The Future of Palestine


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Oren: UN Move May 'Set Back' Palestine for Generations

Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor Breakfast, Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the United States, outlined his view of Palestine's move for statehood at the United Nations. Oren argued the move would lock the Palestine into a bad negotiating position with its own people and weaken its diplomatic efforts "for generations to come."

Weiseltier Slams Israeli Diplomacy Under Netanyahu

Revisiting the May 2011 outcry over Barack Obama's calls for Israel to return to its 1967 borders, New Republic literary editor Leon Weiseltier accuses Benjamin Netanyahu of "playing a dangerous game" by attempting to "drive a wedge" between the President and American Jews. Weiseltier sharply rebukes the Israeli Prime Minister's overall diplomatic strategy by negatively comparing him to his predecessors.

Areikat: UN Move Helps 'Keep Hope Alive' for Palestinians

Speaking to reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, Palestinian Representative to the U.S. Maen Areikat explained Palestine's recent move for improved status at the United Nations as one designed to "keep hope alive" for the Palestinian people, and as a renewed opportunity for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Amb. Rice: No Change for Palestinians In Wake of UN Move

On "the day after" a United Nations measure elevating the status of Palestinian representatives at the United Nations, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that the impact on common Palestinians will be "nothing" but a bigger gap between expectations and reality.

Ambassador Oren: Arab Spring an Opportunity for Israel

Regarding the Arab Spring, Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren said Israel, long proud of its democratic tradition, will be "prouder still" to be counted among a number of Middle Eastern democracies. 

UN Move About 'Parity' with Israel, Says PLO Rep. Areikat

On the 18th anniversary of the signing of the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords, Palestinian Representative to the U.S. Maen Areikat talked with reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast about the failed promise of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and explained Palestine's recent moves at the UN as an attempt to achieve diplomatic "parity" with Israel.

Areikat: PLO Has 'No Plans' to Take Israel to Int'l Court

Palestinian Representative to the U.S. Maen Areikat told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor that Palestinians had "no immediate plans" to take Israel to the International Criminal Court -- but noted that Palestine's government reserves the right "to defend the rights of the Palestinian people" nonetheless.

Lieberman Rebuts Gingrich: 'Palestinians Are a People'

Responding to comments made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich that there is no such thing as a Palestinian people, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that the important point is that "Palestinians are a people today" and are a necessary part of the peace process.

About this series


With popular uprisings boiling over across the Muslim world, how does emerging democracy impact the Middle East’s political process? How does Israel and Palestine fit into the picture?  Some say Palestine's recent push to be recognized by the United  Nations hurt is political standing; others say the move strengthened its position in international politics.  In this special series, we look at the volatile Palestinian question from three perspectives: Israel, Palestine and America.