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St. Louis Jewish Light

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

Abbas’ No-State Solution

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL May 10, 2018

Anyone who favors the sensible but elusive two-state solution in the Middle East couldn’t help but be disappointed by recent comments by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. But they should not be surprised, either. In a speech to the Palestinian National...

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addresses the Palestinian National Council in the West Bank city of Ramallah, April 30, 2018. (Flash90)

Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks on the Holocaust explain why two-state solution is dying

Andrew Silow-Carroll May 2, 2018

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Donniel Hartman had some bad news for his audience on the largely liberal Upper West Side: The two-state solution might not be dead, but it’s not imminent either, and most Israelis don’t believe the two-state solution is “implementable...

Jonathan S. Tobin is opinion editor of JNS.org and a contributing writer at National Review. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

Trump may have found right tactic with Abbas

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS.org June 8, 2017

The most important incident during President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East took place out of view of the international press. At the time, it went unreported and unremarked upon. The president not only didn’t mention it publicly, he also...

Although Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (right) sparked an international outcry when he claimed Israeli rabbis were plotting to poison Arab wells, Palestinian leader, including the late PA President Yasser Arafat (left), have accused Israel of nefarious poisoning schemes for more than three decades.  

‘Poisoning’ accusations are a Palestinian tradition

By Rafael Medoff June 29, 2016

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas must have been surprised at the international outcry over his accusation last week that Israeli rabbis are plotting to poison Arab wells. After all, Abbas and his colleagues have been making similar allegations...

Editorial: The Last Slice

June 27, 2012

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both claim to be working toward peaceful resolution of the Israel-Palestinian problem. Let’s take them at face value for a moment, that they both care about...

Editorial: Cedes of Change

June 6, 2012

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has come forward with a bold proposal to “jump start” the all-but-moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process: unilateral Israeli withdrawal from parts of the West Bank (see related news story, p.1).Whether bold...

President Barack Obama

Lawmakers query Obama officials on P.A. funding, statehood push

By Ron Kampeas, JTA March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Top Obama administration officials faced tough questions from lawmakers on funding for the Palestinian Authority and its efforts to seek statehood recognition. During a hearing Tuesday of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana...

Obama presses Abbas on direct talks

JTA March 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- President Obama told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that direct discussions with Israel were an "important contribution to the cause of peace." "The two leaders agreed on the necessity of the two-state solution, and President...

PA letter to ask Israel’s position on peace talks

JTA March 4, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will send a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, asking Israel to state its position regarding restarting peace talks. The letter, which reportedly will be delivered to Netanyahu...

Olmert to keynote J Street confab

JTA March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, will be a keynote speaker at the annual J Street conference. Olmert will speak at the dovish pro-Israel group's gala dinner on March 26, according to an invitation sent Thursday morning to...

Palestinian children killed in West Bank accident

JTA February 16, 2012

JERUSALEM -- At least eight Palestinian schoolchildren on a field trip were killed when a truck collided with their bus on a rain-soaked road in the West Bank. Dozens of elementary school age children, who were headed from eastern Jerusalem for Ramallah,...

Gun is only way to fight Israel, Hamas head says

JTA February 13, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in Iran that armed resistance is the only way to fight against Israel. The "gun is our only response to the Zionist regime," Haniyeh said Monday in Tehran, according to the semi-official Iranian Fars...

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