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  • Anti-Semitic fliers in Ukraine: Who is responsible?

    3 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.

    Though purported authors of the flier described it as a crude attempt to...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    2 weeks ago

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Netanyahu orders halt to cooperation with Palestinian officials

    2 weeks ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered Israeli government officials to halt cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts.

    The action taken Wednesday is seen as reprisal for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas ordering his government officials to apply for...

  • Israel said to be ‘deeply disappointed’ by Kerry remarks

    2 weeks ago

    Israel is “deeply disappointed” that Secretary of State John Kerry appeared to lay primary blame on Israel for the crisis in the U.S.-brokered Middle East peace talks, an unnamed Israeli official said.

    Kerry’s remarks Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee “will...

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  • As U.S. tries to save talks, Kerry touts past progress, says ‘fight is over process’

    2 weeks ago

    The Obama administration is sticking with the Israeli-Palestinian peace process for now despite a crisis that has threatened to scuttle talks.

    That’s the message U.S. officials were peddling as a top State Department team was in the region turning over the engine attempting to...

  • U.S. accuses Russian agents of stirring Eastern Ukraine unrest

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russian agents and special forces on Tuesday of stirring separatist unrest in eastern Ukraine, saying Moscow could be trying to prepare for military action as it had in Crimea.

    Armed pro-Moscow protesters were still occupying Ukrainian...

  • Kerry: Procedural issues holding up talks

    2 weeks ago

    The Palestinians and Israelis are at odds now more about the process rather than substance, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “The bitter irony is that at this point the fight is over process, it’s not over the final status agreement,” Kerry said in testimony Tuesday...

  • Danny Danon’s warning to Bibi

    2 weeks ago

    As the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks deteriorates, several Israeli government ministers are asking whether the Palestinian Authority is interested in an agreement.

    Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is asking a different question: Is Prime Minister...

  • Kerry calls on Israeli, Palestinian leaders to ‘lead’ for peace

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “lead” and to make compromises for peace.

    “You can facilitate, you can push, you can nudge, but the parties themselves have to make fundamental decisions and compromises,” Kerry said Thursday in...

  • Palestinians apply to join international conventions

    3 weeks ago

    Palestinians applied to join 15 agreements and conventions governing human rights and international relations.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a show Tuesday of signing 15 applications to join the conventions in retaliation for Israel’s failure to release a...

  • Kerry cancels meeting with Abbas in Ramallah

    3 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called off a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for last-minute talks on extending peace talks with Israel, a senior State Department official said.

    "We are no longer travelling tomorrow. We are in close touch with the team on the ground," the official said.

    Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; editing by Andrew Roche

  • Pollard, settlement freeze, prisoners in the mix amid peace talks crisis

    3 weeks ago

    Possibilities raised during efforts to resolve the current crisis over Israeli-Palestinian peace talks include freeing Jonathan Pollard, a partial settlement freeze, guarantees that Palestinians won’t push for international recognition and a mass prisoner release.

    Officials close...

  • Israeli lawmaker: Switch settlement freeze for prisoner release

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In order to jumpstart John Kerry’s peace mission last July, Israel agreed to release 104 security prisoners in four stages during the course of the allotted nine month period, a gesture vehemently opposed by Israelis across the...

  • As prisoner release fell through, Danon stood front and center

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    In recent months in Israel, one star in Israel’s ruling Likud Party has been making headlines for his outspoken demeanor and unapologetic one-liners.

    No, it’s not Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    It’s one of Netanyahu’s main political rivals — Deputy Defense Minister Danny...

  • Israel misses deadline for announcing prisoner release

    3 weeks ago

    Israel’s government missed the legally required deadline for releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners due to be freed as part of the peace talks.

    Israel Radio quoted Jibril Rajoub, a top Palestinian security official, as saying that Israel had relayed through American channels that it...

  • U.S. scrambles as prisoner release, Jewish state issue threaten to sink talks

    March 26, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    The Obama administration is scrambling to salvage Israeli-Palestinian talks threatened by disputes over core identity issues for each side: recognition of the state’s Jewish character for Israel, the release of prisoners for the Palestinians.

    Martin Indyk, the peace process envoy...

