Gaza boat defies Greek ban

BY AVIEL MAGNEZI, YNET— American activists set sail from Greece on Friday aboard a boat set to take part in a pro-Palestinian flotilla to Gaza, defying calls from Israel to cancel it and a ban by Athens.  The vessel was stopped by the Greek Coast Guard some 25 minutes after its unauthorized departure. It was…

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,…