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

In the Middle East, Time for U.S. to Move On - New York Times

The pointless arguing over who brought Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to the brink of collapse is in full swing. The United States is still working to salvage the negotiations, bu...

The Real Reason Palestinians Don't Want Peace - Lee Smith, Tablet Mag

By now, everyone’s found someone to blame for the apparent failure of the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. In his testimony last week before the Senate Foreig...

Burden of Peace Is on the Palestinians - Alan Dershowitz, Jerusalem Post

The burden is on the Palestinians to come to the negotiating table, not as equal partners, but as claimants, seeking to obtain something that they do not have....

Can Kerry Get Netanyahu to Go Big? - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View

Israel is tipping into broad isolation, and Palestinians -- those who may be predisposed to a two-state solution -- are giving up hope. Kerry, one of the last of a generation of in...

Kerry Risks Threefold Failure - Alan Philps, The National

With his granite jaw and athlete’s handshake, John Kerry was hailed in 2012 as the “living embodiment of America” who could bring almost presidential gravitas to ...

The Peace Process Blame Game - Jerusalem Post

Engaging in a blame game postpones the inevitable day when the two sides sit down and truly begin thinking about how best to live together....

Pity the Palestinians? Count Me Out - Norman Podhoretz, Wall St. Journal

Thousands of Arabs are dying in Syria and South Sudan. Where's the outrage on behalf of those truly suffering?...

UN Is Now the Best Hope for a Palestinian State - John Judis, New Republic

The Israeli government is not only opposed to U.N. implementation of Resolution 242. It has vigorously denounced the Palestinians for signing the 15 treaties, even though they have...

Why Obama Hit Pause on Iran - Joe Klein, Time

We know what a reasonable middle East peace would look like. In December 2000, Bill Clinton laid out the formula. There would be a return to the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed-...

Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

Kerry knows very well that the negotiations were doomed once the Palestinians refused to sign on to the framework for future talks he suggested even though it centered them on the ...

Stand Firm, John Kerry - Brzezinski, Carlucci, Hamilton, et al., Politico Mag

Israel’s confiscation of what international law has clearly established as others’ territory diminishes its security. Illegal West Bank land grabs only add to the Pales...

The Mideast Peace Process Collapsed 3 Years Ago - Peter Beinart, Haaretz

Without understanding this history, you can’t understand why America’s current peace efforts are near collapse. The principle that a final deal requires a Palestinian s...

John Kerry, Thwarted by the Middle East - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

Well, God bless John Kerry for trying. It appears as if the latest attempt by the U.S. to make the Palestinians and Israelis embrace reason is failing. It is true American negotia...

As Kerry Falters, Where Is Netanyahu Leading Israel? - Haaretz

United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s decision Tuesday to cancel his planned visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah is a bad sign. So are the statements made by senior American ...

Don't Punish Abbas. Support Him. - Bloomberg View

By suddenly turning to the United Nations for support, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has rebuffed the U.S.'s terms for brokering peace talks with Israel. But Secretary of State ...

The Case for Releasing Jonathan Pollard - Lawrence Korb, Politico Mag

Pollard’s release is a key Israeli goal and a longtime personal crusade for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been trying to persuade the United States to sp...

A Spy's Release Won't Bring Mideast Peace - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

We appear to be in the midst of another Jonathan Pollard eruption in the Middle East peace talks, which means, among other things, that the peace talks are close to collapsing....

The Iran-Israel Border Struggle Heats Up - Lee Smith, Weekly Standard

For the last year and a half, Israel has kept Iran’s allies on its borders almost totally quiet. The 2006 war that many, including Hezbollah, believed Jerusalem had lost serv...

Tough Love Will Keep Israel, Palestinians in Line - Hussein Ibish, National

The Palestinians and Israelis need their friends to help them achieve peace. But, like everyone, they also need their friends to help keep them honest. That’s what real friends d...

A Palestinian Bantustan Won't End the Conflict - Daniel Levy, Haaretz

Credible leaks indicate the lop-sided Kerry framework is a step backward for Palestinians and rewards Israel’s intransigence. How can the talks regain their legitimacy?...

Obama Blesses Mideast's New Authoritarian Order - Haroon Siddiqui, Star

Fresh from condemning Russia for punishing Ukraine for daring to be democratic, Barack Obama goes to Saudi Arabia Friday to bless the squelching of democracy in the Middle East. T...

The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process - Julia Amalia Heyer, Spiegel

Naftali Bennett, the head of the the settlements party Jewish Home rejects negotiations with the Palestinians and says he will allow the Israeli government to collapse if necessary...

After the Mideast Peace Process, What Then? - Jon Cook, The National

For the first time since the US launched the Middle East peace talks last summer, the Palestinian leadership may be sensing it has a tiny bit of leverage. Barack Obama met the Pale...

Why a 'One-State Solution' Is Viable - Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post

The Israeli one-state plan is a viable prospect, which similarly distinguishes it from all the other ideas on offer....

