Palestinian official Saeb Erekat slammed the closure as an attempt to "collectively punish the Palestinian people."
The following conversation between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi) and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is fictitious.
The controversial appointment comes two months after Netanyahu clinched re-election, in part by reassuring right-wing voters
To be sure, the Palestinian unity government provides a historic opportunity to either advance peace and realize the long-hoped-for Palestinian state, or destroy any hope for the resumption of talks toward that end. What matters is the action the unity government takes, the public narrative it engages in, and how constructive a role Hamas will play.
The problem with the naysaying and finger pointing is not only that it is wrong, but the single-mind blaming of Israel for the breakdown of talks reinforces an atmosphere that makes moving forward toward any kind of peace or understanding more unlikely.
Saeb Erekat, the top Palestinian negotiator, and Yitzhak Molho, the chief negotiator on the Israeli side, are set to meet
Palestinians have made a terrible mistake in rejecting the 1947 UN partition plan. Will they use their historical opportunity for peace, or repeat their mistake?
Israel has made a giant leap in recognizing Palestinian nationhood and the need for a Palestinian state, with all the risks it entails for Israel's security, as a territorial answer to the needs of the Palestinian people. Now the Palestinians need to reciprocate.
Something is happening with the Middle East conflict, but it is hard to say what. A breakthrough appears to be at hand, though all the parties still seem to be clinging to their traditional positions.
This week, New York City's Jewish community is riven by protests, counterprotests, and now, threats of Jew-on-Jew intimidation over the question of Israel and the Palestinians.