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  • Ireland upgrades Palestinian mission to embassy

    January 25, 2011 | 9:39 am

    Ireland became the first European Union member to upgrade its Palestinian diplomatic mission to an embassy.

    The head of the Palestinian mission will become an ambassador in Dublin and will present his credentials to the Irish president, according to Ynet.

    The upgrade reportedly...

  • Excavation on Jerusalem tunnel sparks fears of violence

    January 25, 2011 | 9:23 am

    Israeli officials fear the completion of an excavation project near the Temple Mount may spur violence by Palestinians.

    The Israel Antiquities Authority announced Tuesday that it had completed the excavation of an ancient tunnel that runs from the City of David in eastern Jerusalem...

  • What Obama should say about the Palestinians in the State of the Union

    January 24, 2011 | 2:44 pm

    If he wants to make progress in the Middle East, President Obama should use his State of the Union address to address some of the problems standing in the way of peace. This is what we think he should say:

    “Two years in office has persuaded me that in our pursuit of Arab-Israeli...

  • Peru recognizes Palestinian state

    January 24, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    Peru joined several Latin and South American states in recognizing a Palestinian state.

    “Today the government communicated to the ambassador of Palestine in Lima recognition of the Palestinian state as free and sovereign,” Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde...

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  • Leaked documents show Palestinian peace concessions

    January 24, 2011 | 9:46 am

    Palestinian peace negotiators were willing to turn over nearly all of the Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem and accept a shared authority of the Temple Mount, leaked Palestinian documents reveal.

    More than 1,600 Palestinian documents about the peace process with Israel were...

  • Washington Institute unveils land swap proposals

    January 21, 2011 | 10:03 am

    A pro-Israel U.S. think tank released proposals that would reconcile allowing a majority of the settlers to stay in place with a Palestinian state through commensurate land swaps.

    The detailed proposal, released Thursday by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, nods to...

  • Ross in Israel to jump-start peace talks

    January 20, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Senior White House adviser Dennis Ross arrived in Israel to discuss security arrangements under a possible peace deal with the Palestinians.

    Ross and David Hale, deputy to Middle East envoy George Mitchell, arrived in Israel Thursday. They will meet with Israeli officials to discuss...

  • Livni cancels South Africa visit

    January 19, 2011 | 11:09 am

    Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni canceled a scheduled trip to South Africa due to a strike by her country’s Foreign Ministry workers, the ministry said.

    Palestinian activists’ groups on Wednesday disputed the reason given by the Israeli Foreign Ministry to the South African media,...

  • Russian president reiterates recognition of Palestine

    January 18, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev reiterated Russia’s recognition more than two decades ago of an independent Palestinian state.

    “We made a decision then and we will not change it today,” Medvedev said following a meeting Tuesday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in...

  • Guyana recognizes ‘Palestine’

    January 14, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    Guyana became the seventh Latin American state in recent weeks to recognize a Palestinian state.

    “It is Guyana’s hope that the increasing recognition of the state of Palestine will contribute to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the creation of lasting peace and...

  • ‘Quartet’ to meet on Israeli-Palestinian talks

    January 14, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    The “Quartet” guiding the Middle East process will meet next month and the top U.S. envoy is in the region attempting to re-start Israeli-Palestinian talks.

    The Quartet of the United States the European Union, the United Nations and Russia will meet in Munich Feb. 4-6, the German...

  • NGO inquiry committee has wrong focus, framework

    January 12, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    Since the notorious NGO Forum of the 2001 Durban conference, nongovernmental organizations have implemented a coordinated strategy against Israel—isolation and demonization in the international arena. Influential Israeli and Palestinian NGOs are very active in this strategy, and...

  • The Billboard Debate on the Middle East

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 11, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    “Be on our side,” the clutter-free advertisement reads. “We are the side of peace and justice.” It shows two men smiling. One is Palestinian, the other is Israeli, and each is accompanied by a smiling young girl. The ad, which first appeared in three Bay Area Rapid Transit...

  • EU officials’ report urges eastern Jerusalem intervention

    January 10, 2011 | 3:28 pm

    A report by European Union officials in Israel proposes that E.U. officials should intervene in eastern Jerusalem home demolitions and in Palestinian arrests.

    The confidential report prepared by 25 EU consuls general to the Palestinian Authority living in eastern Jerusalem and sent...

  • Netanyahu to Mubarak: Press Palestinians on direct talks

    January 6, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to press the Palestinians to return to direct talks.

    Netanyahu, in his statement after meeting Thursday with Mubarak in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik, said he asked Mubarak “to act to...

