September 16, 2012

Has a Palestinian Spring Begun?

Jonathan Schanzer, Foreign Policy

AP Photo

It has been a week of protest across the Middle East. Beginning in Egypt and Libya, then spreading to Yemen, Tunisia, Lebanon, and Sudan, angry crowds took to the streets to protest an anti-Islam film that few had likely ever seen. The protesters weren't too fickle about their targets: They not only attacked U.S. missions in Cairo and Benghazi, but also set the German embassy in Sudan aflame and burned down a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Lebanon. Amidst this furor, you might have missed a slew of protests that occurred for a more tangible reason. Protesters demonstrated across the West Bank earlier this week, prompting speculation that the Arab Spring has finally arrived in Palestine. In recent days, from Bethlehem to Hebron to Ramallah, the Palestinians have taken to the streets. Only...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: West Bank, Israel, Middle East, Palestinians, Palestine


September 10, 2012
Israel's Powerful Settler Movement
Dan Ephron, Newsweek
With Israel’s economy starting to dip, the high financial price of settlement expansion is getting more attention than usual. Dismantling Migron and resettling its residents alone could cost of the state millions of dollars.... more ››
September 6, 2012
One-State Solution Imperils Israel's Existence
Henry Siegman, TNI
The Middle East peace process is dead. More precisely, the two-state solution is dead; the peace process may well go on indefinitely if this Israeli government has its way. more ››
September 11, 2012
Arab Nations Must Make Peace with Palestinians
Jerusalem Post
Only when the Palestinian people acknowledge their own and the Arab nations’ complicity in their own displacement, as well as the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees, will true, lasting peace be attainable. more ››
The Palestinian Authority is at a crossroads, although many will expect President Mahmoud Abbas to steer along the same deadend track. On Saturday, Mr Abbas repeated a promise to return to the United Nations to press for... more ››
September 11, 2012
Gaza Preps to Declare Independence (From Palestine)
Jon Schanzer, TNR
It's no secret that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist faction that controls Gaza, has long considered exchanging its underground smuggling tunnels to Egypt for a policy of above-board trade. What has only recently begun to register... more ››