Fatah, Hamas, and the Statehood Gambit

BY JONATHAN SCHANZER, COMMENTARY— On May 3, Hamas and Fatah, the two largest and most influential Palestinian factions, created a unity government. Following a brutal civil war in 2007 that left Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip, the two foes appeared to be locked in an intractable conflict. Then, seemingly out of the blue,…

The Flotilla of Fools off to Gaza

BY PHYLLIS CHESLER, FRONTPAGEMAG— The flotilla is coming, the flotilla is coming. European and North American activists, journalists, and mercenaries have set sail—or are about to do so—on fifteen boats with passengers from twenty-twomainly Western countries to “break the Israeli blockade of Gaza.” Spurred on by the anti-Potemkin Village images of Palestinian Arabs living in…

Peace Process, RIP

BY CLIFF MAY, TOWNHALL— When President Obama said last month that “Israel cannot be expected to negotiate with Palestinians who do not recognize its right to exist,” he was referring to Hamas. In its charter, Hamas calls Palestine an “Islamic endowment” and specifically rules out a peaceful solution to the conflict with Israel. Hamas describes…

'Obama vision' becomes basis for Mideast peace

BY ISRAEL TODAY— Just as Israeli officials feared, US President Barack Obama’s “vision” of pushing Israel back to it’s 1967 borders has become the basis for international peace efforts in the Middle East. Last week, France offered to host renewed peace talks based on the “Obama vision.” Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas at the weekend accepted…

Hamas insists: No talks with Israel

BY ELIOR LEVY, YNETNEWS— Hamas spokesman Mahmoud al-Zahar insisted his organization would not negotiate with Israel despite a statement to the contrary made by Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal, the Palestinian paper Al-Quds reported Wednesday.  Mashaal’s statement “does not represent the movement’s official stance, which is based on a plan of resistance and not negotiations”,…

King Abdullah of Jordan Lauds Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation

BY ARYEH BEN HAYIM, ARUTZ 7—  King Abdullah of Jordan, preceding Binyamin Netanyahu to Washington, meets today with U.S. President Barack Obama after having met yesterday at the State Department, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Jordanian monarch was obviously focused on disputing two major Israeli arguments, namely, that the “Arab Spring” demonstrates that…