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 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...

In Israel, Military Means for Political Ends - Kori Schake, Hoover

One can be sympathetic to the grievances of Palestinians while still allowing their choices to be self-defeating. By indulging revenge fantasies, Hamas collapsed belief among Israe...

Obama's Galling anti-Israel Outburst - Isi Leibler, Jerusalem Post

The exceptionally vicious US condemnation of Israel with regard to housing construction in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem is not merely misguided, but also reflects irration...

Sweden's Palestinian Mistake - Jerusalem Post

Swedes have a long tradition of tolerance and liberalism, and they tend to believe that others – including Muslim immigrants and their offspring living in Sweden – see ...

Palestinians Are Desperate to Leave Gaza - Economist

With its land borders and airspace blocked off, the Mediterranean Sea lapping at Gaza’s beaches has long looked enticing. Yet Palestinians have not produced boat people since the...

The Damage Netanyahu Has Wrought - Haaretz

One after the other, the masks are being torn off. Netanyahu is not (and apparently never was) aiming for a two-state solution; his actions prove it....

Netanyahu's Gross Ignorance - The Daily Star

Meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama Wednesday, Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said that, given shared concerns, it was time Arab countries allied with Israel....

Israel Can Help Transform the Middle East Paradigm - Jerusalem Post

It is only logical that a solution will be found to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that includes input and support from the entire region in an atmosphere of mutual respect and c...

The Palestinian Leader's Warning to Israel - Akiva Eldar, Al-Monitor

The assertion that “we will not forget, and we will not forgive,” which Abbas proclaimed in the context of Israel’s activities in Gaza, was the warning siren for ...

Why Is Abbas Playing Hardball with Hamas? - Daoud Kuttab, Al-Monitor

Abbas’ tactic is evident. He sees that Hamas needs him more than he needs it, and he has therefore pounced on this weakness. The Palestinian leader is hoping to be able to revers...

Germany Has a Big Anti-Semitism Problem - Benjamin Weinthal, FP

With anti-Semitism on the march, Germany's politicians and opinion makers are grappling with what went wrong with the country's seven-decade-long struggle to come to terms with its...

Israel's Struggle to Turn Trade to Diplomacy - Rory Miller, Foreign Affairs

Israel’s economics minister Naftali Bennett argued last year that “diplomacy can follow economy.” Trade, he said, would help Israel “deemphasize” the ...

Are Evangelicals Turning Against Israel? - Mark Tooley, Weekly Standard

An increasing number of evangelicals in parachurch groups and evangelical schools are endorsing pro-Palestinian activism or at least a more neutral stance between Israel and its fo...

The Parallel Campaigns Against ISIS and Hamas - Alan Dershowitz, J-Post

When Israel attacked Hamas military targets, including some that had mixed uses, it was condemned by the same Arab nations that participated in the joint United States-Arab attack ...

Abbas's Fake Civil Rights Struggle - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The purpose of Abbas’s efforts was to split the U.S.-Israel alliance and persuade Americans to support efforts to impose a solution to the conflict on the Israelis. But his calls...

Israel Is the Real Spearhead in This War - Yitzhak Laor, Haaretz

The war against the Islamic State has almost begun, and the world — that is, the West — is already insulting us. Presidents are sending fighter planes and commandos, an...

Is This the Most Dangerous World Ever? - Christopher Preble, Cato Institute

In February 2012, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared, “I can’t impress upon you [enough] that in my personal military judgment, formed ove...

U.S. and Israel: Illusions of Diplomacy - Nathan Thrall, NY Review of Books

In the early days of the Gaza war that took the lives of some 2,100 Palestinians and seventy-two Israelis, a number of officials in Washington, Ramallah, and Jerusalem began to spe...

Murder in the Mediterranean - New York Times

Refugees fleeing wars and conflict in Syria, Gaza and Africa know the journey in smugglers’ boats across the Mediterranean is fraught with perils. Add now the risk of mass murder...

An Independent Scotland Will be Hostile to Israel - E. Simpson, J-Post

As Scotland looks to leave the United Kingdom, the Jewish population residing there may have to do the same....

How Gaza Crisis Might Quickly Reignite - Danny Rubinstein, Worldcrunch

In recent days we have been witnessing growing discontent among Hamas public employees in Gaza who have not been paid their salaries. The situation endangers the coalition governme...

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 ...

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