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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

‘Palestine papers’ bring more embarrassment to Arab leaders

By Sheera Frenkel





"So many Palestinians are disillusioned. They believe this Al-Jazeera nonsense that is all a ploy by Israel and its American backers to try and break apart the Palestinian people," one Arab resident of east Jerusalem said.

Reveals that pro-Israel pressure on Obama administration worked


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JERUSALEM — (MCT) Reaction to a trove of secret documents from Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations was fast and furious Monday, as Palestinians sought to defend or attack their leaders amid allegations that they had offered serious concessions on key issues.

In Ramallah, the capital of the Palestinian Authority, a crowd rampaged against the office of Al-Jazeera, the Arab satellite-television channel that is publishing what it calls the "Palestine Papers," more than 1,600 Palestinian documents that span 10 years of secret U.S.-brokered Middle East peace talks.

On Monday, Al-Jazeera revealed the second installment, shedding further light on Palestinian concessions regarding the right of return, an issue that affects millions of Palestinian refugees who argue that they have the right to return to their ancestral homes in Palestine.

It appears from the papers that chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat would have agreed to limit the right of return to about 1,000 refugees per year for the next 10 years. Briefing Palestinian colleagues on June 16, 2009, Erekat said that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert "accepted 1,000 refugees annually for the next 10 years."

Papers revealed Monday also show the dealings of the Obama administration in a harsh light, first encouraging the Palestinian negotiators to demand a freeze on construction of Jewish settlements and then asking them to back away from their demands.

"So much for Obama and rapprochement," Erekat is recorded as saying during an October 2009 meeting. "There is not a new word! Give me something at least to save face!"

U.S. Mideast special envoy George Mitchell is quoted telling Erekat in reply that "no negotiations is not in your interest. So we are to come up with a statement to give you a ladder to climb down on this issue — just like you asked. … Now you are arguing over the color of the ladder."


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Palestinian reaction to the "Palestine Papers" ran the gamut of emotions, from denial to appeasement to anger.

Mashall Hamid, a 40-year-old shopkeeper in east Jerusalem, said revelations that the Palestinian government had been willing to give up rights to most of Jerusalem didn't surprise him.

"We have known for years that our government would not protect us or our rights. They will give up anything to stay in power," Hamid said.

Walid Yousef, a 29-year-old shopkeeper who runs a stall next door, quickly chided him.

"So many Palestinians are disillusioned. They believe this Al-Jazeera nonsense that is all a ploy by Israel and its American backers to try and break apart the Palestinian people," Yousef said.

He, like many other Palestinians, believes questions raised over the documents' authenticity by Erekat and Yasser Abed Rabbo, a top aide in the Palestinian Legislative Council.

"We don't have anything to hide," Erekat said by phone from Cairo, where he's holding meetings. He said the documents had been altered and "contained many lies."

Speaking during a news conference in Ramallah, Abed Rabbo accused Al-Jazeera of engaging in "media games."

"What Al-Jazeera is doing today is an attempt to distort the national position of the Palestinian leadership," he said.

Shortly after he spoke, about 250 Palestinian protesters smashed windows and sprayed graffiti at the Ramallah offices of Al-Jazeera. Protesters spray-painted "Al-Jazeera are spies" and "Al-Jazeera equals Israel" on the walls outside the office before police removed them.

The reaction to the Al-Jazeera report in Gaza echoed the anger voiced across the Arab world over concessions secretly offered in the talks.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, which rules Gaza, said, "These secret documents exhibit shared culpability between the PA and Israel. This dangerous documentation proves the aggressive involvement intended to eliminate the Palestinian problem."

Abu Zuhri said the documents also would expose collaboration between Israel and the Palestinian leadership against Hamas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip as well as at the beginning of the blockade on Gaza, in June 2007, and during offensives on the Gaza Strip.

A document from Jan. 15, 2010, quotes Erekat as voicing concern about Hamas' influence outside the Gaza Strip.

"Our credibility on the ground has never been so low. Now it's all about survival. There is Hamas and the bigger picture in the region," Erekat told U.S. Ambassador David Hale.

Al-Jazeera has said that documents soon to be released on its website will reveal the extent of cooperation the Palestinian leadership gave to Israel to try to eradicate Hamas operatives in the West Bank.

The "Palestine Papers" also suggest that Tzipi Livni, Israel's former foreign minister and current opposition leader, proposed a plan by which some Arab villages currently in Israel would be annexed to a future Palestinian state.

In an April 2008 meeting Livni named several villages that held a problematic status for Israel.

"There are some Palestinian villages that are located on both sides of the 1967 line about which we need to have an answer, such as Beit Safafa, Barta'a, Baqa al Sharqiyeh and Baqa al Gharbiyyeh," she said, referring to the cease-fire line after the June 1967 war.

Israel's current foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, ran for parliament on a much more controversial statement, urging sweeping land swaps that would see tens of thousands of people relocated to create a cohesive demographic Jewish state.

On Monday, Lieberman reiterated that his plan for an "interim peace deal" was more relevant than ever in light of the latest revelations.

"Despite the concessions of the most left-wing government of Olmert and Livni, they did not manage to reach a peace agreement with the Palestinians. It should leave everyone with the solution that the only option is a long-term interim agreement," Lieberman told Israel Radio.

"One day we must define our red lines, what we are prepared to do and what we aren't. And to this end, too, I believe that the government of Israel will soon announce a deal that is 'take it or leave it.'"

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