July 29, 2013 |
PSAGOT, West Bank — The last time that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators sat down for extended, serious peace talks, in the waning days of the second Bush administration, the effort to reach a compromise was excruciating. It could be even more difficult now. In the past five years, the population of Jewish settlements in the West Bank has grown by about 20 percent, and pro-settler politicians have become major players in Israel's government. Here in the West Bank, which Palestinians claim as a basis of their...
July 29, 2013 |
As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare for preliminary talks in Washington on Monday (July 29), the future of Jerusalem — holy to three faiths — looms as the thorniest and most difficult issue to resolve. The State Department announced Sunday that the two sides had accepted invitations from Secretary of State John Kerry to come to Washington "to formally resume direct final status negotiations. " The department said two days of initial meetings will begin Monday evening.
February 10, 2009 |
There is no shortage of opinions when it comes to Middle East affairs, and the recent events in Gaza have not muted them. A minority of Middle East pundits have recently emerged as advocates for a one-state solution, which would undermine Israel's legitimacy and internationally recognized right to exist as a sovereign Jewish state in the land of my forefathers. Having personally witnessed the remarkable progress we have made with the Palestinian Authority in recent years, I believe that a two-state...
June 21, 2013 |
Among the half-million refugees who have poured across the border from Syria into Lebanon is a group of people who find themselves doubly displaced. To date, an estimated 55,000 Palestinians have sought sanctuary in Lebanon from the war in Syria, according to the United Nations, most of them descendants of families displaced by the creation of Israel in 1948. As refugees in Syria, they lived in camps and lacked citizenship, but they had built lives, established homes, held down jobs and were generally...
September 9, 2008 |
BAGHDAD, Sept. 8 -- Iceland has agreed to resettle nearly 30 Palestinian refugees who have lived for two years at a desolate camp on the Iraqi-Syrian border, the U.N. refugee agency announced Monday. The refugees, who were expected to leave Iraq on Monday, include widows of men killed during the war and their children, according to a statement by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. Saddam Hussein protected Iraq's Palestinian community, which included approximately 34,000 people when he was deposed in...
May 20, 2011
David Makovsky claimed in his May 17 op-ed piece, "What would Netanyahu do for peace?," that Israel wants Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to cross a "historic threshold" by declaring "acceptance of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. " This is not only wrong, it is also misleading, and Mr. Makovsky should know better. It is wrong because the Israelis know that Mr. Abbas, leader only of the West Bank, does not represent all Palestinians. It is also misleading, because the suggestion that such...