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  • Clinton: Only talks will result in a state

    October 21, 2010 | 9:58 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Palestinian-American audience that the only path to statehood is through direct talks with Israel.

    The U.S. secretary of state’s remarks Wednesday to a gala dinner of the American Task Force on Palestine comes as the Palestinian Authority reportedly is...

  • Palestinians reject offer of recognition in exchange for freeze

    October 11, 2010 | 1:16 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reinstate a West Bank construction freeze if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

    Netanyahu made the offer Monday in a wide-ranging speech at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session.

    “If the Palestinian leadership...

  • Netanyahu trying to convince top ministers to extend settlement freeze

    October 4, 2010 | 4:21 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene his forum of top ministers on Tuesday afternoon to debate extending Israel’s moratorium on construction in West Bank settlements for 60 days.

    The concession would be made in exchange for a series of reported U.S. guarantees in Israel’s...

  • Bibi pushing quiet diplomacy in bid to restart talks

    October 4, 2010 | 12:03 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he is “in the midst of sensitive diplomatic contacts with the U.S. administration” in the effort to continue peace talks with the Palestinians.

    In a statement Sunday at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu called the...

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  • Netanyahu: Israel, Palestinians can reach Mideast peace in a year

    September 28, 2010 | 2:23 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu countered a controversial United Nations address by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday, rejecting Lieberman’s views on a possible land swap and asserting his belief that Israel and Palestinians could reach a peace deal within a year.

    ...
  • Why Israel allowed the settlement freeze to expire

    September 28, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    In the four weeks since direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumed, settlement construction has been identified widely as the most immediate obstacle to the survival of negotiations.

    In media accounts about the diplomatic standoff over the issue, Israel’s decision not to...

  • Lieberman offers population exchange plan at U.N.

    September 28, 2010 | 12:04 pm

    Israel’s foreign minister presented a plan to the United Nations that would transfer Israeli Arab towns to a future Palestinian state in exchange for annexing Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

    Avigdor Lieberman offered a draft of his proposal Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly...

  • No hasty decisions on peace talks, Abbas says

    September 27, 2010 | 12:06 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said he will not make a hasty decision to pull out of renewed peace talks in response to new construction in West Bank settlements.

    Abbas at a joint news conference Monday in Paris with French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will seek...

  • Meeting again with Jewish leaders, Abbas broaches substance

    September 22, 2010 | 4:09 pm

    For Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Jewish leaders, their second date featured a little more substance and a little less flirtation. And this time the Palestinian Authority president brought a wing man.

    Abbas and his prime minister, Salam Fayyad, met separately Tuesday evening with Jewish...

  • Senate letter urges Obama to keep talks going

    September 21, 2010 | 3:03 pm

    A letter is circulating among U.S. senators urging President Obama to keep the Israelis and Palestinians at the negotiating table.

    The letter, initiated by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), thanks Obama for...

  • 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...

  • Netanyahu’s choice

    September 21, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    The State of Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are fast approaching a fork in the road.

    Down one path lies a future of settlement expansion, continued control over the entire West Bank and a population under Israeli rule in which non-Jews outnumber Jews.

    Some Israelis...

  • Ill-advised settlement freeze weakened Israel strategically

    September 21, 2010 | 2:53 pm

    On Sunday, Sept. 26, we will celebrate the end of the ill-advised building moratorium in the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

    Ten months ago, Israel unilaterally declared this unprecedented step as a supposed incentive to encourage the Palestinians to return...

  • Netanyahu hints settlement freeze unlikely

    September 20, 2010 | 3:19 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a top aide suggested that a compromise with the Palestinians on a settlement freeze is not in the offing.

    Netanyahu, along with top adviser Ron Dermer and Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, spoke Monday afternoon on a conference call with...

  • Death is punishment for selling Palestinian land, PA court rules

    September 20, 2010 | 3:06 pm

    A Palestinian found guilty of selling land to Israelis can receive the death penalty under a Palestinian Authority court ruling.

    Judge Ta’et At-Twil ruled Sunday that selling or attempting to sell land to a foreign country is a criminal offense punishable by death penalty, the...

