Putin said willing to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

By Times of Israel— Amid speculation over a developing Egyptian bid to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said late Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin was willing to host Israeli and Palestinian leaders for direct talks. In a briefing with newspaper editors in Cairo, Sissi said Israel is increasingly convinced of…

Bill Clinton’s Palestinian State

By JONATHAN S. TOBIN, Commentary Magazine— While campaigning in New Jersey on Friday for his wife, Bill Clinton was interrupted by a pro-Palestinian heckler. “What about Gaza?” the person yelled. What followed was an interesting exchange with the clearly exasperated former president that says more to inform the current attempts by both the Obama administration and…

Israel and “Palestine”: What International Law Requires

By Louis René Beres, GateStone Institute— Under relevant international law, a true state must always possess the following specific qualifications: (1) a permanent population; (2) a defined territory; (3) a government; and (4) the capacity to enter into relations with other states. While this contingent condition of prior demilitarization of a Palestinian state may at first…

Why Palestinians Do Not Want Cameras on the Temple Mount

By Khaled Abu Toameh, GateStone Institute—- The Palestinian Authority (PA) will continue to work against having cameras in the hope of preventing the world from seeing what is really happening at the site and undermining Jordan’s “custodianship” over Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem. Another reason the Palestinians oppose King Abdullah’s idea is their fear that…

UNESCO Lies About Jerusalem’s Holiness to Jews

By: Lee S. Bender, ZOA— For Jews, the Temple Mount (site of Solomon’s Temple and the Second Temple is the holiest place on earth. The adjacent Kotel (the Western Wall) is the second holiest site to Jews. A recent decision by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization), however, shamefully distorts, deletes and denies…

The “Two State Solution”: Irony and Truth

By Louis René Beres, GateStone Institute— “The establishment of such a state means the inflow of combat-ready Palestinian forces into Judea and Samaria … In time of war, the frontiers of the Palestinian state will constitute an excellent staging point for mobile forces to mount attacks on infrastructure installations vital for Israel’s existence…” — Shimon…