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  • Obama administration: No ‘direct talks’ letter to Iran

    January 19, 2012 | 10:15 am

    The Obama administration said an Iranian lawmaker had mischaracterized its message warning against blocking the Strait of Hormuz and reiterating its commitment to dialogue.

    Ali Mothari was quoted Wednesday by The Associated Press as saying that “In the letter, Obama called for...

  • Netanyahu to Mubarak: Press Palestinians on direct talks

    January 6, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to press the Palestinians to return to direct talks.

    Netanyahu, in his statement after meeting Thursday with Mubarak in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik, said he asked Mubarak “to act to...

  • Barak: Final status talks within months

    December 14, 2010 | 9:52 am

    After meeting with U.S. leaders, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak predicted that comprehensive talks with the Palestinians on all final status issues would begin within months.

    “We will have a serious discussion in coming months on security, borders, Jerusalem and refugees,”...

  • Poll: Most Palestinians support direct negotiations with Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 19, 2010 | 11:28 am

    A poll of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza conducted last month by a research firm for the Israel Project, a nonprofit education organization, found that a majority of Palestinians support direct peace negotiations with Israel and a two-state solution to the conflict.

    Only 30...

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  • After electoral ‘shellacking,’ Obama ‘unwavering’ on peace

    November 5, 2010 | 10:15 am

    President Obama’s commitment to Middle East peace talks is “unwavering,” even after crushing midterm elections, a top aide said.

    “The president has made it very clear that he is committed to doing whatever he can to foster talks in the Middle East – that’s...

  • Clinton: Only talks will result in a state

    October 21, 2010 | 9:58 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Palestinian-American audience that the only path to statehood is through direct talks with Israel.

    The U.S. secretary of state’s remarks Wednesday to a gala dinner of the American Task Force on Palestine comes as the Palestinian Authority reportedly is...

  • Bibi pushing quiet diplomacy in bid to restart talks

    October 4, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is “in the midst of sensitive diplomatic contacts with the U.S. administration” in the effort to continue peace talks with the Palestinians.

    In a statement Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu called the...

  • Netanyahu: Israel, Palestinians can reach Mideast peace in a year

    September 28, 2010 | 2:23 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered a controversial United Nations address by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday, rejecting Lieberman’s views on a possible land swap and asserting his belief that Israel and Palestinians could reach a peace deal within a year.

    ...
  • Why Israel allowed the settlement freeze to expire

    September 28, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    In the four weeks since direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed, settlement construction has been identified widely as the most immediate obstacle to the survival of negotiations.

    In media accounts about the diplomatic standoff over the issue, Israel’s decision not to...

  • No hasty decisions on peace talks, Abbas says

    September 27, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he will not make a hasty decision to pull out of renewed peace talks in response to new construction in West Bank settlements.

    Abbas at a joint news conference Monday in Paris with French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will seek...

  • Meeting again with Jewish leaders, Abbas broaches substance

    September 22, 2010 | 4:09 pm

    For Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Jewish leaders, their second date featured a little more substance and a little less flirtation. And this time the Palestinian Authority president brought a wing man.

    Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, met separately Tuesday evening with Jewish...

  • Barely months into talks, will the freeze freeze a peace deal?

    September 21, 2010 | 3:00 pm

    When the fat lady sings on Sept. 26, it may only be an intermission.

    That’s the word from an array of Mideast experts across the political spectrum. They are predicting that the seeming intractability between Israel and the Palestinians over whether Israel extends a settlement...

  • Why Time magazine is wrong

    September 20, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    The lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh was buzzing with dark-suited officials, press and security personnel from the U.S. State Department, Egypt and Israel, mingling with swim-suited tourists from Finland and Abu Dhabi.

    So when the reporter from a major Arabic TV Channel,...

  • Shimon Peres: We are ready to enter direct negotiations with Syria

    September 20, 2010 | 10:29 am

    President Shimon Peres on Monday stressed Israel’s aspirations for peace with its neighbors, declaring Israel’s will to enter direct negotiations with Syria during his speech at the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals summit in New York.

    “Israel is the product of pioneering...

  • Abbas threatens to resign if talks fail

    September 19, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to resign if peace talks with Israel fail.

    Abbas made a statement indicating that he would quit over a failure of the recently launched direct peace negotiations at a recent meeting of the Fatah Central Committee, The...

  • U.S. reportedly pushing three-month freeze extension

    September 16, 2010 | 11:11 am

    The Obama administration reportedly suggested that Israel extend its current settlement freeze for three months, which Israel appears to have rejected.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the suggestion Wednesday night during her meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli...

  • Voight calls Time magazine anti-Semitic

    September 15, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Actor Jon Voight called Time magazine’s Sept. 13 cover story anti-Semitic.

    Voight, in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee,” slammed the story titled “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace.”

    “This is anti-Semitism. Who are these anti-Semites who are running Time magazine?” he...

  • Abbas says he will not compromise

    September 7, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas said he will not compromise during peace negotiations on core issues such as final borders and the status of Jerusalem.

    The Palestinian Authority president also said in an interview with the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper that he rejects Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Barak, Abbas hold secret meeting

    August 31, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reportedly met secretly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of peace talks.

    Barak met with Abbas Sunday night in Amman, Israeli media reported, hours after meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah at his palace. Barak...

  • Palestinians will leave peace talks over freeze

    August 23, 2010 | 10:44 am

    The Palestinians will withdraw from peace talks with Israel if construction in the settlements resumes, Mahmoud Abbas told the Mideast Quartet.

    In a letter delivered Sunday to representatives of the Quartet grouping of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European...

  • U.S.: Direct talks on track, no deadline

    August 19, 2010 | 9:33 am

    An Obama administration official said direct Israeli-Palestinian talks are on track, but would not set a time frame.

    “We are working through the details of what is necessary to get the parties into direct negotiations,” P.J. Crowley, the State Department spokesman, said Wednesday,...

  • Israel: Palestinians have set ‘impossible’ conditions for direct peace talks

    July 28, 2010 | 11:05 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has laid down “impossible” conditions for moving to direct peace talks, Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said on Wednesday, according to French news agency AFP.

    “The Palestinians have set three impossible conditions: that the...

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