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