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  • Give the people what they want: Palestinians take a step toward unity

    With Russian involvement, American support, and Israel's tacit agreement, the Palestinians are taking active steps toward national reconciliation. By Menachem Klein While all eyes were on the horrific massacre in Las Vegas on Monday, an interesting development took place in the Gaza, whose magnitude goes beyond reconciliation between the rival Fatah and Hamas factions. [tmwinpost] As opposed to previous attempts at national reconciliation, this time the Russians are involved. A Russian representative is taking part in reconciliation talks in Gaza. Not long ago, a Hamas delegation visited Moscow, and it is likely that what we are currently seeing was spoken about in Russia's…

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  • Nobody is coming to end the occupation, part two

    Israel's response to the Quartet's 'recommendation' that it halt settlement expansion makes one thing perfectly clear: Netanyahu has fully internalized that nobody is coming to end the occupation. The Quartet on Friday released a long-awaited report on … well, actually, nobody is really sure what it is about or why it was written. In fact, it’s not really clear what the Quartet is aside from a grouping of countries and international institutions that once upon a time endorsed a peace plan that never got off the ground (George W. Bush’s Roadmap for Peace). [tmwinpost] The Quartet report did not say…

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  • Do Israelis have any idea how bad it is in Gaza?

    Nearly two million Gazans are living in a state of poverty and shortages, with few options of leaving and even fewer options for work. Nearly two million people who live in a giant prison, and Israelis cannot even begin to fathom how terrible their situation is. "I'm extremely concerned that if you leave Gaza in the state it's currently in, you'll have another eruption, and violence, and then we're back in a further catastrophe, so we've got to stop that," warned Quartet envoy Tony Blair during a visit to the Gaza Strip on Sunday. It was his first trip to the…

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  • Time for international community to hold Israel accountable — here's how

    Resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is not impossible, but success requires bold measures and the courage to see them through. Following more than two decades of peace talks, the international community should give the law a chance. By Hiba Husseini and Omar M. Dajani The international community must not stand idly by as Israelis and Palestinians move ever faster along a trajectory that will end in tragedy for both peoples. Averting that outcome will require a bold new approach based on international law. Following the hideous violence last summer – the brutal tit-for-tat murders in the West Bank and the thousands…

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  • WATCH: Tony Blair and the Quartet

    Former British PM Tony Blair has come under fire for alleged bias in the Middle East. The Guardian reported last week that Blair visited Gaddafi during Libyan loan negotiations by JP Morgan, where he is employed as an adviser. The Telegraph in the UK reported that PLO senior leaders are considering a proposal which would label Blair "persona non grata" in order to isolate him and make his position as the Quartet envoy 'impossible'. The Palestinian leadership claims that there is no more trust for  Blair as an impartial mediator between Israelis and Palestinians. Two days ago, someone posted a hard hitting expose of Blair on…

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  • Quartet mum on Jewish state, set new negotiation deadline

    The international mediators scrapped plans to endorse a Jewish state. That was probably a wise choice. Right now, the threat to dissolve the PA, if credible, could be much more significant than moves on Palestinian statehood The Middle East International Quartet – composed of the US, EU, UN and Russia – issued a statement yesterday, following the Palestinian application for statehood. Initial plans to affirm the 1967 lines as a basis for final borders, and to endorse Israel's identity as a Jewish state, were scrapped, in a favor of a more process-oriented text. This was probably a wise choice. The support…

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