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  • Envoy says US will work to get Abbas back ruling Gaza after conflict over [Israel and Hamas]

    07/19/2014 1:11:03 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 10 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Staff
    Dan Shapiro: ‘We’ll seek to help moderate Palestinians become stronger in Gaza,’ since they’d run it better than ‘Hamas, a terrorist group’ The US wants to see Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority restored to ruling Gaza after the current conflict is over, and will make efforts to bring this about, American Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro indicated Saturday night. In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 news, Shapiro was asked about the unity government formed last month by Abbas’s Fatah faction and Hamas. He did not reply directly and instead noted that Abbas was currently in close contact with Egypt, trying...
  • Pope Francis: Mahmoud Abbas is a “Man of Peace”

    05/27/2014 10:13:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/27/2014 | Robert Spen
    AP reported Sunday that “Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts ‘unacceptable.’”Not only that, but “Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the ‘state of Palestine.’ In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the ‘state of Palestine,’ and his Bethlehem office as the ‘presidential palace.’ He pointedly called Abbas a ‘man of peace.’”This is not really all that surprising. After all,...
  • The Self-Inflicted Palestinian Victimhood

    04/30/2014 6:01:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 29, 2014 | Joseph Puder
    - FrontPage Magazine - - The Self-Inflicted Palestinian VictimhoodPosted By Joseph Puder On April 29, 2014 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | No Comments Palestinians are viewed on some college campuses in North America as victims of Israel, largely thanks to organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and their Islamist allies.The professional propagandists in groups such as SJP are relying on provocative imagery in their attempt to portray Israel as the oppressor. This is patently false when considering the facts. The picture of an Israeli tank facing a Palestinian rock thrower, painted by SJP and...
  • Abbas Denounces Murder of Jews in Holocaust as 'Most Heinous Crime in Modern Era'

    04/27/2014 10:34:57 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Apr. 27, 2014 | Barak Ravid
    Netanyahu: Rather than soothing international public opinion, Abbas should choose between Hamas and peace with Israel.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas released a special message on Sunday in Arabic and in English on the occasion of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, in which he decried the murder of Jews in the Holocaust as "the most heinous crime against humanity in modern history. This is the first time a Palestinian president has ever made such a public declaration.
  • Analysis of PA uniting with Hamas

    04/25/2014 7:37:42 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/24/2014 | Caroline Glick
    It’s hard not to admire Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s brazenness. Two weeks ago, Abbas signed on to 15 international agreements that among other things require the PA to respect human rights and punish war criminals. And this week, he signed a unity deal with two genocidal terror groups all of whose leaders are war criminals. Every leader of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two parties that signed the deal with the PLO, are war criminals. Under the Geneva Conventions, which Abbas signed onto just a couple of weeks ago, he is required to put them on trial, for their...
  • Palestinian unity government will recognize Israel: Abbas

    04/26/2014 12:29:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:28pm EDT | Noah Browning
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas signaled on Saturday that he remains committed to troubled U.S.-backed peace talks, saying that any unity government agreed with the militant group Hamas would recognize Israel. Abbas’s comments appeared aimed at soothing U.S. concerns about the unity deal he reached on Wednesday with Hamas, an Islamist faction sworn to Israel’s destruction and designated by the West as a terrorist organization. […] Hamas’s opposition to Israel does not necessarily contradict Abbas’s position, as both sides have agreed that the unity government will not include Hamas members but be comprised of technocrats. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
  • The Mideast Peace Process Peters Out

    04/10/2014 8:42:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | April 10, 2014 | Cliff May
    Blessed are the peace makers. But don’t confuse peace makers with peace processors. The latter think they can persuade the lion to lie down with the lamb. The former are realistic enough to grasp how perilous that is unless the lion has just had a big dinner and a couple of stiff drinks. Sad to say, Secretary of State John Kerry has proven to be a peace processor, one loath to acknowledge that the latest round of Palestinian-Israeli peace talks have come to a very dead end. Actually, they never moved off the starting blocks. Let’s stipulate that Kerry is...
  • Kerry's Folly

    04/10/2014 7:26:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | April 10, 2014 | Cal Thomas
    After his spectacular, but predictable, failure to move forward the "peace process" between Israel and the Palestinian side, Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will now "evaluate" its role in the Middle East. Let me help: The peace process in the Middle East isn't working and it can't work when one side -- that would be the Palestinian leadership -- has no intention of settling for anything less than their ultimate goal of removing the Jewish people from the region. Kerry's cynical ploy suggesting that convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard could be released from prison in exchange...

