EU Will Not Recognize a Unilaterally Declared Palestinian State

by JTA The European Union will not recognize Palestinian statehood until an “appropriate” time, its Foreign Affairs Council said in a statement. The 27 EU foreign ministers meeting Monday in Brussels issued the statement in response to a letter from Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat to EU foreign policy head Catherine Ashton asking the body to join…

Denying the Jewishness of the Holy Land

by Anav Silverman, Frontpagemag.com As the ideological and political battle rages in the headlines over the “Jewishness” of the Holy Land, I found myself walking on a street known as Kaf-Tet B’November, translated “November 29,” in Jerusalem last week. Streets with this name exist in most cities across Israel, as the date marks one of…

Congress: PA funding could hinge on state declaration

by Hilary Leila Krieger, JPost Members of Congress are warning that American funding of the Palestinian Authority could be threatened by efforts to advance a unilateral declaration of statehood. “Pursuing a non-negotiated path to statehood is a fool’s errand. Palestinians want a state, not a declaration. Their only way to achieve that is through direct…

Why Did U.S. Peace Process Diplomacy Fail; What Happens Next?

by Barry Rubin, GLORIA Center I think this lead from Jackson Diehl’s Washington Post article says it all: “The latest collapse of the Middle East peace process has underlined a reality that the Obama administration has resisted since it took office–that neither the current Israeli government nor the Palestinian Authority shares its passion for moving quickly…

US drops Palestinian-Israeli track, formulates new Turkey-Iran deal

by Debkafile US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had the thankless task of writing finis on the Obama administration’s intense two-year effort to persuade Israelis and Palestinians to discuss peace. Her speech to the Saban Forum early Saturday, Dec. 11 was much awaited as Washington’s first comment on the deadlock caused by Israel’s refusal to…

Palestinians make non-compliance official

by Israel Today Ever since signing the so-called “Oslo” accords with Israel 15 years ago, the Palestinians have failed to fulfill even their most basic peace obligations, and in most cases have openly violated their commitments. Now the Palestinian Authority is threatening to make its non-compliance official by abrogating the entire peace process. Palestinian official…

Why Latin America turned

by Caroline Glick, JPost Israelis can be excused for wondering what happened that Brazil and Argentina unexpectedly announced they recognize an independent Palestinian state with its capital city in Israel’s capital city. Israelis can be forgiven for being taken by surprise by their move and by the prospect that Uruguay, and perhaps Paraguay, Chile, Peru,…

Obama’s Settlements Freeze Fold Is Blow to President, Not to Peace

by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary On a day when President Obama was forced to acknowledge his defeat at the hands of congressional Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, it appears that he was also bested by another opponent: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The announcement today that the Obama administration has given up on its…

US, Israel, and PA don't agree on settlement freeze

by Herb Keinon, JPost The US-lead diplomatic process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is going back to the drawing board, with a senior US official announcing Tuesday night that following consultation with the sides it was determined a further settlement moratorium would not provide the basis for a framework agreement. The official, in a…