March of Folly

October 16, 2020 by  
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Now that the Chagim (Festivals) are over most people are looking forward to a new year devoid of past follies and one which will somehow fulfil their craving for a more balanced and normal life. Read more

Report: Chinese president supports the Palestinians’ ‘just demands’

July 22, 2020 by  
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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday expressed China’s support for the “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which he said had always been the core issue in the Middle East. Read more

Abbas declares end to agreements with Israel, US

May 20, 2020 by  
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Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to the agreements signed with Israel and the United States and said he was turning over responsibility for the PA territories back to Israel. Read more

Olmert slammed for meeting Abbas after he rejected Deal of the Century at UN

February 13, 2020 by  
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Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert incurred harsh criticism from Israeli officials and politicians after he met with Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas just hours after he assailed the US’ Deal of the Century peace plan at the United Nations. Read more

Abbas rejects tax money from Israel, insists its funds go to terrorists and their families

February 24, 2019 by  
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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has rejected tax revenues collected by Israel following the Jewish state’s decision on Sunday to reduce 5% of what it gives to the P.A. due to the latter’s support for paying terrorists and their families. Read more

Trump should reject PLO and UN propaganda on East Jerusalem

August 2, 2018 by  
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President Trump’s as-yet unannounced “ultimate deal”  to resolve the Arab-Jewish conflict has received a setback following Saudi Arabia’s King Salman reassuring Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas that Saudi Arabia would oppose any Trump peace plan that did not accept the PLO stance on East Jerusalem becoming the capital of an independent Palestinian Arab state. Read more

‘Pay to slay’ and why the ‘occupation’ continues

To Israel’s critics, there really is only one issue to discuss with respect to the conflict with the Palestinians: the “occupation”…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. Read more

Palestinian leader Abbas slams Trump and calls Israel a ‘colonial project’

January 16, 2018 by  
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During a two-hour speech to the Palestine Liberation Organisation’s (PLO) Central Council, Palestinian Authority (PA) President and PLO Chairman Mahmoud Abbas slammed President Donald Trump’s attempts to jumpstart peace negotiations as well as America’s recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Read more

Defining ‘occupied’ and the semantic battle for peace

December 29, 2017 by  
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In a demonstration of how completely at odds his views are from those of the foreign policy establishment, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman reportedly asked the State Department to stop using the term “occupied territories” and instead refer to the “West Bank.”…writes Jonathan S.Tobin/ Read more

Fatah-Hamas reconciliation: A fusion of evils…writes Isi Leibler

October 17, 2017 by  
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World leaders – including some of our American friends – are apparently still unwilling to face reality and continue to delude themselves that Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority can be induced to making a peace settlement if Israel continues to appease them and excuse their crimes. Read more

Abbas demands Hamas dismantle its military as precondition for unity government

October 4, 2017 by  
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Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday he would not allow the Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas to keep its weapons and armed brigades if control of the coastal territory is transferred to the PA. Read more

Trump and Congress can Make America Great Again…writes David Singer

February 15, 2017 by  
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President Trump and Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders this week have the last opportunity to resuscitate the two-state solution laid out in President Bush’s 2003 Roadmap adopted by the Quartet – America, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations (“Bush-Quartet Roadmap”). Read more

Palestine – Israel Sheds PLO As Negotiating Partner

December 10, 2015 by  
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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has concluded that completing successful negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) on the allocation of territorial sovereignty in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), Gaza and East Jerusalem is a mission impossible to achieve. Read more

Palestine – Kerry’s Credibility Crashes As Abbas’s Intransigence Increases,,,writes David Singer

March 30, 2014 by  
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US Secretary of State John Kerry has seen his reputation and prestige shredded to tatters over the past few weeks. Read more

Giving moderation a bad name…writes Michael Kuttner

April 19, 2013 by  
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 When is someone called a moderate not really one at all? Read more

Bob Carr in Israel

August 7, 2012 by  
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Foreign Minister Bob Carr is in Israel and has visited President Shimon Peres. Read more