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Deconstruction Zone: Settlements and Ethnic Cleansing Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Eugene Kontorovich

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu provoked a storm of diplomatic disapproval recently when he pointed out that "the Palestinian Authority actually demands a Palestinian state with one precondition: no Jews." The Obama Administration responded that it is "inappropriate" to speak of demands fo

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The PA and the "Arab Quartet"

The PA and the "Arab Quartet" Categories: Palestinians     Author: Khaled Abu Toameh

Abbas' thoughts seem to be elsewhere these days. He is facing a new challenge from unexpected parties, namely several Arab countries that have come together to demand that he reform his ruling Fatah faction and pave the way for the emergence of a new Palestinian leadership.

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis

Inside Gaza, Normalcy and an Existential Crisis Categories: Palestinians     Author: Graham Jamison

I had the impression, mostly from the media, that Gaza was more or less destroyed. The images of bombed-out buildings and piles of rubble I saw in the news looked apocalyptic, Syria-esque... But as I entered the outskirts of Gaza City, disembarking at last in the bustling commercial centre of Al-Ri

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"?

Will Obama seek a Mideast "Legacy"? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Clifford D. May

President Obama is expected to refocus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the November elections, during his final days in office. He has reportedly asked the State Department to come up with a list of options. Among them: "Obama parameters" that would replace the Clinton parameters, measures

Behind the News - October 2016

Behind the News - October 2016 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

The explosion of a SpaceX rocket in Florida destroyed an advanced communications satellite developed in Israel, throwing the Israeli satellite industry into crisis. Worth between US $200-300 million, the Amos-6 satellite was the most sophisticated built in Israel's history and had been leased by Fa

A blow to Palestinian unity hopes - and to Abbas

A blow to Palestinian unity hopes - and to Abbas Categories: Palestinians     Author: Ben Lynfield

Just a month ago, the municipal elections that were slated to be held in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on October 8 were cause for rare optimism amid the bleak landscape of Palestinian politics... On Sept. 8, the hopes pinned on the municipal elections collapsed in disarray amid Fatah-Hamas recr

Deconstruction Zone: Did the "colonial powers" create Israel? Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan Adelman & Asaf Romirowsky

As the years between 1897 to 1948 have long faded into distant memory, a popular myth that Israel was created by global and colonial powers against the will of the region has gained traction in certain quarters. Yet history shows that Israel was created overwhelmingly against the will of these majo

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