Palestinians Articles

Text of Ceasefire Between Israel and Hamas

2:23 PM, Nov 21, 2012

Here's the text, via the Egyptian president, of the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas:

Agreement of Understanding For a Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip

1: (no title given for this section)

A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

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Kristol Podcast: Thankful Things in Middle East Aren't Worse!

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:31 AM, Nov 21, 2012

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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Israel Warns Journalists to Stay Away from Hamas

6:08 PM, Nov 20, 2012

The Israeli army has issued a warning to journalists: Stay away from the terrorist group Hamas. The warning was issued on Twitter:

Warning to reporters in Gaza: Stay away from Hamas operatives & facilities. Hamas, a terrorist group, will use you as human shields.

— IDF (@IDFSpokesperson) November 20, 2012

The warning comes after several targeted attacks hit high-level targets seeking refuge in the same building holding journalists.

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Netanyahu's Office: 'No Israeli Agreement on Any Version of a Ceasefire'

4:18 PM, Nov 20, 2012

The office of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu says that "At this point in time there is no Israeli agreement on any version of a ceasefire." Emergency Committee for Israel executive director Noah Pollak reports on Twitter:

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Only 40 Percent of Democrats 'Think the Israeli Actions in Gaza Are Justified'

11:58 AM, Nov 19, 2012

A new poll from CNN finds that most American support for Israel's retaliatory action in Gaza targeting Hamas.

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Report: Rockets Fired from Egypt Hit Israel

7:27 PM, Nov 16, 2012

Two major Israeli newspapers are reporting that rockets fired from Egypt have hit Israel

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Kristol Podcast: The Petraeus Case, Hamas Attacks Israel

Hosted by Michael Graham.
11:11 AM, Nov 16, 2012

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with Bill Kristol, hosted by Michael Graham:

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President Obama, Stop in Jerusalem

10:42 PM, Nov 15, 2012

President Obama heads abroad Saturday for a four-day visit to Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia. One assumes the president was going to add on to this trip a visit U.S. troops in Afghanistan, which would certainly be the fitting and proper thing to do.

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Rocket from Hamas Hits Tel Aviv

11:52 AM, Nov 15, 2012

Numerous reports on Twitter indicate that a rocket from Hamas has hit Tel Aviv. Here's one from Israel's ambassador the U.S., Michael Oren:

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Israel Takes Out Top Terrorist

Hamas’s military apparatus is tied to Iran.
12:42 PM, Nov 14, 2012

Earlier today, Israel struck at dozens of targets inside Gaza, including Ahmed Jabari, Hamas’s chief of staff and a senior official in the organization’s military outfit, the Izz ad-din al-Qassam Brigades.

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U.S. Amb. to Saudi Arabia: U.S. Foreign Policy Will Change After Obama Victory

2:54 PM, Nov 08, 2012

The U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, James Smith, told the Arabic news outlet Asharq Al-Awsat that American foreign policy will now change after President Barack Obama's reelection. Smith made the comments at an election night party at his residence. 

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The Cajun Primary Rages

8:36 AM, Oct 06, 2012

As the Cajun primary in south Louisiana rages on, observers continue to describe the race between Congressmen Jeff Landry and Congressman Charles Boustany as a typical Tea Party versus establishment Republican race. But it isn’t.

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Abbas’s Tired, Old U.N. Rhetoric

11:20 AM, Sep 28, 2012

On September 27, the chairman of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas (who is also president of the Palestinian Authority and chairman of the Fatah Party) spoke to the U.N. General Assembly.

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Netanyahu to Respond to 'Black Day' at U.N.

9:08 AM, Sep 27, 2012

In a message to Israeli citizens yesterday, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he'd use his remarks at the United Nations to respond to the "black day" at the international body. Netanyahu is scheduled to speak later today.

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Fayyad’s Last Stand?

12:40 PM, Sep 25, 2012

Bir Halek, Ya Fayyad” is not a catchy tune. But the popularity of Palestinian singer Kassem Najar’s song, which translates to “Get A Grip, Fayyad,” is an indication that Salam Fayyad, the prime minister of the Palestinian Authority, may be on the way out. Najar, however, is the least of Fayyad’s problems.

