Israel's Quest for Peace

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Israel has continually demonstrated the desire to live side-by-side in peace and security with its Arab neighbors. Israel has also proven willing to take the steps necessary to end the conflict with the Palestinians. History has taught us that peace is possible when, as with Egypt and Jordan, there are partners willing to reach agreements and possessing the means to implement them. We must never stop working for peace until it is realized.

Israeli-Arab environmentalist works toward a sustainable future

Israeli-Arab environmentalist works toward a sustainable future

By Avigayil Kadesh

Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed jokingly calls himself the “black sheep” of his family. That’s because, of the five siblings in his Arab-Israeli family, he was the only who wanted to pursue a higher education – a goal his parents wholeheartedly supported, as they had not had the opportunity to continue their own schooling to that level.

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Israelis and Palestinians Must Negotiate

The Washington Post Editorial Board lays out how the Obama administration should respond to Palestinian reconciliation. Click here to read more.

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Analyzing the Fatah-Hamas Unity Agreement

In an article for Foreign Policy magazing, former U.S. negotiator, Aaaron David Miller, calls the Fatah-Hamas unity agreement "a dangerous game" and a "circus." Click here to read more.

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Palestinian Officials Must Recognize Israel as the Jewish State

In an op-ed featured in the New York Times Ambassador Michael Oren argues that recognizing Israel as the Jewish State is the very foundation for peace.

"NEARLY 63 years after the United Nations recognized the right of the Jewish people to independence in their homeland — and more than 62 years since Israel’s creation — the Palestinians are still denying the Jewish nature of the state. “Israel can name itself whatever it wants,” said the Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, while, according to the newspaper Haaretz, his chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said that the Palestinian Authority will never recognize Israel as the Jewish state. Back in 1948, opposition to the legitimacy of a Jewish state ignited a war. Today it threatens peace."

To read the complete op-ed from Ambassador Oren, click here.

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Why Israelis Care About Peace

In response to a Time magazine report, titled "Why Israel Doesn't Care About Peace," Ambassador Michael Oren wrote an op-ed in the LA Times.

"Imagine that you're a parent who sends her children off to school in the morning worrying whether their bus will become a target of suicide bombers. Imagine that, instead of going off to college, your children become soldiers at age 18, serve for three years and remain in the active reserves into their 40s. Imagine that you have fought in several wars, as have your parents and even your grandparents, that you've seen rockets raining down on your neighborhood and have lost close family and friends to terrorist attacks."

To read Ambassador Oren's complete op-ed "Why Israelis Care About Peace," click here.

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