When Yes Means No

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week unequivocally rejected the French proposal for a Middle East peace conference involving some two dozen nations to be held in Paris this summer.  He said the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is by "direct bilateral negotiations" and he's "ready immediately to begin" talks "without any preconditions."

That may be what he said, but it's not what he meant.

The French say their goal is to revive negotiations for a two-state solution.

Palestinian’s Message Upends Expectations On Campus

11/03/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Students for Justice in Palestine, the pro-Palestinian college advocacy group, and members of Hillel don’t often share a platform.

Bassem Eid at a Midtown coffee shop: PA’s at fault, too. Hannah Dreyfus/JW


Don’t look for Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), the only Jewish presidential candidate in the 2016 sweepstakes and only one who actually lived in Israel, to join the panderfest of candidates trying to out-Israel each other.  I doubt he’ll even make a photo-op pilgrimage to the Holy Land as so many, especially Republicans, are.

Mideast Peace: Search and Rescue

The coalition guidelines Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented to Knesset on Wednesday revealed more by what they did not say that what they told about where he wants to lead his newly minted right wing government diplomatically.

The guidelines offered only vague language about peace and made no mention of the two-state approach or any new diplomatic vision or peace initiatives for the Netanyahu's fourth term.

Instead it offered what the Jerusalem Post defined as "a rather anemic clause" declaring:

U.N. Head Sets Date For Palestinian Membership In ICC

01/06/2015 - 19:00

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that Palestine will join the International Criminal Court on April 1.

U.N. Security Council Fails To Pass Palestinian Statehood Resolution

12/30/2014 - 19:00

A Palestinian-backed U.N. Security Council resolution setting a deadline for a peace deal with Israel failed to garner sufficient votes for passage.

Fueling Fires Of Hatred

If Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas mean it when they say they don’t want to see a Third Intifada, why does it look like that is exactly where they are headed? 

Each leader repeatedly accuses the other of incitement, often with good cause.  Their protestations of purity and innocence as the injured party would be a joke if so many people weren’t being killed and injured on both sides.

Sweden First European Country To Recognize Palestine As A State

10/29/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Swedish government officially recognized Palestine during its Thursday morning session, according to Haaretz. It is the first European state to recognize a Palestinian state.

British Parliament Passes Nonbinding Motion Recognizing Palestine

10/13/2014 - 20:00

The British Parliament overwhelmingly voted for a nonbinding motion to recognize the state of Palestine.

Cease-fire Talks Begin In Cairo Despite Palestinian Balk

09/23/2014 - 20:00

Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians resumed in Cairo despite Palestinian threats to suspend them over Israel’s killing of two Palestinians accused in the murder of three Israeli teens.

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