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

The Jewish Story Is Under Assault - Yossi Klein Halevi, Los Angeles Times

Who are the Jews? A religion? A people? The question has taken on a special urgency in our time. At the heart of the anti-Zionist assault is the notion that the Jews aren't a peopl...

For Zion's Sake: Don't Let Sanders Off the Hook - Daniel Tauber, J-Post

More than merely inflating the number of those killed by a factor of seven, Sanders essentially accused Israel of mass murder....

Why Israel Badly Needs a Two-State Solution - Uri Savir, Al-Monitor

There are 8 million Israelis in a region of almost 300 million Arabs and mostly Islamic countries with more than a billion Muslim citizens. Israel has a supreme interest in creatin...

Sanders More Misinformed Than Hamas - David Horovitz, Times of Israel

Bernie Sanders exacerbated his shockingly under-informed address on Israel from late last month with an interview to the New York Daily News this week in which he casually traduced...

Is This the Man Who Will Replace Mahmoud Abbas? - Adnan Amer, ALM

Dismissed Fatah leader and former member of Fatah’s Central Committee Mohammed Dahlan has been active on the regional and international levels in the past few months. Surpris...

Israel's Very Own Ferguson Debate - Max Fisher, Vox

In Hebron, and elsewhere, some young Palestinian men have indulged their anger in recent months by stabbing Israelis more or less at random, wounding or killing a number of innocen...

Jerusalem, Jews, and the Presidential Candidates - Frank Newport, Gallup

Any contemplated move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is part of a complex process. The Jerusalem Embassy Act, a bill mandating moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, was signed in...

Hamas Rides World's Goodwill to the Bank - A. Issacharoff, Times of Israel

Terror group uses tax money, donations from well-meaning countries eager to ease hardship for Gazans, to fund its military build-up....

Palestinian Attacks Wound Israel's Reputation - Daniel Gordis, Bloomberg

The relentless Palestinian attacks are beginning to evoke policy disagreements inside Israel’s leadership. Netanyahu continues to blame Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas fo...

Has Netanyahu Gone Crazy? - Robert Fisk, Independent

You might think he was talking about the old Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But no. Prime Minister Netanyahu – ever more out of tune with the rest of the world, with ...

The Next Gaza Operation - Yom-Tov Samia, Jerusalem Post

If the State of Israel would like to continue to exist, the IDF and the Israeli leadership must carry out military preparations for an operation that is fundamentally different fro...

This Is Not Your Father's Intifada - Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor

A member of the Palestinian security forces told Al-Monitor that Israel’s mistake is that it does not realize that deterrence will only be achieved once it prevents young Pal...

Will New Nation-States Emerge? - Chris Roth, Aeon Magazine

In the Middle East, however, the game is changing. The institutional aversion to new nation-states might be a casualty of the devastating civil wars in Libya, Iraq, Yemen and, wors...

A Sectarian Divide in Mideast on Saudi Arabia and Iran - Pew Research

The recent execution of Shia leader Nimr al-Nimr, along with dozens of other prisoners, by the Saudi Arabian government has sparked a furor in the Middle East. The storming of the ...

Did Erdogan Trade Gaza for Israeli Gas? - Kadri Gursel, Al-Monitor

Erdogan’s ambition for a presidential system keeps him from dropping the Gaza precondition for the settlement of sour relations with Israel, but this does not stop the two si...

ISIS in Gaza - Sarah Helm, New York Review of Books

Since 2007 Hamas has been the de facto government of Gaza, albeit under Israeli rule—a rule implemented nowadays by means of a military and naval blockade by air, land, and s...

Five Mideast Stories to Watch in 2016 - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

It would be difficult to overstate just how deadly and destabilizing a year it was in the Middle East. From the civil wars raging in Syria and Yemen, to the ongoing military campai...

A Nightmare Scenario in the Middle East - Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

The wars in Syria and Iraq and jihadist attacks in the West have obscured yet another Middle East threat: the possibility that slowly escalating violence between Palestinians and I...

ISIS Gains a Foothold in Gaza - Creede Newton, The Daily Beast

Hamas hates the ISIS franchise in the Strip, but it’s got close ties to the Sinai faction -- and it’s getting some heavy-duty weapons....

What is the State of Israeli Democracy? - Haaretz

Khalida Jarrar is a political prisoner. The Ofer Military Court, which on Monday sentenced the Palestinian parliamentarian to 15 months in prison for membership in an illegal organ...

America's Little-Known 'Made in Israel' Policy - Julian Pecquet, ALM

To hear Republicans and not a few Democrats say it, the European Union's recent decision to label West Bank goods is little more than an anti-Semitic ploy to harm Israel. What non...

The Palestinian Authority's War on Facebook - Alex Kane, Al Jazeera

Since 2014, the PA has detained 52 people for Facebook activity, according to unpublished data provided to Al Jazeera by the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor. The monitor al...

Telling Mideast Negotiators, 'Have a Nice Life' - Thomas Friedman, NYT

In the Times review of the American Mideast negotiator Dennis Ross’s important new history of Israeli-U.S. relations, “Doomed to Succeed,” a telling moment on the...

