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

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...

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....

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