Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Doomed?

BY JONATHAN SCHANZER, POLITICO— Palestinian activists have hailed the unity deal between Hamas and Fatah on April 27 as a positive outgrowth of the Arab Spring. If the reported deal, brokered by Egypt, ends the internecine war between the two most powerful Palestinian factions without a shot fired, it would be cause for celebration in…

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A traumatic Pessah in Jerusalem, 1948

BY DOROTHY BERMAN , JPOST In early November 1947, Dorothy (Devora) Berman of Glasgow, aged 20, set sail for Palestine to participate in the “Machon LeMadrichei Chul” (Institute for Diaspora Youth Leadership) training program of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem. The program was held in conjunction with the Jewish National Fund. This was one of…

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Lieberman: Be cautious about Fatah-Hamas unity

BY TOVAH LAZAROFF, JPOST— Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Friday urged the European Union to be cautious and measured in its approach to the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas. “Europe must demand that Hamas comply with the Quartet conditions, which it helped formulate: Recognition of Israel and the cancellation of the section in the Hamas…

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Relinquishing Joseph's Tomb was supposed to be temporary

BY MICHAEL FREUND, JPOST— Earlier this week, an incident occurred that should have provoked outrage across the civilized world. In an act of wanton slaughter, Palestinian policemen opened fire at a convoy of Jewish worshipers near Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus on Sunday. The men had just recited morning prayers at the Jewish holy site in…

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The Munich Three Find Their Target: Israel

BY KENNETH LEVIN, FRONTPAGMAG— In 1938, the leaders of Britain, France and Germany met in Munich to decide the fate of Czechoslovakia. Czechoslovakia was not invited. The three conferees agreed to strip the targeted nation of the Sudetenland, whose population consisted largely of ethnic Germans, and transfer that territory to German control. This deprived the…

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Fatah and Hamas make peace

BY JOEL GREENBERG, WASHINGTON POST— The rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas initialed an agreement Wednesday to end a four-year rift that had left the Palestinians divided between separate governments in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, officials on both sides said. The agreement negotiated secretly in Cairo provides for a transitional unity government, including…

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PM says Israel must stop Gaza flotilla

BY JPOST— Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry and Navy on Wednesday to continue efforts to stop a new flotilla from smuggling weapons to Hamas in Gaza. Netanyahu met with the security cabinet earlier Wednesday to discuss the upcoming flotilla from Turkey and the possibility of Nakba Day protests. Earlier this month, Jerusalem’s…

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