  • Why Time magazine is wrong

    September 20, 2010 | 2:02 pm

    The lobby of the Hyatt Hotel in Sharm El-Sheikh was buzzing with dark-suited officials, press and security personnel from the U.S. State Department, Egypt and Israel, mingling with swim-suited tourists from Finland and Abu Dhabi.

    So when the reporter from a major Arabic TV Channel,...

  • Abbas threatens to resign if talks fail

    September 19, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to resign if peace talks with Israel fail.

    Abbas made a statement indicating that he would quit over a failure of the recently launched direct peace negotiations at a recent meeting of the Fatah Central Committee, The...

  • U.S. reportedly pushing three-month freeze extension

    September 16, 2010 | 11:11 am

    The Obama administration reportedly suggested that Israel extend its current settlement freeze for three months, which Israel appears to have rejected.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the suggestion Wednesday night during her meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli...

  • Voight calls Time magazine anti-Semitic

    September 15, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Actor Jon Voight called Time magazine’s Sept. 13 cover story anti-Semitic.

    Voight, in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee,” slammed the story titled “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace.”

    “This is anti-Semitism. Who are these anti-Semites who are running Time magazine?” he...

  • 5770 in Israel: Diplomatic crises, but economic prosperity

    September 3, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    For Israel, the Jewish year 5770 was characterized by ups and downs in relations with the United States, growing international alienation and a virtual stalemate in Middle East peacemaking—until the summit meeting in Washington just before Rosh Hashanah.

    Last November, after months...

  • Ahmadinejad: resistance, not peace talks

    September 3, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked his regime’s annual anti-Israel rallies by saying that the only path for the Palestinians is resistance, not peace talks.

    In his speech for Al Quds day, the last Friday in Ramadan launched by the late Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s as an...

  • Barak, Abbas hold secret meeting

    August 31, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reportedly met secretly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of peace talks.

    Barak met with Abbas Sunday night in Amman, Israeli media reported, hours after meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah at his palace. Barak...

  • Palestinians will leave peace talks over freeze

    August 23, 2010 | 10:44 am

    The Palestinians will withdraw from peace talks with Israel if construction in the settlements resumes, Mahmoud Abbas told the Mideast Quartet.

    In a letter delivered Sunday to representatives of the Quartet grouping of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European...

  • U.S.: Direct talks on track, no deadline

    August 19, 2010 | 9:33 am

    An Obama administration official said direct Israeli-Palestinian talks are on track, but would not set a time frame.

    “We are working through the details of what is necessary to get the parties into direct negotiations,” P.J. Crowley, the State Department spokesman, said Wednesday,...

  • Israel will reject preconditions for talks

    August 16, 2010 | 9:12 am

    Israel said it will reject any preconditions set forth by the Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators on resuming direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among a forum of seven senior Cabinet officials who made the decision Sunday...

  • South Africa likens Israeli restrictions to apartheid

    April 26, 2010 | 10:11 am

    The South African government has compared new Israeli military restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank to apartheid pass laws.

    The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation issued a statement condemning the restrictions as “a gross...

  • Israeli army calms Palestinians over order

    April 14, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    A new Israeli military order will not lead to the deportation of large numbers of Palestinians from the West Bank, an Israeli army major said.

    Avichai Adrai, the Israeli army spokesman for the Arabic media, In a conference call Tuesday with Palestinian journalists said that the...

  • Settlers accused of vandalizing Palestinian village

    April 14, 2010 | 12:54 pm

    Residents of a nearby Jewish settlement are accused of vandalizing a West Bank Palestinian village.

    Stars of David and racist slogans were spray-painted early Wednesday morning throughout Hawara, near Nablus, including on the local mosque. Hundreds of olive trees were uprooted and...

  • Palestinian PM to Haaretz: We will have a state next year

    April 2, 2010 | 10:59 am

    RAMALLAH - Next year, “the birth of a Palestinian state will be celebrated as a day of joy by the entire community of nations,” says Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in an exclusive interview to Haaretz.

    Relaying Passover greetings to the Jewish community, Fayyad...

  • It’s not about settlements, stupid, it’s about trust

    March 16, 2010 | 12:55 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Interior Minister Eli Yishai did more to harm U.S.-Israel relations than all of Israel’s detractors around the world ever could when they decided it is more important to build 1,600 houses in East Jerusalem than to have good relations with...

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