    08/21/2003 5:29:28 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 36 replies · 233+ views
    NY Post ^ | 8/21/03 | Eric Fettmann
    <p>Will Tuesday's horrific massacre in Jerusalem be the defining moment for Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas - the point at which he and top aides finally realize they can no longer get away with refusing to confront terrorism? Or will it be more of the same cat-and-mouse games that Abbas has been playing in order to avoid his crystal-clear obligations under President Bush's road map?</p>
  • PA launches pro-Mubarak demonstration in Ramallah

    02/02/2011 11:40:29 AM PST · by FourPeas · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/02/2011 20:59 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Dozens of Fatah supporters demonstrated in Ramallah on Wednesday in support of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The demonstration is the first of its kind in the West Bank since the beginning of the uprising in Egypt. RELATED:For Palestinians, Egyptian unrest is bittersweet The demonstration coincided with the attack that was launched by Mubarak's supporters against anti-government protesters in Cairo. Sources in Ramallah said that the demonstration was initiated by the PA leadership, which has banned anti-Mubarak protests in the West Bank. The demonstrators shouted slogans condemning Egyptian opposition figure Mohammed ElBaradei as a “CIA agent” and warned against foreign...
  • Abbas dumps another US-led peace effort, Kerry gives up on shuttle, Pollard release recedes

    04/01/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Debka file ^ | April 1, 2014, 11:05 PM (IST)
    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or directly turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He simply turned his back on the commitment he made ahead of the talks to refrain from unilateral applications to UN bodies while they were in progress. As soon as the US Secretary flew off to Brussels, he sent out applications for “the independent Palestinian state” to join 12 UN agencies as members. This was after the Palestinian leader upped his...
  • Pollard-for-prisoners deal said offered by US to save peace talks

    03/26/2014 3:11:09 PM PDT · by mojito · 24 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | 3/26/2014 | Staff
    The United States has proposed freeing Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in a trade-off deal in which Israel would agree to proceed with the next round of prisoner releases, including Israeli Arab prisoners, and the Palestinian Authority would agreed to extend the current peace talks, Israel’s Army Radio reported Wednesday. It said the offer had been conveyed to Israel and the PA, but there was no official confirmation. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki was quoted telling journalists accompanying Secretary of State John Kerry to a meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday morning that there were currently no plans to release...
  • Abbas: Kerry’s Efforts Have Failed…So Far

    02/21/2014 11:57:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 2/21/2014, 10:49 PM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas said Friday that U.S. attempts to forge an agreement on a framework for peace talks with Israel had so far failed but that the efforts are “extremely serious,” AFP reported. Speaking in Paris after talks this week with Secretary of State John Kerry, Abbas told journalists, “So far the Americans have not been able to put these ideas into a framework, even if the efforts are extremely serious.” …
  • Peres: Abbas is Serious About Peace

    02/17/2014 10:49:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/2/14 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres on Monday hailed remarks by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on the issue of the “Palestinian refugees”, AFP reported. Peres, who said Abbas’s comments showed his "seriousness about reaching peace", was referring to what Abbas said during a meeting Sunday with more than 300 Israeli university students at his Ramallah headquarters. At the meeting, the PA chief told the students said he did not want to "flood Israel" with so-called “Palestinian refugees” and that there was no need to "re-divide" Jerusalem. "I was happy to hear him," Peres's office quoted him as saying at the start of...
  • Abbas: A Peace Agreement Would End the Conflict (more taqiyyah)

    08/22/2013 11:09:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    INN ^ | 8/23/2013, 2:12 AM | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is claiming that if a peace agreement is reached with Israel, it would bring an end to his people’s demands of the Jewish state. Abbas made the comments during a meeting in Ramallah with members of the leftist Meretz party, and they were reported by Channel 2 News. “I know your concerns, but guarantee that at the conclusion of successful negotiations, we undertake to end all the demands. We will not ask to return to Yafo, Akko and Tzfat,” he said. Members of Meretz said that Abbas told them a “fair agreement” will end...
  • Dahlan: Iran, Qatar backed Hamas 'coup'