Is Hamas Finally Losing Its Grip on Gaza? - Daniella Peled, The Spectator

Tattered green Hamas flags still flap above the streets in central Gaza and posters of its martyrs hang in public spaces. But these are tough times for the Hamas government, and no...

Obama Must Take Control of Mideast Peace Process - Daily Star

For too long, the Palestinians have patiently waited on the U.S. and its attempts at brokering peace. Now is the time to tell Obama that the only tough decisions which have to be m...

What Does 'Jewish State' Even Mean? - Peter Beinart, Haaretz

Is it Netanyahu and Lieberman’s Jewish state that alienates its Arab citizens, or Yitzhak Rabin’s inclusive Jewish state that dedicated itself, briefly, to true equalit...

Hamas' Weakness - Jerusalem Post

While Hamas’s weakness has encouraged Islamic Jihad, backed by Iran, to take bolder risks, this state of affairs might present unique opportunities for Israel....

Israelis Don't Care That We Hate Them - Brendan O'Neill, The Spectator

The most interesting explanation I hear for Israel’s unpopularity among latte-sippers comes from Richard Pater, a political analyst from Radlett who has lived in Israel for ...

Here's Why Palestinians Won't Recognize Israel - Caroline Glick, J Post

Over the weekend, the Obama administration began walking back its support for Israel's demand that the PLO recognize Israel as the Jewish state. At a State Department media briefin...

Palestine Doesn't Need Tony Blair's Lectures - The National

For years, Tony Blair has made an art out of ignoring obvious but inconvenient facts. This is a man who led his country into an illegal war in Iraq and – even after years of chao...

Israel's Choice - New York Times

In Washington this week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel sounded two different notes about peace negotiations with the Palestinians, which are nearing a critical junctu...

Implications of Defining a Jewish State - Ali Jarbawi, New York Times

Secretary of State John Kerry is preparing a “framework” for peace and Palestinians are worried. They know it will define the American position and set the new paramete...

Obama Puts Israel on Notice - Hussein Ibish, NOW Lebanon

What Obama, and many other friends of Israel including prominent Jewish Americans, are trying to tell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli society is that they don't have ...

Obama to Israel: Time Is Running Out - Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg View

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House tomorrow, President Barack Obama will tell him that his country could face a bleak future -- one of internatio...

Don't Buy the Israel Boycott Hype - David Rosenberg, Wall Street Journal

The Western media has bought into the notion that a new wave of Western boycotts against Israel is underway. But like so many trend stories, this one doesn't stand up to scrutiny. ...

Why Israelis Are Content to Live in a Bubble - Jonathan Cook, The National

Inside Israel, the government is seeking to silence the few critical voices left. The intimidation was starkly on display last week as the supreme court considered the constitution...

Disappearing Arab Nations a Problem for Israel - Moshe Arens, Haaretz

Under the dictatorial rule of Hafez el-Assad and later his son Bashar, there presumably was a neighboring nation-state with whom a peace treaty could in principle be negotiated. Th...

Palestinians to Kerry: "No" - Tom Wilson, Commentary

Few seemed to be listening earlier this week when the Palestinian Authority released a list of red lines that in practice meant an outright rejection of Secretary of State John Ker...

Mideast Peace Process Needs New Brokers - Pierre Atlas, Indianapolis Star

As Secretary of State John Kerry finalizes his proposal for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, the reality on the ground does not give much cause for optimism. Jewish settleme...

The Palestine Prize - Eytan Sosnovich, The Commentator

When the Arab armies of Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, and Syria attacked Israel in May 1948, it was not to liberate the Palestinian people, but to capture the region for themselves. Like th...

Why Kerry's Strong-Arming Will Work - Aaron Magid, Haaretz

Netanyahu and Abbas have not even met once during Kerry’s marathon peace planning – yet the forces pushing both leaders to accept will be stronger than those holding th...

Israel Boycott Movement Harming Itself - Hussein Ibish, The National

The recent SodaStream controversy has illustrated both the power and shortcomings of the various pro-Palestinian boycott movements. The falling out between actress Scarlett Johanss...

Scarlett Johansson, War Criminal? - Daniel Schwammenthal, WSJ

Alas, this world is not sane, certainly not when it comes to discussions of Israel. Simply because one of its 20-plus factories is in the West Bank, anti-Israeli activists have bee...

Frankly Scarlett, You Should Give a Damn - Gershom Gorenberg, Prospect

A starlet can be ignorant of politics, but Netanyahu is willfully twisting the words of EU and American leaders on the settlements boycott issue....

The Third Intifada Has Begun - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

To put it differently, the Third Intifada is based on a strategy of making Israelis feel strategically secure but morally insecure....

A UN Force Is Needed in Palestine - Gulf News

The current peace process between Israel and Palestine is coming to a head as US Secretary of State John Kerry’s April deadline approaches. An essential part of that plan is to i...

Occupation Belies the Hollywood Mind - Rami Khouri, The Daily Star

If you think the controversy of actress Scarlett Johansson’s relationships with Oxfam and the Israeli company SodaStream is a minor side story about Hollywood celebrities, th...

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