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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

After September

After September Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Pinhas Inbari

For the most part, the international community is tired of the unending Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the prospect of the United Nations "ending" it in September by recognising Palestinian statehood is appealing to many. Moreover, many in the international community consider a solution based on

State of Tension

State of Tension Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Members of the Friends of Israel Initiative

The unilateral declaration of a Palestinian state, and its international recognition, would be a huge mistake. A peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians is essential, but can be achieved only through honest negotiations - not by one party imposing a unilateral decision. Over the past two

Editorial: Up A Tree Categories: Palestinians, United Nations     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Palestinian Authority's (PA) bid to unilaterally seek UN recognition of an independent Palestinian state on the pre-1967 lines in September appears to be losing momentum - not least among Palestnians... The PA's plan to seek UN recognition of nominal statehood cannot lead to anything good for e

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence?

Can the PA (or Europe) Afford Palestinian Independence? Categories: Europe, Israel, Jordan, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia, United Nations, Updates     Author: Geoffrey Levin

The Palestinian Authority (PA) "is broke", and according to a recent New York Times article, "the immediate cause of the crisis is the failure of foreign - especially Arab - donors to fulfill promises of aid." According to AP, Arab donations have decreased dramatically over the past couple years, as

A "Two-State Solution" or a "Two-Stage Solution"?

A "Two-State Solution" or a "Two-Stage Solution"? Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

MEMRI has translated an interview with Nabil Shaath, Head of Foreign Relations in Fatah - the dominant party within the Palestinian Authority - which certainly provides cause for concern. Shaath essentially confesses that the PA's commitment to a two-state solution is merely part of a larger pl

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians?

South Sudan – Implications for Israel and Palestinians? Categories: Africa, Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Sudan, United Nations, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Amid the cheers over the birth of the new nation state of the Republic of South Sudan, some commentators are noting the largely overlooked significance of what has just occurred, not least for an Israeli-Palestinian peace process eventually leading to a two state solution. Compared with South Sud

 PA rebroadcasts antisemitic cartoon

PA rebroadcasts antisemitic cartoon Categories: Antisemitism, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

In another example of antisemitism sponsored by the Palestinian Authority (PA), this week the PA rebroadcast an antisemitic cartoon from a Jordanian newspaper regarding the division of Sudan on official PA television. The cartoon had the headline "Division of Sudan," and it showed the distorted ima

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Sectarian Explosion beginning in Syria?

Sectarian Explosion beginning in Syria? Categories: Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria, Turkey, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

The situation in Syria took an even graver turn yesterday. As the ruling Assad regime continues to brutalise dissenting citizens, some Syrians appear to be lashing out at the regime's minority Alawite sect. In retaliation, several Allawites went on a rampage of their own. Nada Bakri reports in The N

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