The politics of the Palestinian right of return

By ASAF ROMIROWSKY and ALEXANDER JOFFE, FORBES— US-backed negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are entering a critical period. With reports suggesting Israeli acceptance of the 1967 lines and land swaps, what about Palestinian concessions? Two issues are paramount: the ‘right of return’ and recognition of Israel as a Jewish state. Palestinian Authority President…

Why the Palestinians Refuse to Recognize Israel as a Jewish State

By ALI SALIM, GATESTONE— The world watches while the Palestinian Authority is actively promoting a campaign for an academic boycott and economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel, evidently backed by veiled threats from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. First, every Muslim knows that the Jews in Israel are the descendants of the ancient…

The high price of Obama’s mideast peace push

By JOHN BOLTON, NY POST— The breaking news that al Qaeda has captured Fallujah and Ramadi raises the question whether America’s sacrifices in Iraq were made in vain. It also highlights the utter inadequacy of President Obama’s Middle East policy, especially his disregard for critical regional threats. Instead, Obama has focused on Israeli-Palestinian issues, essentially…