence of "a single nation bound by the common ties of language, religion and history... behind the facade of a multiplicity of sovereign states". No single issue dominated this d

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Yaari: Coping Without a Peace Deal

Yaari: Coping Without a Peace Deal Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Syria     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

The Palestinian leadership will never agree to a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines and an end to the conflict with Israel unless all of its demands are met, but that does not mean Israel should not take the initiative towards a two-state outcome. That was a core message of renowned Israeli journal

Peace and the Partnership Problem

Peace and the Partnership Problem Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Ahron Shapiro

Khaled Abu Toameh, veteran Palestinian Affairs reporter for the Jerusalem Post and other major international media, told a group of AIJAC supporters in Melbourne on February 28 that current US-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians appeared almost certain to fail no matter what Isr

Recognising Reality

Recognising Reality Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: BICOM

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's position that a permanent status agreement resulting in a two state solution must include explicit Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is rejected by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, and is a key point of contention in th

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Editorial: Abbas' Moment of Truth Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

As US Secretary of State John Kerry's self-imposed nine-month deadline for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations approaches, evidence is growing that Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas' true objective may not be to strike a deal that would give his people a state, but rather to run away f

Not all doom and gloom in Hebron

Not all doom and gloom in Hebron Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Michael Thurin

In a display that would leave anti-Israel proponents seething, Israeli media has captured an incident of Israeli-Palestinian harmony. The Elder of Ziyon posted the following video on March 4, showing an IDF soldier giving two young Palestinian boys sandwiches in the West Bank town of Hebron. One of

Settlement housing starts, by the numbers

Settlement housing starts, by the numbers Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

During an interview published on Sunday between Bloomberg's Jeffrey Goldberg and US President Barack Obama, the President made the allegation that "we have seen more aggressive [Israeli West Bank] settlement construction over the last couple years than we've seen in a very long time". Then on Tuesd

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Scribblings: Building up "Resistance" Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

In the past, Hamas, as rulers of Gaza, have repeatedly reacted strongly to reports the UN agency UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency), which runs almost half of the schools in Gaza, planned to teach students about the Holocaust as part of its "human rights" module. This was called a "crime against Pal

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