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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1998
Yossi Klein Halevi's article (Commentary, Aug. 16) is disingenuous. It blames the victim. The indigenous Palestinian people were well aware of Zionist plans to illegally dispossess them and had less say in the matter than Jews had about money they say they put in Swiss banks. PAUL TRACY Oceanside
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WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Kathleen Hennessey
At a time when the Middle East peace process appears stymied, Israel received an unexpected olive branch when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denounced the Holocaust and expressed sympathy with its victims. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu labeled the comments a play for public opinion and called on the Palestinian leader to "tear up" his recent pact with the militant Islamist movement Hamas. "What happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime known by mankind in modern times," said Abbas, according to a statement published Sunday by the Palestinian government news agency WAFA.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1991
Now that the Persian Gulf War is all but over, diplomats will begin haggling over the future of the region. What better time than now is there for the United States and its allies to make a show of good faith to the entire Arab world that we really do care about all the Arab people, not just the ones with oil? Why not grant Saddam Hussein just one concession? Offer to not only link the Palestinian issue to the current conflict, but to solve it once and for all by turning the allied occupied territory in Iraq into the new nation of Palestine.
WORLD
April 26, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Seeking to calm critics of his reconciliation efforts with the militant Hamas group, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday the unity government he plans to head will renounce violence and recognize Israel. Abbas, who rules in the West Bank, and Hamas, the fundamentalist Islamic movement that has controlled the Gaza Strip after ousting Abbas' forces in a brief armed battle in June 2007, reached an agreement on Thursday to reconcile their differences.
WORLD
December 24, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Israeli forces killed three Palestinian militants on the Gaza Strip border, the military and Israeli media said. Israel said the three were planting explosives. There was no immediate Palestinian comment. Despite the violence, Israel's Defense Ministry said it had decided to open three border crossings to allow some supplies into Gaza.
OPINION
December 29, 2006
Re "Israel eases hard line on Palestinians," Dec. 26 As a Jewish American, I have mixed feelings about Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and releasing to Abbas $100 million of Palestinian tax and duty money that Israel had been withholding. On one hand, I say congratulations to Olmert for finally recognizing that for Israel's long-term security, it must negotiate with the Palestinians. On the other, I say shame on Olmert for not meeting with Abbas or any Palestinian for the year that he has been in power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2000
Re "Palestinian Refugees Must Be Allowed to Choose," Commentary, Aug. 10: Elia Zureik failed to mention that the 800,000 Palestinians who fled their homes in 1948 could have easily been absorbed and started a new life in surrounding Arab countries. Instead, they were purposely kept in refugee camps as a political trump card. There were more than a million Jews who were expelled or constrained to leave their homes from Arab countries such as Iraq, Egypt, Syria, et al. They too had to relinquish their homes, properties, businesses, assets, etc. The difference, however, is that they did not go to refugee camps and hibernate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2000
Re "Martyrdom: The Most Powerful Weapon," by Avigdor Haselkorn, Commentary, Dec. 3: It is very impressive when Palestinian spokesmen boast about their willingness to sacrifice as many lives as necessary to achieve a state of their own. Not their own lives, of course. What these spokesmen are really boasting about is their control over the lives of their people. Being able to get people to commit suicide on demand is the ultimate sick power trip. Cult leaders have been exercising this supremacy over their subjects for years.
OPINION
November 16, 2004
Re "Behind the Camp David Myth," Commentary, Nov. 12: Robert Malley's musings on the reasons why Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat might have turned down Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak's offer at Camp David in July 2000 do not change the facts. Arafat had the opportunity to establish a viable, contiguous Palestinian state based on the Barak-Clinton offer, which would have fundamentally changed for the better the lives of the Palestinians. Arafat left Camp David without making a counterproposal or response to the Israeli offer, in effect turning his back on negotiations.
