Fatah, Hamas, and the Statehood Gambit

BY JONATHAN SCHANZER, COMMENTARY— On May 3, Hamas and Fatah, the two largest and most influential Palestinian factions, created a unity government. Following a brutal civil war in 2007 that left Hamas in control of the Gaza Strip, the two foes appeared to be locked in an intractable conflict. Then, seemingly out of the blue,…

Palestinians Busy Fighting Each Other: Not Ready For Statehood

KHALED ABU TOAMEH — The Hudson Institute — As the world focuses its attention on the Palestinian Authority’s plan to ask the United Nations in September to recognize a Palestinian state along the pre-1967 lines, the Palestinian political scene is in disarray as a result of power struggles, personal and political rivalries and divisions. Everyone…

Obama vs. Israel

BY GARY BAUER, END OF DAY REPORT– Multiple news reports this week in the U.S. and Israel, quoting reliable sources, indicate that the Obama Administration is once again bullying Israel to make concessions that would put it at risk and strengthen and embolden Israel’s enemies, who are sworn to its destruction. The issue is the…

White House seeks to negotiate on 1967 lines

BY ELI LAKE, THE WASHINGTON TIMES— The White House is pressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly adopt President Obama’s view that Israel’s pre-1967 borders should be the basis for future peace talks. A senior administration official Friday told American Jewish leaders that the request for Israel to endorse the president’s peace principles was…