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  • Israelis and Palestinians Commemorating Remembrance Day Together

    By Jeremy Elster

    3 days ago

    For the past 8 years, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO called Combatants for Peace has held an alternative Remembrance Day/Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in Tel Aviv. The mission of the alternative commemoration is to recognize bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have suffered from...

  • Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

    6 days ago

    Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline.

    An Israeli official, speaking...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    1 week 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

    1 week 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...

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

    1 week 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...

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

    1 week 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...

  • China urges Israel to make ‘brave’ decisions on peace talks

    1 week ago

    Chinese President Xi Jinping urged Israel to make "brave" decisions on the latest round of peace talks with the Palestinians, after negotiators ended another U.S-mediated session with no sign of a breakthrough.

    "At present, the Israeli-Palestinian talks process has entered a...

  • Land Day, Women’s Activism, and a March for Peace: Updates from Israel Social TV

    By Jeremy Elster

    1 week ago

    This week in the Social Order:

    + Land Day Commemoration in Jaffa - Statistics on the ongoing Israeli actions to confiscate Palestinian assets since 1967.

    + Israeli Historian and social activist Professor Ilan Pappe gave a lecture about the "One Democratic State" solution.

    +...

  • Kerry: Procedural issues holding up talks

    1 week 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

    1 week 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...

  • U.S. presses on with Middle East talks rescue attempt

    1 week ago

    U.S. efforts to save Middle East peace talks from collapse showed little sign of progress on Monday amid threats from Israel to retaliate for what it saw as unilateral Palestinian moves towards statehood.

    The U.S.-brokered negotiations plunged into crisis last week after Israel,...

  • No breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    1 week ago

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators reportedly asked to hold another meeting to prevent the collapse of peace talks following a four-hour session.

    The chief Palestinian and Israeli negotiators asked for the Monday meeting after the talks with the U.S. envoy to the peace...

  • Fearing cyberattack, Israel curbs government Web sites’ foreign traffic

    2 weeks ago

    Israel will temporarily suspend some of its government Web sites' international traffic to fend off a potential mass-cyber attack by pro-Palestinian hackers, an Israeli security source said on Thursday, without elaborating on the threat.

    The precautionary measure would be in...

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

    2 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...

  • White House: Obama has not decided to release Israeli spy

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

    "Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage and he is serving his sentence," Carney said.

    "I don't have any other update to provide you on Mr. Pollard's status. There are obviously a lot of things happening in that arena and I am not going to get ahead of discussions that are under way," he said.

    Reporting by Jeff Mason and David Storey; Editing by Sandra Maler

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

    2 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

    2 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...

  • Netanyahu: Prisoner release must include something for Israel, Cabinet OK

    2 weeks ago

    Israel will not release more Palestinian prisoners without getting something in return, and such a deal will be brought to the Cabinet for approval, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu made the statements Sunday morning at a meeting of his Likud party government...

  • 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...

  • Arab League declares ‘total rejection’ of Jewish state recognition

    3 weeks ago

    The Arab League announced on Wednesday its full backing of a Palestinian refusal to meet Israel's demand to be recognized as a Jewish state, a condition Jerusalem says it requires for peace.

    "We express our total rejection of the call to consider Israel as a Jewish state," read a statement from the final day of the Arab summit in Kuwait.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reiterated the call for the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish character of Israel as a requirement for a peace agreement.

    Read more on JPost.com.

  • Palestinians support extending negotiations if more prisoners released

    3 weeks ago

    A new poll found that 65 percent of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza would support extending the current American-backed peace talks if Israel releases extra Palestinian prisoners.

    The negotiations are set to end on April 29. Israel is scheduled to release a fourth...

  • Hamas rally in Gaza takes aim at Egypt, Israel and Abbas

    3 weeks ago

    Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Sunday to show support for their Islamist Hamas government, which has long been at loggerheads with Israel but is now shunned by Egypt as well.

    The military-backed government that toppled the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas's...

  • Governability for Whom?: Arab Parties and the Knessett

    By Jeremy Elster

    3 weeks ago

    Prior to the close of the Knesset's winter session, three amendments to the Basic Laws of Israel were passed by the coalition that cast doubt on the democratic functioning of the state. Each bills represented one demand from each of the three major coalition partners and were...

  • Israel promotes plans for 2,372 settler homes in the West Bank

    March 21, 2014 | 10:39 am

    Israel has promoted building plans for 2,372 homes in eight Israeli settlements in the West Bank in the past month, on land the Palestinians want for a future state, an anti-settlement watchdog has said.

    The plans, the largest of which is for 839 homes in the Ariel settlement...

  • U.N. rights investigator accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’

    March 21, 2014 | 10:31 am

    A U.N. human rights investigator accused Israel on Friday of "ethnic cleansing" in pushing Palestinians out of East Jerusalem and cast doubt that the Israeli government could accept a Palestinian state in the current climate.

    He spoke against a backdrop of deadlocked peace talks...

  • Recognizing the ‘Jewish State’: Two definitions, two implications

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 19, 2014 | 11:33 am

    Two more views on the issue of calling Israel the Jewish State:
    The problem won’t go awaySymptoms of neurosis 

    There are two ways to characterize the State of Israel in Hebrew. One is Ha-M’dinah Ha-Y’hudit (“The Jewish state”) and the other is M’dinato shel Ha-am Ha-Y’hudi...

  • Israel says it might not carry out Palestinian prisoner release

    March 18, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Israel told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday it might not carry out a final stage of a Palestinian prisoner release unless he commits to prolonging peace talks beyond an April deadline for a deal.

    A senior Palestinian official said there would be "big...

  • Survey: 30 percent of settlers outside blocs would evacuate without peace deal

    March 17, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    About 30 percent of the residents in West Bank settlements outside the major blocs would evacuate for compensation even if there were no peace deal with the Palestinians, a new survey found.

    The survey also found that nearly 50 percent of the 100,000 settlers living in areas...

  • 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...

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