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ANALYSIS: There is No Difference between Fatah and Hamas

ANALYSIS: There is No Difference between Fatah and Hamas

Western claims that Abu Mazen was a peace partner for Israel have turned out to be a delusion, in the wake of the recent Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement. When it comes to Israel, Fatah and Hamas see eye-to-eye. Israel presently has no peace partner. The official peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians have officially collapsed, as […]

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U.S., Israel Denounce Palestinian Unity Deal

U.S., Israel Denounce Palestinian Unity Deal

On Wednesday, April 23, the Palestinians announced that rival political factions Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization reached a reconciliation deal and are discussing plans for a unified government. The proposed deal would unite Hamas, the Gaza-based radical political group that both the United States and Israel call a terrorist organization, with the moderate leaning […]

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Extending the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Extending the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

  A notable poll of Palestinians was published a month ago that did not receive much attention. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Policy and Survey Research Center (PSR) in Ramallah, found that a majority of Palestinians support extending the peace talks with Israel past the April 29th deadline if Israel partially halts settlement construction […]

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The Pollard Chess Match

The Pollard Chess Match

Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been a thorn in the sides of U.S. and Israeli administrations for 25 years. Since his conviction of sending classified information to Israel when working for the U.S. Navy, the Israeli public and politicians have repeatedly called for Pollard’s release, with their request falling on deaf ears at the White […]

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Abbas Wants to Talk Borders as U.S. Led Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Resume

Abbas Wants to Talk Borders as U.S. Led Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Resume

Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams are expected to meet today with United States Special Envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to arrive at a formula for extending the talks past the April 29 deadline. The meeting was delayed 24 hours, with media outlets reporting different reasons for the one-day postponement. Israeli officials would neither confirm nor deny reports […]

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Military Post Attacked Outside Yitzhar

Military Post Attacked Outside Yitzhar

Earlier this week, there was an attack on an Israeli military outpost outside of Yitzhar, a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. It started with stones being thrown at the soldiers’ quarters. The site was then ravaged by hundreds of rioters. They slashed tents, destroyed a water tank, a heater, a toilet and other military […]

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Overcoming Impasse May Be in the Horizon: PA, Israel Open to Continuing Talks

Overcoming Impasse May Be in the Horizon: PA, Israel Open to Continuing Talks

On Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would be willing to continue the current peace talks past the April 29 deadline on the condition that extended talks include the possibility of establishing a Jewish state with East Jerusalem as its future capital. A senior member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, however, denied the […]

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Israeli Terror Victim Refuses to Surrender to Hatred

Israeli Terror Victim Refuses to Surrender to Hatred

Despite losing an American friend to Palestinian terrorism and also almost getting murdered herself, Kay Wilson refuses to hate all Arabs merely because the Palestinian educational system teaches children to hate and some Palestinians decided to act on such hatred they were taught from birth. Kay Wilson has lived a difficult life. Both she and […]

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Palestinian, Israeli Leaders Showing They Do Not Want to Pay the Price for a Two-State Solution

Palestinian, Israeli Leaders Showing They Do Not Want to Pay the Price for a Two-State Solution

The floundering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has put a simple fact into full view: Despite sizable constituencies among both the Israeli and Palestinian publics that support a two-state solution – which I have discussed in previous articles – the internal pressures that both the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships feel can be so acute as to derail […]

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The End of the Road For Kerry and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

The End of the Road For Kerry and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

Starting with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s signing of 15 international conventions, the dramatic events over the past week indicate that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have reached yet another impasse. Several officials on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s senior staff and inside the White House believe “it’s time to say enough.” According to them, […]

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Israel Condemns Palestinian Unilateralism and Calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Israel Condemns Palestinian Unilateralism and Calls for Pollard’s Freedom

Following the recent Palestinian initiative to go unilaterally to the U.N. in order to declare statehood, Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel, Israeli Justice Minister Tzippi Livni, and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman condemned the Palestinian Authority. Ariel called for Pollard to be released unconditionally, while associates of Lieberman stated that he would permit his ministers […]

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Women’s Rights Through An Artistic Lens

Women’s Rights Through An Artistic Lens

Rights American and other Western women enjoy are still hopes for women throughout the world. While Western women undoubtedly still struggle for things like job and pay equality, the ability to acquire an education and work are fundamental rights that, among others, are liberties women throughout the world do not yet enjoy. Saudi Arabia is […]

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Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

On Wednesday, Mar. 26, United States Secretary of State John Kerry cut his trip to Italy short to fly to Amman in hopes of keeping the Palestinian-Israeli peace process on track. Kerry met with Jordan’s King Abdullah before a long dinner with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. On the three-hour flight to Amman Kerry spoke […]

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Analysis: Recent U.S.-Israeli Tensions Based on Cultural Misunderstandings

Analysis: Recent U.S.-Israeli Tensions Based on Cultural Misunderstandings

The recent tensions between the Obama administration and Israel are based upon cultural misunderstandings. If U.S. decision makers understood Israeli culture and mentality, Ya’alon’s statements would not be so offensive to them. A basic understanding of Israeli culture by U.S. decision makers could enhance Israeli-American relations. Last week, Samantha Quint wrote an article for the […]

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Dr. Mordechai Kedar: “The Eight State Solution is the Best”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar: “The Eight State Solution is the Best”

Dr. Mordechai Kedar, the director for the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam (under formation) and a lecturer in the Arabic department at Bar Ilan University, believes that the two-state for two-people solution is out of touch with the Middle East reality. He believes that an eight-state solution better reflects the […]

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