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  • Kerry putting Israel in ‘impossible situation,’ Israeli lawmaker writes

    August 15, 2013 | 9:19 am

    John Kerry has put Israel in an “impossible situation,” Knesset member Ayelet Shaked wrote in a letter to the U.S. secretary of state.

    “You have forced us into peace talks during a period of time that the entire Middle-East is in chaos, without realizing that by doing so, you...

  • Israelis and Palestinians launch talks in Jerusalem

    August 14, 2013 | 3:08 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators launched renewed peace talks in Jerusalem under a media blackout.

    Following a three-year freeze, the talks began Wednesday night and were expected to last several hours. There will be no photo opportunities or statements before or after the...

  • The faces of the conflict: last night’s images

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 14, 2013 | 9:38 am

    A lot has been said about the renewal of the peace talks. In the past few weeks, newspapers were filled with commentary from Middle-East specialists, discussing the chances of failure or success. Some dismissed the possibility of an agreement; some asked us to give peace a chance....

  • Kerry: Netanyahu ‘upfront’ about settlement construction

    August 14, 2013 | 9:16 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “completely upfront” about announcing new settlement construction during peace negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    Kerry told reporters in Brazil on Tuesday that Netanyahu told both him and Palestinian Authority...

  • On Jerusalem’s streets, little excitement about peace talks

    August 13, 2013 | 10:01 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In the oppressive heat of a Jerusalem afternoon, neither Israelis nor Palestinians could summon much enthusiasm for the peace talks that are set to resume on Wednesday for the first time in three years. Each side believes the...

  • Palestinian prisoner list released prior to renewed talks

    August 12, 2013 | 9:36 am

    A committee of Israeli government ministers released a list of Palestinian prisoners to be freed by Israel in advance of the first round of peace negotiations.

    The list released at 1 a.m. Monday includes 14 prisoners who will be transferred this week to Gaza, several of whom are...

  • Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to resume Aug. 14, U.S. says

    August 8, 2013 | 11:04 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume peace talk in Jerusalem on Aug. 14, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

    "Negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians will be resuming Aug. 14 in Jerusalem and will be followed by a meeting in Jericho (in the West...

  • Why peace talks will fail

    By David Suissa

    August 7, 2013 | 10:52 am

    The conventional wisdom is that the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are doomed to fail. The popular reason cited is that “the maximum the Israelis can offer is less than the minimum the Palestinians can accept.” 

    From a pragmatic view, that may well be true, but I think...

  • Israel should release prisoners for peace

    August 7, 2013 | 9:40 am

    The headline jumped out at me as I opened the paper last Sunday to read the news: “Netanyahu releases 104 Palestinian prisoners to re-launch peace talks.” As a longtime advocate for a two-state solution, I have frequently thought about the difficult concessions and tough decisions...

  • Most Israelis object to withdrawing to pre-1967 borders, poll says

    August 6, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    Most Israelis would oppose any peace deal with the Palestinians that involved withdrawing to pre-1967 ceasefire lines, even if land swaps were agreed to accommodate Jewish settlements, a poll showed on Tuesday.

    The survey by the liberal Israeli Democracy Institute showed 65.6...

  • Jewish Israelis bearish on peace process, poll finds

    August 6, 2013 | 2:20 pm

    Eighty percent of Jewish Israelis believe the chances of the restarted peace talks producing a successful agreement are moderately low or very low, according to a new poll.

    Some 18 percent of Jewish Israelis said the chances of a peace agreement are high or very high, according...

  • Livni: Next round of peace talks in Israel

    August 6, 2013 | 9:48 am

    The next round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will be held in Israel next week, according to Tzipi Livni, Israel’s chief negotiator.

    Livni, the country’s justice minister, told Israel’s Channel 10 over the weekend that the negotiations, scheduled to last about nine months,...

  • Israel puts 91 Jewish settlements on priority spending list

    August 5, 2013 | 9:08 am

    The Israeli government put 91 Jewish settlements on a national priority funding list on Sunday, adding six to a roster of dozens of enclaves already eligible for supplemental state cash.

    A senior Palestinian official condemned the decision as an obstacle to U.S.-brokered peace...

  • Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon: ‘Not very optimistic’ about peace talks

    By Jared Sichel

    August 3, 2013 | 4:30 pm

    Danny Danon, Israel’s deputy defense minister and a Likud Party leader, said in an interview in Los Angeles on Aug. 1 that he and most Israelis “are not very optimistic” about prospects for peace talks with the Palestinians:  “If you look at the last 20 years, we’ve had a lot of...

