No shortcuts to Middle East peace

editor 1 November 2014

By Gilad Erdan.. The West appears to be losing patience for the Arab-Israeli conflict. Some are looking for shortcuts, including many undoubtedly well-intentioned British members of Parliament who recently called for the recognition of Palestine as a state. At the same time, many in the West are escalating their critical rhetoric against Israel, and regrettably, against Israel alone. Read more »

 

Parliamentary Recognition of Palestine – Legally, Historically and Politically Questionable

editor 1 November 2014

By Amb. Alan Baker (JCPA).. Official political bodies in the UK, Ireland and Sweden have called for the recognition of Palestine, claiming that such recognition would “contribute to securing a two-state solution.” These actions, whether by votes in the UK parliament and in the Irish Upper House, or in a parliamentary speech by the prime minister of Sweden, are based on questionable legal, historic and political premises since no Palestinian state exists, and the issue of the status of the territories is subject to negotiation. Read more »

 

The Return of Palestinian Unilateralism

editor 31 October 2014

By Ben Cohen.. It sometimes seems as if the see-saw debate about the true intentions of Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority has been with us for an eternity. One day, we’ll be saying that Abbas is genuinely a moderate, that he really is committed to a two-state solution, that perhaps he’s the guy upon whom the cautious, unsentimental Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should risk a bet. The next day, we’ll encounter yet another inciting, spiteful Abbas soundbite and it’s back to the drawing board. Read more »

 

Bibi and Barack on the Rocks

editor 31 October 2014

By Bret Stephens.. The relationship between the Obama administration and the government of Israel is beginning to look like one of those longtime marriages you encounter all the time. Maybe you’re in one yourself. He feels, Rodney Dangerfield-like, that he gets no respect. She’d be happy to offer some—if only she could find something to respect. The solution is a trial separation. Give this couple time apart to figure out what, if anything, still draws them together. Read more »

 

Sweden became the first major European country to make the official recognition of the state of Palestine

editor 30 October 2014

By Jerusalem Post.. Sweden’s center-left government officially recognized  the state of Palestine on Thursday (October 30, 2014), becoming the first major European country to do so. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told parliament in his inaugural address in October that his Social Democrat government would deliver on a manifesto promise to recognize a Palestinian state, drawing criticism from Israel and the United States. Read more »

 

Global Prayer Call 2015

editor 30 October 2014

By Harald Eckert.. Calling the body of Christ worldwide to prayer (and fasting) for your nation and Israel. On May 08, 2015 it will be 70 years that World War II (in Europe) came to an end. With this the Holocaust, the greatest atrocity and tragedy of mankind, came to a halt. On January 27, 2015 at the world wide UN Holocaust Memorial day, it will be seventy years that the infamous concentration camp of Auschwitz was delivered. These are highly important commemoration days – for the Jewish world and especially for the Jewish nation Israel which until today is threatened by a second Holocaust. Read more »

 

Diplomacy: Searching for a realistic formula to restart peace negotiations

editor 30 October 2014

By Herb Keinon.. Kerry wants more talks; Abbas wants “Palestine” without peace; Netanyahu says “Arab world first.” Six months after breakdown of negotiations, everyone is grasping at straws. The diplomatic process with the Palestinians is stuck, and – judging by recent comments by US Secretary of State John Kerry, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – no one has a realistic idea about how to get it unstuck. Read more »

 

In Anger, I Write

editor 30 October 2014

By Paula R. Stern.. Three or four times a week, I drive or take a bus into Jerusalem, ride the light rail to my office, work for several hours, and then take the reverse trip home. My children, my friends, my neighbors – we are a city that commutes to Jerusalem and beyond and then we return to the cool desert city that we love each evening. I left early today, to pick up my little granddaughter, to finish a few hours at home before calling it a night. Read more »

 

Netanyahu: Israel will not give in to pressure – no concessions without security guarantees

editor 30 October 2014

By Jonathan Lis.. At opening of Knesset’s winter session, PM says Palestinians making demands without agreeing to basic terms for peace, adds: Israel won’t give up hope for peace, but won’t cling to false hopes. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday (October 27, 2104) at the opening of the winter session of Knesset that no external or internal pressure would force him into making concessions that would put Israel’s security at risk. Read more »

 

Israel’s Ambassador Dermer: It’s a Disgrace to Call Abbas a Peacemaker (Video)

editor 30 October 2014

By Dave Bender.. Israel’s ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, on Sunday (October 26, 2014)  launched an unprecedented attack on Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, saying he “educates Palestinian children to hate Jews, and wants a Palestinian state free of Jews”, according to a transcript. “The Palestinian President wrote a dissertation denying the Holocaust,” Read more »


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