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The Liberal/Leftist Case Against Israel: A Rebuttal

Ricochet member Trace Urdan has drawn my attention to an interesting piece that just appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education: a review, by Alan Wolfe, of several books critical of Israel. The review, entitled “Israel’s Moral Peril,” draws a distinction between liberal criticism — that which accepts Israel’s legitimacy and views a two-state solution […]

Why Do Academics and Artists Lean Left?

This morning I opened the Jerusalem Post and found these two articles next to each other: Hamas PM: Only Armed Resistance Will Liberate Palestine and Israeli Leftists Demonstrate for PA Statehood in Tel Aviv Those leftists can’t have all been unconscious when the PA returned to the Hamas fold last spring. They appear, then, to be choosing […]

Palestine to Deny Citizenship to Palestinian Refugees

Yes, you read that right. Evelyn Gordon has a jaw-dropping piece up on the Contentions blog at Commentary today in which she quotes Abdullah Abdullah, the PLO’s ambassador to Lebanon, who gave an interview last week with the Lebanese paper The Daily Star: The ambassador unequivocally says that Palestinian refugees would not become citizens of the sought for U.N.-recognized Palestinian […]

A Pre-Statehood Declaration Cri de Coeur

At the end of this week, Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen), President of the Palestinian Authority, will declare the establishment of the State of Palestine at the UN. The state’s welcome by well over 100 member states has already been assured. The recent reconciliation of Abbas’s PA with ever-bloodthirsty Hamas — which, together with the […]

Hamas Bigwig: Palestinian Statehood Bid a “Scam”

You’ll recall that Hamas joined forces with its political enemy the Palestinian Authority in May, although they have yet to form a government. Word was that the stumbling block was the PA’s insistence on retaining Salam Fayyad as prime minister, a choice Hamas flatly rejects. But that’s the least of it. Mahmoud al-Zahar, a prominent […]

Fatah-Hamas Unity Teetering; Cairo Summit Canceled

That was quick. The two Palestinian factions, long known for — indeed, substantially defined by — their mutual loathing, kissed and made up to great fanfare in May. PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal were supposed to meet in Cairo this Tuesday so they could announce the composition of their new unity government. […]

BBC: Palestinian Economy Is Dangerously Fragile

Notwithstanding the mysterious enthusiasm of the IMF for Palestinian statehood, the Palestinian Authority still remains at least half-dependent on foreign donations. The withdrawal of a significant portion of that aid would likely result in the collapse of the economy. The PA’s embrace of Hamas and push for unilateral statehood directly endangers the flow of that aid […]

Storytime with Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, published a risible editorial in yesterday’s New York Times in which he lays out the case for a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood. In it, he performs some quite breathtaking feats of historical revisionism. Here’s a partial list: He assigns all blame for the 1948 War of Israeli Independence to […]

Fatah: Military Wing on Defense; Political Wing on Offense

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the name of the military wing of Fatah, the Palestinian faction led by Mahmoud Abbas. Yesterday, the Palestinian news agency Maan received and printed the following statement, allegedly from the Brigades, in response to the killing of Osama bin Laden: The Islamic nation awoke to a catastrophe: the reports of the […]

No, Seriously, Hamasniks. How Do You Really Feel?

The Hamas leadership — which is apparently still drunk on Abbas’s total capitulation — just can’t seem to shut up. Hamas PM Ismail Haniyeh (on the left in the photo) said this weekend that he expects the PLO (i.e., Abbas and the Palestinian Authority) to annul its recognition of Israel’s right to exist. This would be […]