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Palestine -- Israel

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by Robert D. Novak (Union Leader)

I sat down with a leader of Hamas, the extremist organization that won last year's elections. He pushed a 2-state Israeli-Palestinian solution and deplored suicide bombers. But officials in Washington do not want to hear Hamas calling for peace.

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In These Times

“We, who were raised to love the state of Israel and contribute to the Zionist enterprise, refuse to take part in Air Force attacks on civilian population centers. … These actions are illegal and immoral, and are a direct result of the ongoing occupa

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by Jonathan Cook (AntiWar)

Israel's supposedly "defensive" assault on Hezbollah last summer, in which more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians were killed in a massive aerial bombardment that ended with Israel littering the country's south with cluster bombs, was c

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AP

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has told an investigative panel that Israel began planning for war in Lebanon months before last summer's conflict against Hezbollah guerrillas, countering criticism that he was caught off guard and acted too hastily in

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by Justin Raimondo (AntiWar)

The Israelis, stung by their defeat at the hands of Hezbollah, are aching for a rematch. There have been a number of border incidents since the IDF retreated and the blockade was lifted, the most recent – and most brazen – occurring when the Israelis

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by Seth Ackerman (Tom Paine)

In a private White House meeting, Bush vetoed the deal, threatening to cut off all contact with Abbas’ party if the Palestinian leader joined a government with Hamas—to which Fatah had been reduced to a US client regime, Abbas dutifully insisted the

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by John Gittings (The Guardian)

It emerged recently that Israel and Syria had held peace talks - and there are strong suggestions that they failed because of US hostility.

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Reuters

Hamas trounced the more moderate Fatah in an election last year. Its refusal to negotiate peace with Israel triggered a Western aid embargo which forced it to look elsewhere for financial support amid a rising crisis of poverty and hardship.

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BBC News

Israel probably violated the terms of its arms deals with Washington by using US-made cluster bombs in Lebanon last year, a US government report says. The state department looked into Israel's use of cluster bombs in civilian areas of southern

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by Paul Craig Roberts (AntiWar)

Israel’s policy is to turn Palestinians into refugees and to incorporate the West Bank into Israel. Slowly over time the policy has been implemented in the name of fighting terrorism and protecting Israel. Had Israel tried to achieve this all at once

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by Tony Karon (Rootless Cosmopolitan)

The violent conflict between Hamas and Fatah is a by-product of Secretary Rice’s economic siege of the Palestinians; retribution and collective punishment for their audacity to elect leaders other than deemed appropriate to US agendas.

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AP

Israel has approved a new settlement in the West Bank to house former Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip, officials said, breaking a promise to the U.S. to halt home construction in the Palestinian territories.

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Washington Post

The streets outside her windows teemed with hundreds of thousands gathering for the former prime minister's burial. "I was hoping his death was not for nothing. It's a loss you can't explain. I can't explain how I felt. It was a

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y net news

Palestinian prime minister conveys message to Israel: If Palestinian state is established within 1967 borders, Hamas will aggress to long-term hudna. Meanwhile, Abbas calls for end to Gaza fighting

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