Palestinians

Palestinians Eyeing One-State Solution, Poll Finds

11/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza view the two-state solution as a precursor to one Palestinian state, a new poll found.

The poll sponsored by The Israel Project found in a series of questions to respondents that most of the Palestinians have not reconciled themselves to the long-term existence of the Jewish state.

Political Insider contest: what's this Rep. really saying?

I was going to comment on this Middle East pronouncement by Rep. Louie Gohmert, but after going through it a few times I just can't figure out what this guy is saying.

Read it yourself and let me know; there will be a prize for the most creative answer (dinner with George Soros? ). Well, maybe not, but I'd like to hear your interpretations anyway.

Posted on a number of liberal Web sites, here's what the Texas Republican uttered on the House floor in a debate over U.S. policy along the Mexican border:

Violence and Israel: Yael Hedaya Responds

When HBO's third season of "In Treatment" premiered this week, one story line was that it lost its main writer, the Israeli novelist Yael Hedaya.  (To fans of the show, don't worry: Jhumpa Lahiri is her replacement.) The HBO version was really an adaptation, nearly verbatim, of the Israeli hit series Bi'Tipul, where Hedaya wrote some of the best shows.  Now in her mid-40s and still living in Israel, Hedaya is releasing her third novel in English translation this month, "Eden.&

U.S. Sees Israel’s ‘Jewish State' Demand As Legit

10/13/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States sees as legitimate Israel's demand that Palestinians and other Arab states recognize Israel's Jewish character, a State Department spokesman said.

P.J. Crowley was pressed in a briefing Tuesday about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's offer to extend a partial settlement building freeze in exchange for the Palestinian leadership's recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.

Peace Now, Honey: Ten Islamic Marriage Tips For Your Wives (and Israel)

Today's Saudi Gazette has some advice about how to be "a successful wife." 

10. Use your ‘Fitnah’ (the beauty Allah has bestowed on you) to win the heart of your husband.

Olmert: U.S. Offered to Absorb 100,000 Palestinians

09/20/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush offered to absorb 100,000 Palestinian refugees if Israel and the Palestinians reached a peace deal, Ehud Olmert said.

The former Israeli prime minister, speaking to the Geneva Initiative conference in Tel Aviv Sunday night, said that Israel had agreed to absorb a symbolic amount of Palestinian refugees, a number he said to be fewer than 20,000.

OMG, more proof pro-Israel media monitors are sometimes right

I've sometimes had issues with pro-Israel media “monitors” who have made a cottage industry of blasting every newspaper, TV outlet and Internet news site that doesn't cover the Middle East conflict to their satisfaction and provide extensive “context” to every story – which sometimes means slamming every story that doesn't agree with their own personal politics.

But I'm also driven totally crazy by media outlets that sometimes prove the monitors correct.

Update: Jewish groups react to Rabbi Yosef

Update: Now we've heard from the Conservative movement. In a statement, the Rabbinical Assembly, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Jewish Theological Assembly and eight other movement groups said this:  "As leaders of the Conservative/Masorti movement, we deplore these recent comments of Former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that, like many of his comments over the years, constitute irresponsible incitement to violence.

Ovadia Yosef and the silence - so far - of American Jewish leaders

Update: in this blog, I asked what Jewish leader would be the first to condemn Rabbi Ovadia Yosef''s death wish for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people.  Answer: Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  This just in from Foxman:

Shas Spiritual Leader Wishes for Demise of Abbas

08/30/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- On the eve of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party wished for the demise of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this world," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef reportedly said during his weekly Saturday night sermon at a Jerusalem synagogue. "God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians."

Yosef also called the Palestinians "evil, bitter enemies of Israel."

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