The Palestinians: What Is the Difference Between Direct, Indirect and Parallel Talks?

by Khaled Abu Toameh, Hudson Institute It seems that the US Administration does not believe that the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah is serious when it says that it cannot make any concessions to Israel, especially with regards to core issues such as settlements and the “right of return” for Palestinian refugees. Americans need to listen…

'Israel Needs To Free Itself From Its Oslo State Of Mind'

An Interview With Ambassador Yoram Ettinger by Sara Lehmann, The Jewish Press Widely recognized as an expert on Mideast politics and U.S.-Israel relations, Ambassador Yoram Ettinger advocates for Israel on both sides of the Atlantic, advising members of the Israeli Cabinet and Knesset and regularly briefing American legislators. Ettinger has served as minister for congressional…

Bringing down Bibi

by Caroline Glick, JPost Over the past week, two writers published columns in foreign newspapers. One received wall-to-wall coverage in Israel. The other was completely ignored. The contrasting fortunes of the articles are a key to understanding the central challenges to Israel’s democratic order. Last Friday, Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief peace negotiator with…

The Palestinians are the real obstacle to peace

by Moshe Ya’alon, Foreign Policy The Middle East peace process is once again stalled, while Palestinian leaders sadly continue to propagate the myth that Israeli construction impedes progress. Only last Friday, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said in Washington that “the Israeli government had a choice between settlements and peace, and they chose settlements.” Unfortunately, what…

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…

WikiLeaks exposes Obama

by Yoram Ettinger While reaffirming a 1,400 years old Muslim track record, the documents refute Obama’s fundamental assumptions, which have shaped his counter-terrorism policy: that the Palestinian issue is a root cause of Middle East turbulence and anti-Western terrorism; that Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are allies of the US; that there is no Islamic terrorism…