    06/27/2007 8:04:28 PM PDT · by SJackson · 1 replies · 220+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 6-2707 | KHALED ABU TOAMEH
    Former Fatah security chief Muhammed Dahlan said Wednesday that he was not surprised by Hamas's "coup" in the Gaza Strip and that he had warned various parties about the Islamic movement's plans. He also accused Iran and Qatar of providing Hamas with hundreds of millions of dollars. Dahlan, who is a Fatah member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, has been accused by Hamas of conspiring with the US and Israel to remove the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority unity government from power. He is also under attack from some Fatah leaders and activists who hold him responsible for the Hamas takeover of...
  • Abbas: Palestine will be Judenrein

    07/30/2013 6:36:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | 7/30/2013, 8:56 AM | Gil Ronen
    Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas presented a racist and hateful vision of a future Palestinian state when he spoke to reporters in Cairo Monday. “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli—civilian or soldier—on our lands,” he told a group of reporters, most of them Egyptians, on Monday. … Even now, Jews are not permitted to live inside the PA-controlled territory, and the sale of land to Jews is punishable by death. …
  • PA Minister: Peace Deal Is Like Mecca Truce Broken by Muhammad

    07/24/2013 5:45:05 AM PDT · by haffast · 14 replies
    The Jewish News ^ | Published: July 24th, 2013 | JNS News Service
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, in a sermon attended by PA President Mahmoud Abbas on the day that renewed peace negotiations with Israel were announced, compared PA peace agreements to a 10-year truce that was broken by the Prophet Muhammad after only two years. The PA minister, according to a July 19 Palestinian Authority TV broadcast cited by Palestinian Media Watch, compared the Palestinian leadership’s approach to peace agreements such as the 1993 Oslo Accords to the “Treaty of Hudaybiyyah” between Muhammad and the Quraish Tribe of Mecca. Just like the Palestinian leadership encountered “much criticism...
  • Abbas: Arabs Must Save Jerusalem From 'Settlement Monster'

    06/26/2013 2:40:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/6/13 | Rina Tzvi
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas continues to promote the PA libel that Israel is scheming and acting to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Palestinian Media Watch reported. In an interview to the Saudi paper Al-Watan, Abbas said that the Arab and Islamic world should become more pro-active in responding to the Israeli “plot”. "All these [Israeli] actions indicate an evil and dangerous plot to destroy Al-Aqsa [Mosque] and build the alleged Temple,” Abbas said, according to PMW. “Unfortunately, these dangers, which are clear for everyone to see, have yet to receive proper Arab, Islamic and international responses," Abbas said....
  • Wounded . . . and dangerous

    06/07/2013 1:43:13 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 29 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6/7/2013 | Carolyne B. Glick
    US Secretary of State John Kerry looks like a bit of an idiot these days. On Monday he announced that he will be returning to Israel and the Palestinian Authority and Jordan for the fifth time since he was sworn into office on February 1. That is an average of more than one visit a month. And aside from frequent flier miles, the only thing he has to show for it is a big black eye from PLO chief and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. When Kerry was here last month he unveiled a stunning plan to bring $4 billion...
  • US dusts off old Arab peace plan to resolve Mideast conflict (Kerry back to the M.E.)

    04/06/2013 8:48:28 AM PDT · by haffast · 17 replies
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | April 6, 2013 | Sheera Frenkel
    JERUSALEM - The Obama administration is exploring whether a long-abandoned initiative proposed by Saudi Arabia 11 years ago could become the basis for a regional peace agreement between Israel and its neighbors, according to Israeli and Palestinian officials. With U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry due to arrive in the region over the weekend, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been conferring with other Arab leaders on the viability of the plan, which calls for a normalization of relations between Israel and all the Arab states in exchange for the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state. Israeli and Palestinian officials confirmed...
  • Abbas ‘No’ Puts Obama in His Place (

