Palestinians Articles


John Kerry Blames Israeli Settlements for Palestinian Terrorism

10:44 AM, Oct 14, 2015

Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israeli settlements for Palestinian terrorism, in remarks made recently about the wave of terror attacks in Israel:

"So here’s the deal. What’s happening is that unless we get going, a two-state solution could conceivably be stolen from everybody. And there’s been a massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years. Now you have this violence because there’s a frustration that is growing, and a frustration among Israelis who don’t see any movement."

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Rubio: Obama and Hillary Won't Condemn Palestinian Terrorism, and It's Endangering Israeli Lives

9:18 AM, Oct 09, 2015

Marco Rubio is standing up for Israel after a series of Palestinian terror attacks targeting Jews in Israel. 

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Abbas’s 'Bombshell'

3:55 PM, Sep 30, 2015

The Palestinian press has been saying for weeks that Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas would “drop a bombshell” when he spoke to the United National General Assembly today. In the event, the bomb did not go off.

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Kerry's State Department Whitewashes Palestinian Incitement

11:18 AM, Jun 26, 2015

The State Department's practice of downplaying Palestinian incitement has reached a new low, with its latest report whitewashing not only the Palestinians' behavior but also Secretary of State John Kerry's own words on the subject.

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Media Gets Pope’s Abbas Comments Wrong

12:44 PM, May 17, 2015

If anyone needs further evidence of why the news agencies often can’t be trusted to report accurately on Israel and the Palestinians, and why major news outlets such as the New York Times and the BBC should stop repeating agency copy without verifying it, here is an important example from this weekend.

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Human Rights Watch Does Israel—Again

11:31 AM, Apr 23, 2015

In the past I've wondered about the obsession with Israel by Human Rights Watch.

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Clinton’s Israel Lesson for Obama

10:01 AM, Mar 22, 2015

The prime minister of Israel delivered a speech announcing positions on the peace process and Palestinian statehood that contradicted the views of the U.S. president and the international community.

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John Kerry: 'Mideast Peace Process' Currently a 'Misnomer'

2:01 PM, Dec 03, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry has often spoken with some degree of optimism about the chance for peace between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East. Wednesday, however, in remarks after a meeting with European Union representative Federica Mogherini in Belgium, Kerry acknowledged that the Mideast peace process "may at this particular moment be a misnomer.

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Why Are the Iran Talks and the Israeli-Palestinian Talks Alike?

12:05 PM, Nov 24, 2014

Today we learned that it has been impossible to reach an agreement with Iran over its nuclear weapons program. Even a short "framework" agreement or one-pager was beyond reach. And this, despite the extension of the talks from the original deadline last spring.

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Kerry: Terror Attack 'Pure Result of Incitement'

1:01 PM, Nov 18, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry called today's terror attack in Jerusalem the "pure result of incitement" and called on "Palestinian leadership at every single level to condemn this in the most powerful terms." Here's video:

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Jindal Responds to Terror Attack in Israel: 'They Must Be Exterminated'

12:23 PM, Nov 18, 2014

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, will soon release this statement responding to the terror attack in Jerusalem.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the victims and their families after this evil attack on a place of worship," the statement reads.

"An attack on a synagogue shows that there are no bounds for terrorists. These are people depraved of any humanity in their hearts, and they must not only be stopped, they must be exterminated.

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Obama Tells Palestinians And Israelis to 'Lower Tensions and Reject Violence'

12:03 PM, Nov 18, 2014

After a Palestinian terror attack that killed four in Israel, President Barack Obama is calling for both sides to be calm. "Too many Israelis have died; too many Palestinians have died. At this difficult time I think it's important for both Palestinians and Israelis to try to work together to lower tensions and reject violence," said President Obama, according to the White House pool report.

Here's the full report:

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State Dept. Urges Israel to Remain Calm After Terror Attack Kills American, Injures Others

10:34 AM, Oct 23, 2014

After the latest terror attack in Israel, the State Department issued the following statement urging all sides -- which would include Israel, the victims here -- to remain calm:

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Argentine Congress Fundraises for Hamas

3:04 PM, Oct 02, 2014

A new report from the Jewish Telegraph Agency details that the Argentine congress will be fundraising for the terror group Hamas. 

"A fundraising campaign for Palestine by the Argentine National Congress is being seen by one Jewish group as an endorsement of Hamas," reports JTA.

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Hot Mic: Bill Clinton Whacks Netanyahu, Agrees He Can't Bring Peace

8:25 AM, Sep 16, 2014

Over the weekend in Iowa, President Bill Clinton got caught on a hot mic at the Harkin Steak Fry agreeing that Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu can't bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians:

“If we don’t force him to make peace, we won’t have peace,” a spectator at the Steak Fry told Clinton.

