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BBC Cool With Abbas Rejection of Peace

BBC Cool With Abbas Rejection of Peace

When Israel opposes some diplomatic initiative, it never fails: headlines label Israel as rejectionist, obstructionist, moving the goal posts, etc. So when Mahmoud Abbas rejected international diplomacy in his UN speech, what was the BBC’s headline? Contrast that with AP: So which headline’s more accurate? We put together word clouds of the Abbas and Netanyahu speeches

The Drift of Clinton’s Blame Game

UPDATE Sept. 24, 10:40 pm: Bibi responded to Bubba in an interview with ABC’s David Muir. And Ed Morrissey comments: If [the Palestinians] want the deal Arafat rejected, then come back to the table and propose it. Elliott Abrams raises another point: Clinton also failed to note what Israel has done under Netanyahu to help

Unspinning Today’s Media

• Prof. Saree Makdisi opposes the statehood bid. After echoing Guy Goodwin-Gill’s concerns, Makdisi attacks the Palestinian leadership’s mandate: These worries are not unfounded if one considers the Palestinian politicians preparing the statehood bid: the venal clique surrounding Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority “president” whose term expired almost three years ago. Abbas and his circle

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The Palestinian Statehood Push and ICC Jurisdiction

An upgraded statehood status in the UN gives the Palestinians entree for lawfare against Israel in the International Criminal Court. How bad do the Palestinians want to wage a legal war? In 2009, the PA accepted ICC jurisdiction for “war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide” even though it isn’t a state. In The Weekly

Monday Morning Reading

What to read before the work day begins? • Turkey Predicts Alliance With Egypt as Regional Anchors — Turkey’s foreign minister foresees Israel and Syria isolated by Egyptian-Turkish “Axis of Democracy.” • Abbas’ UN Fantasy – Ambassador Ron Prosor on why negotiations are the only way to statehood. • Palestinians May Win a Vote, But They

Fright of Return: 3 Reasons Why the Palestinians Aren’t Likely to Make Successful Transition to Statehood

The fright of return strikes as the PLO ambassador’s  ambassador to Lebanon says refugees will not become citizens of a new Palestinian state. Ambassador Abdullah Abdullah told the Daily Star: The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian state, an issue that has been much discussed. “They

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The Story Behind Our Video

Perhaps the biggest media myth is that Israel and its leaders simply aren’t interested in peace. The seeds of our new video, Don’t Be Misled – Israel Wants Peace go back one year ago this month. That’s when Time magazine blared on its cover, Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace. Outraged readers gave Time the grand prize: the

It’s the Anti-Semitism, Stupid

If you don’t believe that the Cairo-Jerusalem meltdown is fueled by Egyptian anti-Semitism, take note:  BBC reporter Thomas Dinham describes How I was subject of anti-Semitic abuse in Cairo. The reaction from his attacker is chilling: While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over. Turning

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