Palestine at the Crossroads — by: Stuart Rees on Tikkun org

At its national conference at the end of July, the Australian Labor Party will be voting on a motion to recognize the State of Palestine. The outcome may be symbolic, yet it could mark a shift in a country where politicians of any persuasion have been so intimidated by the Israel lobby that they find…

Media Alert: Jews Congratulate Pope Francis — Holy Land Principles org |Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes — RT com

Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement today that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State. Rabbi Michael Lernner, editor of Tikkun Magazine: a Quarterly Jewish and Interfaith Critique of Politics, Culture and Society, the most prominent voice of liberal and progressive Jews and our non-Jewish spiritual progressive allies, released the following…

Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes — RT com

Pope Francis welcomes Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) upon his arrival at the Vatican June 8, 2014. (Reuters/Riccardo De Luca) The Vatican has become the latest country to recognize the state of Palestine, after a new treaty was finalized on Wednesday. Unsurprisingly Israel has hit out at the move, saying that it damages prospects for…

Israel Seeks to Tighten Grip on Jerusalem – Voice of America News

Israel captured East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 Arab Israeli war, and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community. Photo: Reuters Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, second from right, arrives at a special cabinet meeting marking upcoming Jerusalem Day at the Tower of David Museum, near Jaffa Gate in…

“Turkey Creates Balance in the Middle East” – Interview with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu

Turkey’s foreign policy has been under the spotlight in recent months, with many Western commentators expressing concern about a perceived swing toward a more Middle Eastern orientation. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu speaks to Ayşe Karabat about his country’s new regional role “The more we democratize, the more confident we become.” – Ahmet Davutoğlu, Professor of…