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  • 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...

  • Report: Abbas to receive White House invite

    February 24, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas could be invited for a visit to the White House in the near future, the P.A.’s chief negotiator reportedly told a local radio station.

    Saeb Erekat told the Voice of Palestine radio, however, that a date has not been set for an Abbas...

  • Kerry, Abbas meet at ‘important point’ in talks, U.S. says

    February 19, 2014 | 4:58 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met for dinner on Wednesday at what the United States called "an important point in the negotiations" over an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

    Peace talks resumed on July 29 after a nearly...

  • Abbas says NATO force can patrol Palestinian state

    February 3, 2014 | 6:04 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be willing to allow a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol a Palestinian state for an indefinite amount of time.

    Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlements could remain for five years from the state’s establishment, Abbas also...

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  • Abbas says NATO force can patrol Palestinian state

    February 3, 2014 | 6:00 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would be willing to allow a U.S.-led NATO force to patrol a Palestinian state for an indefinite amount of time.

    Israeli soldiers and Israeli settlements could remain for five years from the state’s establishment, Abbas also...

  • Abbas OK with Israeli army in West Bank during three-year transition

    January 28, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he would accept Israeli soldiers in the West Bank for a three-year transition period following a peace deal with Israel.

    Abbas, in a videotaped interview in Arabic with the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, said that whoever...

  • Kerry presses sides on framework agreement

    January 3, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to discuss a framework agreement.

    Kerry, who met Friday in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was on his 10th...

  • Kerry heading to Middle East next week for peace talks

    December 28, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Israel and the Palestinian territories for peace talks next week, a senior U.S. government official said on Saturday, days after Israel is due to free another group of Palestinian prisoners.

    The U.S. official, speaking on condition of...

  • Kerry back to region to pursue faltering Mideast peace talks

    December 12, 2013 | 8:44 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East on Thursday, a week after his previous visit ended with Palestinian dissatisfaction over U.S. security ideas for an elusive land-for-peace deal with Israel.

    Kerry, who has quipped that his frequent trips to the region...

  • Kerry heading back to Israel for more talks

    December 10, 2013 | 9:28 am

    U.S.  Secretary of State John Kerry will return this week to Jerusalem and Ramallah, his second visit in two weeks.

    Kerry will discuss Iran and the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations during a meeting Wednesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. State...

  • Kerry pledges to protect Israel’s security in meeting with Netanyahu

    December 5, 2013 | 9:48 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made in the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    At a news conference in Jerusalem Thursday following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry also pledged that the Obama administration would...

  • Kerry announces visit to Jerusalem and Ramallah

    November 27, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

    Kerry will visit Brussels, Chisinau, Jerusalem and Ramallah from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Wednesday.

    In Jerusalem, Kerry will meet with Israeli Prime...

  • How the United States fans the flames of Mideast conflict

    November 21, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    As the current round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks flounder and seek to regain momentum, many are wondering what America can do with its prodigious economic resources to encourage peace and reconciliation between the parties.

    For this reason, it may astound many that...

  • Abbas: Palestinian peace negotiators quit over absence of progress

    November 13, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Palestinian peace negotiators resigned over a lack of progress in talks with Israel, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas said he would try to convince the negotiating team to change its mind or find new negotiators, Reuters reported Wednesday, citing an...

  • Kerry to extend Mideast trip to push peace talks

    November 7, 2013 | 11:38 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he will remain in the Middle East for an extra day to try to salvage foundering Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    Kerry said in a joint interview with Israeli and Palestinian television networks set to air Thursday evening that he will...

  • Avigdor Lieberman cleared of corruption charges

    November 6, 2013 | 10:38 am

    This story orignally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was acquitted of charges of fraud and breach of trust in a verdict that paves the way for his return to the foreign ministry, and sets him up as a possible successor to Prime...

  • Israel, Palestinians grim on peace talks before Kerry visit

    November 5, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Tuesday the three-month-old peace talks pressed on them by Washington are going nowhere, painting a grim picture for a visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Few details have emerged from negotiating sessions held at...

  • Abbas meets pope, invites him to visit Holy Land

    October 17, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, matching an invitation from Israel.

    The pontiff, who has made many appeals for peace in the Middle East since his election in March, has already told Israel he will visit and is...

  • Q&A with Alan Dershowitz

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 15, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    No one can accuse the ubiquitous Alan Dershowitz of understatement, but the subtitle of his new autobiography, “Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law” (Crown, $28), is a bit misleading. It’s true that Dershowitz’s claim to fame began with his work on a long list of famous cases, but...

  • Lapid: It’s safer for Jews in N.Y. than Israel

    October 9, 2013 | 10:57 am

    It is safer to be a Jew in New York than in Israel, Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid told an audience in New York.

    “Israel was founded as a refuge for the Jewish people, but today it isn’t a safe place. It is safer to be Jew in New York,” Lapid told PBS host Charlie Rose...

  • Jewish leaders urge Abbas to make moderate stands public

    September 25, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    A slate of 100 U.S. Jewish leaders wrote Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas urging him to make public his opposition to a ‘right of return’ and his agreement to a demilitarized Palestinian state.

    The letter, spearheaded by the Israel Policy Forum, noted that in a...

  • Abbas to U.S. Jews: Culture for peace better now than in 2000s

    September 24, 2013 | 9:41 am

    In a meeting with U.S. Jewish leaders, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he was more hopeful now for peace than he was in the mid-2000s.

    “If you ask me this question during the intifada, I didn’t have an answer,” Abbas said Monday, referring to the 2000-2005...

  • Obama to meet with Abbas at U.N.

    September 23, 2013 | 1:59 pm

    President Obama will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the U.N.  General Assembly.

    A top U.S. official said the meeting in New York was a sign of the president’s commitment to renewed peace talks.

    “This is the president’s first opportunity to meet...

  • Obama to meet with Abbas, discuss Middle East peace at U.N.

    September 20, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    President Barack Obama will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday and will discuss the Middle East peace process during a speech that day to the United Nations General Assembly, the White House said on Friday.

  • Kerry to talk peace, Syria with Netanyahu

    September 13, 2013 | 10:58 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet next week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss peace talks with the Palestinians and the Syria crisis.

    “The purpose of the visit it to have an in-depth discussion with the Prime Minister on the final status...

  • Abbas: Final-status issues discussed at first round of peace talks

    August 16, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel and the Palestinians discussed all the final-status issues in the first session of peace talks held in Jerusalem.

    Abbas’ comments were made Thursday after a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah, the...

  • Islamist movement Hamas moving closer to Iran

    August 14, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The Islamist Hamas movement has sharply criticized the Palestinian Authority for resuming peace talks with Israel, saying that President Mahmoud Abbas is giving in to American pressure. The criticism comes as Hamas moves toward...

  • 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...

  • Kerry: Netanyahu ‘upfront’ about settlement construction

    August 14, 2013 | 9:16 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “completely upfront” about announcing new settlement construction during peace negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    Kerry told reporters in Brazil on Tuesday that Netanyahu told both him and Palestinian Authority...

  • As prisoner release begins, rockets fired at Israel

    August 13, 2013 | 1:42 pm

    Rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel as Palestinian prisoners being released by Israel were being transported to the border.

    One rocket fired Tuesday night at Sderot fell short of its target and is believed to have landed inside Gaza. A second rocket landed in the...

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