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

Why I Flew to Israel - Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg View

Just hours after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration prohibited domestic airlines from flying to Israel this week, I boarded an El Al flight from John F. Kennedy International...

Hezbollah to Hamas: You're on Your Own - Jamie Dettmer, The Daily Beast

Hamas is increasingly isolated in the region as it fights its ferocious war against Israel. In the old days Hezbollah might have helped -- but not now....

Gaza on the Seine - Robert Zaretsky, Foreign Policy

The conflict between Israel and Hamas hits close to home for France's Arabs and Jews. The French Republic might be the casualty....

Can Israel Win in Gaza? - Sheera Frenkel, BuzzFeed

As Israeli forces continue their offensive into Gaza, many have been surprised by Hamas’ ability to fight back. Some are beginning to ask whether Israel can achieve the kind ...

Nonviolence Worked for Mandela -- Why Not Gaza? - Ray de Souza, NP

Leaving aside the particularities of this latest Gaza war, a different question arises when observing the situation from Eastern Europe, where I have spent the past few weeks: Why ...

Egypt and Gaza: No Longer a True Mediator - The Economist

It is no longer so easy. When Egypt brokered a ceasefire to end the last Israeli war with Gaza, in 2012, the then president, Muhammad Morsi, a Muslim Brother, enjoyed good relation...

Do or Die Against Hamas - New York Daily News

Hamas scored a victory in its latest nihilistic, death-obsessed war with Israel when its rockets prompted the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and most Western airlines to susp...

A Pointless War No One Wanted - David Gardner, Financial Times

This latest conflict suggests the threshold of bloodshed has risen...

Gaza and the Horrors of Government - Ed Krayewski, Reason

orgLast week the satirical newspaper The Onion ran a piece about a "317,000,000-State Solution" for the Middle East, a riff based on the "two state solution" for Israel and Palesti...

Palestinians Need Security, Not Hamas Treachery - The Australian

Advocates of a ceasefire, a two-state solution and justice for the Palestinian people are right. The distress and suppression of these overwhelmingly innocent human beings should n...

How to Save Gaza and Prevent Another War - William Saletan, Slate

After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is...

Israel Provoked This War -- Obama Must End It - Henry Siegman, Politico

The notion that it was Israel, not Hamas, that violated a cease-fire agreement will undoubtedly offend a wide swath of Israel supporters. To point out that it is not the first time...

Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria - Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

There are a couple of very good reasons why coverage of Israel and its troubles is so broad, and even obsessive. The first is a simple, technical one: Journalists can best cover wh...

The Last Great Myth About Egypt - Steven A. Cook, Foreign Policy

Cairo has never been a mediator between Israel and Palestine -- and today's regime actually benefits from the Gaza invasion....

A Gaza Solution: Demilitarization - Michael Oren, Los Angeles Times

The key to ending the current battle between Hamas and Israel — and preventing more fighting in the future — is the demilitarization of Gaza. Simply put, Hamas without ...

Gaza Shows Netanyahu Never Wanted 2 States - Omer Aziz, Globe & Mail

The two-state settlement is the official policy of every major actor from the United States to the United Nations. It stipulates a just end to the occupation, a return to the pre-1...

The 'International Community' Is a Myth - Shashank Joshi, Telegraph

Perhaps nothing better illustrates the perverse, self-propagating logic of open-ended military campaigns as the fact that an episode which began with four kidnapped teenagers (thre...

What 'Proportionality' Means to Israel - Zeke Miller, Time

The Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, challenged critics of his country’s military operation in Gaza Tuesday morning, saying they don’t understand the lega...

The Delusion of Hamas - Shlomi Eldar, Al Monitor

Nine years ago, in the course of my journalistic work in the northern Gaza Strip, my photographer, a Gaza resident, Majdi Arbid, was injured by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) fire....

How the Mideast Peace Plan Died - Birnbaum & Tibon, New Republic

Kerry concocted a grand bargain. Under the deal, Israel would release the fourth tranche, free another 400 prisoners of its choosing, and halt all new settlement announcements thro...

All the News Hamas Sees Fit to Print - Noah Pollak, Weekly Standard

Something important is missing from the New York Times's coverage of the war in Gaza: photographs of terrorist attacks on Israel, and pictures of Hamas fighters, tunnels, weaponry,...

Gaza City Ravaged on Deadliest Day of Conflict - Barnard & Kershner, NYT

The mayhem began in the early hours of Sunday morning in Shejaiya, an eastern neighborhood of Gaza City, where Israeli forces battled with Hamas militants. Terrified civilians fled...

Israel's Just War Against Hamas - Jerusalem Post

History has proven that regimes like Hamas’s are ultimately self-destructive; it's a tragedy that so many good people must give their lives before such evil is eradicated....

Israel's Carnage Must Be Stopped - Gulf News

Does the sight of dozens of children’s bodies in Gaza, innocent and bloodied to death by Israeli gunfire since it launched its attacks against the Palestinians on July 7, tea...

Mideast Crisis: A Pox on All Their Houses - Hussein Ibish, Foreign Policy

Neither Israel nor Hamas can win in Gaza, but the biggest loser is the Palestinian Authority....

What if Iron Dome Is a Bluff? - Rogel Alpher, Haaretz

Is such a deception possible? Could the Israel Defense Forces and the government be lying to us, without batting an eye? Of course not. They love us. They are watching over us. Rig...

Who's Right and Wrong in the Middle East? - Nicholas Kristof, NY Times

Here we have a conflict between right and right that has been hijacked by hard-liners on each side who feed each other. It’s not that they are the same, and what I see isn’t eq...

Does Obama Realize the Stakes in Gaza? - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

So long as Hamas thinks it can count on Israeli caution and pressure from the U.S. and the international community to ensure that it remains in control of the strip, the fighting w...

Murder with Impunity in Gaza - The Daily Star

The world's politicians will get nowhere if they approach the violence as a case of Israel versus Hamas, since it is clearly – based on the depressing figures – a war i...

Keep the Gaza Ground War Limited - Haaretz

Despite mediation efforts from various regions of the globe and reports that talks on a cease-fire were nearing fruition, Operation Protective Edge has entered its 11th day and the...

Moral Clarity in Gaza - Charles Krauthammer, National Review

Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephonin...

Israel's Deadly Gambits - Fred Kaplan, Slate

Instead of capitalizing on Israel’s unusually strong strategic position, Netanyahu risks squandering it -- destroying what little support he has in the West....

The Bizarre Moral Criticism Against Israel - Eric Yoffie, Time

What does it mean to say that casualties are “disproportionate”?...

How the West Chose War in Gaza - Nathan Thrall, New Yorik Times

As Hamas fires rockets at Israeli cities and Israel follows up its extensive airstrikes with a ground operation in the Gaza Strip, the most immediate cause of this latest war has ...

Iran, Russia, Gaza Should Be Considered Together - Paul Pillar, TNI

In the face of intense, high-profile, and especially fast-moving problems, the decision-making apparatus for foreign policy and national security has a narrow attention span. Lim...

Hamas Is Losing and Everyone Knows It - Michael Totten, World Affairs

Hamas is losing and everyone knows it. More than 200 Palestinians have been killed so far in the current round of fighting while the number of dead Israelis amounts to a grand t...

Israel and Hamas Need Each Other - Aaron David Miller, Foreign Policy

The two warring actors may hate each other, but they can't seem to live without each other either....

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