Palestine

السلطة الوطنية الفلسطينية

Blame Netanyahu for Palestinian Mess

Shimon Shiffer, Ynet News

Israel Left Palestinians No Other Option

Hanan Ashrawi, Lahore Nation

'No' to a Palestinian State

Brett Schaefer & James Phillips, National Review

'Yes' to a Palestinian State

Meir Javedanfar, Times of Israel

PM's spin doctors will say Israel must accept PA's upgraded UN status to ensure U.S. support vis-a-vis Iran....(full article)

Think for a moment of the absurdity of telling an occupied people to achieve their independence only by politely asking the occupier to kindly allow them to be free. While the worl...(full article)

The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote today on a proposal to elevate the status of the Palestinian Authority. The PA is currently a permanent-observer “entity.”...(full article)

Why Israel should support the Palestinians at the United Nations....(full article)

Though it will not bring the Palestinians any closer to achieving an actual state, Abbas was convinced that his appearance at the U.N. podium in New York on Thursday would give him...(full article)

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Most Recent Articles

Stop the Expulsion of the West Bank's Bedouin - Haaretz

The plan to establish a new town for Bedouin is yet another attempt by Israel’s government’s to clear part of the West Bank for settlements....

Iraq Is Becoming America's Gaza - Leon Hadar, The American Conservative

During Israel’s recent war with Hamas, which took place at the same time as the Islamic State was conducting its barbaric campaign in Mesopotamia and the Levant, Prime Minist...

Did Hamas Win? - Mkhaimar Abusada, Project Syndicate

Hamas has proved its staying power. After decades of standoffs and stalemate, perhaps it can focus less on its own survival and more on helping to achieve a just and lasting peace....

Islamic State Is not an Excuse to Ignore Palestinians - Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is wrong if he believes the world’s fear of the Islamic State will bury the need for negotiating an agreement between Israel and the Palesti...

Bogus Gaza Atrocity Story - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

If there is anything we have learned in the past few decades is that there is a thriving international journalism market for any story that can besmirch Israel’s image. Given t...

Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza? - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

The picture that’s emerging tends to confirm the story of a summary execution, on the one hand, while undermining subsequent reports by some in the international press who sug...

What Syria Fiasco Means for Iran, Gaza - Seth Mandel, Commentary

To say President Obama badly needed a foreign-policy win is an understatement. And there were decent odds he’d eventually get one: as sports fans tend to say about a batter in ...

Can Palestine Win the Peace? - Daoud Kuttab, Project Syndicate

RAMALLAH – The rollout of the war-ending ceasefire agreement between Israel and Palestine last month was impressive. With almost perfect synchronization, Palestinian Presiden...

Reading Israel from Left to Right - Ian Buruma, Project Syndicate

In the early years, Israel was admired by Western leftists for being a progressive state, run by Polish and Russian socialists. Today’s Israeli leaders, however, in their rhe...

How Israelis See the Gaza War - William Booth, Washington Post

TEL AVIV — On a high floor of the Israeli defense ministry, a top intelligence officer sat down with a small group of foreign journalists Wednesday night to run through his s...

Hamas' 'Victory' Is All Arabs' Loss - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View

On the surface, this summer’s Gaza war seemed like a repetition of what happened in 2012. The rockets from Gaza into Israel, the bombing of Gaza by Israel, the mutual recrimi...

Netanyahu Is in a Political Bind - Haaretz

It's time for the prime minister to keep his promises to the public and to obtain peace, even if it means replacing some of his coalition partners and confronting the political hac...

AIPAC Is in Decline -- So Is the Two-State Solution - John Judis, TNR

If an Israeli government were to come to power that favored serious negotiations—and that would include, for instance, acknowledging the Palestinian right to a capital in Eas...

Who Supports UNRWA -- and Why - Moshe Dann, Jerusalem Post

Transferring UNRWA’s activities to the UNHCR will save money and allow Arab refugees to move on and build productive lives. >...

Take Hamas' Guns -- Then We'll Talk - Avigdor Liberman, Foreign Policy

There is an almost obsessive general focus on how to achieve a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But somehow, in all the talk, the means to achieve a solution are most ...

What Hamas Destroyed - New York Daily News

Hamas eclipsed any pretense of moderate leadership by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Obama and Kerry squandered trust. And Israel lived to prepare to fight another ...