  • In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus.

    On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into...

  • Senate resolution backing peace talks is introduced

    July 31, 2013 | 10:23 am

    A resolution supporting the Obama administration’s efforts to arrive at a two-state Israeli-Palestinian peace deal was introduced in the U.S. Senate.

    “A two-state solution is the only outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which can ensure the State of Israel’s survival as a...

  • Israel, Palestinians deeply divided despite renewed peace talks

    July 31, 2013 | 8:54 am

    Israel and the Palestinians remain far apart over terms of any peace deal, officials from both sides made clear on Wednesday, a day after talks resumed in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.

    Israel's lead negotiator, Tzipi Livni, said the parties "need to build...

  • July 30, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 30, 2013 | 3:29 am

    The US

    Headline: Liberal Democrats Move to Torpedo Iran Sanctions Bill

    To Read: Paul Pillar believes that not recognizing the Egyptian coup might be a highly problematic precedent for the US-

    The fact that there is a legal issue, given a statutory requirement to suspend...

  • Israeli minister sees possible Palestine peace talks next week

    July 25, 2013 | 8:30 am

    An Israeli cabinet minister said on Thursday that U.S.-sponsored peace negotiations with the Palestinians could begin next week.

    The assessment was not immediately confirmed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who...

  • Peace-Talk Blues

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 24, 2013 | 8:02 am

    A different version of this article was posted on Monday at the New York Times' Latitute blog:

    After three years of stalemate, a new round of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is finally coming. Had I thought these talks could succeed, I'd be as happy about them...

  • Most Israelis support peace deal; Bennett vows settlement expansion

    July 24, 2013 | 7:42 am

    With Israeli-Palestinian talks set to begin, a poll has shown that a majority of Israelis would support a final-status agreement with the Palestinian Authority.

    Conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Dialog Institute, the poll showed that 39 percent of Israelis would vote for a...

  • July 24, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 24, 2013 | 3:36 am

    The US

    Headline: Court bars 'Jerusalem, Israel' as birthplace on American passports

    To Read:  Former Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill believes that the Syrian situation exposes deeper issues in American foreign policy (namely, that it doesn't have a foreign...

  • State Department: No announcement of restarted peace talks

    July 18, 2013 | 10:28 am

    A U.S. State Department official said there are no plans to announce a resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after the Israeli government denied that it agreed to base new talks on the 1967 lines.

    “There are currently no plans for an announcement for the resumption of...

  • Kerry’s Puzzling Priorities and 5 other Quick Comments from Washington

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 2, 2013 | 8:23 am


    I should apologize in advance for the following manifestation of incredulity and sarcasm, but the more I think about the precious time John Kerry wasted last week on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the more I wonder about the US’ ability to set its priorities straight....

  • Kerry: Coming weeks critical to peace process

    June 27, 2013 | 6:47 am

    The coming weeks could decide the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, John Kerry said during a tour of Arab states on his way to attempt to broker new peace talks.

    “We share a belief with Saudi Arabia and many countries that these next weeks are perhaps – or at least this next...

  • Kerry: Israeli, Palestinian leaders serious on talks

    June 26, 2013 | 6:34 am

    Israeli and Palestinian leaders are both committed to reviving peace talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, but he acknowledged that progress on the long-stalled negotiations would be difficult.

    Israeli-Palestinian talks broke down in late 2010 in a dispute...

  • March 22, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 22, 2013 | 3:47 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama Lays Out Case for Israel to Revive Peace Talks

    To Read: Elliot Abrams gives his reading of Obama's big speech:

    Obama was most persuasive when discussing American-Israeli bonds, and least persuasive in his descriptions of the Arab Middle East. In his...

  • The Israel Factor: What’s the Number One Objective of Obama’s Visit?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 19, 2013 | 6:44 am

    With Obama’s visit to Israel right around the corner, we challenged our Israel Factor experts with a complicated question (not one which they can't handle though). Our goal was to see what they think Obama’s presidential visit should focus on, and what they think it actually will...

  • Abbas wants peace talks with Israel this year

    March 14, 2013 | 6:49 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he hoped peace talks with Israel would restart this year although the chances of a resumption seemed slim.

    Abbas made his comments during a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said Russia...

  • Peres to European Parliament: Call Hezbollah terror group

    March 12, 2013 | 7:07 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres told European Parliament lawmakers that they should classify Hezbollah as a terror group, and that Israel’s new cabinet creates a chance for renewed talks with the Palestinians.

    "We appeal to you, call terror ‘terror,’” Peres told the European Union...

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