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  • The UN launched its “International Year of Solidarity with Palestinians,” in yet another biased act

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 21, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    On Thursday, the United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On their official announcement, they stated that senior officials “urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and...

  • Abbas exposes BDS activists lies.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    Pro-Israeli activists waited years for the day when we could shout out loud: “FAIL!” This day has arrived. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority, stated that the Palestinians do not support a boycott of Israel. As reported in The Star, a newspaper in South Africa,...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site tells you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    In the past few weeks, I searched the word “Israel” in leading international news websites, originated in the US and the UK and presenting themselves as balanced and impartial. I examined the stories they tell about my country, and compared them with the facts, only to find that...

  • Palestinians killed in Israeli raid, peace talks continue

    August 26, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians during an early morning raid in a West Bank refugee camp on Monday, hours before negotiators met for another round of peace talks, Palestinian sources said.

    Israeli border police said they entered the Qalandiya camp, near Jerusalem, to...

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  • U.S. State Department denies Israeli-Palestinian peace talks canceled

    August 26, 2013 | 11:15 am

    The U.S. State Department on Monday denied reports that U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians had been canceled following clashes in the West Bank.

    "I can assure you that no meetings have been canceled," State Department spokeswoman Mari Harf told Reuters....

  • Livni sees peace talks aiding Arab world alliance shift

    August 16, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Israel's top peace negotiator said on Friday newly resumed talks with the Palestinians also held a wider opportunity for Israel to seek alliances with Arab world moderates against militants in the Middle East.

    The U.S.-brokered talks were renewed last month after a three-year...

  • Palestinian prisoner release on track after High Court ruling

    August 13, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israel was set to free 26 Palestinian prisoners within hours to help underpin renewed peace talks, after its High Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal against their release by relatives of some of the Israelis they killed.

    Authorities planned to transport the group from jail in...

  • Kerry says Israeli settlements should not disrupt mideast talks

    August 12, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Israel's announcement of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "were to some degree expected," and urged Israelis and Palestinians to move head with peace talks due to resume this week.

    "What this underscores is...

  • Give the peace process a chance

    August 12, 2013 | 10:03 am

    The questions come fast and furious: 

    Why, of all times, now, when the Middle East is in upheaval and its future course is anyone's guess? 

    What's the American obsession with this issue, when Iran, Russia, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, and China all cry out for greater U.S....

  • Palestinian prisoner list released prior to renewed talks

    August 12, 2013 | 9:36 am

    A committee of Israeli government ministers released a list of Palestinian prisoners to be freed by Israel in advance of the first round of peace negotiations.

    The list released at 1 a.m. Monday includes 14 prisoners who will be transferred this week to Gaza, several of whom are...

  • Israel, Palestinians deeply divided despite renewed peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 8:54 am

    Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart over terms of any peace deal, officials from both sides made clear on Wednesday, a day after talks resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.

    Israel's lead negotiator, Tzipi Livni, said the parties "need to build...

  • Roiling region, pessimism behind Kerry’s urgency on peace talks

    July 30, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    After 20 years of stops, starts and a bloody intifada in between, John Kerry believes he can pull out a final status Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in nine months.

    What clock is the U.S. secretary of state trying to beat?

    According to his aides, the one ticking down as Syria...

  • Peace talks to resume Monday in Washington

    July 28, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    Talks between Palestinians and Israelis will resume on Monday evening, the first such formal deliberations in almost three years.

    Meetings between top negotiators will take place Monday night and Tuesday in Washington, the U.S. State Department said in a statement. Secretary of...

  • Israeli minister sees possible Palestine peace talks next week

    July 25, 2013 | 8:30 am

    An Israeli cabinet minister said on Thursday that U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations with the Palestinians could begin next week.

    The assessment was not immediately confirmed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who...

  • Skeptical yet hopeful- the days after Kerry’s announcement

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 22, 2013 | 6:03 am

    Kerry's announcement on Friday surely drew everybody's attention. It came out of nowhere. While the people of Israel were sitting on their couches, loosening their belts after their Shabbat dinners, and glancing at their Smartphones, it suddenly hit us- the negotiation is being...

  • Obama asks Netanyahu to start negotiating as Kerry ends 6th round of meetings

    July 19, 2013 | 7:30 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama telephoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to urge him to resume negotiations with the Palestinians.

