Origins of the Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Independence

BY JONATHAN SCHANZER, inFOCUS QUARTERLY– As of early September 2011, the Palestinian Authority (PA), under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas, was set to bypass negotiations with Israel and attempt to declare statehood at the United Nations. Many analysts have offered their speculation as to how the Palestinians might use their UN resolution to go after…

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A Palestinian state? Don't count on it

BY JEFF JACOBY, BOSTON GLOBE— If the Palestinian Authority genuinely desired international recognition as a sovereign state, Mahmoud Abbas wouldn’t have come to New York to seek membership in the UN General Assembly this week. There would have been no need to, for Palestine would have long since taken its seat in the United Nations.…

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Perry says Obama Mideast policy is 'naive, arrogant'

BY REBECCA STOIL AND JPOST STAFF— Both US Republican  presidential front-runners slammed US President Barack Obama’s policy on  Israel Tuesday morning, days before the expected United Nations vote on  Palestinian statehood.  Texas Governor Rick Perry and former  Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney blamed Obama for the upcoming UN  vote, even though the US delegation was expected…

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Funding the enemy

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— Speaking Sunday at the UN’s conference of donors to the Palestinian Authority, Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon warned that while Israel supports economic assistance to the PA now, that is liable to change within the week. As he put it, “Future assistance and cooperation could be severely and irreparably compromised if…

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Orange rice with chicken

Ingredients ½ teaspoon saffron threads water 2 cups basmati rice, uncooked 1 tablespoon salt 2 oranges, zest only 1 cup sugar 4 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup slivered almonds, toasted 2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts ¼ teaspoon black pepper 1 onion, sliced ½ cup pistachio nuts, shelled and chopped Directions 1) Preheat oven to 300 degrees. …

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Palestinians Bring Their Intifada to the United Nations

BY JOSEPH KLEIN, FRONTPAGEMAG.COM— Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threw down the gauntlet in his September 16 address to the Palestinian people, televised from his Ramallah headquarters. He said he will take the Palestinians’ request for full United Nations member state recognition to the U.N. Security Council on the basis of the 1967 territorial lines,…

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Video: PA vows to Palestinians to complete its statehood bid at the UN

BY ITAMAR MARCUS and NAN JACQUES ZILBERDIK, PMWATCH— The Palestinian Authority has done its utmost to promise its population that the PA leadership will follow through with its request for Palestinian statehood at the UN this week. The PA has stressed that it will not be deterred by the possibility of an American veto, nor…

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Palestinians warn Obama not to stand in way of statehood

BY ISRAEL TODAY— The Palestinian Authority knows all the right buttons to push with Washington. The Palestinian leadership is fully aware of the value US President Barack Obama (like his predecessors) puts on overseeing an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, and has regularly wielding that weakness like a diplomatic bludgeon against the White House. On Saturday, the…

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