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December 6, 2017

What’s At Stake With the U.S. Recognition of Jerusalem

President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocate the embassy there could set back the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The Israeli and American flags are projected on the walls surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City.

October 2, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Twenty-Five Years After the Oslo Accords

Panelists discuss the HBO documentary film The Oslo Diaries as well as the years of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the legacy of the agreements, and the future of the peace process.

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December 6, 2015

Israel’s "Partner" for Peace

Last week a Palestinian terrorist named Mazen Aribah shot two Israelis, just north of Jerusalem. What made this incident especially noteworthy was that Aribah was also a Palestinian Authority police …

November 12, 2015

Israel, "Racism," and "Apartheid"

One of the most common Palestinian attacks on Israel is that it is building a racist and "apartheid" society. Here is a minor but standard example from Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian official who is a…

October 28, 2014

Middle East and North Africa
Liberty and the Palestinian Authority

Palestinian Authority officials have given thousands of speeches  over the years about removing the Israeli occupation, freeing Palestinians, self-government, and the like. But today --as in the days…

October 7, 2014

A Word from Mr. Erekat

The top Palestinian negotiator with Israel, Saeb Erekat, spoke about the recent war in Gaza this week. He made two claims: that 12,000 Palestinians had been killed, and that 96% of them had been civi…

January 8, 2013

United States
The "State of Palestine" and the PLO Office in Washington

Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has begun to use "State of Palestine" on all official documents, stationery, and stamps. This is “to implement the resolution of General Assembl…

May 25, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Peace Was Not at Hand

In the Weekly Standard I commented recently on the account former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has given of the peace negotiations he led near the end of his term in office.  Here are some ex…

August 23, 2011

Palestinians at the UN: the Copper Lining

The Palestinian Authority/PLO continues its march toward a UN General Assembly vote on Palestinian statehood. At the least, the Palestinians’ status may be elevated from that of a “non-state entity” …

October 29, 2012

Middle East Matters: Voices From the Region

“How long can this situation continue? I mean in Bosnia, now we have Ban Ki-moon [the UN secretary general] apologising 20 years after. Who will apologise for Syria in 20 years’ time? How can we stay…

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks with reporters during a news conference (al-Sayaghi/Courtesy Reuters).