    Obama called Netanyahu on Thursday, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting with Palestinian negotiator in Amman, Jordan, on...

  • Netanyahu spokesman denies Israel open to 1967 border formula

    July 18, 2013 | 7:33 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesman denied on Thursday Israel had agreed to a formula for new talks with Palestinians based on the border of their future state being drawn along lines from before a 1967 war, with agreed land swaps.

    An Israeli official had earlier told...

  • July 15, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 15, 2013 | 3:19 am

    The US

    Headline:  No Quick Impact in U.S. Arms Plan for Syria Rebels

    To Read: An American Interest feature takes a look at the history of American involvement in Syria-

    The Obama administration should thus allow the Syrian civil war to run its course, if only to avoid...

  • Kerry’s Puzzling Priorities and 5 other Quick Comments from Washington

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 2, 2013 | 8:23 am

    1.

    I should apologize in advance for the following manifestation of incredulity and sarcasm, but the more I think about the precious time John Kerry wasted last week on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the more I wonder about the US’ ability to set its priorities straight....

  • June 28, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 28, 2013 | 3:25 am

    The US

    Headline: Retired U.S. General Is Focus of Inquiry Over Iran Leak

    To Read: Robert Kaplan writes about how post cold war US Presidents lack the authority their cold war predecessors had to pursue geopolitical goals-

    Geopolitics is not immoral. Actually, as many a...

  • Letters to the Editor: Jews should get offended, Web Tsuris

    June 26, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    More Than One Way to Deal With Obstacle to Peace Process
     
    Feelings carry greater impact in communication than thought or logic (“Jews Should Get Offended,” June 21). As a mediator, I witness that routinely. When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denies any Jewish...
  • Kerry: Israeli, Palestinian leaders serious on talks

    June 26, 2013 | 6:34 am

    Israeli and Palestinian leaders are both committed to reviving peace talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, but he acknowledged that progress on the long-stalled negotiations would be difficult.

    Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in late 2010 in a dispute...

  • Bill Clinton to Israelis: Share future with a Palestinian state

    June 17, 2013 | 5:18 pm

    There is no alternative to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Bill Clinton said at an event to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Clinton was speaking Monday night at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot in honor of Peres’ 90th birthday.

    “Your neighbors...

  • Israel, P.A. to renew economic cooperation, finance ministers agree

    June 17, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume economic cooperation, their finance ministers said.

    Israel’s Yair Lapid and the P.A.’s newly appointed finance chief, Shukri Bishara, at a meeting Sunday in Jerusalem agreed to the resumption of economic ties, according to reports....

  • Vocally Support the American Effort to Reach a Two-State Solution Now

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 11, 2013 | 7:31 am

    Those who say that PA President Abbas' constant refusal to sit down with PM Netanyahu without preconditions to restart negotiations for a two-state solution is an indication that he and the Palestinians are not able or willing to make peace is not the entire story.

    When Israeli...

  • Peres, Abbas call for peace at World Economic Forum

    May 27, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for peace at the World Economic Forum in Jordan.

    Peres in his address Sunday evening said, “I am here to express the hope and desire of the Israeli people to bring an end to the conflict and a...

  • Report: Israel rejects 1967 borders ‘precondition’

    May 3, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, has reportedly refused to accept the 1967 border as the basis for a final Israeli-Palestinian border prior to negotiations.

    Livni told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday that Israel would not agree to the 1967 borders as a...

  • China offers to broker Abbas-Netanyahu meeting

    May 3, 2013 | 11:23 am

    China offered to broker a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will both be in Beijing next week on separate visits.

    "If the leaders of Palestine and Israel have the will to...

  • Hamas rejects Arab League’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

    May 3, 2013 | 8:51 am

    Islamist Hamas's leader in the Gaza Strip on Friday rejected a revised Middle East peace initiative put forward by the Arab League, saying outsiders could not decide the fate of the Palestinians.

    In meetings this week in Washington, Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace...

  • Netanyahu says he would put peace deal to referendum

    May 2, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would put any peace deal with the Palestinians to a referendum, raising expectations that direct negotiations might soon resume following a two-year stalemate.

    It was the second time in just three days that Netanyahu...

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