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Republican Jewish Coalition Blasts Dems. for Israel Rift

3:52 PM, Sep 10, 2012

The Republican Jewish Coalition will be running this print ad in several Jewish newspapers, calling attention to the growing rift in the Democratic party over support of Israel: 

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Dem. Platform Now at Odds With Obama's Israel Policy

8:39 PM, Sep 05, 2012

An Obama campaign official confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD that President Obama “personally” intervened to alter the Democratic platform to include a reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The new platform, adopted this evening at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, now includes pro-Israel language that the previous document did not.

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Andrea Mitchell Taught a Lesson

1:49 PM, Aug 01, 2012

Dan Senor, a foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney, explained to MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell what the Republican presidential candidate said about the Palestinians and culture: 

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The Political Battle Over the ‘Occupation’ Narrative

10:33 AM, Jul 20, 2012

In January 2012, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yaakov Neeman, the justice minister, turned to former Israeli supreme court justice Edmond Levy to head a panel of legal experts that would look into questions of land ownership in the West Bank.

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Obama Blames Himself No Success in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process

But then blames the parties involved.
8:28 AM, Jul 16, 2012

THUMAN: Talk about your first few years. Is there anything you believe you failed at, not because Congress wouldn't play ball, but that rests squarely on your shoulders?

OBAMA: In that area I have not been able to move the peace process forward in the middle east the way I wanted. Read more

Divestment Fails—For Now

7:34 AM, Jul 13, 2012

For much of the last decade, international anti-Israel activists have targeted U.S. mainline Protestant denominations with pleas for divesting from firms doing business with Israel.

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Wistful in Jerusalem

1:10 PM, Jun 15, 2012

Can Israelis be wistful? It is not the characteristic we usually associate with them; more typically they are said to be tough, sweet, angry, thoughtful, demanding—not wistful.

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Peace Was Not at Hand

7:03 AM, May 24, 2012

The belief that an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement is inches away or perhaps only one long negotiating session away never dies. Not even 64 years after the birth of the state of Israel and 45 years after Israels conquest of Sinai, Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem in 1967.

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60 Minutes Steers Christians Against Israel

8:06 AM, Apr 28, 2012

Last Sunday, CBS’s 60 Minutes broadcast “Christians of the Holy Land,” by Bob Simon, largely blaming Israel for an exodus of Christians from the Holy Land. The showing coincides with a growing international campaign to portray Israel as anti-Christian, showcasing Palestinian Christians as evidence.

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History Lessons from Abbas

12:33 PM, Apr 23, 2012

The situation of the Palestinian Authority is grim. Its diplomatic offensive against Israel in the United Nations did not win it statehood, there are no serious negotiations with Israel because the PA refuses them, Hamas controls Gaza, and Palestinian elections keep getting postponed despite the “Arab Spring” and the wave of elections in Arab countries. Internally, relations between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad were recently so poor that for several days Abbas apparently refused even to speak to Fayyad.

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Palestinian Sentenced to Death for Selling a Home to Jews

9:11 AM, Apr 23, 2012

Former Palestinian intelligence official Muhammad Abu Shahala has reportedly been sentenced to death by the Palestinian Authority for selling a Hebron home to Jews. In response, Jewish officials from the community in Hebron are calling for international officials now to get involved—in order to save Abu Shahala’s life.

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Abbas Threatens Something or Other

11:00 PM, Apr 15, 2012

The chairman of the PLO, Mahmoud Abbas (who is also president of the Palestinian Authority), has drafted a letter to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for delivery this week.  What is apparently the current state of the draft is published by Times of Israel, a terrific new web site about the Middle East.

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Hillary Clinton Sides with Palestinians Over Republicans

5:33 PM, Apr 11, 2012

Hillary Clinton sides with Palestinians over Republicans, Sara Sorcher of National Journal reports

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The Global March for Jerusalem

3:01 PM, Mar 27, 2012

The first flotilla in 2010 ended in a bloodbath on the high seas, when the Israeli navy intercepted Islamists and activists seeking to challenge Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. The second flotilla fizzled, when international lawyers prevented a second round of boats from embarking on another ill-fated mission in 2011.

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Israeli Settlements: Errors Beget Errors

9:01 AM, Feb 01, 2012

On January 29, Israel’s cabinet approved new “housing benefits” for “national priority areas.” The exact application of these benefits to communities in the West Bank is unclear, to me at least, but the cabinet statement says, “The decision is designed to encourage positive migration to the communities.” News reports suggest that of the 557 communities eligible for the aid, 70 are in the West Bank: “The list of qualifying settlements include major enclaves that would likely remain in Israeli hands under a peace deal. But most are located deep inside the West Bank and likely would have to be dismantled.”

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