Why Kerry Prioritizes Syria over Palestine - Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor

Calming Israeli-Palestinian tensions is seen as limited mission as US Secretary of State John Kerry embarks on a new round of international diplomacy on Syria....

The Shot That Killed Peace in Israel - Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker

Tolstoy posited that history is not made by individuals, that it is, rather, the continuously unfolding consequence of innumerable interconnected events. But, if the story of Yitzh...

The Inevitable Intifada - Dominique Moisi, Project Syndicate

After the stones of the first Palestinian intifada, or uprising, came the human bombs of the second one. Now Palestinians have turned to knives. On the eve of the 20th anniversary ...

Why Boycotting Israel Hurts Palestinians - Mazal Mualem, Al-Monitor

In an interview with Al-Monitor, President of the Manufacturers Organization of Israel Shraga Brosh says that the BDS movement against settlement products hurts first and foremost ...

Is There Any Stopping a Third Intifada? - Gregg Carlstrom, Foreign Policy

Unlike last year, however, the violence has spread far beyond Jerusalem. Israelis have been stabbed on the street in Raanana, Hadera, and Afula — quiet cities, away from Isra...

The Third Intifada May Be Here - Adam Chandler, The Atlantic

A spike in violent attacks on Wednesday make renewed conflict between Israelis and Palestinians impossible to ignore....

At the U.N., a Bluff and a Stare - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

There was little agreement to be found this week in the remarks delivered at the annual U.N. General Assembly meetings by the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian territories. How...

A Weakened Abbas Cannot Save Hamas - Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor

Hamas cannot rely on Abbas. The president has not wanted Gaza since he was ignominiously driven out. Today, even if he wanted to go back, he would not be able to carry it on his sh...

Temple Mount Violence Escalates - Ben Caspit, Al-Monitor

Riots are spreading from the Temple Mount to East Jerusalem, causing more deaths and injuries, but neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas...

Arab Countries Forcing Palestinian Exiles Back Into Syria - Daily Beast

Ahmad is invisible. He uses a fake name, rarely ventures outside, and moves his family between apartments in Jordan’s capital of Amman frequently, sometimes at a moment&rsquo...

Fearful of Settlers, Palestinians Deploy Watchmen - William Booth, WaPo

The men of this hilltop town who gather at night with clubs and flashlights stress they are not afraid. But they say something changed after the recent arson attack that left a tod...

Lessons from Gaza - Jerusalem Post

Ten years after Israel evacuated the Jewish communities in the Gaza Strip and parts of northern Samaria, very few – whether on the Right or on the Left or in the Center &ndas...

Merkel Crushes Asylum Dreams of Girl on Live TV - Tim McGrath, GP

Angela Merkel's hard-nosed handling of Greek debt hasled to accusations that she's merciless and unyielding — the euro zone's 'bad cop' who's got the stomach to get unpleasant...

Hamas & Egypt: United Against ISIS - Adnan Abu Amer, Al-Monitor

Relations between Hamas and Egypt, strained since the 2013 ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, appear to be improving with Saudi mediation....

Painting Under the Rockets at Gaza Border - L. Todd Wood, Wash Times

Ashkelon, Israel — Last summer, when the Gaza conflict was raging, I traveled to Sderot, Israel, on the Gaza border to see for myself what was happening. And boy did I see it...

Stuck Between Israel and the Sea - Khaled Diab, The National

Entering Gaza feels a little like infiltrating the world’s largest prison, home to 1.8 million inmates, living on 360 square kilometres of land. Small, impoverished, overcrow...

Economic Benefits Won't Solve Israel-Palestine - J. Tobin, Commentary

There are some things that are so obvious that perhaps it takes an intellectual to think that stating them constitutes penetrating insight. Perhaps that’s why some are treati...

Killing in Gaza Gets Easier - David Shulman, New York Review of Books

If Palestinians—all of them—are the enemy; if they are different enough from Israelis to be seen as a separate (lower) category of human beings; if their civilian casua...

Obama's Policy Will Keep the Sirens Blaring in Israel - Ben Avni, NY Post

Perhaps the Ayatollah’s vows to “cure” the “cancer” that is Israel will stop, too. Obama believes so. As he told Goldberg, “The fact that the su...

Amnesty: Did Hamas Commit War Crimes? - Charlie Hoyle, Maan

The most notorious incident took place on August 22 – a day after Israeli military forces killed three senior Hamas commanders – when 18 suspected collaborators were sh...

A New Flash Point in Gaza - Washington Times

‘Leading from behind’ may tempt the weak, but leading from behind whom?...

Critics Want Tougher Berlin Stance on Israel - Der Spiegel

Relations between Germany and Israel are at a crossroads. Is it possible for the German government to continue to steadfastly support the country even as Jerusalem continues to ref...

Palestine Must Go to the ICC - The National

The United Nations revealed this week that Israel killed 44 Palestinian civilians sheltering in UN schools during last summer’s war in Gaza. The inquiry also found that Pales...

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...

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