    11/12/2012 9:12:05 AM PST · by mojito · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 11/12/2012 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas threw cold water on President Barack Obama’s election victory, answering the president with a direct “no” after Obama told him his administration is opposed to the PA’s unilateral move for recognition by the United Nations General Assembly. Abbas’ blunt “no” underscored the new Middle East reality, where the PA chief feels he can snub the United States and bank on international opposition to the State of Israel’s position for defensible borders, said analysts. "There was a long telephone conversation between president Mahmud Abbas and Barack Obama," the Palestinian leader's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP....
  • Abbas, Fayyad Outraged at Egyptian Treatment of Hamas

    08/27/2012 11:04:06 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 28/8/12
    Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Mininster Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian Authority (PA) feel anger and dissatisfaction at the new Egyptian administration over its approach to the PA, especially its representation, according to PA sources cited, Monday, by the London-based Ash-Sharq Il-Awsat daily. The sources say Abu-Mazen and Fayyad are not pleased that the government of President Mohammed Morsi "has ties with Hamas as if it is the representative of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, while ignoring the role of the Palestinian Authority." The sources added that "Egypt is negotiating with the Hamas government
  • No Anti-Obama Jews Wanted in These Synagogues

    06/01/2012 9:41:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/1/12 | Abraham H. Miller
    Inside the synagogue, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who mindlessly called Israeli settlements obstacles to peace, was going to speak. Outside B’nai Torah, in Boca Raton, Florida, members were anxiously pointing out Alan Bergstein, writer and pro-Israel activist, to the reinforced law enforcement detail. Bergstein and other anti-Obama Jews were denied entrance and told by law enforcement to leave the property. How far and how shamelessly some in the Jewish community have sunk in their embrace of Obama is ineradicably seen in this action. A Jew being denied entrance to a synagogue brings to mind Germany in...
  • Friday night news dump: Obama bypasses Congress, funds Palestinian Authority

    04/28/2012 6:33:56 PM PDT · by opentalk · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 28, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Isn’t it funny what you can find out on Friday evening about what our executive branch does? For instance, Agence France-Presse reported last night that Barack Obama bypassed Congress to send $192 million to the Palestinian Authority, claiming that national security required the US to put money into Mahmoud Abbas’ pocket: President Barack Obama has signed a waiver to remove curbs on funding to the Palestinian Authority, declaring the aid to be “important to the security interests of the United States.” A $192 million aid package was frozen by the US Congress after the Palestinians moved to gain statehood at...
  • A portrait of Muslim Brotherhood's supreme authority

    03/01/2011 11:49:43 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 8 replies
    Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who preached in Tahrir Square 10 days ago, loathes Israel, justifies suicide bombings against its civilians. 1. Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Abdallah al-Qaradawi is a central figure affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. He was expelled from Egypt and found refuge in Qatar, operating from there throughout the Muslim world. 2. Many consider him the supreme religious and ideological authority for the Muslim Brotherhood, although he is not officially its leader. (In the past, he refused to accept the title of the Muslim Brotherhood’s General Guide). He is influential in Egypt and considered one of the most important Sunni...
  • Distorting the truth in the Middle East

    10/23/2011 7:02:08 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/23/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Every day in the Middle East, terrible things happen. The lies and distortions of truth help ensure things don’t get better. Every day in the Middle East, terrible things happen. The worst are the acts of violence and oppression. The second worst are the lies and distortions of truth that help ensure things don’t get better. Every day in the West, the lies are echoed and amplified, and new ones invented. This not only helps ensure things don’t get better in the Middle East, it guarantees they will get worse in the West. There is an ancient Navaho proverb that...
  • Abbas: We're going to the UN to demand full membership

    09/16/2011 4:46:58 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 16 replies
    RAMALLAH - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he would demand full membership of the United Nations when he goes the UN General Assembly next week, setting up a diplomatic clash with Israel and the United States. "We are going to the United Nations to request our legitimate right, obtaining full membership for Palestine in this organization," Abbas said...
  • Palestinian President Abbas: No War with Israel Unless Arabs Join

