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Scribblings: Firing Offence Categories: Anti-Zionism, Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Whitley carefully specified he was not presenting UNRWA's political position, and made clear his primary concern was the current welfare of the generations of Palestinians still living in a "state of limbo" more than 60 years after their ancestors left what is today Israel. But his remarks noneth

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New Terrorism Trends/ Palestinian Refugees Categories: Palestinians, Terrorism, Updates     Author: AIJAC staff

With additional terrorism attempts again in the news, first a bombing plot on Washington subways, and then an apparent attempt to bring down cargo planes with package bombs from Yemen, plus earlier reported efforts to stage Mumbai-style attacks in Europe, this Update concentrates on new trends in te

Getting Abbas to the Table Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Kenneth Bandler

It is annoyingly predictable. When progress towards Israeli-Palestinian peace emerges, Mahmoud Abbas issues demands and threats, while world leaders scramble to appease him. So, once again, we await the Palestinian Authority president's decision.

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Editorial: A Jewish, Democratic State Categories: Israel, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

A furore has erupted in Israeli and foreign media over Israel's self-description as a Jewish and democratic state, its demand that Palestinians recognise this as part of a final peace and a proposed amendment to an existing oath of loyalty for naturalised Israeli citizens to include the phrase 'Jewi

Essay: The Naqba Obsession Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Sol Stern

The Naqba is the heart of the Palestinians' backward-looking national narrative, which depicts the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 as the original sin that dispossessed the land's native people. Every year, on the anniversary of Israel's independence, more and more Palestinians (including Ar

Capitalising on Low Expectations Categories: Palestinians     Author: Michael Weiss

A year ago, Fayyad introduced a two-year plan for laying down the armature of a future Palestinian state with an emphasis on economic development, security and bureaucratic housecleaning. The goal was to end the corrupt, Tammany-style system of patronage that formerly defined the Palestinian Authori

Beyond the Summit Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Michael Herzog

The launch on Sept. 2 of direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations after 15 months of relentless groundwork marks the third attempt in a decade to resolve the outstanding core issues pertaining to a two-state solution. Many on both sides question whether Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Pre

Editorial: Something to Talk About Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The looming expiration of the settlement building freeze poses a dilemma for Netanyahu. While politically he cannot deliver the complete cessation of all building over the 1949 armistice lines the Palestinians are demanding, he can probably limit building to the settlement blocs most observers expec

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