Hamas Claims 'Victory' Amid the Rubble - Jesse Rosenfeld, Daily Beast

Having achieved virtually none of the objectives it said it fought for, at a cost of 2,000 dead and 500,000 displaced, Hamas tries to make the case it won the war....

Unsatisfactory Ceasefire Won't Doom Bibi - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The unhappy truth about the conflict is that nothing short of an all-out war to eliminate Hamas will guarantee that Israel won’t face another round of fighting anytime the Is...

Netanyahu Saw His Chance to Retreat and Took It - Barak Ravid, Haaretz

All Israel's prime minister wanted in the end - after all the promises, and the rhetoric - was to achieve a cease-fire with Hamas at just about any price....

What's Next for Gaza? - Los Angeles Times

The "long-term" cease-fire between Israel and Hamas announced on Tuesday — assuming that it holds — is welcome first and foremost because it promises an end to a conflict that ...

Hamas' Humiliation, Israel's Looming Loss - Avi Issacharoff, Times of Israel

Don’t be fooled. Hamas has capitulated to a ceasefire without any of its promised achievements. But Israel, too, will be a loser unless it changes its position on Mahmoud Abbas....

A Grim Stalemate at War's End in Gaza - Dan Perry, Associated Press

The third Gaza War in six years appears to have ended in another sort of tie, with both Israel and Hamas claiming the upper hand. Their questionable achievements have come at a big...

Gaza's Rubble Bucket Challenge - Miriam Berger, BuzzFeed

After the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS went viral, Palestinian journalist Ayman Aloul decided to take the Gaza version, the Rubble Bucket Challenge, a campaign launched to spread a...

How Obama Caused the Gaza War - Ira Straus, National Review

The Obama administration had encouraged Egyptians to vote Morsi into office; this made the difference in his thin margin of victory. The administration bears causal responsibility ...

What Would Israel Do in Hamas' Shoes? - Gideon Levy, Haaretz

The Palestinian response to the killing of Mohammed Deif’s wife and son will be exactly like the Israeli response in the reverse situation: Vengeance and retribution....

The Obama-Netanyahu Dysfunctional Tango - Aaron David Miller, LAT

What makes the Obama-Netanyahu tango so dysfunctional is that unlike other periods when relations between U.S. presidents and Israeli prime ministers were tense, these two really d...

Israel's Failed Assassination Strategy - Rami Khouri, Bloomberg View

The longstanding Israeli strategy of killing top leaders of Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian resistance groups was manifest again early today when Israeli missiles struck and kil...

Should Israel, U.S. Rethink Iron Dome's Usefulness? - Benny Morris, LAT

During the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, Iron Dome has efficiently protected Israel from massive damage and casualties. Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other terrorist organizations ...

Stop 'Managing' Mideast Crisis and End It - Gershom Gorenberg, Prospect

Netanyahu appears to truly not believe that a negotiated agreement can end a conflict with a dedicated opponent, but there's really no other way....

Return Palestinian Authority to Gaza - Berger & Hadley, Washington Post

Hamas must recognize that Israel and Egypt are not going to open the crossing points unless a reliable party is there to ensure that what crosses into Gaza will not be used to rebu...

Qatar's Hand Seen in Collapse of Gaza Talks - Adam Schreck, AP

The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hing...

Stop Giving Money to UNRWA - Joffe & Romirowsky, The New Republic

UNRWA, the U.N.’s 65-year-old, internationally funded welfare organization for Palestinians, should be commended for providing much needed shelter and aid to displaced Gazans dur...

How Many Tons of Cement to Rebuild Gaza? - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

The importation of building materials to rebuild Gaza's tens of thousands of destroyed homes is one of the most potentially fraught issues. Hamas used large quantities of cement, a...

Because of Gaza, Iran & Hamas Are Back Together - Kay Serjoie, Time

Iran and Hamas were once tightly allied, but the Syrian war drove them apart. Now, after the Gaza conflict, the two sides are making up....

Israeli Propaganda Starts to Wear Thin - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

One of the fascinating dimensions of the battle between Israel and Palestine is how Israeli leaders and their American apologists keep changing their propaganda message aimed at ge...

About Palestine

  • Palestinian National Authority
  • Population: 4,148,000 (124th)
  • Area Size: 2,320 sq mi (169th)
  • GDP: $11.95 billion (135th)
  • Currency: Palestinian Pound
  • Official Language: Arabic
  • Capital City: Ramallah / Gaza City
  • Largest City: Gaza City