  • Jordan to Netanyahu: Commitment to peace is not enough, take practical action

    January 6, 2011 | 9:06 am

    The ongoing impasse in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is jeopardizing the security of the Middle East, Jordanian King Abdullah II told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late Wednesday.

    In a phone conversation initiated by Netanyahu, the monarch urged the Israeli leader to...

  • Architects ask: What might a Palestinian West Bank look like?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 5, 2011 | 9:40 am

    “Decolonizing Architecture,” an exhibition on view at REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, assumes that the current residents of Israel’s settlements in the West Bank will ultimately have to evacuate their homes. The three...

  • Israeli lawmakers’ petition calls for boycott

    January 3, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Dozens of Israeli lawmakers have signed a petition calling for a boycott of Israeli companies that have signed contracts to help build a new Palestinian city.

    Sponsored by the Land of Israel Lobby, the petition was signed by 48 lawmakers after being circulated Monday.  Right-wing...

  • Palestine National Orchestra debuts

    January 3, 2011 | 10:11 am

    The Palestine National Orchestra performed for the first time in the Palestinian Authority and in Israel.

    The orchestra made its debut in Ramallah, and then performed in eastern Jerusalem over the weekend and in Haifa on Sunday night.

    “Today an orchestra, tomorrow a state,” Suhail...

  • Palestinians gain ground in PR, diplomatic war

    December 21, 2010 | 3:48 pm

    In the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict, score some recent victories for the Palestinians.

    It’s not that Israel has given an inch in the territorial dispute over the West Bank, or that the Palestinians in Gaza have achieved new military victories against the Israelis,...

  • Erekat: EU countries to upgrade Palestinian missions

    December 21, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    Some 10 European Union countries have plans to upgrade the status of their Palestinian diplomatic missions, lead negotiator Saeb Erekat said.

    The upgrades would bring the missions one step closer to becoming embassies whose officials enjoy full diplomatic immunity, The Jerusalem...

  • Wikileaks cable: Netanyahu’s patience with Abbas has ‘run out’

    December 20, 2010 | 3:20 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s patience with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has “run out,” a WikiLeaks cable leaked on Monday revealed.

    In a “secret” December 2009 cable dispatched to Washington from the embassy in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu’s senior policy aide Ron Dermer is...

  • Bolivia recognizes Palestine

    December 19, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    Bolivia became the third country in recent weeks to recognize a state of Palestine.

    “Bolivia recognizes the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, like Brazil and Argentina,” the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported Bolivian President Evo Morales as saying last Friday during a...

  • House urges Obama to block unilateral Palestinian statehood

    December 16, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    The U.S. House of Representatives called on President Obama to veto any United Nations Security Council resolution recognizing a Palestinian state.

    The non-binding resolution passed unanimously Wednesday evening calls on the Obama administration to “affirm that the United States...

  • Barak: Final status talks within months

    December 14, 2010 | 9:52 am

    After meeting with U.S. leaders, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak predicted that comprehensive talks with the Palestinians on all final status issues would begin within months.

    “We will have a serious discussion in coming months on security, borders, Jerusalem and refugees,”...

  • EU will not recognize unilaterally declared Palestinian state

    December 13, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    The European Union will not recognize Palestinian statehood until an “appropriate” time, its Foreign Affairs Council said in a statement.

    The 27 EU foreign ministers meeting Monday in Brussels issued the statement in response to a letter from Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat to EU...

  • Israelis, Palestinians huddle, as football finds fans in the Holy Land

    December 10, 2010 | 7:41 am

    How do you say ‘hut’ in Hebrew?

    On a warm November Thanksgiving night in Jerusalem’s Kraft Stadium, the Judean Rebels are demolishing the Herzliya Hammers in a rowdy American-style football game in Israel.

    The IFL, or Israel Football League, is in its fourth season and...

  • PA, Israeli officials in D.C., but not in talks

    December 9, 2010 | 10:41 am

    Palestinian and Israeli leaders will not meet for negotiations although they will be in Washington this weekend, the U.S. State Department said.

    “Right now, I’m not anticipating that we would have Israelis and the Palestinians in the same room at this time,” State Department...

  • Oregon governor defends Israel ties

    December 8, 2010 | 11:01 am

    The office of Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski defended a trade agreement it signed with Israel.

    A coalition of pro-Palestinian groups in Portland criticized Kulongoski, a Democrat, for the Oct. 27 memorandum of understanding “to develop and strengthen economic, industrial, technological...

  • Argentina joins Brazil in recognizing Palestinian state

    December 7, 2010 | 10:39 am

    Argentina has recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, according to a note sent from President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to Mahmoud Abbas.

    Kirchner on Monday sent the note to Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, announcing that her government recognizes...

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