Peace Process & Initiatives

Phyllis Bennis’ Israel Problem

Arguing in the Los Angeles Times Web site that Israel's "fundamental policy towards the Palestinians" is land "theft," Phyllis Bennis is compelled to ignore Israel's Gaza withdrawal and multiple offers to turn over almost the entire West Bank.

Israeli and Palestinian Statements about the “Damn Table”

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made headlines this week when he called on Israel to "just get to the damn [negotiating] table." The statement is peculiar, since Israel has pleaded with the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table while Palestinian leaders insist they won't do so unless Israel first satisfies their preconditions.

CAMERA Op-Ed in Washington Jewish Week

 So the Palestinian Authority wants U.N. membership to pursue Israel in international courts? A CAMERA Op-Ed in the Washington Jewish Week says PA officials should be careful what they wish far -- vulnerable as they are to many charges.

AP’s Twisted Coverage of Direct Talks

An erroneous Associated Press statement this week that "Israelis and Palestinians have refused to hold any directs talks" is consistently contradicted by a year of AP articles which repeatedly demonstrate that Israel called for immediate, direct talks.

Reuters Cites Fringe Voices on UNESCO

Susan Cornwell's otherwise straightforward news account cited two far-left Jewish groups criticizing the U.S. de-funding of UNESCO and omitted statements, such as that by the mainstream Conference of Presidents, that applauded U.S. action.

Akiva Eldar, Who Is Lying?

Ha'aretz journalist Akiva Eldar uses falsehoods and deceptions, distorting both Israeli and Palestinian negotiating positions, to accuse Prime Minister Netanyahu of lying in his speech before the United Nations.

Palestinians Rejected Statehood Three Times, Claim Frustration — with Israel

Mahmoud AbbasPalestinians may indeed be frustrated with more than 18 years of on-again, off-again negotiations, but the question is with whom should they be frustrated – Israel, or their own leaders, such as Mahmoud Abbas, who have consistently fumbled opportunities to end the conflict with Israel and create a state of Palestine?