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Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap threatens to upend Middle East politics

The prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas could push the Palestinian government further toward its bid for statehood at the U.N.


What should we take away from the ‘Palestine Papers’?

In order to revive the peace process, observers say, both sides must do more to educate the public about the concessions needed to achieve a two-state solution.


Palestinians insist leaked memos from peace process reveal nothing new

In interviews, observers close to the Palestinian Authority said the leaked memos only show how ‘uncooperative’ the Israelis and Americans have been.


As peace talks founder, Palestine’s central banker helps build a state

With peace talks on the brink of collapse, many Palestinians say they will have no choice but to establish a state on their own. And Jihad Al-Wazir may be the key to that effort.


Finding an optimist in the Middle East peace process

A former Palestinian negotiator believes a compromise on the contentious issue of Israeli settlements, the first point of disagreement in the talks, is not only possible but likely.

As peace talks begin, the Hamas question remains unresolved

Now that peace talks have restarted, Need to Know checks in on a question we asked several weeks ago: What to do with Hamas?


Charitable donation or material support for terrorism?

Two of the Minnesota Somalians indicted on terrorism charges say they thought they were collecting money for the impoverished people of their war-torn country.


As flotilla probe begins, filmmaker unveils new footage of deadly raid

Israel is now the subject of lawsuits and political pressure. But what about the ‘hit list’ at the center of the controversy? Need to Know talked to an American flotilla passenger about the mysterious document.


With Gaza blockade under fire, should the U.S. talk to Hamas?

As international criticism of the Gaza blockade grows, some are calling for a dialogue with the government there, Hamas. Others say a dialogue would condone Hamas’s violence.

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