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  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

    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...

  • What Happens When You Hold Peace Talks in Ramallah?

    By Jeremy Elster

    January 27, 2014 | 8:05 am

    In the Introductory Blog Post for Israel Social TV here at the Jewish Journal, we reported on a peace talks organized by the group Minds of Peace, which brings together delegations of Israelis and Palestinians to “the table” to reach agreements on final status issues. 

    While the...

  • Reversible Iran deal puts more pressure on final talks

    November 27, 2013 | 11:40 am

    By dropping earlier demands that Iran shut down an underground uranium enrichment plant and ship material out of the country as part of a preliminary deal, nuclear negotiators have kicked some of the toughest questions forward to talks for the next year.

    The curbs to its nuclear...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Roiling region, pessimism behind Kerry’s urgency on peace talks

    July 30, 2013 | 1:46 pm

    After 20 years of stops, starts and a bloody intifada in between, John Kerry believes he can pull out a final status Israeli-Palestinian peace deal in nine months.

    What clock is the U.S. secretary of state trying to beat?

    According to his aides, the one ticking down as Syria...

  • Barak: Israel did not promise not to attack Iran

    April 17, 2012 | 8:37 am

    Israel did not promise the United States that it would abstain from attacking Iran while negotiations are going on, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

    “We are not committing to anything,” Barak told Israel’s Army Radio during an interview from Bogota, Colombia. He added...

  • Birthdays, Dating & a Twitter Support Group

    By Ilana Angel

    April 3, 2012 | 10:38 pm

    This weekend will mark my 46th birthday.  I don’t feel 46, or look 46, but I will in fact be 46.  I can vividly remember when my mother turned 35 and I thought she was the oldest person in the world.  My mother is only 22 years older than I am.  I have dated men who were 22 years...

  • Netanyahu to call on Abbas to return to the negotiating table

    April 3, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to send a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he will call on him to return to the negotiating table, promptly and without preconditions.

    A senior Israeli official said the letter would be a response to...

  • Fatah: Iran paid Hamas to block Palestinian deal

    March 20, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    Iran paid the Islamist group Hamas to block a deal with the rival Fatah movement that would have ended a five-year rift between the two main Palestinian factions, a Fatah spokesman said on Tuesday.

    He said Tehran recently resumed financial aid to Hamas which it had suspended six...

  • Israel cautiously welcomes big-power talks with Iran

    March 7, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    Israel on Wednesday cautiously welcomed the planned resumption of big-power nuclear talks with Iran, insisting that Tehran be denied the means to turn uranium into bomb fuel.

    With Israel speaking increasingly loudly of resorting to military action to prevent Iran from gaining...

  • White House describes ‘progress’ in Jordan talks

    January 18, 2012 | 10:23 am

    The Obama administration heralded progress in Israeli-Palestinian talks held under Jordanian auspices.

    “We believe that those talks offer the parties a real opportunity to make meaningful progress towards peace,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday ahead of a visit by...

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet again in Amman

    January 10, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Jordan for the second time in a week.

    The face-to-face meeting Monday was the result of a meeting last week in Amman with representatives of the Mideast Quartet.

    No statements followed Monday’s meeting, also in Amman, after both sides...

  • What Israelis really want? That’s easy

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 4, 2012 | 10:58 am

    Prof. Yaacov Shamir, a senior fellow of the Truman Institute The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, kindly provided me with cross tabs for the Israeli side of a survey of Israeli and Palestinian opinion that was published a week ago. While the headlines from this poll tended to follow...

  • No breakthrough on Mideast peace, talks to go on

    January 3, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators made no breakthrough during their first high-level discussions in more than a year on Tuesday, but agreed to hold further talks in Amman on a confidential basis, Jordan’s foreign minister said.

    Tuesday’s talks were aimed at agreeing terms under...

  • Israel, Palestinians to meet Tuesday

    January 2, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet this week after more than a year of deadlock in peacemaking, officials said Sunday, but both sides played down prospects of any imminent resumption of talks.

    Yitzhak Molcho of Israel and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat will meet...

  • NBA Cavalier Omri Casspi a slam dunk for Israel

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 15, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Omri Casspi is done waiting around for the NBA season to start. Haaretz reports that he has signed with the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team amidst the lockout between NBA owners and the basketball players. 

    Casspi previously played two seasons with the Sacramento Kings and was...

  • Leaked maps show gaps in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

    January 25, 2011 | 2:34 pm

    This time there are maps—not that they necessarily help.

    After the collapse of the Camp David talks in 2000, the Israeli and Palestinian sides bickered about who had offered what, and the competing historical narratives were adopted by either side and around the world.

    This time,...

  • 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...

  • Blair calls for immediate direct negotiations

    March 23, 2010 | 10:55 am

    Tony Blair called for “face-to-face,” direct negotiations between the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority as soon as possible.

    But the former British prime minister, now the Quartet representative to the Middle East, emphasized in a speech to the AIPAC policy conference...

  • Obama administration must pursue Mideast peace

    November 19, 2008 | 6:03 pm

    Across America, the Jewish community is joining with the rest of the nation to congratulate our next president. President-elect Barack Obama ran a campaign promising change, and Americans have made very clear that they are anxious to take him up on that promise. He will enter the...
  • Why Obama is better than McCain for Israel

    October 15, 2008 | 10:01 pm

    I wouldn't gamble with Israel's future. Why would you?

    Most arguments in favor of Sen. John McCain and his approach to Israel rest on his greater experience and knowledge. Yet, put simply, McCain is a gambler -- in practice, in personality and in judgment.

    No supporter of Israel...

  • Political realities may doom Olmert’s peace push

    By Leslie Susser

    September 3, 2008 | 7:27 pm

    With his Kadima Party just weeks away from electing a new leader, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is making a concerted last-ditch effort to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians.

    Olmert has drawn up a detailed peace offer and presented it to U.S. and Palestinian leaders. After...

  • Fatah fighters’ escape to Israel and what it means

    August 21, 2008 | 12:42 am

    Even for the complex Middle East it was a moment of exceptional irony. Some 180 Fatah loyalists fleeing a series of shootouts and summary executions by Hamas

    on the streets of Gaza ran for the border -- banking on the mercies of the enemy they usually target.

    Remarkably, Israeli...

  • Israeli policy headed for radical changes in post-Olmert era

    By Leslie Susser

    August 5, 2008 | 4:46 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s decision to resign after a new Kadima Party leader is elected in September has opened up the possibility of radical new directions in Israeli policy.

    As of now Olmert has four potential successors, since Kadima’s new leader may not be...

  • No simple answer on return of Israeli POWs

    By Uri Dromi

    July 3, 2008 | 11:35 am

    In the summer of 2006, two Israeli soldiers -- Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser -- were abducted by Hezbollah. Israel reacted by launching a war against this Lebanon-based terrorist organization. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared then that one of the main war aims was to return the...
  • 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...

  • Annapolis parlay repeating the mistakes of Oslo

    By Morton A. Klein

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Before year's end, a U.S.-sponsored conference involving Israel and the Palestinian Authority will convene in Annapolis, Md., to frame yet another plan to end the Arab-Israeli war and create a Palestinian state.

    Sadly, this conference has as much chance of succeeding as did Oslo,...

  • Conference at B’nai David-Judea (Rabbi Kanefsky’s shul) tackles tough questions about Israel, Jerusa

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The morning had been filled with depressing insights into whether peace with the Palestinians is now possible for Israelis.

    Khaled Abu Toameh, a Palestinian affairs reporter for the Jerusalem Post and NBC News, said it isn't -- Fatah is too weak, and Palestinian Authority President...

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