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The UN Partition Plan, Seventy Years Later

by Bennett Muraskin   The United Nations Partition Plan of November 29, 1947 would have established an Arab state in about 45 percent of the British Mandate, with 55 percent allotted to a Jewish state. The two states were to form an economic union, and  Jerusalem was to be the capital of neither. but to be placed under UN control. I submit that the […]

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February 8: Abbas and Sharon Meet in Egypt

Mahmoud Abbas, one month after his convincing victory in the presidential election in the Palestinian territories, met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Egypt on this date in 2005. Abbas declared an end to the four-year second Intifadah and Sharon agreed to release 500 Palestinian prisoners. The summit enabled Sharon to press ahead with […]

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The View from J Street: Time for the Peace Talks to Get Serious

by Alan Elsner There are only weeks to go until critical decisions are to be made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas about U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative. The outcome of Kerry’s bold effort hangs in the balance, and both leaders need to stop political posturing and […]

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Israel and Gaza: Some Relevant Quotes

• “The Israeli decision to kill Ahmed Jabari was total insanity. Jabari was behind enforcing all of the recent ceasefire agreements. He sent his troops out to stop the rockets and was prepared to reach a long term ceasefire. Jabari was also the main interlocutor of the Egyptian intelligence service in reaching ceasefire understandings. Now […]

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Two States Are Still Better Than One

by Ralph Seliger THERE’S NO QUESTION that the vision of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine is under increased attack from the left, after years of opposition and stonewalling from the right. A new volume of essays, After Zionism: One State For Israel and Palestine (edited by Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor and published […]

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September 5: Black September and the Munich Olympics

Palestinian guerillas of the Black September Organization (BSO) raided the Olympic Village in Munich, Germany on this date in 1972 and killed or captured Israeli Olympic athletes. The BSO demanded release and safe passage for 234 men jailed in Israel as well as for Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof of the Red Army Faction, who […]

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Party Poopers at Israel’s 60th

An Editorial For American Jewish leaders, the 60th anniversary of Israel is an occasion for piety, patriotism, and paranoia. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, endorses ‘my country right or wrong’ sentiments: “Let us not allow our dissatisfaction with this or that government policy to dampen our support for Israel … […]

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