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Trump vows to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, offers no new policies

Trump vows to broker Israeli-Palestinian peace, offers no new policies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
President Donald Trump vowed on Wednesday to do "whatever is necessary" to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians as he hosted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the White House, but gave no sign of how he could revive long-stalled negotiations.
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If Mr. Trump can pull off an Israeli-Palestinian agreement that lasts for more than a year and actually moves these two groups towards peace, be it two states, a confederation, or even membership in a larger regional body, my hat will be off to him. Meanwhile, I don't see wither Abbas or Netanyahu as able to deliver the support of their own people. The Palestinians are terribly divided, and the right (orthodox) segment of Israel is determined to take back every inch of historical Judea. Sadly for both sides, Europe, which would need to be part of any workable solution, is overflowing with Syrian and other Arab refugees and is therefore not so interested in doing right in this situation as it is in avoiding more pressure. And, for the countries of the Middle East, making peace with Israel is hardly in the cards while ISIS is stirring up the most extreme Islamics. I have to say, making peace in Palestine makes Northern Ireland look like a walk in the park. Of course, they do have peace in Belfast, but...
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Gaza lighthouse guides fishermen, sends message

Gaza lighthouse guides fishermen, sends message | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A lighthouse in Gaza was recently inaugurated, inspiring hope for Gazans to open up to the world.
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What a lovely little lighthouse. For me, it symbolizes that Gaza and the Palestinian people have the right to a safe haven in this world.
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New Poll Shows Most Palestinians for Practical Progress, Tactical Compromises with Israel

New Poll Shows Most Palestinians for Practical Progress, Tactical Compromises with Israel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Outside advocates and political figures would do better to stray from their well-traveled hard line and follow the relatively pragmatic lead of the Palestinian people instead.
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Obviously, any movement towards a popular acceptance on both sides of a two state solution and of a solution to the issue of "The Right to Return" is a good sign. The world needs peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Certainly, the Palestinian people need peace for their own lives and the future of their children. The Israelis, too, need peace so they can continue their march into the future. Of course, it will take even more support for real change, but this is a good bit of news.

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Palestinians Make Strides Toward Draft Resolution at U.N.

Palestinians Make Strides Toward Draft Resolution at U.N. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
After a day of intense lobbying, the Palestinians persuaded Arab diplomats to support a draft Security Council resolution that is aimed at the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from the West Bank.
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I hope the U.S. government will not block this resolution. It is way past time for the two-state approach to move forward. Israel needs peace and the Palestinians need to have not only peace but a state of their own.

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Presbyterians Vote to Divest Holdings to Pressure Israel

Presbyterians Vote to Divest Holdings to Pressure Israel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The church voted at its general convention to divest from three companies that it says supply Israel with equipment used in the occupation of Palestinian territory.
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The Presbyterians have taken a strong, well measured step that sends a clear message, Israel must commit itself to the rights of Palestinians as well as to the continued existence and success of Israel. This is the kind of leadership we should expect from our churches.

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Jim Collie's comment, June 23, 2014 11:44 AM
Kenneth -- I worked as a volunteer during this meeting of Presbyterians and I more than appreciate your clear ability to cut through all of the clutter about this issue and get to the heart of the matter.
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Report: Local Palestinian Family Helped Rescue Israelis Injured in Deadly West Bank Bus Crash

Report: Local Palestinian Family Helped Rescue Israelis Injured in Deadly West Bank Bus Crash | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Members of a Palestinian family rushed to help rescue Israelis who were injured in a deadly bus accident tha
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We should all feel good that there are people who can overcome the politics of their world and come to the aid of others despite differences. This Palestinian family reminds us of what is best in humanity. 
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Netanyahu says willing to discuss Arab initiative for peace with Palestinians

Netanyahu says willing to discuss Arab initiative for peace with Palestinians | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held out the prospect on Monday of reviving a 2002 Arab peace initiative that offers Israel diplomatic recognition from Arab countries in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians.
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We can as a world hope that peace will finally emerge in the Middle East. Perhaps the recognition on both sides that they are breeding extremists that will destroy their own governments will push the Arabs and the Israelis to move to enfranchise and empower the Palestinian people. 
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United Arab party a surprise new force in Israeli election

United Arab party a surprise new force in Israeli election | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
UMM EL-FAHM, Israel (Reuters) - A political sideshow for much of the past six decades, Israel's Arab minority is hoping to gain much-needed muscle after next week's parliamentary election, with four Arab
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It is about time for minority populations to recognize the need to work together as voting blocks instead of fighting for the crumbs they might receive. I only hope that Black and Hispanic Americans can also come together to become their own political force so that the United States can move towards greater justice and equality.

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Israeli Cabinet Passes 'Nationality Law'

Israeli Cabinet Passes 'Nationality Law' | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Controversial legislation has set off a vexed debate about Israel's future
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In my opinion, this is a bad law designed to arouse anger and outrage so that the Israeli government can go on with its attack on Arab homes and communities. Certainly Israel is a place of refuge for Jews and has an historic connection to the Jewish faith and people. But it is also the home of others and certainly has deep religious significance to others. Perhaps it is time for Israel to learn something from Canada or Belgium, countries in which ethnic difference could be a cause for dismemberment but countries in which a sense of the greater togetherness has been the norm.

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Palestinians win settlement land from Israel

Palestinians win settlement land from Israel | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Farmers return after legal victory to be given rights to West Bank land abandoned by settlers in 2005.
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I am delighted to see this small victory for human rights, but it is such a tiny victory that leaves so much more yet to do.

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