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President Obama Denies Netanyahu Shelter On Two-State Shuffle

At a joint press conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the East Room Wednesday afternoon, President Obama took two questions each from the American press and Afghan reporters, one of which provided him with a golden opportunity to lead Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in from the cold a little bit. The White House […]

During Bibi Netanyahu’s push for reelection, he changed course and veered hard right, trying to win the vote by reversing his position of supporting a Palestinian State: In a dramatic policy reversal, he said he now opposes the creation of a Palestinian state – a key policy goal of the White House and the international […]

Tom Friedman explains why the Netanyahu victory is historic, and it’s not good. Having won the Israeli elections — in part by declaring that he will never permit a two state-solution between Israelis and Palestinians — it means Netanyahu will be the father of the one-state solution. And the one-state solution means that Israel will […]

Benjamin Netanyahu, in the political fight of his life, is now pledging there will be no Palestinian state if he is reelected. With his rightwing Likud trailing the centre-left Zionist Union in the latest opinion polls, Netanyahu said that if his rivals were elected security would be compromised and they would give up total Israeli […]

Nicholas Kristof: The suffering here has multiple causes. Israel sustains a siege that amounts to economic warfare on an entire population. Hamas provokes Israel, squanders resources and is brutal and oppressive in its own right. Egypt has closed smuggling tunnels that used to relieve the stranglehold, and it mostly keeps its border with Gaza closed. […]

DURA, West Bank — Hatem Amro’s donkey is as scrawny as his salary. In January, Amro, who teaches Islamic studies in the southern West Bank as one of 180,000 employees of the Palestinian Authority, coped with a 40 percent pay cut by buying a short, spindly donkey for his nine-mile commute to school. It’s just […]

Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to stop security coordination with Israel if the country continues to withhold the PA”s tax revenue, a senior PA official said Sunday, according to The Associated Press (AP). Nabil Shaath said Abbas warned European leaders on a trip to Europe last week that Palestinian officials would discuss […]

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday ordered the formation of a committee to oversee cases to lodge with the International Criminal Court, in an extension of his unilateral move that breaches the 1993 Oslo Accords which created the PA. The PA formally joined the ICC last month, aiming to use the international court […]

For the terrible crime of trying to join the International World Court, Israel is freezing more than $100 million in Palestinian tax funds. Palestinians were hoping to press war crime charges against Israel. The Palestinian Authority has chosen confrontation with Israel and we will not sit idly by,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet. […]

Palestine is joining with the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas acted a day after suffering a defeat in the U.N. Security Council, which voted down a resolution setting a three-year deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state on lands occupied by Israel. “We want to […]

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