Debunking the claim that “Palestinians” are the indigenous people of Israel

By: DANIEL GRYNGLAS, JPOST— The wars between Israel and its Arab neighbors were fought for many years on the battlefield between armies. In recent decades the arena of conflict has shifted from hand-to-hand combat to a war of narratives. Everybody agrees that the current affluence of Israel, its modern infrastructure and economy were developed by…

Carter says Hamas leader committed to peace, Netanyahu not

By: TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF AND AFP, Times of Israel— Former US president Jimmy Carter called Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal a strong proponent of the peace process Saturday, and said he wasn’t meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it would be “a waste of time.” The president, who has been visiting Israel and the West…

The Palestinians No One Talks About

By: KHALED ABU TOAMEH, Gatestone Institute— The international community seems to have forgotten that Palestinians live not only in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, but also in a number of Arab countries, especially Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Western journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict regularly focus on the “plight” of Palestinians who are affected by…

Palestinian diplomatic push imperils Obama’s internationalism

By JOHN R. BOLTON, NY POST— The Palestinian Authority is aggressively seeking to have itself declared a “state” by joining treaties and international organizations, thereby pressuring Israel and the United States to accept outcomes they long ago rejected. In a fantasy that only seems sensible after years of incubating at the United Nations, the Palestinians…

Israel will ask Congress to stop US aid to Palestinians

By TIMES OF ISRAEL— Israel is poised to ask Congress to stop funding the Palestinian Authority, a day after the Israeli government froze NIS 500 million ($127 million) in Palestinian tax revenues collected on Ramallah’s behalf, in response to the Palestinian Authority filing a request to join the International Criminal Court earlier this week. An…

In stinging defeat, UN rejects Palestinian bid for statehood

By LEA SPEYER, BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS— The UN Security Council rejected on Tuesday the Palestinian draft resolution calling for the full Israeli withdrawal from East Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria by the end of 2017. The resolution, which was submitted on Monday by Jordan on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, called for peace negotiations to center…

Netanyahu promises to ‘vigorously’ oppose Palestinian moves at UN

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH and HERB KEINON, JPOST— As the Palestinian Authority said Sunday it planned to move forward to secure support for the draft resolution it presented the UN Security Council last week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would “vigorously oppose it” and not accept any “diktat.” Netanyahu, speaking at a Hanukka candle-lighting…