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Liz Warren: 'Fair' to Compare Israel’s Actions in Gaza to Holocaust

4:31 PM, Sep 15, 2014

At an event today at Tufts University in Massachusetts, Democratic senator Elizabeth Warren said it was "fair" when an activist compared Israel’s actions in Gaza to the Holocaust. 

Here's video: 

“Eva Moseley, I’m not a student, I’m not an alumnae, but was in faculty life. I was also a Holocaust refugee and I’m extremely concerned that Jews don’t do to another people what was done to them,” said the activist.

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'Don’t Set a Double standard for Israel on Norms of War'

11:42 AM, Aug 18, 2014

Natan Sharansky, writing for the Washington Post:

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Did Iran Scuttle the Ceasefire in Gaza?

3:40 PM, Aug 01, 2014

Ninety minutes into the 72-hour unconditional ceasefire announced this morning, Hamas launched a suicide attack in which two IDF soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped. Word on the ground in Israel is that Palestinian Islamic Jihad, rather than Hamas, may be responsible for the operation. If those rumors prove accurate, some analysts speculate, it would mean that Iran, PIJ’s longtime patron, is behind the operation and is responsible for scuttling the ceasefire.

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It Would Be a Shame If Something Happened to That Reputation of Yours

11:02 AM, Jul 30, 2014

Recently National Journal’s Ron Fournier published this story, “Why Benjamin Netanyahu Should Be Very,

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Europe's Amazing Anti-Israel Ways

10:58 AM, Jul 25, 2014

I've lived in Europe the past dozen years—in Berlin, Prague, and London. When it comes to Israel, Europe's ways seldom cease to amaze. 

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'We Will Continue Living From One Round of Shooting to the Next'

2:05 PM, Jul 11, 2014

Former head of the Shin Bet Avi Dichter joins former military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin and others insisting that Operation Preventive Edge can't be merely tactical.

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'America Is the Arsonist of the Middle East'

9:02 AM, Jul 08, 2014

Lee Smith, writing for Tablet:

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Hillary Rewrites Her History on Israel

6:01 AM, Jun 09, 2014

In her new book, Hillary Clinton picks out a few foreign policy topics on which she thinks it now safe, even helpful, to express disagreement with the course taken by the Obama administration. She wanted to arm and train the Syria rebels, while Obama did not. She thought it unwise to call for Hosni Mubarak to step down immediately, while Obama wanted him gone.

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The Lebanonization of the Palestinians

10:22 AM, Jun 02, 2014

Today the Palestinian Authority announced a joint interim government uniting Fatah and Hamas. West Bankers and Gazans cheer the move because the division between the two most powerful Palestinian factions has been a black eye for the Palestinian nationalist movement. Their rival religious and political visions, dating back to the creation of Hamas in 1987, have divided the Palestinians ideologically. Moreover, the territorial divisions resulting from the 2007 civil war in Gaza had made the creation of a unified, viable Palestinian entity all but impossible, until now.

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‘Go to Hell, Anti-Semites!’

One reaction to anti-Israel protesters yesterday at Zabar's.
4:50 PM, Apr 23, 2014

Yesterday, on the last day of Passover, protesters surrounded the doors of Zabar’s—the iconic Upper West Side grocer famous for its knishes and lox—to demand the store stop selling the carbonated beverage maker SodaStream. The roughly 40 protesters, carrying guitars and signs decrying “Apartheid Soda,” represented a coalition of volunteers from Adalah-NY (meaning “justice” in Arabic), Jewish Voice for Peace, and m

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Netanyahu Gets It

1:02 PM, Apr 04, 2014

So the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are, predictably, collapsing. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the frustration of his manic peacemaking efforts by quoting an ancient complaint, "There’s an old saying, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Now it's time to drink and the leaders need to know that."

To which one might respond with the words of Psalms: "Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding."

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Kerry: None of the UN Organizations Joined By the Palestinians are UN Organizations

9:18 AM, Apr 03, 2014

It is a cliché at this point to remark that John Kerry is operating in a fantasy world. But sometimes there is no other word to describe the enormous distance between his perception of what is happening and what is actually happening.

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Destructive Obsession

2:37 PM, Feb 03, 2014

David Ignatius has been writing from Israel recently. His column from late last week included the following passage illustrating why Israeli-Palestinian peace might "still prove insoluble":

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Requiem for the Peace Process

With the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Middle East diplomacy has entered its mannerist phase.
2:10 PM, Jul 31, 2013

John Kerry says he can get an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement within nine months that would lead to an independent Palestinian state.

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