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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....

  • Why the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks must work

    August 14, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Cynicism about new Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts comes in a variety of flavors. There is the lazy cynicism of allegedly objective pundits: “Only a fool would believe that this could work.” There is the cowardly cynicism of the disillusioned: “I won’t be fooled again!” And there...

  • How the Obama administration could really promote the two-state solution

    May 29, 2013 | 2:14 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry is eager to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. He asserts, as peace processors often do, that “time is running out.” President Barack Obama recently echoed that thought, saying “the window for opportunity is growing smaller by the day.”

    But this...

  • Kerry: Two-year window is maximum for two-state solution

    April 18, 2013 | 11:01 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress he sees a maximum two-year window to bring about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Kerry delivered his remarks Wednesday to a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee.

    Answering a...

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  • Did Obama’s charm offensive in Israel work?

    March 21, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    President Obama had three goals for his first presidential trip to Israel.

    He wanted to persuade Israelis that the United States is committed to preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. He wanted to promote the renewal of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, albeit without...

  • Kerry will wait on Israel visit to accompany Obama

    February 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    John Kerry will tour the Middle East during his first foreign tour as U.S. secretary of state, but will visit Israel two weeks later with President Obama.

    Kerry's itinerary, announced Tuesday for his Feb. 24-March 6 trip, includes Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt,...

  • For new Israeli coalition, haredi army exemptions issue is front and center

    May 9, 2012 | 10:03 am

    Israel’s new unity government may not alter Jerusalem’s strategy for curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons program or do much to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    But it could dramatically change something at home about which a huge number of Israelis care deeply: haredi...

  • Cheap blood

    By David Suissa

    June 8, 2011 | 10:56 am

    As I was doing research last week for a column on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I stumbled on a story in The New Republic titled “Darfur Is Getting Worse: Why Aren’t the U.N. and U.S. Pressuring Khartoum to Reverse This Horrific Trend?”

    According to Eric Reeves, a...

  • New approach is needed on talks, PLO official says

    March 3, 2011 | 11:53 am

    The PLO representative to Washington called for a new approach to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying the two sides are far from resolution.

    “We are not close to ending this conflict,” the representative, Maen Rashid Areikat, said Wednesday at a kosher luncheon...

  • Battle over Mideast transit ads heating up across U.S.

    February 8, 2011 | 12:49 pm

    With public bickering over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict already having spilled over into university student senates, corporate pension boards and even local farmers markets, the latest battlefield in the debate over the conflict is municipal transit systems.

    In several major...

  • In economy-focused State of the Union speech, Bush offers no new Mideast ideas

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Just weeks after his first presidential visit to Israel, President Bush made clear his priority for his final year in office: the economy, stupid.

    If the president has a Middle East breakthrough up his sleeve, he was not ready to reveal it Monday in the State of the Union address...

  • Annapolis is over—now it’s bargaining time

    By Leslie Susser

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After the pomp and circumstance of Annapolis, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are gearing up for tough bargaining over the minutiae of a two-state settlement.

    Not only will they have to agree on core issues like borders between Israel and a Palestinian state, but they'll also...

  • Policy Clash Grows on Settlement Issue

    By Leslie Susser

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the surface, it seems that the recent public quarrel between Israel and the Bush administration over Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank could have been put off until Israelis and Palestinians get around to negotiating permanent borders.

    But underlying the exchanges are...

  • U.S. Could Play Positive Gaza Role

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Ariel Sharon stunned Israeli politics early this month by announcing that he had ordered official plans for relocating 17 settlements in the Gaza Strip and at least three more in the West Bank. He has ignited a political firestorm in Israel, as many on the Israeli right are...

  • Egypt Displays Split Personality on Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli leaders were heartened in late December, when Egypt's foreign minister announced that he would come to Jerusalem for talks on promoting Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    At the same time, however, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was moving in Cairo to galvanize international...

  • Signs of Thaw Seen in Israel-Europe Ties

    By Leslie Susser

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After years of mutual distrust and periodic acrimony, there are signs of a thaw in relations between Israel and Europe.

    As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was feted in London this week, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom pressed a new "friendship with Europe" initiative. Also, the European...

  • Settlements Create

    By Leslie Susser

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's extended honeymoon with the Bush administration may fast be approaching its end, pundits in Israel warn. It could come down to the issue of settlements, which has long been a bone of contention in the Israel-U.S. relationship.

    The trigger is...

  • Scandal Erupts Over Secret Arafat Funds

    By Gil Sedan

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Those inclined to look on the bright side might say that Israeli-Palestinian cooperation is alive and kicking: Israelis and Palestinians allegedly joined ranks to make big money, until one of them woke up with a bad conscience.

    The joint venture in question began in February 1997,...

  • Gaza/Bethlehem First—and Last?

    By Naomi Segal

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Reports of the death of a gradual Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire plan may be premature.

    A lot of evidence surfaced this week that the initial skepticism that greeted the "Gaza/Bethlehem First" plan was justified. But there were also facts to buttress the optimistic view that the...

  • Ross Options

    By Mike Levy

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In his featured speech to the crowd assembled for the Yom HaShoah program at Sinai Temple, Ambassador Dennis Ross, the diplomatic point man for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process during previous administrations of George Bush and Bill Clinton, acknowledged his disappointment in...

  • Mixed Messages

    By J.D. Besser

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    With U.S.-Israel relations facing an explosive new crisis, a number of Israel representatives were in Washington this week, offering mixed messages about the intentions of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's government.

    Some Jewish leaders here said the conradictions could increase the...

  • Comedy Relief

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Heidi Joyce thinks Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she thinks comedy. It's worked for her before in an effort to combat domestic abuse, and it works again in her new play, "Friends and Enemies."

    Best known for her "Stand Up Against Domestic Violence" comedy fundraisers, Joyce...

  • Hard Talk

    By Rob Eshman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I have written about Yitzhak Frankenthal before, and I will no doubt write about him again, because the man has the gravitas to say just about whatever he wants about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

    Frankenthal is one of a distinct minority of Israelis and Arabs these days who are...

  • Muslim-Jewish Discord Debated

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Two of the keenest American academic minds on the politics of the Middle East -- one Jewish, the other Arab -- debated the present and future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Monday evening, and reached agreement on at least three points.

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is...

  • High Morale

    By Avi Machlis

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli-Palestinian violence hits the six-month mark, Israeli military officials report that soldiers remain motivated to serve in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

    Senior military officials report that reservists, who account for 70 percent of the army's 639,150 troops, are reporting...

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