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Essay: Recognition Condition Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Tal Becker

Amid efforts to relaunch and sustain Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Israel's claim for recognition as a Jewish State continues to generate controversy. While Israel's leaders have insisted that such recognition is fundamental to any peace agreement, Palestinian and other Arab leaders have responde

Goldstone's Regrets Categories: International Security, Palestinians     Author: Tal Becker

In significant contrast to his initial report, Goldstone now asserts that civilians were not intentionally targeted by Israel as a matter of policy during the Gaza campaign and that estimates of Palestinian civilian casualties may have been exaggerated.

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Scribblings: A Rocket from Nowhere?

Scribblings: A Rocket from Nowhere? Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Terrorism     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There was no possible mistake; the Hamas operative who fired it hit exactly what he was aiming at - a clearly identifiable, distinctively yellow school bus. This was not a weapon Hamas could ever hope to manufacture for itself in Gaza. In fact, the Kornet is made only in Russia by KBP Industries, a

Editorial: A Belated Recantation

Editorial: A Belated Recantation Categories: Israel, NGOs, Palestinians     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Probably no document in the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict has done more damage to the reputation of Israel, nor contributed more to the international campaign to boycott and delegitimise it, than the Goldstone Report. That is why Justice Goldstone's mea culpa in a Washington Post op-ed on 1 A

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Goldstone's Recantation Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

As most readers are probably aware, Justice Richard Goldstone, the head of the UN Human Rights Council's much-discussed "Goldstone Commission" into the 2008-2009 Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza, published a recantation in the April 1 Washington Post of many of the report's key findings. This Update de

Essay: All in the Papers Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: BICOM

In order to advance their particular story, al-Jazeera and the Guardian have had to misread or misrepresent significant portions of the text, omit other key sections, and demonstrate virtually no appreciation for the history of the negotiations.

The View from Ramallah Categories: Palestinians     Author: Yehonathan Tommer

The PA, Shaath said, will continue to lobby for international recognition of Palestine's "inalienable right" to declare its independence; but did vow that the PA will ultimately seek a negotiated settlement

Essay: The Case for Pessimism Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Benny Morris

Palestinian political elites, of both the so-called "secular" and Islamist varieties, are dead set against partitioning the Land of Israel/Palestine with the Jews. They regard all of Palestine as their patrimony and believe that it will eventually be theirs.

The Israeli Way of War Categories: Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians     Author: Michael Totten

The dry forest on the Israeli-Lebanese border provided shade but little relief. Rain had not fallen for months, and the blistering season-long heat wave that would later set parts of northern Israel on fire was currently burning down forests in Russia.

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Scribblings: Time to rethink Fayyadism? Categories: Antisemitism, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

[The study] does not mean that Fayyad should not be supported. He remains almost certainly better than any alternative. But it does mean there should be some scepticism directed at Fayyad's claims to be building the institutions of statehood. That is not true if those institutions are completely dep

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