Posts Tagged ‘2 state-solution’


Expert: Palestine Fails International Law Test For Statehood At ICC

editor 14 June 2018

By Yonah Jeremy Bob.. Experts need to continue to press back on the International Criminal Court’s recognition of Palestine as a state, because “there is still time and room to counter this,” international law scholar Andrew Tucker told The Jerusalem Post.

Tucker and Matthijs De Blois of The Hague Initiative for International Cooperation held a press conference along with NGO Monitor and its legal expert, Anne Herzberg, on Thursday night (June 7, 2018) to discuss their book Israel on Trial: The Role of the UN and the EU in Lawfare and the Delegitimization of Israel, which advocates for Israeli positions on a range of international law issues, including dropping the ICC war crimes probe of Israelis. [Photo top right: International criminal court logo].  (more…)


Inconvenient Truths About Gaza, Hamas and Israel’s Border

editor 23 May 2018

By SWC.. Why is there a border fence between Israel and Gaza? 
Israel captured Gaza from the Egyptians during the 1967 Six-Day War. For decades, there were no border fences. Many Israelis shopped in Gaza and many Arabs worked in Israel proper. In 2005, then Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, unilaterally removed all military posts, as well as the thousands of Jews who had settled in the Gaza Strip, and gave Palestinians full control of the territory. [Photo top right: Why? | Credit: Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)


DEBATE: Would a Change in Palestinian Authority Leadership Affect the Peace Process?

editor 8 May 2018

By Dr. George N. Tzogopoulos.. BESA Center Online Debate No. 10, May 6, 2018

Q:   In 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected to a four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Thirteen years later he remains in the position without having held any further elections. While the date of his departure cannot be predicted, scenarios for the new leadership of the PA are already being examined. BESA joins the debate by posing the question: Would a change in the PA’s leadership affect the peace process?

Respondents: Ido Zelkovitz, Hillel Frisch, Amir Tibon, Asaf Romirowsky, Gregg Roman, Jonathan Rynhold [Photo top right: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas gestures as he delivers a speech in the West Bank city of Bethlehem January 6, 2016. REUTERS/Ammar Awad]. (more…)


Myths and facts about Gaza’s ‘march of return’

editor 17 April 2018

By Tzvi Fleischer.. The Strategist – 17 April 2018

The demonstrations along the Israel–Gaza border dubbed the ‘Great March of Return’ are a calculated and desperate propaganda move, largely organised and funded by Hamas alongside other terrorist organisations. Hamas, which has ruled Gaza since 2007, is designated in part or entirely a terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union and Australia. It’s using the campaign to respond to its own international isolation, recent Arab–Israeli rapprochement and more overt American support for Israel’s position, such as the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. [Photo top right: Palestinians youth collect tires to burn them during demonstrations in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 4, 2018. The death toll from March 30 violence along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel rose to 17 on Monday when the health ministry in the enclave confirmed another Palestinian had died from his wounds. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90]. (more…)

Do Palestinians Deserve Statehood?

editor 12 April 2018

By Eli E. Hertz.. A case in point – In the eyes of the European Union, the quality of life of its citizens is much more sacred than the security and well being of Israelis. European yardsticks for Turkey, a peaceful country, joining the EU – demand [of Turkey] far-reaching political and social reform “on the ground”, and 10 to 15 years of negotiations while Turks prove democratic change is “irreversible.” [Photo top right: Glacial erratic boulder at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle. This rock was found near Issaquah, having been carried from the north Cascade Mountains some 13,000 years ago. Stick is one yard | Wiki Media Commons]. (more…)


The empty talk of two states

editor 12 March 2018

By Jonathan S. Tobin.. Time was, the endorsement of a two-state solution by the executive director of AIPAC wouldn’t have been news…writes Jonathan S. Tobin/JNS. But when Howard Kohr told those who gathered for the group’s annual conference on Monday (March 5, 2018) that the organization still believes in a vision of two states for two peoples, it was considered significant. Kohr understood that affirming the pro-Israel lobby’s stance in favor of what has long been considered the only rational solution to the conflict makes sense even if there is little reason to believe in the peace process right now. [Photo top right: IPAC CEO Howard Kohr addressing the 2018 AIPAC policy conference on March 4 | Credit: AIPAC].  (more…)


Nikki Haley to Top Palestinian Negotiator: I Will Not Shut Up

editor 26 February 2018

By Michael Wilner.. “I assure you that [the current] path will get the Palestinian people exactly nowhere toward the achievement of their aspirations.” United States Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley had strong words for top Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat on Monday (February 19, 2018): “I will not shut up.” Her remarks, made at a meeting of the UN Security Council in New York, were a firm response to comments made by Erekat earlier this month, in which he called her “impudent” and told her to “shut up” regarding her criticisms of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. (more…)


Abbas travels to Moscow in bid to circumvent US as main Mideast peace brokers

editor 20 February 2018

By JNS.. Abbas sees Russia as an emerging power in the Middle East, and hopes that Russia together with other international powers can serve as brokers of an arrangement that will deliver a Palestinian state. Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas traveled Russia on Monday (February 12, 2018), in an attempt to boost the standing of the Palestinian Authority and gain backing for a Palestinian state from Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the wake of deteriorating relations between Palestinians and the current U.S. administration. [Photo top right: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow, on April 07, 2009. Photo by Dmitry Azarov / Flash90].  (more…)


UNRWA: the Greatest Obstacle to Peace

editor 16 February 2018

By Gregg Roman – Israel Hayom.. U.S. President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address (January 30, 2018), alongside reports that his administration intends to put an end to the problematic definition of Palestinian refugeeism by which descendants of refugees are also granted refugee status, constitutes an important turning point in efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (more…)


An Open Letter to the Foreign Minister of Slovenia

editor 3 February 2018

By David Harris.. Dear Minister Erjavec,

You are on record as calling for your country to unilaterally recognize a Palestinian state as soon as possible.

In doing so, you said that you believe this will advance the prospects for peace in the region. But as a long-time supporter of the quest for a two-state agreement, I would respectfully ask you to reconsider your position. This is neither the time nor the way to move the parties closer to an accord. To the contrary, it will only make a daunting challenge still more so. [Photo top right: European Union flags in front of the European Commission building in Brussels. Photo: Amio Cajander via Wikimedia Commons].  (more…)


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