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)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Losing Facebook Friends over Gaza - Karen Lehrman Bloch, Tablet

I tried to stay out of the fray, but I finally had to go public with my opinions about Israel, even if it meant my friends disagreed....

Obama Should Have Listened to Hillary - Charles Krauthammer, Nat'l Post

Leave it to Barack Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking. Mind you, Obama does deploy ...

Don't Count on Abbas to Save Gaza - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

The idea that PA officials or security people will be an effective barrier to the re-militarization of Gaza—as opposed to the goal of demilitarization that Israel wants and which...

Repression & Stability: The Sisi Doctrine - Michael Hanna, Foreign Policy

From Gaza to Libya to Iraq, Egypt's new strongman is developing a foreign policy based on repression and stability....

Whither UNRWA? - Jerusalem Post

UNRWA has never been impartial. Its interest in self-preservation rules out fairness. Its existence hinges on keeping the flames of conflict burning....

Israel's Game of Russian Roulette in Gaza - Idan Barir, Daily Telegraph

Artillery fire is a statistical means of warfare. By using it in Gaza, Israel cannot claim it is doing everything in its power to spare the innocent....

Israel, Stop Calling Hamas a Terrorist Org - A. B. Yehoshua, New Republic

When Israel was established officially in 1948, the Jordanians bombarded Jerusalem and isolated it even as they killed hundreds of its residents. Yet, throughout that cruel and dif...

How America Lost the Middle East - Zack Beauchamp, Vox

The United States can't stop the Syrian civil war any more than it can end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, halt the Egyptian military's brutal repression of political dissidents,...

How Hamas Beat Israel in Gaza - Ronen Bergman, New York Times

If body-counts and destroyed weaponry are the main criteria for victory, Israel is the clear winner in the latest confrontation with Hamas. There’s no doubt that Israel could...

Needed: A Broader Vision for Gaza - Jerusalem Post

Hamas has not and will not change its own long-term strategic vision, that of “resistance” to the State of Israel....

Why We're Protesting Gaza, Not Iraq - Lindsey German, The Guardian

The hundreds of thousands who have taken to the streets of Britain over the past month in support of and solidarity with the people of Gaza have seen their protests denounced by n...

Barack Obama on the World - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

President Obama’s hair is definitely grayer these days, and no doubt trying to manage foreign policy in a world of increasing disorder accounts for at least half of those gray ha...

In Gaza, the War Is Far from Over - David Kenner, Foreign Policy

As strikes resume, the battered Palestinians of the Strip don’t want Hamas to give up the fight....

The Global Rule of Law Is Under Fire - Erna Paris, Globe and Mail

Are we witnessing a hollowing out of the global rule of law and other norms that have provided a framework for peace since the end of the Second World War? It is true that the laws...

What Gaza Reveals About American Diplomacy - Gilles Paris, Le Monde

It was almost as a spectator earlier this week that the United States welcomed Egypt's announcement of a 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza between the Israeli army and Hamas, which has sin...

Remove the Gaza Strip Blockade - The Daily Star

Now in its eighth year, the medieval blockade of Gaza appears to have only just caught U.S. President Barack Obama’s attention. Although the current truce between Israel and Gaz...

Hacktivists Wage Cyberwar on Israel & Palestine - Sam Frizell, Time

Hacktivist attacks against Israel quintupled as violence swept across Gaza, but are the hackers doing any damage?...

Making the Gaza Ceasefire Last - New York Times

In the first good news in a long time, a 72-hour cease-fire appeared to be holding on Wednesday as Israelis and Palestinians tallied what was lost, and gained, during the latest ...

UN Whitewashes Hamas War Crimes - New York Post

In theory, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes. In practice, the effect is to advance Hamas by treating the Jewish state as t...

Netanyahu's 'Long War' Doctrine - Jonathan Spyer, PJ Media

Netanyahu, in stark contrast to his image in Europe and to a lesser extent in North America, is deeply cautious when it comes to the use of military force. This caution derives f...

Who Won the Gaza War? Egypt - Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

It's still too early to say, but for now, here's how I'd score the performance of the five major parties to this crisis: Israel, Hamas, the PA, Egypt, and the United States....

Turkey and Qatar: Hamas' BFFs - Jonathan Schanzer, Foreign Policy

It's time to stop treating Turkey and Qatar like they’re anything other than proxies for terrorists....

What Would You Do if Hamas Attacked You? - Peter Beinart, Atlantic

What would you do if your neighbor were launching rockets at your cities? It’s the question every supporter of Israel’s war in Gaza hurls at every American critic. And ...

What in the World Was John Kerry Thinking? - Michael Doran, Mosaic

By seeking reconciliation with Iran, Washington alienates its allies and contributes to ever greater mayhem in the Middle East....

To End the War, Recognize Hamas - Jimmy Carter & Mary Robinson, FP

This tragedy results from the deliberate obstruction of a promising move toward peace in the region, when a reconciliation agreement among the Palestinian factions was announced in...

Israel Winning the Battle, Losing the War - The Economist

Israel is the most successful state in the Middle East. It is the region’s only true democracy—a hub of invention, enterprise and creativity. Israel has overwhelming firepowe...

Why Americans See Israel the Way They Do - Roger Cohen, New York Times

To cross the Atlantic to America, as I did recently from London, is to move from one moral universe to its opposite in relation to Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza. Fury over ...

What's All This Gaza Suffering For? Not Much - David Blair, The Telegraph

About half of Gaza’s people are under the age of 18. No one fights in Gaza without maiming, killing, displacing or traumatising legions of children. This not a campaign waged in ...

Israel, Trapped by Nationalism - Pankaj Mishra, Bloomberg View

Globalization has made economies more open and interdependent, and national boundaries more porous. But 19th-century notions of exclusive sovereignty and territorial nationalism pe...

Hamas' Hidden Labyrinth Wired for War - Paul Sheehan, Sydney MH

Such is the nature of the Israel-Palestinian debate that many people regard all this as Israel reaping what it sows. Even as Israel strikes against a war machine, it is blamed for ...

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