    08/25/2011 12:40:59 PM PDT · by Tzfat · 10 replies
    The Mideast Update ^ | August 25, 2011 | Staff
    In comments during a recent trip to Lebanon, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that the Palestinians were opposed to attempting to achieve independence through violence, apparently not because it is wrong, but because it would be impractical against Israeli forces. According to the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency, citing a report from the WAFA Palestinian news agency, Abbas said some Arab nations were in favor of allowing armed resistance against Israel if a bid to gain statehood through the United Nations failed. Abbas was resistant to the idea, however, “unless you all take a decision to launch war.” Abbas was further...
  • Abbas’ Vision of an Ethnically Cleansed Palestinian State

    08/12/2011 4:20:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Commentary ^ | 8/12/11 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    A delegation of Democratic members of Congress met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas yesterday and received a blunt message about his vision for the state he hopes to lead. If he gets the independent Palestinian he says he wants, it will have no Jewish settlements. This demand for an ethnically cleansed Palestine would mean the forced removal of all Jews living in the territories. Since he is calling for that state to exist in all of the territory of the West Bank, Gaza and the part of Jerusalem that was illegally occupied by Jordan from 1949 to 1967, that
  • PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: "We Refuse to Recognize a Jewish State"

    06/05/2011 6:36:03 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 25 replies
    Memri tv ^ | June 2, 2011 | Palestinian Authority TV
    Following are excerpts from an interview with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, which aired on Palestinian Authority TV on June 2, 2011: Mahmoud Abbas: With regard to [Palestinian recognition] of a Jewish state, or whatever, this has never been an issue. Throughout the negotiations between the Israeli and us, from 1993 until a year ago, we never heard the words "Jewish state." Now, they have begun to talk about it, and our response was: "Go to the UN, and call yourselves whatever you want. We are not the party to address. Not only that – we refuse to recognize a Jewish...
  • Abbas says Netanyahu's speech disappointing (filled with "falsehoods and distortions")

    05/25/2011 5:59:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | 5/25/11
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday slammed a peace vision presented by Israel's prime minister and suggested the Palestinians now have their sights firmly set on seeking U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in September. Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday was filled with "falsehoods and distortions," Abbas told leaders of the Palestine Liberation Organization and his Fatah movement. "He did not say anything we can build on positively." Abbas' comments marked the first time he responded publicly to a total of four speeches by Netanyahu and President Barack Obama over the past week. Abbas...
  • The Abbas-Obama Border Threatens Israel

    05/20/2011 4:10:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 21, 2011 | Dore Gold
    It's no secret that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to lobby the U.N. General Assembly this September for a resolution that will predetermine the results of any Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on borders. He made clear in a New York Times op-ed this week that he will insist that member states recognize a Palestinian state on 1967 lines, meaning Israel's boundaries before the Six Day War. Unfortunately, even President Barack Obama appears to have been influenced by this thinking. He asserted in a speech Thursday that Israel's future borders with a Palestinian state "should be based on the 1967 lines," a...
  • Pressures Build Inside Fatah Ahead of Palestinian State Declaration

    03/15/2011 12:39:34 AM PDT · by jerusalemjudy · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | March 14, 2011 | Dror Bar-Yosef
    The ongoing internal rift within Fatah is one of the reasons for the failure to renew talks with Israel. The movement has a history of internal dissension and divisions, with parties accusing one another of corruption, collaboration with Israel and the U.S., and betrayal of Palestinian interests. One of the basic features of Fatah in recent years has been the tension between the "old guard," the movement's founding generation which entered the West Bank and Gaza after the Oslo Accords were signed, and the "young guard," the generation that arose under Israeli rule and led the popular struggle against Israel...
  • Mubarak's ultimatum

    12/26/2005 3:56:20 PM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 12-26-05
    Throughout the Middle East, reformers have been driven away by autocratic rulers. We Westerners are desperate to see the political systems in the Middle East evolve from authoritarian theocratic or oligarchical models to some variation of representative government. That desire suffered another setback on Saturday when former Egyptian presidential candidate Ayman Nour, 41, was sentenced to five years in prison for (what outside observers insist are trumped-up charges of) forgery. Up and down the region - Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority - the Western pluralist model of representative democracy has failed because broadminded, Western-oriented reformers have been...
  • Caroline Glick: We Are Not for Sale

    11/08/2010 5:58:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 5, 2010 | Caroline Glick
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is playing with fire. And Israel is getting burned. Over the past week, it has been widely reported that the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government are conducting secret negotiations regarding future Israeli land surrenders to the Palestinians in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem. According to the reports, the Obama administration has presented Netanyahu with a plan whereby Israel will cede its rights to eastern Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley to the Palestinians and then lease the areas from the Palestinians for a limited period. The reports on the length of the lease vary. Some claim...
  • Why doesn't Abbas want peace talks?