  • Kerry interrupts Rome visit to salvage Mideast peace talks

    March 26, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry broke from a visit to Italy on Wednesday to try to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, even as Arab leaders declared they would never meet Israel's core demand to be recognized as a Jewish state.

    Kerry flew to Jordan to ask Palestinian Authority...

  • Netanyahu lauds deadly West Bank raid to nab terrorist

    March 24, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the security forces that took part in a deadly operation in the West Bank to arrest a Hamas terrorist.

    The suspect and at least two others were killed in the raid in the Jenin refugee camp on Saturday morning.

    “Our policy is to...

  • U.S., Middle East church leaders laud Kerry for peace moves

    March 20, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    U.S. and Holy Land church leaders commended U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for advancing a framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    The praise from 40 leaders – all but three from the United States — representing several denominations came in part because of the opportunities...

  • Yaalon calls Hagel, clarifies remarks seen as criticizing U.S.

    March 20, 2014 | 9:42 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon called his American counterpart Chuck Hagel to clarify remarks attributed to him that criticized the United States.

    The call to Hagel, the U.S. secretary of defense, came after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry complained directly to Israeli...

  • Obama urges tough decisions in quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace

    March 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

    President Barack Obama told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday that it will require tough decisions and risks to achieve peace with Israel and said now is the time for leaders on both sides to "embrace this opportunity."

    In White House talks overshadowed by...

  • Kerry says mistrust is high in talks, cites ‘Jewish state’ issue

    March 14, 2014 | 10:18 am

    John Kerry said Israeli and Palestinian mutual mistrust remains high, and he expressed frustration with the issue of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state.

    The U.S. secretary of state fielded questions about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process on Wednesday and Thursday from...

  • Kerry: PLO’s recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is a ‘minimal requirement for peace’

    March 13, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry told members of Congress on Thursday that international law already declares Israel a Jewish state, and called Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's insistence on a public declaration of Israel's Jewish character from the Palestinians "a mistake" in the...

  • Kerry calls for return of American missing in Iran for 7 years

    March 10, 2014 | 11:54 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry marked the seventh year since the disappearance of an American Jewish man in Iran with a plea for his safe return.

    Robert Levinson, 66, of Coral Springs, Fla., disappeared seven years ago from Kish Island.

    Kerry in a statement on Sunday called...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel, Palestine, peace, John Kerry and global warming

    March 5, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Dark Before the Dawn

    Rob Eshman’s piece in this week’s Journal brought to mind a couple of analogies (“The Bright Side,” Feb. 28). The first that occurred to me is all the things I could accomplish if only I had the winning ticket in one of those humongous lotteries. The...

  • 7 answers to tough questions about Russia, Ukraine and Crimea

    By Jared Sichel

    March 4, 2014 | 5:28 pm

    As dinner conversations, news shows, and water-cooler talk have turned from Oscar selfies to, well, real news, one topic has dominated  the Twitterverse and the airwaves (Russia! Ukraine! Russia invaded Ukraine!). 

    As often happens, though, with complex stories that become part...

  • AIPAC policy conference: Once more, with feeling

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 4, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    What does a pro-Israel lobbying group do at its annual policy conference when it knows with a high degree of certainty that its chief policy priority isn’t likely to go anywhere on Capitol Hill?

    The same things it does every other year.

    There was no perceptible lack of...

  • Netanyahu wants ‘durable peace’ with Palestinians soon

    March 4, 2014 | 9:25 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to work for a “durable peace” with the Palestinians in the coming weeks and reiterated his refusal to accept a deal with Iran that included any uranium enrichment capacity.

    Netanyahu in his speech Tuesday morning to the American Israel...

  • Kerry on Iran: ‘No deal is better than a bad deal’

    March 3, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry pledged that the United States would not make a deal with Iran that allows it to develop nuclear weapons.

    “No deal is better than a bad deal,” Kerry said Monday evening, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy...

  • As China looks on, Putin poses risky dilemma for the West

    March 3, 2014 | 10:34 am

    One senior Obama administration official called Vladimir Putin's actions in the Ukraine "outrageous." A second described them as an "outlaw act." A third said his brazen use of military force harked back to a past century.

    "What we see here are distinctly 19th and 20th century...

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