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Behind the News - May 2017

Behind the News - May 2017 Categories: Iran, Israel, Palestinians, Russia, Syria    

In the wake of the April 4 chemical weapons attack on the Syrian rebel held town of Khan Sheikhoun, the former head of chemical warfare in the 5th Division of the Syrian army, Brigadier-General Zaher al-Sakat, who in 2013 defected from the regime, has stated that the regime has large amounts of chem

Deconstruction Zone: Losing the rational Israeli

Deconstruction Zone: Losing the rational Israeli Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: David Brinn

I asked him if the painful concessions he mentioned included recognising that likelihood as part of a land adjustment of the pre-1967 war lines. Rajoub answered by raising his voice and saying absolutely not, all settlements were "a malignant cancer." Whose fault is it that they exist, he demanded

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking

The Age Gets Loew – a Fisking Categories: Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Gareth Narunsky

The Age newspaper (and the Sydney Morning Herald online) ran a “report” from anti-Zionist activist and author Antony Loewenstein on April 10 titled Ticking towards war: What will it take to change life in the Gaza Strip? Anyone familiar with the self-described independent journalist&rsq

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Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace”

Seriously? Abbas claims Palestinians are “raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace” Categories: Antisemitism, Islamic Extremism, Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Sharyn Mittelman

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas recently met with US President Donald Trump and said, "Mr. President, I affirm to you that we are raising our youth, our children, our grandchildren on a culture of peace."  If only that was true, peace might appear a lot closer.&nbs

Settling in on settlements

Settling in on settlements Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Elliott Abrams

Israeli settlement activity was in the news in early April because the Trump Administration had been steadily defining its policy. What has emerged is a good policy: sensible, flexible, and realistic... Obama policy had made construction in the settlements a sore point for eight full years. This w

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Marwan Barghouti’s great gamble

Marwan Barghouti’s great gamble Categories: Israel, Palestinians     Author: Avi Issacharoff

At least 1,187 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons began an open-ended hunger strike on Monday, April 17. At the same time, thousands of Palestinians took to the streets in demonstrations proclaiming solidarity with the strikers, sparking clashes with Israeli security forces in some places.&nbs

Beyond the spin: Israel's planned settlement

Beyond the spin: Israel's planned settlement Categories: Israel, Palestinians, Updates     Author: Ahron Shapiro

While, ironically, both pro-settlement and anti-settlement groups have an interest in amplifying its significance, a rational fact-based analysis of Israel's planned first new West Bank settlement in over 20 years would seem to suggest they're almost literally making a mountain out of a molehill.

Trump's envoy found an anxious Ramallah

Trump's envoy found an anxious Ramallah Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Pinhas Inbari

US President Donald Trump's Special Envoy, Jason Greenblatt, arrived in Israel on March 13, 2017, to meet Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and to sound them out on restarting peace negotiations. His visit to Abbas' presidential office, the Muqata'a,

The assassination of a terrorist

The assassination of a terrorist Categories: Palestinians, Updates     Author: Shmuel Levin

Last Friday night, four assassins lay in wait for Hamas military leader Mazen Faqha outside his beach-side home in Tel el-Hawa, a neighborhood in south-western Gaza City. The assassins had broken in to Faqha's garage a few hours earlier, after Faqha had left his house with his wife and daughter. Now

Dear Jason

Dear Jason Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: David Horovitz

Dear Mr. Greenblatt, I wish you only success as you set out on your bid to pave a path to progress on the Israeli-Palestinian front... But since this has not hitherto been your primary preoccupation, and since you are the first official dispatched here by the new President for the purpose of peacem

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