Abbas Greets Man Convicted of Terror

“If your citizens were being routinely attacked by terrorists, which of you would tolerate a reward system that compensated the attackers for their crimes?” That is the question United States Middle East peace envoy Jason Greenblatt reportedly asked members of the United Nations Security Council earlier this month. “The Palestinian...

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Labour MK Louise Ellman Blasts PA Incitement

A veteran British lawmaker has blasted the Palestinian Authority (PA) in an op-ed published in The Times of Israel on Wednesday for teaching a curriculum in internationally funded, PA-operated schools “which incites hatred, glorifies violence and promotes terror.” Dame Louise Ellman, a Labour MP and vice-chair of the Labour Friends...

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The British government has confirmed it will undertake a substantial review of Palestinian school textbooks amid concerns that aid money is funding a curriculum that is inciting violence against Jews and Israelis, The Jewish Chronicle reported Wednesday. The Department for International Development (DFID) said it had “successfully pushed” for the...

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By appointing longtime adviser, Mohammad Shtayyeh, as the Palestinian Authority’s new prime minister, President Mahmoud Abbas has given the bureaucrat the “inside track” to succeed him, according to an analysis published Wednesday by David May, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. It will be up to Shtayyeh...

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Police Station on Temple Mount in Jerusalem Firebombed

Israel has closed the Temple Mount following a firebomb attack on the police station there, The Jerusalem Post reported Tuesday. The riots took place after Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that there would be “no second mosque on the Temple Mount” and expressed hope that Jews would be...

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U.S. Envoy Greenblatt Slams Erakat for Disparaging Peace Efforts

Jason Greenblatt, the United States Special Representative for International Negotiations, on Thursday, slammed a senior Palestinian official for sabotaging the Trump administration’s peace initiative. Greenblatt wrote on Twitter that Saeb Erekat, the Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, had characterized efforts to broker a lasting peace deal between...

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The United States Special Representative for International Negotiations, Jason Greenblatt, blasted the Palestinian Authority (PA) on Wednesday for “doing nothing” to advance peace, JNS reported. For months, the Palestinian leadership has boycotted a U.S.-led peace initiative and has refused to engage with the White House’s Middle East team. The PA...

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Ireland’s National Museum recently removed Michael Collins’ cap from display. Who was Collins, and why are his cap and his fate relevant to the latest proposal for peace between the Palestinians and Israel? After World War I, Ireland fought an unconventional war against the United Kingdom’s overlordship. Collins was an...

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Despite all the corrupt, tyrannical theocracies and dictatorships in the Middle East, the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) — the academic umbrella organization for the field — aims its harshest criticism at the only democracy in the region: Israel. MESA’s disdain is apparent in the dozens of “advocacy letters” it...

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Excerpted and adapted from the introduction to What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Post Hill Press). In June 2014, a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda conquered large tracts of Syria and Iraq. After this swift rise to power, which took the world by surprise, the group declared...

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