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,…

Palestinians Busy Fighting Each Other: Not Ready For Statehood

KHALED ABU TOAMEH — The Hudson Institute — As the world focuses its attention on the Palestinian Authority’s plan to ask the United Nations in September to recognize a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 lines, the Palestinian political scene is in disarray as a result of power struggles, personal and political rivalries and divisions. Everyone…

Netanyahu: Israel must relinquish parts of the West Bank

BY BARAK RAVID— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised many of the participants in the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday when he embarked on a monologue praising the idea of parting from the Palestinians and in relinquishing portions of the West Bank. Netanyahu said the number of Palestinians and Jews between the Jordan River and the sea…