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

Hamas Readies Its Next War on Israel - Tom Wilson, RealClearWorld

Since last summer's war, things have been quiet along the Israel-Gaza border. But the calm is deceiving. No sooner had the fighting halted than Hamas was once again making preparat...

Another Palestinian Statehood Bid? - Tom Wilson, Commentary

Just three months since the UN Security Council rejected a resolution on Palestinian statehood, it appears another such resolution is being drafted. Back in December the Palestinia...

Gaza Continues to Suffer - Independent

It is misguided to speak of equivalence between Israeli and Palestinian aggression in Gaza....

Netanyahu's Coming Charm Offensive - Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor

Palestinians need to be united and move forward with their decisions to join the ICC and suspend the security coordination with Israel, as Benjamin Netantyahu will try, following h...

A Raisin in the Israeli Sun - Anne-Marie Slaughter, Project Syndicate

Decades of efforts to reduce the death toll from drunk driving in the United States produced the mantra, “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” After Israel&rsq...

Finding a Plan B for Palestine - Alan Philps, The National

Benjamin Netanyahu’s pre-election declaration that there would be no Palestinian state under his government was hardly a bombshell. Though he has on occasion declared his sup...

Palestine a Step Closer to Statehood - Riccardo Fabiani, Quartz

The strong performance by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in elections on March 17 took everyone by surprise, both inside and outside of Israel. In the last 4...

Israel Must Abandon One-State Option to Survive - Amos Oz, LA Times

Let's start with a matter of life and death. If there are not two states, there will be one. If there is one, it will be Arab. If Arab it is, there is no telling the fate of our ch...

Winds of War in a Weary Gaza - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

GAZA — IT is winter in Gaza, in every wretched sense of the word. Six months after the latest war, the world has moved on, but tens of thousands remain homeless — sometimes cra...

Gazan Gas Sparks a Great Power Struggle - Michael Schwartz, TomDispatch

Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by a single thread, which is also a threat: these conflicts are part of an ...

What Netanyahu Wants Is War - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

A statesman would have made his country a partner in the talks and not an angry voice on the side....

100 Years Needed to Rebuild Gaza - Joel Gillin, New Republic

The unemployment rate in Gaza is nearly 50 percent. According to Oxfam, exports are 2.7 percent of the pre-blockade levels. Most residents experience blackouts 18 hours a day. Up t...

Gaza Has no Savior - Zvi Bar'el, Haaretz

While Gazans experience insufferable economic distress, Hamas is losing its status in the Arab world....

Remember the Stakes in Israel-U.S. Relations - Nimrod Noy, Jerusalem Post

The constant talk of a political horizon, the demand to take political initiative, and the development of feelings of guilt that we haven't done enough are all Western ailments tha...

The Year of Tenuous Ties - Patrick Smith, Fiscal Times

World leaders find themselves amid a complex series of fragile international relationships. Some of these are troublesome, some potentially costly for Americans, others run to dang...

Start Holding Palestinians Accountable - Dennis Ross, New York Times

A European official I met recently expressed sympathy for the Palestinians’ pursuit of a Security Council resolution. I responded by saying that if he favors Palestinian stat...

Gaza Is Nowhere - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Gaza is nowhere. Very few people go in or out of the 140-square-mile enclave. Most people want to forget about it. The border with Egypt was closed in October. A handful of travele...

Israel Should Welcome Palestinian UN Bid on Occupation - Haaretz

The draft resolution submitted to the UN Security Council by Jordan, on behalf of the Palestinians, encountered the expected harsh Israeli response. Israel is still hoping the Unit...

The Fading Palestinian Dream - The Week

Could a Palestinian state co-exist peacefully with Israel?...

Questioning the Definition of a Terrorist Group - Shane Harris, Daily Beast

The U.S. has “criminalized the support of the Palestinian people,” argues a top activist, making it tricky to avoid helping ”so-called terrorist organizations.&rd...

Palestinians Must Stick to their Aims - The National

When French MPs voted overwhelmingly to recognise Palestine as a state earlier this week, they delivered another symbolic victory for the Palestinian cause. The French parliamentar...

What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel - Matti Friedman, Atlantic

The news tells us less about Israel than about the people writing the news, a former AP reporter says....

France Debates Recognizing Palestinian State - Sara Miller Llana, CSM

As France’s National Assembly began debating a non-binding vote on recognizing a state of Palestine Friday, lawmakers joined three other democratic chambers and one European ...

A Visit to Chile's Little Palestine - Christine Legrand, Worldcrunch

Chile has the largest Palestinian population outside the Arab world. This neighborhood in Santiago is bound by a singular mix of history, soccer and headlines coming out of Gaza....

