Tag Archives: Fatah

How Will Big Media Refer to the Palestinian “State”?

Now that the UN boosted the Palestinian status to “non-member observer state,” what does this mean for Big Media descriptions of the new-and-improved Palestinian entity? The Daily Telegraph‘s Alex Spillius lists the possible references, but finds shortcomings in them all. Palestine: “There has in fact never been a nation state called Palestine. The Holy Land

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Assassination Roils Lebanon

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. Lebanon’s in an uproar after the chief of intelligence, Col. Wissam Al-Hassan, was assassinated in a car-bombing. Thousands attended Hassan’s funeral. Prime suspects are Hezbollah and Syria. Suffice to say

R.I.P. One-State Solution; Long Live 3-State Solution?

I come to bury the one-state solution, not praise it. Now that Hamas is laying the groundwork to declare Gaza’s independence from Palestine, it’s easier to be dismissive of arguments for the one-state solution, like this op-ed in The Independent. Fatah fecklessness, a non-existent peace process, Muslim Brotherhood power in Egypt, and Hamas’ sheer willpower means

Hamas’ Diplomatic Wing Taking Flight

Hamas is training its own diplomatic corps. As Reuters points out, this would end the PLO’s monopoly on representing the Palestinians in global forums. It deepens Palestinian divisions. And it damages an otherwise sure-thing statehood bid in the UN General Assembly. So if you support the idea that Israel and the West should engage Hamas,

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Talking to Hamas, Talking to the Taliban

Rose-colored glasses are de rigueur in the Christian Science Monitor newsroom. With the US engaging the Taliban,  this Monitor staff-ed wants to apply similar logic to Israel and Hamas: President Obama was smart not to follow the example of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who warned against the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal. If the United States is willing to

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Time’s “Popular” Disconnect

Popular can mean a lot of things, but one thing it does not mean is “peaceful.” Therein lies the confusion for correspondent Karl Vick. You can imagine him wearing rose colored glasses as he wrote up this assessment of Hamas/Fatah unity talks for Time. Afterwards both met the cameras smiling. “There are no differences between

4 Snippets You Might Have Missed

Khaled Abu Toameh on Hamas vs. Fatah: In the eyes of Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and Salaam Fayyad are also “traitors” because they have agreed — at least in English and in public — to recognize Israel’s right to exist. If Abbas and Fayyad were to stand trail before a court on all what Hamas has

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