OPINION
March 25, 2005
Re "Settlement Plan Disappoints Palestinians," March 22: Israel's plans to construct 3,500 houses in Maale Adumim east of Jerusalem severely undermines the ability of the new Palestinian leadership to create a viable state by dividing the land and separating the people into isolated and disconnected cantons reminiscent of the apartheid-based bantustans of South Africa. President Bush now has an opportunity to display his commitment to the ultimate goal of a viable Palestinian state living in peace with its neighbors by applying our country's immense political and economic power to ensure that Israel lives up to its obligations under the "road map" peace plan.
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israel is suspending its involvement in peace talks and planning a series of sanctions against the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office announced Thursday. The decision, after a six-hour Israeli Cabinet meeting, followed Wednesday's announcement of a reconciliation agreement between the two leading Palestinian factions, which will bring the militant Islamist movement Hamas into a new Palestinian government within weeks. “The government of Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that relies on Hamas,” the statement said, noting the Cabinet decision was unanimous.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Rushdi Abu Alouf and Paul Richter
GAZA CITY - Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal to end their seven-year schism, in a further blow to U.S.-led efforts to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis. Leaders of the groups said they will form a unity government within five weeks, solicit a vote of confidence from the Palestinian parliament, then schedule elections in six months. "This is good news to tell our people: The era of division is over," Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas, declared at a news conference here.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- The two main rival factions of Palestinian politics and society announced a reconciliation deal Wednesday that would mend a seven-year rift by forming a unity government and holding new elections. Following two days of discussions between delegations of Fatah and Hamas, leaders of the groups announced the agreement at a joint news conference. “This is the good news to tell our people: The era of division is over,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared.
WORLD
April 22, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations still deadlocked a week before their current round expires, negotiating teams met Tuesday with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to discuss extending the troubled talks. Nine months of meetings between Israeli and Palestinian teams have yielded little agreement, and both sides' tough positions have stymied the effort to secure a framework for working toward a two-state solution to the conflict. The U.S.-mediated negotiations broke down last month over Israel's delay in releasing a group of Palestinian prisoners as promised.
WORLD
April 16, 2014 | By Maher Abukhater
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday that it was still possible to revive moribund peace negotiations. Abbas told five Israeli opposition legislators from the Labor and Meretz parties that he was willing to extend the negotiations past their April 29 deadline "if the Israeli side commits to the principles that can allow an extension," his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said.  The Palestinians first want Israel to release a fourth group of Palestinian prisoners as promised, and to announce a total settlement freeze.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2014 | By Kate Linthicum
TEL AVIV - Tamer Nafar, a 34-year-old rapper who has been described as the Chuck D of Palestinian hip-hop, was standing on a sidewalk dressed in a skin-tight black bodysuit and wearing a silky red wig. "Can I see more duck lips?" the director prodded from behind the camera. Nafar pursed obediently. He was channeling Scarlett Johansson for a video sketch skewering the actress for serving as a spokeswoman for SodaStream, a company boycotted by Palestinian activists because it is headquartered in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
OPINION
May 24, 2004
Re "Bloody Mess in Gaza," editorial, May 20: The Israelis don't have to wait in fear of violent retaliation on their cities and public meetings. They've had that terror many times. If the Palestinian terrorists could, they would kill every Israeli man, woman and child. Where were the international consciences, the European Union and United Nations when, in cold blood, the Palestinians killed a pregnant Israeli mother and her four little children in their car? Somehow it seems that your editorial and the way you present the news are biased against Israel.
BOOKS
December 3, 1989
So, actor James Woods calls protesters of Yitzhak Shamir's policies towards Palestinians "Nazis," and receives cheers from the 1,000 guests at the Simon Wiesenthal Center's national tribute dinner. How sad and ironic that supporters of a Museum of Tolerance would respond enthusiastically to such an inaccurate classification by Woods. Such statements do nothing but add fuel to the fire of an already volatile situation. It's unfortunate that such a fine actor cannot use a podium more constructively.
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