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Palestinians Gain Ground in PR, Diplomatic War

12/22/2010
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) -- In the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict, score some recent victories for the Palestinians.

It’s not that Israel has given an inch in the territorial dispute over the West Bank, or that the Palestinians in Gaza have achieved new military victories against the Israelis, despite increased rocket and mortar fire from the coastal strip in recent weeks.

Rather, the Palestinians have scored a series of diplomatic and public-relations successes against a Jewish state weakened by fraying relationships and a declining reputation internationally.

Media Watch: Who Is A ‘Real Jew?’

How much your heart breaks when you argue says a lot.

12/21/2010
Associate Editor

Pinocchio wanted to be “a real boy.” When he followed Lampwick to Pleasure Island and began smoking cigars, shooting pool and living the crude life until growing donkey ears and braying, was Pinocchio closer to being a real boy or a real donkey? At least Pinocchio had the decency to feel ashamed.

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen .

Human Rights Watch Report: West Bank ‘Separate but Unequal’

12/19/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel deprives Palestinian residents of the West Bank of basic necessities while Jewish settlements flourish, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

The 166-page report, “Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” released Sunday, is based on case studies comparing Israel's treatment of settlements and next-door Palestinian communities in the same areas.

The main umbrella settlers' group called the report "Goebbels-like propaganda."

Leaked Document: Netanyahu Supported Land Swaps

11/30/2010
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United States in early 2009 that he supported land swaps in a peace agreement with the Palestinians, a leaked document shows.

Netanyahu also said in the meeting with a delegation of U.S. officials in Israel two weeks after Israel's last national election that Israel does not want to control Gaza and the West Bank, according to a WikiLeaks cable released on Monday.

Challenging Checkpoints: A Success Story At Columbia

11/30/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

A recent Opinion piece,  “Exclude Me At Your Own Peril” (Oct. 26) by a fellow Columbia University student, depicted the ostensible fragmentation and dissolution of the pro-Israel movement, especially a Columbia. It described the necessity to acknowledge the conflict at home - referring to the growing division in the Jewish community concerning Israel and Israeli policy - before addressing the conflict abroad.

I write today to tell a very different story.

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.

Media Watch: Settlers Now ‘Part Of Israeli Mainstream’

Outreach to Arabs, leadership in IDF, reverse militant image.

10/19/2010
Associate Editor

Someone remarked to Gloria Steinem, on the eve of her 50th birthday, that she looked great for 50.

“This is what 50 looks like,” said Steinem.

Rabbis Shlomo Riskin, Aharon Lichtenstein and Menachem Froman are what West Bank settlers look like. From the settlements clustered in Gush Etzion.

Israeli Officials Speak of ‘Phased’ Jordan Valley Presence

10/15/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel's presence in the Jordan Valley under a peace agreement would be "phased," Israel's U.S. ambassador told an audience of Muslim and Arab Americans.

Michael Oren at a dinner arranged by the Center for Middle East Peace said Wednesday night that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "stated his commitment to continuing a phased Israeli army presence in the Jordan Valley."

"We understand that this may conflict with the search for dignity on the part of the Palestinians. That is why we stress the word phased," he said.

Netanyahu Offers Settlement Freeze for Recognition as a Jewish State

10/12/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reinstate a West Bank construction freeze if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Netanyahu made the offer Monday in a wide-ranging speech at the opening of the Knesset's winter session.

Palestinian Mosque Torched, Allegedly by Jews

10/04/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Palestinian mosque in a Hebron-area village was vandalized and set on fire, allegedly by Jews.

In addition to graffiti spray-painted on the building, several volumes of the Koran and prayer rugs were burned in the fire set late Sunday night.

“The IDF and security officials are working in order to find those responsible, and we view this as a grave and serious incident,” head of the Israeli Civil Administration, Brig. Gen. Yoel Mordechai, said Monday.

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