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Lawyers, Lobbyists Battle In Diplomatic Intifada

The next stage in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the diplomatic intifada.  Both sides are mobilizing their lawyers and lobbyists to do battle on several fronts, but primarily in The Hague and in Washington, D.C.

Since neither side has shown much interest in sitting down at the peace table for serious negotiations, they've opted for the battle of the briefcases.

U.S. Raps Israel’s Decision To Freeze Palestinian Tax Revenues

01/06/2015
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The Obama administration came out against Israel’s decision to freeze some $125 million in Palestinian tax revenues in response to the Palestinian Authority’s request to join the International Criminal Court.

What Does Abbas Really Want?

Mahmoud Abbas' latest threat is that if the U.N. Security Council doesn't approve his resolution calling for recognition of the state of Palestine within the 1967 borders and order full Israeli withdrawal by the end of 2017, his Palestinian Authority with "no longer deal" with Israel.

Fatah-Hamas Marriage On The Rocks

The dysfunctional marriage of Fatah and Hamas is in danger of exploding, literally.

A series of coordinated bomb attacks Friday on the homes and cars of at least 10 Fatah officials in Hamas controlled Gaza sparked new tensions between the rival factions.

Cease-Fire Hinges On Strength Of Abbas

Analysts skeptical of PA leader’s ability to monitor Rafa crossing.

08/27/2014
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In agreeing to yet another cease-fire with Hamas on Tuesday, Israel may get the peace and quiet its citizens have longed for during 50 days of fighting, but the long-term outlook — and the future of the Palestinian Authority — is still very much in doubt.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Getty Images

How Did They Find Out? Israel Turns Pot To Heroin

We always knew those Israelis are clever folks, but they may have outdone themselves on this one.

Israeli scientists may not have found Merlin's formula for turning lead into gold but they may have figured out how to do what all other scientists say is also impossible: turn marijuana into heroin.

That startling news comes from one of our favorite reliable sources, the Palestinian Authority.

Negotiations Progress As Cease-Fire Holds

Sides exchange fire, but extend the truce; Palestinian negotiator reports agreement on 'many points.'

08/14/2014
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Indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas are moving forward as both sides adhere to a renewed cease-fire.

Head of the Palestinian delegation Azzam al-Ahmed and other negotiators gather in Cairo. Getty Images

Hamas Denies PA 24-Hour Cease-Fire

07/29/2014
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Jerusalem — The Palestinian Authority announced that it has brokered a 24-hour humanitarian cease-fire with all Palestinian factions, with the possibility of extending it an additional 48 hours.

How Hamas Measures Success

Hamas reminds me of that old commercial for Timex watches when the announce would intone, "It takes a licking and keeps on ticking."

Gaza Conflict Sidelines Abbas

But U.S. still betting on Palestinian leader.

07/16/2014
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Washington — Mahmoud Abbas has been sitting on the sidelines of the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, with little influence over its outcome.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abba. Getty Images
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