PA plan seeks Palestinian state, IDF pullout within 3 years

By TIMES OF ISRAEL— Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to present a framework for renewed peace talks with Israel, according to a Palestinian ex-minister close to Abbas. In an effort to jumpstart stalled peace talks and expedite the establishment of a Palestinian state, Abbas is preparing to present Israel with a specific timetable for…

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…

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…