Palestinian leader Abbas says he won’t run in January election

From Google The Palestinian president plans to announce on Thursday that he won't run in January elections because he is frustrated over the lack of progress in peacemaking with Israel, his aides said. Mahmoud Abbas has threatened in the past not to run, and it was not immediately clear whether this is a final decision. The two aides said Abbas would announce his decision in a speech later Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity Continue Reading

The Two Year Countdown To The Battle For Jerusalem

From JPost In a Jerusalem Post article “In the land of miracles, let’s get real”(September 29), Gershon Baskin describes the Salaam Fayad plan as “one of the most positive and optimistic developments of recent times”. However, a reading of Fayad’s plan, entitled “Ending the Occupation, Establishing the State: Program of the Thirteenth Government - August 2009″ would seem to belie Baskin’s postulation. While the preface to Fayad’s paper Continue Reading

Hamas accepts Egypt’s plan for unity with Fatah

From JPost Hamas said on Monday that it has accepted an Egyptian initiative for ending its power struggle with Fatah, paving the way for new presidential and parliamentary elections. Mahmoud Zahar, a senior Hamas representative from the Gaza Strip, said that his movement's response to the initiative has been "positive." Hamas, he said, supports Egypt's efforts to reconcile it with Fatah and end the split between the West Bank and the Gaza Continue Reading

Netanyahu: No peace until Palestinians accept Israel as Jewish state

From Haaretz Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Haaretz on Wednesday that he would not agree to a Palestinian demand that Israel accept the 1967 borders as a condition for renewing peace negotiations. Netanyahu also gave a condition of his own, saying Thursday that he would never drop his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. "I told Abu Mazen [Abbas] I believe peace hinges first on his readiness to stand Continue Reading

Meet the Palestinians’ Next Leader, Muhammad (Abu al-Mahir) Ghaneim: The Man Who Will Make Comprehensive Peace Impossible

From Gloria-Centre.Org Meet the Palestinians' Next Leader, Muhammad (Abu al-Mahir) Ghaneim: The Man Who Will Make Comprehensive Peace Impossible By Barry Rubin * September 16, 2009 ATTENTION WEBMASTERS.  You are welcome to post this entire article as long as you give a direct link to the article on our site and to http://www.gloria-center.org There’s nothing written about more often—and inaccurately—than the Palestinians, yet there Continue Reading

Obama’s Failing Initiative in the Middle East: Lack of Change You Can Believe In

From Gloria-Centre.Org Obama's Failing Initiative in the Middle East: Lack of Change You Can Believe In ATTENTION WEBMASTERS.  You are welcome to post this entire article as long as you give a direct link to the article on our site and to http://www.gloria-center.org By Barry Rubin Presidents must be optimistic when presenting initiatives. To keep up support they have to insist that things are going well, progress is being made, Continue Reading

Middle East Mondo Bizarre: A Day in the Life of the World’s Most Turbulent Region.

From Gloria-Centre.Org Middle East Mondo Bizarro: A Day in the Life of the World's Most Turbulent Region ATTENTION WEBMASTERS.  You are welcome to post this entire article as long as you give a direct link to the article on our site and to http://www.gloria-center.org Here are some developments worth noting (and even more important, understanding). Although this is written in a light-hearted style--since otherwise such news would Continue Reading

Report from Washington: U.S. Middle East’s Policy Next Step

From Gloria-Centre.Org Report from Washington: U.S. Middle East's Policy's Next Step ATTENTION WEBMASTERS.  You are welcome to post this entire article as long as you give a direct link to the article on our site and to http://www.gloria-center.org Washington It’s always a pleasure to arrive in a place, scrutinize the situation carefully, and conclude that your analysis has been right. And it’s also a good time to be taking a Continue Reading

Palestinian Prime Minister: We’ll Build State Institutions in Two Years. What Have You Been Doing for the last 15?

From Gloria-Centre.Org Palestinian Prime Minister: We'll Build State Institutions in Two Years. What Have You Been Doing for the last 15? ATTENTION WEBMASTERS.  You are welcome to post this entire article as long as you give a direct link to the article on our site and to http://www.gloria-center.org This will never lead anywhere, but that’s the point isn’t it? Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has a new peace Continue Reading

Hamas Trains New Generation of Teenage Terrorists

From Israel National News Hamas is training a new generation of terrorists in Gaza, where 50 percent of the population is under the age of 18, according to the French news agency AFP. The news agency reported that young teenagers lie on beds of nails while two other boys stand on their chests, prompting a nine-year-old to say, "No one will be able to mess with us after we become kung fu masters. Everyone will be afraid of us." Hamas has been Continue Reading