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  • Arab League declares ‘total rejection’ of Jewish state recognition

    March 26, 2014 | 9:49 am

    The Arab League announced on Wednesday its full backing of a Palestinian refusal to meet Israel's demand to be recognized as a Jewish state, a condition Jerusalem says it requires for peace.

    "We express our total rejection of the call to consider Israel as a Jewish state," read a statement from the final day of the Arab summit in Kuwait.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reiterated the call for the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish character of Israel as a requirement for a peace agreement.

    Read more on JPost.com.

  • Arab League stands firm on rejection of Israel as Jewish state

    March 10, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    The Arab League refused to recognize Israel as a Jewish state in the framework of current peace talks with the Palestinians, as per Israel’s demand.

    On Sunday, Arab League foreign ministers released a resolution at a meeting in Cairo that supported the decision by Palestinian...

  • U.S. presses UNESCO on cancellation of Jews in Israel exhibit

    January 17, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    The Obama administration is “deeply disappointed” with a decision by UNESCO, the United Nation’s cultural arm, to cancel the opening of an exhibition on the Jewish presence in the land of Israel and is seeking its placement “as soon as possible.”

    Complaints by Arab states led...

  • Egypt ranks last in Arab world’s women’s rights

    November 12, 2013 | 10:54 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Just about every woman in Egypt has experienced some form of sexual harassment. The country also has high rates of violence and genital mutilation, according to a new study on women in the Arab world by the Thomson-Reuters...

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  • Arab League ministers to blame Syria’s Assad for chemical attack

    August 28, 2013 | 11:53 am

    Arab League ministers will pass a resolution blaming Syrian President Bashar Assad for last week's chemical weapons attack in Damascus when they meet in Cairo next week, League officials said on Wednesday.

    The states' permanent representatives at the League had already explicitly...

  • Senate resolution backing peace talks is introduced

    July 31, 2013 | 10:23 am

    A resolution supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to arrive at a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was introduced in the U.S. Senate.

    “A two-state solution is the only outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can ensure the State of Israel’s survival as a...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Most Israelis support peace deal; Bennett vows settlement expansion

    July 24, 2013 | 7:42 am

    With Israeli-Palestinian talks set to begin, a poll has shown that a majority of Israelis would support a final-status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

    Conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Dialog Institute, the poll showed that 39 percent of Israelis would vote for a...

  • 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...

  • Kerry urges Israel to ‘look hard’ at Arab peace initiative

    July 17, 2013 | 8:28 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel on Thursday to consider carefully a 2002 Arab League peace initiative that it rejected in the past.

    "Israel needs to look hard at this initiative, which promises Israel peace with 22 Arab nations and 35 Muslim nations - a total of...

  • Kerry to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace with Arabs

    July 15, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss his effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks with Arab officials in Jordan on Wednesday, according to the State Department, which declined to comment on whether a resumption may be at hand.

    Kerry will leave Washington on...

  • May 13, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 13, 2013 | 3:23 am

    The US

    Headline: UK's Cameron on U.S. trip to learn Boston lessons, discuss Syria

    To Read: According to Jordan Chandler Hirsch and Sam Kleiner, whether you are in favor of increased US involvement in Middle East affairs or against it, Israel is the answer-

    Iran, to be...

  • Oil-rich Qatar pushing to make its name as a Mideast peace broker

    May 7, 2013 | 11:24 am

    When it comes to the latest Arab peace initiative, two questions are circulating in Washington: Why Qatar? And why now?

    The three answers: Because Qatar is rich; it is scared; and why not?

    Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister and foreign...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Israeli officials welcome Arab League peace plan

    May 1, 2013 | 9:27 am

    The Prime Minister's Office of Israel said it was ready to restart negotiations without preconditions after welcoming the Arab League's Middle East peace plan allowing for agreed-upon land swaps.

    In a statement issued late Tuesday on behalf of Israeli diplomatic officials, the...

  • May 1, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 1, 2013 | 3:33 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say

    To Read: John Mueller takes a look at the important and possibly misleading reference to Chemical weapons as WMDs, and at how this might (or should) affect Obama's 'red line':

     A...

  • Kerry calls new Arab League peace stance ‘big step forward’

    April 30, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the Arab League's acknowledgment that Israelis and Palestinians may have to swap land in any peace deal was "a very big step forward."

    Arab states appeared to soften their 2002 peace plan on Monday when Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim...

  • Arab League agrees to peace with land swaps

    April 30, 2013 | 9:14 am

    The Arab League agreed to a Middle East peace plan that would allow for agreed-upon land swaps.

    Qatari Prime Minister Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani, speaking on behalf of the Arab League, said Monday during a visit to Washington that the Arab countries favor a peace deal based...

  • April 30, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 30, 2013 | 3:23 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry meets Arab ministers on peace process

    To Read: The New Yorker's Steve Coll discusses the resemblances between Obama's drone policy and Eisenhower's problematic low key political coups-

    Obama’s enthusiasm for drones—which he believes minimizes the...

  • P.A.’s Fayyad calls on Arab countries to honor pledges

    January 14, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called on Arab countries to pay their aid pledges, in order to prevent the end of the PA.

    Fayyad made the call during a meeting Sunday with Arab League members in Cairo, The Associated Press reported.

    Arab countries pledged $100...

  • Arab League to hold meeting on Gaza, diplomat says

    November 14, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    The Cairo-based Arab League will discuss the Israeli attack on Gaza at a special meeting to be held either on Thursday or Saturday, a senior League diplomat told Reuters.

    "We are working to gather the Arab states' permanent representatives in the Arab League to hold an urgent meeting...that could either be Thursday or Saturday," Lebanon representative in the League, Khaled Ziadeh told Reuters.

    Reporting by Yasmine Saleh; Editing by Michael Roddy

  • Russia says downing of Turkish plane not provocation

    June 26, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Russia said on Tuesday Syria’s shooting down of a Turkish warplane should not be seen as a provocation and warned world powers against using the incident to push for stronger action against Damascus.

    It was Moscow’s first reaction to Friday’s downing of a Turkish military aircraft...

  • March 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 30, 2012 | 5:27 am

    Annan with a plan

    The Economist believes the UN-Arab League envoy’s plan to end the violence in Syria is far from an ideal solution.

    “A welcome bandage rather than a long-term solution,” is how a Syrian analyst describes the plan. Mr Assad, whose forces’ killing of 50...

  • March 28, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 28, 2012 | 6:15 am

    Syria after Assad

    Writing in Project Syndicate, Ronald Lauder warns of the pitfalls that could lie ahead once Bashar Assad is removed from power. 

    To avoid the political chaos and regional escalation witnessed in other Arab countries recently, it is critical that any new Syrian...

  • February 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 16, 2012 | 4:39 am

    Why Israel should intervene in Syria

    Writing in the Huffington Post, Nathan Gonzales argues for an Israeli strike on Syria rather than Iran.

    At some point in the future, Israel must make an effort to become an accepted resident of its own neighborhood, and a Syrian intervention...

  • Why doing something on Syria is a strategic concern for the US

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 6, 2012 | 7:12 am

    There’s nothing shockingly surprising about Russia and China’s decision to veto a UN Security Council Resolution on Syria on Saturday night. Can China really go along with a resolution that calls to “put an end to all human rights violations and attacks against those exercising their...

  • Must Read, January 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 12, 2012 | 1:39 am

    Five Reasons Not to Attack Iran

    Writing in The Diplomat, Adam B. Lowther of the U.S. Air Force’s Air University presents his own reasons why the United States should think again before launching any kind of military assault on Iran.

    “Iran possesses what is likely the most...

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