IDF rearms ahead of Palestinian state bid

BY RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— The Israeli army (IDF) has been busy procuring new weapons for its soldiers in preparation for the aftermath of the Palestinian Authority’s unilateral statehood bid in September. It is widely expected that after the Palestinians petition the UN to recognize a Palestinian mass popular violence will break out against Israel.…

Video: Bolton says Obama is the worst president for Israel

BY HERB KEINON, JPOST— US President Barack Obama is “the most anti-Israel president in the history of the state, without any question,” John Bolton, the former US envoy to the UN and a man considering entering the presidential race against Obama, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. “If you think that this is just a…

PA to Apply to Security Council Next Week for UN Membership

BY DEBKA STAFFERS— On Wednesday, July 6, the Palestinian Authority notified the Obama administration that early next week it would file with the UN Security Council a request for admission to the United Nations as a full member recognized as an independent state within the 1967 borders. But debkafile’s Washington sources report the US had…

Palestinians ready for UN statehood bid

BY ELIOR LEVY, YNET— The Palestinian leadership officially announced Sunday it will turn to the UN for recognition of an independent state in September. The decision was made after a meeting convened by President Mahoud Abbas in his Ramallah headquarters. PLO Executive Committee chief Yasser Abed Rabbo declared that the move is aimed at protecting…

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,…