Read the Journal's A response to Netanyahu and a Correction from the Journal of Palestine Studies.
VISITORS APPROACHING RAFAH can be forgiven for thinking they have stepped back in time to the 1948 Nakba.
The territory of the former Mandate Palestine which shall not form part of the Palestinian State, shall be part of Israeli territory.
The framework of the solution is set out in UN resolutions on the "Peaceful settlement of the question of Palestine", going back to 1974.
Unlike other presidents, Obama was able to relate personally to the Palestinian experience.
He could draw parallels with Britain’s colonization of Kenya, where his Muslim father was born, and the African-American struggle for civil rights that had culminated in his presidency.
Barack Obama entered the White House more deeply informed about and sympathetic to the Palestinian cause than any incoming president before him.
The full text has been corrected, but the error remains in the PDF.
When he came to office, Palestinians looked to Obama as a potentially historic figure capable of ending their occupation.
In a 2003 toast to Rashid Khalidi, the Palestinian-American historian of the University of Chicago and later Columbia University, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi’s wife, Mona, and the many talks that had been “consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases.” He had met, dined with, and attended the lectures of such figures as Edward Said, the most famous and eloquent Palestinian critic of the Oslo accords, and he had offered words of encouragement to Ali Abunimah, the Palestinian activist, writer, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada, and leading advocate of a one-state solution.
In his first days on the job, Obama did not disappoint.
Within hours of taking office he made his first phone call to a foreign leader, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.