Peace? When Palestinians accept Jews as neighbors

By JEFF JACOBY, BOSTON GLOBE— ISRAEL’S RESPONSE to the renewed partnership between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas was admirably, and literally, constructive: It advanced plans to build 1,500 housing units in so-called Jewish “settlements” — i.e., burgeoning Jerusalem neighborhoods and several nearby West Bank communities. The Israeli housing minister, Uri Ariel, described the decision as…

Making murder respectable

By MICHAEL FREUND— Barely a week has passed since the Palestinian unity government was sworn in, and the international community has wasted little time in conferring legitimacy on this nascent terrorist regime. Tossing aside any pretense of morality, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations all embraced the new Palestinian administration, despite…

Israel furious at US support for Palestinian Unity Government

By ISRAEL HAYOM— U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration said on Monday it plans to work with and fund the new Palestinian unity government. Israel immediately voiced its disappointment with the decision, which was also criticized by some U.S. lawmakers. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday in a reconciliation deal…

PA art exhibit for Pope presents Palestinians as Jesus

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, PMWATCH— For Pope Francis’ visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority next week, the PA has commissioned an art exhibit that includes works of art portraying Palestinians as Jesus. The exhibit consists of visual displays merging classical paintings of biblical scenes with photos of Palestinians and have been…

Fatah official said liberated land would be soaked in blood

By ITAMAR MARCUS AND NAN JACQUES ZILBERDIK, PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH— Even at the height of the peace negotiations with Israel, in December 2013, Fatah official Tawfiq Tirawi said that Palestinians were not committed to non-violence. Rather, he said that negotiations are just one option, and do not preclude use of the “rifle,” which the Palestinians…