Somewhere over the rainbow

October 8, 2021 by  
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As we read in the Torah portion, Noach, the rainbow became a symbol that God would not destroy the world by flood again. Read more

Meretz’s pilgrimage to Ramallah

October 6, 2021 by  
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If anything illustrates the farcical nature of the current makeup of the government in Jerusalem, it’s the parley in Ramallah on Sunday evening between Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and a delegation of Israel’s Meretz Party, headed by Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz. Read more

Enraged over Arab ties with Israel, Palestinians quit chairing Arab League sessions

September 23, 2020 by  
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Angered at the Arab world’s growing ties with Israel, the Palestinian leadership has quit their chairmanship of Arab League meetings, the Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister announced on Tuesday. Read more

The Abbas comedy and the ongoing Palestinian tragedy

If you think you’ve seen this movie before, you’re right. Read more

President Rivlin discusses Coronavirus crisis with PA head Abbas

March 19, 2020 by  
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President Reuven Rivlin spoke on Wednesday with Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the Coronavirus crisis. Read more

Decision time

October 4, 2019 by  
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The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for making decisions. Read more

As its popularity is challenged, Hamas keeps watchful eye over its Palestinian rival in Gaza

January 27, 2019 by  
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Tensions between Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip have sparked a number of armed conflicts and smaller scale flare-ups in the last decade. Yet within Gaza there is a web of internal tensions and simmering rivalries between Palestinian factions. So far, these have not posed a threat to Hamas’s iron grip on its enclave, but as its popularity is questioned, that might change one day. Read more

Prepare for the overdue “big one”

July 13, 2018 by  
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Anticipated major earthquakes both geophysical and political are long overdue…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Abbas declares Israeli legislation won’t stop him from paying terrorists

July 11, 2018 by  
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In a meeting with Fatah Party leaders on Sunday, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that he would not stop paying salaries to convicted terrorists and their families, despite new Israeli legislation withholding funds in the amount paid to killers and attackers from taxes collected for the P.A. Read more

Prince William tells Abbas he hopes for a ‘lasting peace’ in the Middle East

June 28, 2018 by  
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Prince William met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday in Ramallah, telling the Palestinian leader he hopes for a “lasting peace” in the region. Read more

Post Purim hangovers

March 2, 2018 by  
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Once the Purim carnival festivities are over and the masks removed the real world again intrudes into our daily lives. Read more


February 9, 2018 by  
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Decisions made by political leaders and those in authority usually reflect their priorities…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Abbas set to address Security Council to ask for full UN membership

February 3, 2018 by  
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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to address the United Nations Security Council later this month amid growing tensions with the United States. Read more

The predictable liberal response to Pence

January 31, 2018 by  
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Listening to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s address to the Knesset was a euphoric experience…writes Isi Leibler. Read more

Ready – Steady – Go!

January 5, 2018 by  
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The civil year 2018 is barely out of the starting blocks and we are already witnessing events which without a doubt will impact all of us no matter where we live…writes Michael Kuttner. Read more

Why Trump’s Palestinian aid cut threat makes sense

We didn’t need the publication of a new book filled with behind-the-scenes gossip to know that Donald Trump is an unconventional and, at times, inappropriate president…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/ Read more

PA denies report of Abbas demand that Hamas recognise Israel

November 2, 2017 by  
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) has refuted a report citing an alleged demand by PA President Mahmoud Abbas that members of the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas must recognise Israel if they want to be included in the cabinet of a unity government. Read more

How Balfour explains why the peace process failed

October 29, 2017 by  
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It was a minor news story when it broke in the summer of 2016. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced he was suing Great Britain over the Balfour Declaration, issued on Nov. 2, 1917…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/ Read more

Birds of a feather, united by terror…writes Michael Kuttner

March 24, 2017 by  
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They may fight each other and disagree on tactics but there is one thing guaranteed to unite them and that is hatred for Israel. Read more

Trumping Solutions…writes Emily Gian

February 17, 2017 by  
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Two days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and American President Donald Trump met in Washington for the first time since the latter was inaugurated. The greeting was done in a far warmer manner than similar meeting between Netanyahu and Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. Read more

Inflammatory consequences…writes Michael Kuttner

December 2, 2016 by  
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Incendiary incitement usually results in a burning desire to take action and so it proved this past week. Read more

After years of institutional ‘decay,’ Palestinians set for long-overdue elections

November 24, 2016 by  
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Against the backdrop of this month’s long-overdue leadership elections for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah political party, the Palestinians living in the West Bank face an uncertain future following more than a decade of stagnant rule…writes Sean Savage/
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Israel: Rhetoric v Reality

June 12, 2015 by  
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When discussing matters pertaining to Israel one of the challenges is how to differentiate between rhetoric and reality…writes Ron Weiser. Read more

When the president’s hero is a terrorist: a tale of two societies

The president of a normal, civilized country naturally is anxious to distance himself from any suspicion of ever having had a connection to a terrorist. Read more

Israel launches campaign to discredit International Criminal Court inquiry

The Israeli government has launched a public diplomacy campaign to discredit the legitimacy of the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) recent decision to start an inquiry into what the Palestinians call Israeli “war crimes” in the disputed territories. Read more

Toxic Concoctions…writes Michael Kuttner

November 7, 2014 by  
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Like the witches’ brew in Macbeth the cauldron of noxious ingredients is being stirred on a daily basis by Abbas and members of his Hamas/Fatah Authority. Read more

Duplicitous Abbas comes out of the closet…writes Isi Leibler

October 2, 2014 by  
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Even the few delusional apologists who maintain that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is a genuine partner for peace must have been stunned by his obscene and demagogic address on Rosh Hashana at the United Nations General Assembly. Read more

Abbas, Auschwitz, and Palestinian strategy…writes Ben Cohen

July 15, 2014 by  
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It was often remarked that the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader, Yasser Arafat, would sound moderate when speaking in English and utterly intransigent when speaking in Arabic. Much of the same could be said about his successor, Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority. Read more

Palestine – Abbas Facing Prosecution For Aiding And Abetting War Crimes…writes David Singer

July 13, 2014 by  
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Mahmoud Abbas – Head of the Government of National Consensus in Gaza since 2 June – faces prosecution in the international criminal justice system for aiding and abetting war crimes involving the indiscriminate firing of 384 rockets and missiles from Gaza into Israeli population centres reaching as far away as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem over the past four days. Read more

Blaming Israel for the Collapse of the Peace Negotiations…writes Isi Leibler

April 7, 2014 by  
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All signs indicate that the moribund peace process has now formally collapsed. Read more

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