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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.


Republican rift on foreign policy widens as Pawlenty criticizes ‘isolationist’ rivals

The Republican party is deeply split on America’s wars, and that rift widened Tuesday as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized his rivals for appealing to “isolationist sentiments.”


  An actor’s life: Israeli-Palestinian theater advocate murdered

A look at the life and work of Juliano Mer-Khamis, the Israeli Palestinian actor and the director of the Jenin Freedom Theatre recently killed by unknown gunmen. He was a controversial figure who believed that art and theater could be used for social change.


What Mubarak’s ouster means for the Arab world and the Middle East peace process

Activists speculated that a new Egyptian government might permanently open the Rafah crossing to Gaza.


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.


WikiLeaks cable reveals new details of Gaza embargo

In newly leaked memo, Israeli officials said they planned to keep the economy “on the brink of collapse.”


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.

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