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  • Plenty of unknowns as Kerry lures both sides back to peace negotiations

    July 22, 2013 | 9:31 am

    We don’t know.

    That’s the operative phrase of the new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks announced July 19 and ostensibly set to begin in the coming days in Washington.

    We don’t know their parameters, or if Israel will freeze settlements, release hundreds of Palestinian...

  • As Kerry meets with Abbas, new West Bank housing advances

    July 17, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    An Israeli committee approved the construction of West Bank housing on the same day that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Jordan with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    The settlement subcommittee of the Higher Planning Council of the Civil Administration,...

  • Two weeks in, new P.A. prime minister quits

    June 20, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    The newly appointed Palestinian Authority prime minister, Rami Hamdallah, resigned after two weeks in his post.

    Hamdallah offered his resignation to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, Reuters reported, citing a P.A. source. It was not known if Abbas accepted the...

  • Jews should get offended

    By David Suissa

    June 19, 2013 | 11:48 am

    If there’s one thing the Palestinians are great at, it’s saying no. For years now, many peace-loving Jewish heads have been bruised from banging against the brick wall of Palestinian rejectionism.

    Well, these Jews and others will now have another wall they can bang their heads...

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  • Bill Clinton to Israelis: Share future with a Palestinian state

    June 17, 2013 | 5:18 pm

    There is no alternative to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Bill Clinton said at an event to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres.

    Clinton was speaking Monday night at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot in honor of Peres’ 90th birthday.

    “Your neighbors...

  • Israel, P.A. to renew economic cooperation, finance ministers agree

    June 17, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Israel and the Palestinian Authority will resume economic cooperation, their finance ministers said.

    Israel’s Yair Lapid and the P.A.’s newly appointed finance chief, Shukri Bishara, at a meeting Sunday in Jerusalem agreed to the resumption of economic ties, according to reports....

  • Report: Kerry bound for Israel next week

    June 7, 2013 | 11:00 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return to Israel and the Palestinian territories next week to push for a revival of peace talks.

    Reuters reported Friday that sources in Israel and the Palestinian Authority confirmed that Kerry was slated to arrive on June 11-12 for...

  • When Kerry says ‘both sides,’ AIPAC says the Palestinians

    June 4, 2013 | 2:56 pm

    John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, is approaching full throttle in his bid to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. In a speech yesterday to the American Jewish Committee, Kerry said Israel should still regard the P.A. as a partner – an implied rebuke to members of Prime...

  • Kerry presses Netanyahu on Jerusalem building

    June 3, 2013 | 8:03 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised U.S. unhappiness with Israel’s announcement of new building in eastern Jerusalem.

    Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for Kerry, was asked about such a conversation during the daily briefing...

  • Palestinian film wins Cannes prize

    May 29, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    A film funded by the Palestinian Authority won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

    “Omar,” directed by Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, was filmed in the West Bank and presents Israel and its military in a negative light. It tells the story of three Palestinian...

  • Kerry praises Netanyahu’s ‘seriousness’ on peace

    May 23, 2013 | 8:50 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his “seriousness” in finding ways to restart the peace process.

    Kerry made the statement before a two-hour meeting Thursday in Jerusalem with Netanyahu and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni,...

  • Congressmen call on Abbas to fire official who glorified terrorist

    May 16, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    A bipartisan group of congressmen condemned comments made by a Palestinian Fatah official in support of the murderer of an Israeli father of five.

    The letter sent to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday strongly condemned Fatah’s Sultan Abu Al-Einein...

  • Turkey’s prime minister set to visit Gaza

    May 8, 2013 | 10:43 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Political observers in Turkey expect Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reaffirm his support for Palestinians with a visit this month to Gaza, marking the third anniversary of a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish aid flotilla...

  • China offers to broker Abbas-Netanyahu meeting

    May 3, 2013 | 11:23 am

    China offered to broker a meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will both be in Beijing next week on separate visits.

    "If the leaders of Palestine and Israel have the will to...

  • Legislation calls for stable Palestinian Authority

    April 24, 2013 | 9:06 am

    Two U.S. congressmen have introduced legislation calling on the Palestinian Authority to prevent a Hamas takeover of the West Bank.

    Reps. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) and Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) introduced a resolution Tuesday urging the Palestinian Authority to work for political...

