Monthly Archives: January 2005

The Making of the Palestinian President 2005

The Palestinian Presidential Elections of January 2005 are an important milestone in Palestinian state-building for several reasons. Palestinian elections are a critical point in the transition between Israeli military rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip...

Conflict of Interest to be Raised.

On February 8th, 2005, the Knesset Ethics Committee will hold a hearing to discuss the issue of Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres's investments in the Palestinian Authority, as previously revealed by David Bedein on...

The Sharon Plan: Not Disengagement – PLO Empowerment

The Sharon Plan, often described as the "disengagement" process, has become one of the most hotly debated news items in Israel. What is most newsworthy, given the charged emotions that this debate has created, is...

Arafat’s Gone – But So What?

Ever since Mahmoud Abbas won the Palestinian presidency, the news out of Israel has been almost consistently positive. Violence against Israelis in the Occupied Territories and Israel proper is down. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon...

The Briefing on the Hill in Washington by Israel Resource News Agency and the...

A January 12,2005 briefing on Capitol Hill by Israel Resource News Agency, acting under the auspices of the Center for Near East Policy Research, drew 44 staffers of the US House International Relations Committee...

The “Peaceful Jihad” of PA President Mahmad Abbas

Like a veteran baseball pitcher who keeps opponents and fans guessing by mixing fastballs, curves and sliders, Mahmoud Abbas continues to perplex observers who try to read his intentions. On the night of his election...

Forum at the Knesset for Foreign Diplomats on the Subject of Developments Inside the...

On January 4, 2005, Israel Resource News Agency, acting under the auspices of the Center for Near East Policy Research sponsored the "Knesset Forum on the Middle East" in the Israeli Knesset - the...

One Must Not Obey an “Illegal Order”

Israel's former Deputy Attorney General, Professor Nahum Rackover, now head of the Jewish Legal Heritage Society most recently convened a brain trust of Israeli experts in Jewish and Israeli jurisprudence to discuss the legal...

Israeli Group Monitoring Palestinian media

The recent Palestinian presidential election campaign, widely applauded for complying with democratic norms, was actually riddled with voter fraud, intimidation and unbalanced pre-election media coverage, says an Israeli observer of Palestinian political life. Michael Widlanski,...

Israel Allows Palestinians Take Up Arms: But why?

With Sharon's plan for disengagement drawing nearer, Israeli and international media continue to focus on the eminent problem of transferring Jewish residents of Katif/Gaza, paying with little or no attention to clause five of...