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Palestinians postpone elections - again! Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This week the Palestinian Authority (PA) cancelled local government elections for the fourth time. This lack of democracy is a clear sign that the Palestinians are not ready for statehood. Elections were scheduled for January 2009 but did not occur, then they were supposed to be held in July 2010,

And this is a moderate? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Jamie Hyams

Sari Nusseibeh's "A Jewish rethink" (AFR, 19 August) is gravely disappointing from someone regarded as a pragmatic Palestinian moderate genuinely interested in peaceful co-existence with Israel. It is understandable that he endorses J Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami's call for the US to impose a solu

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The Sinai "Badlands"

The Sinai "Badlands" Categories: Egypt, Islamic Extremism, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer and Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

This blog has been following events in Egypt over the past few weeks, as the Islamist groups seem to have been becoming far more assertive, resulting in increased weapons smuggling to Hamas in Gaza and, potentially, a cosier relationship between Egypt and Iran

Palestinian Society and September UN plans

Palestinian Society and September UN plans Categories: Palestinians, Updates    

There are reports that the Palestinian leadership is again sending out mixed signals about how determined they are to press ahead with controversial plans to seek to have a Palestinian state recognised by the UN next month. This Update features some additional pieces on those Palestinian

H is for hate. H is for Hamas

H is for hate. H is for Hamas Categories: Antisemitism, Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Anyone naïve enough to divine any signs of Hamas moderation in its quest for Israel's elimination or that it will play nice for the Palestinian Authority's September UN statehood bid, needs the services of a top ophthalmologist (although preferably not Syrian dictator Bashar al-Asad, who is a l

The Perils of being a Palestinian Journalist

The Perils of being a Palestinian Journalist Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There is a tendency in the West to treat Palestinian society as if it were a full-blown democracy - after all, they appear to have elections, and Prime Ministers and Presidents and parliament and all the trappings.(This is despite the fact that election scheduled for two years ago still have not occ

Palestinian UN bid - 'land for war'? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

This blog post looks at the Palestinian UN bid and considers analysis from: Veteran Washington insider Steven Rosen who writes that the current proposal for UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state does not meet the legal requirements for statehood. Efarim Karsh and Asaf Romirowsky who h

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Essay: The Illusion of Return

Essay: The Illusion of Return Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Geoffrey Levin

Not far from Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the storied birthplace of Jesus Christ and the West Bank's most popular tourist site, there lies a landmark of a very different kind. Sitting horizontally on a gate in front of the al-Ayda Refugee Camp is a 10-metre long iron key, weighing nearly two

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