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Palestinians Retreat from Threat to Dismantle Palestinian Authority
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fear and Threat of Repercussions Halt Ultimatum Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas set off a storm in Israel when he reportedly told American negotiators that if the Kerry-brokered talks fail, he could dismantle the Palestinian Authority (PA), and shift responsibility for governing 2.5 million Palestinians to Israel. That would ostensibly mean that Israel would be responsible for all aspects of life in the West Bank from health to education to garbage collection. As quickly as the threat was unveiled,.....

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Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Set to Resume
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Release of Israeli Arabs Remains a Sticking Point As the April 29 deadline that was originally supposed to lead to a framework agreement between Israelis and Palestinians approaches, negotiations to extend the deadline picked up again. One of the most difficult issues, since the talks resumed last July, was the Palestinian demand to release 14 Arab citizens of Israel. They were to have been among the last group of 26 Palestinian prisoners Israel was to have released last month......

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Abbas Condemns Passover Shooting; Willing to Extend Kerry Talks
by Felice Friedson and Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Visiting lawmakers tell PA President Israeli public opposes prisoner release [RAMALLAH] - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned Monday night’s deadly ambush of an Israeli family en route to a Passover seder (ritual meal); and said that he is willing to extend US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace mission for an additional nine months. Abbas’ comments came in a closed-door meeting with a delegation of five Israeli opposition members of Knesset (parliament) at his Ramallah office on Wednesday......

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Palestinians Joining UN Agencies will not bring Statehood
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Sunday, April 13, 2014

Palestinians Appreciate US Refusal to Punish Unilateral Move [JERUSALEM] – Not all Palestinians believe that the joining of United Nations agencies and international treaty organizations by the Palestinian Authority will bring its people closer to statehood. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has issued acceptances of the letters of accession signed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last week, including the Hague Convention and the Fourth Geneva Convention infuriating Israel and triggering a round of tit-for-tat with the Netanyahu government amid.....

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People to People Diplomacy
by Linda Gradstein on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Israelis and Palestinians Sit Down to Try to Make Peace Almog Junction – As a hot desert wind blew through a Bedouin-style tent near the West Bank town of Jericho, some 20 Israelis and Palestinians sat down to try to make peace. Among them were ex-generals, educators and even a few students, they say they hope to put pressure on their leaders to move toward a peace agreement. “The missing component in almost every peace making initiative is the.....

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From Startup to Statehood
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Four Palestinian start-up companies to trek to Silicon Valley, others to follow later this year RAMALLAH – At the Qalandia crossing point between Israel and this West Bank city, billboards advertise Palestinian mobile companies. If Palestinian entrepreneurs have anything to do with it, more of these signs advertising  their local companies will soon join them – a step toward an eventual independent Palestinian state. This week, Palestinian entrepreneurs launched eZone, the first Palestinian mini-tech park. The park is meant.....

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First Arab-Israeli Woman Wins Israel's Master Chef
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Plans to Open an Arab-Jewish Cooking School Nof Atamna-Ismaeel, an Arab woman with a PhD in marine microbiology, has won Israel’s highest honor for an amateur chef – the title of Master Chef. She still finds it hard to believe it’s really true. “The moment they announced it, I just started crying and I couldn’t contain my joy,” she told The Media Line. “Now it’s beginning to sink in and it means I’ll be able to fulfill my dream.” That.....

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Microsoft Think Next Pushes Technology Boundaries
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, April 07, 2014

Dozens of Innovations on Display It looks more like a toy car than a printer, but ZUtALabs hope their PocketPrinter will soon conquer the world. “The idea is to change the way printers are used today,” Tuvia Elbaum, one of the company’s founders told The Media Line. “We are used to doing our work on the go in coffee places, parks, and restaurants, especially as students. We always found ourselves at the end needing to print and we had.....

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Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Hanging By a Thread
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, April 06, 2014

Political infighting exposes Jerusalem’s tenuous coalition   Prior to last weekend’s fireworks, American officials were reportedly due to make a final effort to broker a deal that would allow Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry – originally scheduled to finish at the end of April -- to continue at least until next January. In return, Israel would free more Palestinian prisoners than had originally been agreed upon, the Palestinians would freeze recent petitions.....

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Palestinian Officials Don't Expect US Punishment for UN Gambit
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Thursday, April 03, 2014

Contend move not unexpected and results are not immediate RAMALLAH – Reiterating the Palestinian Authority’s commitment to continue with the Kerry peace process until April 29th, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki says he does not think the Americans will punish the Palestinians politically or financially for their bid to join 13 United Nations agencies -- a move criticized by President Obama as “disappointing.” On Tuesday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appeared on live television to sign ‘letters of accession’.....

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