  • Report: Western pressure halted Fayyad resignation

    April 12, 2013 | 9:41 am

    The United States and Europe are pushing to tamp down an internal Palestinian power struggle, Palestinian sources say.

    Citing unnamed Palestinian sources, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported that a meeting scheduled for Thursday between Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and...

  • P.A. Prime Minister Fayyad offers resignation, sources say

    April 10, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad offered his resignation to P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday following a rift between the two men over government policy, two sources told Reuters.

    Abbas was due to return to the West Bank from Jordan on Thursday, and it...

  • Abbas, Jordanian king sign agreement to defend Jerusalem

    April 2, 2013 | 6:28 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordanian King Abdullah II signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites.

    The agreement was signed Sunday in Amman following talks between the two leaders.

    Under the agreement, Jordan and the...

  • P.A.’s Fayyad hospitalized

    April 2, 2013 | 6:17 am

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was hospitalized with abdominal pain.

    Fayyad, who is also acting finance minister, was taken to the hospital Monday evening from his office in Ramallah. He was kept overnight in a local hospital for observation.

    An anonymous source told the Associated Press that Fayyad has an infected pancreas.

    It is believed Fayyad wants to replace Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority.

  • Palestinian journalist gets jail term for Abbas insult

    March 28, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Palestinian Authority court sentenced a local journalist to a year in jail on Thursday over a picture posted on Facebook that was deemed insulting to Mahmoud Abbas.

    The ruling against Mamdouh Hamamreh, who works for the al-Quds TV channel in Bethlehem, is the second this year...

  • Path to peace: StandWithUs

    March 28, 2013 | 10:15 am

    On Monday evening, March 11, I had a public discussion with Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J Street, at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. The topics included how American Jews should approach pro-Israel advocacy, whether peace is currently attainable between Israel and...

  • Leader of the free word

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    Words matter, especially when spoken by people of power. I once read a book that dissected the 271 words of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Would that speech have become historic if, instead of phrases like “a new birth of freedom,” he had used phrases like “a reaffirmation...

  • World Bank: Palestinian economy in decline

    March 12, 2013 | 10:29 am

    During President Obama’s visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA)  next week, he will visit the West Bank towns of Ramallah, where he will meet PA leader Mahmoud Abbas, and Bethlehem, to see the Church of the Nativity. A new report by the World Bank says he will see an...

  • Obama tells Arab-American leaders trip will show commitment to statehood

    March 11, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    President Obama told Arab-American leaders that his trip to Israel and the Palestinian areas would demonstrate U.S. commitment to partnering with the Palestinian Authority to bring about a state.

    "The President noted that the trip is not dedicated to resolving a specific policy...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 11, 2013 | 12:15 pm

    Expanding "Insights"

    The Israeli "Insights" project, which includes a special production of a song made entirely from Holocaust survivors' messages to the next generation, keeps growing. The Israeli Students Union and the Ministry of Senior Citizens has announced their...

  • Is Obama bringing a peace plan?

    March 11, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Over and over, American officials insist that President Obama has no new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan hidden in his pocket, ready to be whipped out during next week’s meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. But...

  • Oren opens AIPAC with appeal for pro-Israel outreach

    March 3, 2013 | 8:52 am

    Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, opened the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference with an appeal for pro-Israel outreach to African Americans, Latinos and Muslims, and others.

    "Reach out to the churches in your community, to the...

  • Southern Israel hit by Gaza rocket for first time in three months

    February 26, 2013 | 4:52 pm

    rocket fired from Gaza hit southern Israel for the first time in three months, causing some damage.

    A long-range Grad rocket struck early on Feb. 26 in the industrial zone of Ashkelon.

    The al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigades, the military wing of the Fatah party led by Palestinian...

  • Palestinians don’t expect much from Obama visit

    February 26, 2013 | 9:48 am

    Palestinian officials hope the upcoming visit by President Barack Obama will end the current deadlock in the peace process, but are skeptical that the visit will change the situation on the ground.

    Speaking to reporters before a PLO Executive Committee meeting at his Ramallah...

  • Riots break out in Jerusalem, West Bank over Palestinian prisoners

    February 22, 2013 | 9:27 am

    Palestinian protesters reportedly fired flares and hurled stones at Israeli troops in the Old City in Jerusalem amid violent protests in the West Bank.

    Several dozen Palestinians began hurling rocks at troops stationed outside the Mugrabi Gate after Friday prayers, Ynet reported...

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