    08/13/2010 2:58:30 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Jackson Diehl
    Give Mahmoud Abbas credit, at least, for consistency. Eighteen months ago, when the then-new Obama administration tried to jump start Middle East peace negotiations, the Palestinian president balked. He said he would not agree even to meet the newly-elected Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, unless Netanyahu made several big concessions in advance -- including recognition of a Palestinian state on the basis of Israel's 1967 borders and a freeze on all Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. Convinced that Netanyahu was the problem, the Obama administration spent the next year in a crude and clumsy effort to extract those...
  • Readout of the President's Call with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

    07/10/2010 11:10:12 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies ^ | July 9, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release July 09, 2010 Readout of the President's Call with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority The President spoke with Palestinian Authority President Abbas today. The President expressed strong support for President Abbas's leadership on behalf of the Palestinian people and his commitment to peace. The President noted the positive momentum generated by the recent improvements on the ground in Gaza and in the West Bank, the restraint shown by both sides in recent...
  • Statement by the Press Secretary on Israel's announcement on Gaza

    06/23/2010 3:20:44 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies ^ | June 20, 2010 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: Home • Briefing Room • Statements & Releases The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 20, 2010 Statement by the Press Secretary on Israel’s announcement on Gaza The President has described the situation in Gaza as unsustainable and has made clear that it demands fundamental change. On June 9, he announced that the United States was moving forward with $400 million in initiatives and commitments for the West Bank and Gaza. The President described these projects as a down payment on the U.S. commitment to the people...
  • Abbas grants activists PA citizenship: Hopes "massacre" aftermath will lead to Palestinian unity

    06/02/2010 8:20:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 130+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | June 3, 2010 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas decided on Wednesday to reward all the activists on board the flotilla aid ships by giving them Palestinian citizenship. Abbas announced the decision during a speech before the Palestine Investment Conference, which was launched in Bethlehem. He also announced that the name of the conference has been changed to the Conference of Freedom after the Free Gaza flotilla. Abbas accused Israel of waging “state terrorism” and called on the UN Security Council, the Quartet and other international bodies to provide protection for the Palestinians and to work toward lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip....
  • N. Korea's Kim likely to visit China from late April to early May(would meet Abbas, too)

    04/24/2010 6:38:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 363+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | 04/24/10
    N. Korea's Kim likely to visit China from late April to early May BEIJING/JERUSALEM, April 24 KYODO North Korea and China are making final arrangements for a visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to China from late April to early May, diplomatic sources said Saturday. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas plans to hold talks with Kim in China when Abbas visits the country on Friday and Saturday next week, the sources said. Abbas plans to attend the opening ceremony of the World Expo in Shanghai on Friday. If Abbas were to be able to meet Kim in Beijing, Kim's...
  • The Palestinians Already Have Two States: The Truth According to Khaled Abu Toameh

    The world has gone mad—or at least, the American leadership has now formally joined the Islamist and international madness about “peace in the Middle East.” President Obama has just claimed that American “vital national security” is linked to finding—or even imposing—peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians. South Africa’s revered Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, has just praised the recent Berkeley student vote (which the university’s president later vetoed) to divest university money from companies that “profit from the injustice of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land in violation of Palestinian human rights.” Tutu writes that what he witnessed in occupied...
  • The Deadly Price of Pursuing Peace

    01/10/2010 1:11:32 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 2 replies · 327+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | EVELYN GORDON
    When the Oslo process began in 1993, one benefit its adherents promised was a significant improvement in Israel’s international standing. And initially, it seemed as if that promise would be kept: 37 countries soon established or renewed diplomatic relations with Israel; a peace treaty was signed with Jordan; five other Arab states opened lower-level relations. But 16 years later, it is clear that this initial boost was illusory. Not only is Israel’s standing no better than it was prior to the famous handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasir Arafat on the White House Lawn in September 1993, it has fallen...
  • "Moderate" Terrorist Leader Mahmoud Abbas to Step Down?

