Palestinian Authority

A Unilateral Statehood Declaration is No Easy Fix

05/05/2011

Since negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians have stalled, it’s becoming fashionable to discuss an “easy fix” of unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state. But the “easy fix” attempts an end run around a negotiated settlement, which is the only route through which a settlement could possibly be reached.

A Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI) would bypass peace talks entirely.

Bin Laden’s Killing Raises Immediate Security Questions

05/02/2011
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) – For years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, many Americans waited in fear for the next strike by al-Qaida on U.S. soil. But the ensuing decade has seen no more major terrorist attacks in the United States.

Now, with the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces, the question many American Jews are considering is whether the liquidation of al-Qaida’s leader makes a follow-up attack more or less likely, and whether Jews could be a target.

Fayyad Shoved Out In Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal?

Without respected economic reformer, Western aid seen in jeopardy; Bibi trip to D.C. ‘made easier’ by deal.

04/28/2011
Staff Writer

In their quest to form a unity government, the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have apparently shoved aside Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, a move that analysts believe may doom their planned new enterprise.

“It would be very difficult without him,” said Jonathan Spyer, a senior research fellow at the Global Research in International Affairs Center. “I think [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud] Abbas will have to take some steps back from this.”

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

Abbas: Palestinians Will Continue to Negotiate Peace

04/28/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinians will continue to negotiate peace with Israel despite a unity agreement with the terrorist Hamas organization, Mahmoud Abbas said.

Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, told reporters Thursday that the Palestine Liberation Organization that he heads will continue to be responsible for handling negotiations, Haaretz reported. Hamas is not a member of the PLO.

Abbas' comments came a day after his Fatah movement and Hamas, which controls Gaza, announced that they had reconciled, following a meeting in Cairo.

Report: Palestinian Forces Harassing Journalists in West Bank, Gaza

04/06/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The severe harassment of Palestinian journalists by Palestinian Authority and Hamas forces in the West Bank and Gaza has had a chilling effect on freedom of expression, a new report by Human Rights Watch found.

The 35-page report issued Wednesday documents cases in which Palestinian security forces tortured, beat and arbitrarily detained journalists in the West Bank and Gaza, in addition to confiscating their equipment and preventing them from leaving the Palestinian enclaves.

Hamas, PA to Resume Palestinian Unity Talks

03/29/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah will renew unity talks.

The talks will be held in Cairo next month, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of Fatah, said he was planning to visit Gaza to talk with Hamas leaders. But the trip, which Hamas had asked Abbas to postpone, will not take place until after next month's talks, according to the report. The talks will also focus on elections for a new Palestinian government in the West Bank and Gaza.

Is the Obama administration ready for PA-Hamas reconciliation?

Since I'm on a tear about the Obama administration's somewhat incoherent foreign policy (And I have to say it's a little less incoherent after Monday night's speech on Libya, which answered some of my questions) , let me ask this: does the president's foreign policy team have a plan for what the U.S. response will be if the Palestinian Authority manages to patch things up with Hamas?

Gillibrand, Kirk Mobilize Senate on Palestinian Incitement

03/17/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

 A letter circulating in the Senate calls on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to detail steps the U.S. is taking to end Palestinian incitement against Israeli civilians. The letter is in response to Friday’s stabbing massacre of five members of a Jeiwsh family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

State ‘Disturbed’ by Reports of Mughrabi Square Naming After Terrorist

03/16/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The State Department called "disturbing" reports that Palestinian Authority officials attended the renaming of a square after a terrorist, saying it condemned such commemorations.

"We are very disturbed by these reports and are seeking clarification from the Palestinian Authority," a State Department official told JTA. "We condemn any commemoration of acts of terrorism and underscore that all parties have an obligation to end incitement."

Palestinian incitement, Israeli incitement

In the days since the terrible murder of a family of five in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, the issue of Palestinian incitement has emerged as Talking Point Number One for pro-Israel groups here.

The Palestinian Authority hasn't done enough to curb incitement, the argument goes, which naturally leads to tragedies such as the Itamar murders.

Fair enough; it's hard to argue with claims the PA has done too little to tamp down, and has sometimes contributed to, incitement against the very idea of Israel, most notably in its own media.

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