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    MAY: Separating cause and effect in the Middle East

    "The Palestinian Rothschild" is just one of Munib al-Masri's colorful nicknames.

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    "Man of conflict: Sharon is admired for his unwavering defense of Israel" (Web, Jan. 11) observes that detractors blame former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the failure of peace efforts under then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak because of Mr. Sharon's "provocative visit to Jerusalem's Temple Mount in September 2000" and the violence that "reignited in the wake of the visit." That narrative has been discredited.

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session at his compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah. A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the government agency that conducted the study said Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

    Russia: Arafat's death not caused by radiation

    A Russian probe into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has found no trace of radioactive poisoning, the chief of the government agency that conducted the study said Thursday.

  • ** FILE ** In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session, at his compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were exhumed on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, to enable foreign experts to take samples as part of a probe into his death. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

    French investigators rule out Yasser Arafat poisoning

    A team of French investigators have ruled out the possibility that deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned, contrary to a previous report by Swiss scientists that said tests on his body showed "unexpected high activity" of polonium.

  • ** FILE ** In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session, at his compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat were exhumed on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, to enable foreign experts to take samples as part of a probe into his death. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

    Former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned, Swiss study reveals

    Swiss scientists say they are 83 percent confident that deceased Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned after tests revealed at least 18 times the normal levels of radioactive polonium in his remains, Al Jazeera America first reported.

  • HOLMES: The perils of peace

    Winston Churchill famously said, "To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war." That seems true enough — except when jaw-jaw is another way of making war-war. As the U.S. starts yet another round of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, we had best remember the risks associated with past failed negotiations.

  • President Barack Obama waves as he steps off Air Force One upon his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, March 20, 2013, (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    EDITORIAL: The wrong message

    Symbolism matters, and President Obama knows it. When the president spoke at Georgetown University in 2009, his advance team asked that the Roman Catholic university cover an image derived from the first three Greek letters of the name of Jesus Christ.

  • ** FILE ** In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004, file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session, at his compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Palestinian official says the remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 to enable foreign experts to take samples as part of a probe into his death. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

    Experts exhume remains of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat

    Palestinian authorities on Tuesday opened Yasser Arafat's grave and foreign experts took samples from his remains as part of a long-shot attempt — eight years after the iconic leader's mysterious death — to determine whether he was poisoned, as relatives and some political successors have claimed.

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 2, 2004 file photo, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat pauses during an emergency cabinet session, at his compound, in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Palestinian official says the remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 to enable foreign experts to take samples as part of a probe into his death. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen, File)

    Arafat's remains said to be exhumed Tuesday

    The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday.

  • ** FILE ** Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat (left) and his deputy, Abu Jihad, whose nom de guerre was Abu Jihad, are shown in an undated image. (AP Photo/Palestinian Authority)

    Israel confirms killing Arafat deputy in 1988

    Lifting a nearly 25-year veil of secrecy, Israel acknowledged Thursday that it killed the deputy of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in a 1988 seaborne raid in Tunisia.

  • ** FILE ** Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and his wife, Suha, hold hands before his departure from his compound in the West Bank town of Ramallah in October 2004. (AP Photo/Palestinian Authority, Hussein Hussein)

    Palestinians: 2 teams to probe Arafat's death

    A Palestinian official says French and Swiss investigators will visit the West Bank to conduct parallel probes into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

  • **FILE** Yasser Arafat (Associated Press)

    Former official denies Israel poisoned Arafat

    A former Israeli official on Wednesday denied suspicions that Israel poisoned Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as France prepared to begin an investigation into his possible murder following a Swiss lab's claim that it found traces of a deadly substance on his belongings.

  • **FILE** Yasser Arafat (Associated Press)

    France opens murder inquiry into Arafat's death

    French prosecutors opened a murder inquiry into the death of Yasser Arafat on Tuesday, his widow's lawyer said, after she and a TV investigation raised new questions about whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned.

  • Briefly: Ex-premier cleared in corruption case

    An Israeli court on Tuesday cleared former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of the central charges in a multicase corruption trial that forced him from power, but it convicted him of a lesser charge of breach of trust.

  • **FILE** Yasser Arafat (Associated Press)

    Palestinian president approves Arafat autopsy

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has given his permission to exhume the remains of his predecessor, Yasser Arafat, a top aide said Monday, days after a Swiss institute reported finding elevated traces of a radioactive substance on the late leader's belongings.

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