REGIONAL AFFAIRS: Middle East expert Dalia Dassa Kaye says Israel tends to paint a much rosier picture than reality warrants.
PALESTINIAN AFFAIRS: PA leaders say their diplomatic efforts forced Netanyahu to backtrack on July 1 annexation.
Critics say attaining sovereignty will undermine the peace process and ruin Israel's reputation abroad, but these myths do not hold up to scrutiny.
Whether this means a state or some other political entity remains to be seen, but a separate political existence for the Palestinian Arabs seems to be in the offing.
Knee-jerk foreign criticism is not surprising, but endless domestic bickering in Israel is baffling.
Much of the debate about annexation has focused on the ultimate bogeyman: the apartheid card.
Those in favor of the move expressed disappointment that it didn’t appear to be happening on schedule. Those opposed took the opportunity to ridicule Netanyahu.
The discussion was about confronting Israel and getting the “Zionists" to “leave the occupied territories.”
The joint press conference was the first of its kind in several years between senior Fatah and Hamas officials.
Opinions are mixed, with concerns about unilateral moves in the West Bank.