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Earth-shattering news from Gaza

Earth-shattering news from Gaza Categories: Iran, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

Literally Earth-shattering, according to Iranian state media outlet Press TV: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the powerful feelings of the regional nations towards Gaza have been instrumental in the eruption of the region's volcano. There is, of course, a chance

The latest Fatah-Hamas agreement in Doha

The latest Fatah-Hamas agreement in Doha Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

This Update is dedicated to the latest Fatah-Hamas unity agreement, signed in Doha, Qatar on Monday, which calls for current PA President Mahmoud Abbas to also become Prime Minister. First up is Robert Danin from the Council on Foreign Relations, who examines the actual signifi

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The truth behind the "water libel"

The truth behind the "water libel" Categories: Palestinians     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The claim of Israel maliciously depriving Palestinians of water, in order to steal more for its own citizens, has been often repeated amongst Israel's critics. To Jerusalem Post blogger Petra Marquardt-Bigman, the accusation is reminiscent of Medieval accusations of Jews poisoning water su

Back to the table?

Back to the table? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Quartet     Author: BICOM

Lead Israeli negotiator Yitzhak Molcho met with his Palestinian counterpart Saeb Erekat in Amman on January 9 for the second time in as many weeks, with the aim of restarting direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. These were the first direct contacts between the parties since

Europa Europa: Eyes Wide Shut Categories: Europe, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Douglas Davis

When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swung through Europe in January he was feted by European leaders for pursuing the two-state formula, while obloquy was, as usual, heaped on Israel - if not for settlements then for roadblocks or water or the wall or the tunnel or the occupation or,

Back to the negotiating table?

Back to the negotiating table? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

The last two weeks have seen two meetings in Amman Jordan between Israeli and Palestinian representatives, in what are being called "preparatory talks", but are the first direct public contacts between the two sides since 2010. (Some more details on the latest rounds of talks are reported here, here

What does Hamas really believe?

What does Hamas really believe? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Recently Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas claimed that Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader in Damascus, agreed during reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas on December 22, that "there will be no military resistance" and also agreed that "the permanent solution is on the ‘

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