The News From Israel

A Lonely Fight

"In 1949, there were not a hundred persons in the entire world who believed in this solution. Not a single country supported it...Mine was a lonely fight."--Peace activist, journalist and former politician Uri Avneri writes in Maariv about his idea in 1949 to set-up a Two-State Solution. (Maariv English)

  • 300 Israelis rally in support of Palestinian statehood - Leftist activists gather in Tel Aviv to express support for Abbas's bid for UN recognition. (Ynet)
  • WATCH: (Extreme right-wing MKs) Michael Ben-Ari and Arieh Eldad try to burn Palestinian flag - The police stopped them. (NRG Hebrew and VIDEO)
  • Yachimovich opposed UN decision and opposed Netanyahu and Lieberman - Labor party head Shelly Yachimovich said the two Israeli leaders "need to ask themselves how on their watch we were humiliated and the Palestinians got a present on the 29th of November." (NRG Hebrew)
  • 51% of Israelis: Peace with Palestinians unlikely - Most Israelis skeptical of negotiations, only 40% think peace possible – in 5 years; 58% willing to give up nukes for non-nuclear Middle East. (Ynet and Haaretz+)
  • Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad: Hamas delivered, we have not - Attending the premiere of a documentary about his own work, Fayyad expresses hope that UN recognition will help bolster Palestinian independence. (Haaretz+)
  • Stevie Wonder to pull out of IDF fundraiser - Representatives for Wonder, who performed at a 1998 gala honoring Israel's 50th anniversary, say the performance would be incongruent with his status as a UN 'Messenger of Peace.' (Haaretz and Israel Hayom)
  • Morsi: What do we have to lose with Palestine? A day after over 100,000 people rallied against Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, Time Magazine has released an interview with the Egyptian president, who is in the lead for the weekly publication's Person of the Year title. (Ynet)

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