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

Kerry's Big Blunder in the Middle East - David Ignatius, Washington Post

Secretary of State John Kerry has made a significant mistake in how he's pursuing a Gaza cease-fire -- and it's not surprising that he has upset both the Israelis and some moderate...

When Middle East Conflicts Become One - David Brooks, New York Times

It’s amazing how much of the discussion of the Gaza war is based on the supposition that it is still 1979. It’s based on the supposition that the Israeli-Palestinian dispute is...

The Underground War on Israel - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

During the first two weeks of the Gaza conflict, Hamas landed at least two significant punches. In firing missiles at Ben Gurion Airport, Hamas convinced the Federal Aviation Autho...

Israel Is Losing the Long Game - George Friedman, Stratfor

Time is not on Israel's side. At some point, something will likely happen to weaken its position, while it is unlikely that anything will happen to strengthen its position. That no...

Inside the Kerry-Israel Meltdown - Josh Rogin & Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

The secretary of state has been furiously working on a Mideast ceasefire, but his ad hoc efforts were dealt another blow Monday when Israel rejected his latest peacemaking plan....

Brazil Crossed the Line on Israel - Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald

Israel can be blamed for failing to prevent civilian deaths in specific cases during the Gaza conflict, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government can also be blamed ...

Barack Obama Is Not Israel's Enemy - Haaretz

One can argue about the degree of sophistication the president has displayed during the current crisis, but there is no reason to doubt his friendship and desire to bring an end to...

Gaza and a Summer of Strife - David Remnick, The New Yorker

The supposed tranquillity of earlier seasons is almost always an artifact of distance. And yet Samore’s “everywhere” is forgivable hyperbole. In eastern Ukraine, ...

WWI and the Mighty Combustion of Small Events - Rex Murphy, Nat'l Post

People looking at the world today are, I think rightfully, seeing something of a parallel with confusions of a century ago. In the last weeks and months, what a crowding and a tang...

The World Mess Obama Didn't Make - Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune

It's easy to forget that planet Earth has always been a turbulent locale. During the Reagan administration, often fondly recalled as a golden age, there was endless strife hither a...

When Numbers in Gaza Masquerade as Fact - Times of Israel

Many of the Palestinian death toll figures quoted by the UN and others ‘are not worth the paper they’re written on,’ researcher says....

Is the Left Antisemitic? - Brendan O'Neill, Daily Telegraph

There has been a lot of talk over the past two weeks about whether it is anti-Semitic to oppose Israel’s attack on Gaza. Radical Leftists and liberal commentators have insisted (...

Israel's Disturbing Moral Grey Areas - Hussein Ibish, The National

Israel’s rhetoric focuses entirely on primary intentions, without acknowledging the problem of responsibility for civilian deaths when they are a predictable and inevitable r...

Indicting Hamas for War Crimes - Michael Curtis, The Commentator

Hamas has really only one grievance: the existence of Israel. It seems to share that grievance with more than one prominent agency of the United Nations. Hamas's bloodthirsty sacri...

A Ceasefire Is Not Enough in Gaza - The Daily Star

The problem is that the notion of cease-fire, as it applies to Gaza, remains highly selective. Many Palestinians are desperate to escape the horror in Gaza, but they are prevented ...

Mowing the Grass in Gaza - Rep. Doug Lamborn, RealClearDefense

Americans think of wars as decisive battles between the forces of good and evil. One side loses and one side wins and it’s over. Hopefully the good guys are the ones left standin...

Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning? - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza, even as it wins th...

Israeli Military's Moral Indifference - Yuli Novak, The Guardian

In July 2002 the Israeli air force dropped a one-tonne bomb on the home of Salah Shehadeh, the head of the military wing of Hamas, in Gaza. You don’t have to be an expert in ...

In This Gaza War, the Truth Is Buried - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View

What would you want your government to do if your enemy was digging tunnels under your village, in order to pop out at night to kill or kidnap you? Could you imagine taking the ris...

800 Dead Palestinians and Israeli Impunity - Robert Fisk, The Independent

Impunity is the word that comes to mind. Eight hundred dead Palestinians. Eight hundred. That’s infinitely more than twice the total dead of flight MH17 over Ukraine. And if ...

Al Jazeera's Israel Problem - Shlomi Eldar, Al Monitor

I am by no means trying to exonerate Israel for its responsibility for the circumstances of Gaza's inhabitants following the suffocating siege imposed on them since Hamas seized po...

Old Story, New Twists in Gaza War - Dan Perry, Associated Press

The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket ...

Blame Ariel Sharon for Gaza Bloodshed - The Guardian

The chain of causation, as with so much else in Israel, leads back to Ariel Sharon. He conceived of withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 as above all a tactic which would allow him to post...

Needed in Gaza War Reporting: Balance - The Australian

As Israel exercises its right to defend itself, Hamas’s predilection for hiding its arsenals among civilians has been one of the main reasons for Israel’s ground incurs...

The Shared Destiny of Israel and Gaza - Roger Cohen, New York Times

Nobody is going away. The peoples of the Holy Land are condemned to each other. Without that realization, any truce, even any demilitarization of Gaza, will only be a way station t...

Strategies Collide in Gaza - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

Many wars are fought over accidents and misunderstandings. This is not one of those times. With key interests at stake, the conflict in Gaza is likely to continue....

Something Is Broken in Israeli Society - Lisa Goldman, Globe and Mail

Something has broken down in Israeli society. Friends who always said they would never leave because they were too deeply rooted in the place, its language and their families are d...

A Tip for the UN - Jerusalem Post

If the UN truly wishes to play a constructive role in ending the bloodshed, it should be a part of an international effort to bring about the gradual demilitarization of Gaza....

When the Guns Are Roaring, Israelis Must Speak Out - Haaretz

Freedom of speech has been a notable victim, and fears about criticizing and protesting could spread....

Hamas' Useful Idiots - Rich Lowry, New York Post

Hamas is happy with either a tragedy (the four kids killed on the beach by Israeli shells last week) or a statistic (the climbing civilian toll), so long as it is death and so lo...

Who Bears More Responsibility for Gaza? - John Judis, The New Republic

Like almost all conflicts that have occurred in Israel, this latest war in Gaza has provoked a furious debate. Was Israel’s ground and air assault on the Gaza Strip justified b...

Hamas Still Has Some Friends Left - Mirren Gidda, Time

Both Qatar — one of the world’s richest states — and Turkey are powerful allies to have, but Hamas might wish for more support given the breadth of the Arab World. It once ...

Israel Must Be Permitted to Crush Hamas - Michael Oren, Washington Post

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Great Britain and France all are rushing to achieve a cease-fire between Israel and H...

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