Jerusalem: Don't Call It a Religious Conflict - Rachel Shabi, Al Jazeera

They are horrifying images of a house of prayer drenched in blood. That an ultra-orthodox synagogue in West Jerusalem was chosen for this latest, gruesome attack, in which four Jew...

Inside Hebron, Israel's Heart of Darkness - Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

On the edge of this troubled city in the West Bank, Jewish settlers revere the grave of a mass murderer. And that’s just the beginning....

Palestinians Aren't Ready for a State - David Harsanyi, The Federalist

Nothing in history or current reality could possibly lead an honest observer to conclude that there’s a viable path to peace between Palestinians and Israel. Barring some dra...

A Glimmer of Hope in Palestinian Poll - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

A new Palestinian survey suggests most want peace with Israel, not another uprising....

Israel's One-State Reality - David Remnick, New Yorker

Israel’s conservative President speaks up for civility, and pays a price....

Egypt Is Misdiagnosing Its Sinai Problem - Sharif Nashashibi, The National

Look back through years of reports on the Gaza blockade, and one finds countless statements from Egyptian officials about the need to stem the flow of weapons and militants from th...

Amnesty's Cynical anti-Israel Games - Alan Dershowitz, NY Daily News

Amnesty International has become an apologist for terrorism and an enemy of democracy....

For Israel, Two-State Is No Solution - Naftali Bennett, NYT

Recent events in the Middle East are a reminder of how the old models of peace between Israel and the Palestinians are no longer relevant. The time has come to rethink the two-stat...

Israel's Soldier Suicides - Creede Newton, Daily Beast

Were Israeli soldiers so haunted by what they saw and did in the last Gaza war that they took their own lives? What role did their zealous commander play?...

Terms of Reconstruction Make a Prison of Gaza - J. Cook, The National

It is astonishing that the reconstruction of Gaza, bombed into the Stone Age according to the explicit goals of an Israeli military doctrine known as “Dahiya”, has tent...

The Eco Train to Middle East Peace - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

The only source of lasting security is not walls, rockets, U.N. votes or European demonstrations. It’s relationships of trust between neighbors that create healthy interdepen...

Lacking a Plan, Abbas Opts for Confrontation - Laub & Daraghmeh, AP

The Palestinian president has been speaking in increasingly belligerent tones in recent weeks, accusing Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza and calling on Palestini...

To Save Israel, Let the Right Run It Aground - C. Landsmann, Haaretz

The fact that control of the Palestinian people is maintained by a democratic Israeli government increases the responsibility of every one of its citizens for what’s being do...

We Need to Recognize Palestinian Statehood - M. Barghouthi, The Nation

Israel’s actions make clear its rejection of the two-state solution....

Stateless Nations Causing a Destabilized World - Mary Dejevsky, Independent

When Scotland voted by a 10 per cent margin with a huge turn-out to remain part of the United Kingdom, loud sighs of relief could be heard not just in Westminster, but across Europ...

Palestinian Statehood Is a Hoax - Martin Sherman, Jerusalem Post

Two recent events have once again propelled Palestinian statehood into the forefront of media spotlight, after several months of it being overshadowed by other events like developm...

The UK's Wrongheaded Palestinian Vote - Jerusalem Post

Britain prefers to unfairly place the blame for the conflict on Israel’s shoulders while ignoring the Palestinians’ role in perpetuating it....

There Is no Two-State Solution - Yara Hawari, The Independent

Instead of Israel and Palestine living side by side, a one-state solution based on equality and freedom of movement is what the region needs....

Israel Should Heed the House of Commons' Message - The Guardian

What this will signify is a boost to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority and its strategy of pursuing independence for the Palestinians through diplomacy rather than violence....

British Vote on Palestine Won't Change Much - Azriel Bermant, Guardian

Britain would probably do better by taking its cue from the Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who has a stronger grasp of the realities in the region, and has called for a r...

Anger toward Israel Is Growing - Economist

The Israeli government might try to take solace in the low turnout—only half of British MPs showed up to debate a motion proposing to recognise Palestine as a state on Octobe...

The UK Voted for Terrorism - The Commentator

With opinion polls showing that Hamas - as bloodthirsty a terror group as Islamic State - would win Palestinian elections if they were held any time soon, a bunch of Labour-led buf...

A Nuclear Deal with Iran Is no Panacea - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

Washington wants Iran isolated and on the cusp of insolvency. Iranians are not oblivious to this fact, and in spite of their rather cosmopolitan disposition, Iranians overwhelmingl...

The UK Should Endorse a Palestinian State - A. Duncan, The Independent

Just as we did not seek permission from the Palestinians when we recognised the state of Israel, neither should we bow to Israeli opposition to recognising the state of Palestine....

Israelis See They Have no Partner for Peace - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Rather than aiding the tiny minority of Israelis who oppose the war, criticism from abroad has seemingly only solidified a national consensus that opposes further territorial withd...

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