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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

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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

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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

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

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