    11/05/2009 7:38:43 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 594+ views
    Various/The Lid ^ | 11/5/09 | The Lid
    Palestinian Sources have announced today that the leader of Fatah/President of the Palestinian Territories has decided he will step down because of a lack of progress in peace talks. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will not seek re-election in polls next year, reports suggest. Officials from the Palestine Liberation Organisation told journalists in the West Bank that Mr Abbas "insists on not running" in the 24 January election. A aide to Mr Abbas said earlier a lack of progress in peace talks with Israel and failure to achieve reconciliation with Hamas could prompt such a move. But another aide said...
  • Israel on alert as Abbas pressed on 'third intifada'

    10/09/2009 10:15:16 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 1,127+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 10/09/2009 | World Tribune
    Israel has been placed on alert for the prospect of widespread Palestinian violence throughout the West Bank. Officials said Israel's military, police and intelligence services were ordered on high alert after the military has assessed that the ruling Fatah movement, in cooperation with elements within the Palestinian Authority, were organizing civil unrest as well as ambushes on Israeli soldiers and civilians. Officials said PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has been pressed by senior members of Fatah to approve what was termed a "third intifada," or uprising. "Abbas doesn't have to actually approve anything," the official said. "He just has to remain...
  • Israel foreign minister: Peace deal impossible now

    10/07/2009 11:30:59 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 5 replies · 432+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 8, 2009
    JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's foreign minister says there's no chance of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for many years. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says efforts to reach a final peace deal have failed since the first accord between Israel and the Palestinians in 1993. Lieberman says it's unrealistic to think a long-term agreement on ending the conflict can be reached at this time and that whoever thinks an agreement can be reached soon just doesn't understand the situation.
  • Canadian MP: Mahmoud Abbas Purveys Anti-Jewish Incitement

    08/21/2008 2:26:37 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 3 replies · 216+ views
    inn ^ | August 21, 2008
    Canadian MP: Mahmoud Abbas Purveys Anti-Jewish Incitement ArutzSheva Israel ...He also met with PA officials and told them that "hate breeds hate." Saying that Hamas, with "their charter with its genocidal objective, anti-Semitic ...
  • The Region: Abbas Is Trapped (Barry Rubin Looks At The Weak PA Leader Alert)

    01/20/2008 11:31:05 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies · 221+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/20/2008 | Barry Rubin
    T.S. Eliot wrote memorably in The Hollow Men: Between the idea / And the reality / Between the motion / And the act / Falls the shadow. In the case of the peace process and all the great ideas for fixing everything in Arab-Israel relations, the shadow has been Palestinian leaders' unwillingness - and now also inability - to make a compromise agreement ending the conflict. Close examination of the movement's ideology, organization and structure shows why this is true. Many, or most, of the young guard prefer a deal with Hamas to one with Israel, and a return to...
  • Bush Visits Israel to Push for Peace

    01/09/2008 8:50:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies · 167+ views
    My Way News ^ | January 9, 2008 | Anne Gearan
    JERUSALEM (AP) - President Bush, seeking to pull Israel and the Palestinians toward serious negotiations, said Wednesday that despite ongoing land squabbles and fears of violence he has high hopes that a Mideast peace pact can be achieved before he leaves office at the end of the year. "I come as an optimistic person and a realistic person - realistic in my understanding that it's vital for the world to fight terrorists, to confront those who would murder the innocent to achieve political objectives," Bush said as he began his first presidential visit to Israel. His first formal meeting was...
  • The Communist Roots of Palestinian Terror

    12/26/2007 8:32:31 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 464+ views
    FrontPageMag ^ | December 14, 2007 | David Meir-Levi
    Brainchild of the KGB As Ion Mihai Pacepa, onetime director of the Romanian espionage service (DIE), later explained, the PLO was conceived at a time when the KGB was creating “liberation front” organizations throughout the Third world. Others included the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, created in 1964 with help from Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and the National Liberation Army of Colombia, created in 1965 with help from Fidel Castro. But the PLO was the KGB’s most enduring achievement. In 1964, the first PLO Council, consisting of 422 Palestinian representatives handpicked by the KGB, approved the Soviet blueprint for a Palestinian...