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  • Abbas says exploratory peace talks have ended

    January 25, 2012 | 6:13 pm

    Talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators leading to full peace talks have ended with no progress, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    Abbas, following a fifth meeting between the sides, met Wednesday with Jordan’s King Abdullah before announcing that the...

  • White House describes ‘progress’ in Jordan talks

    January 18, 2012 | 10:23 am

    The Obama administration heralded progress in Israeli-Palestinian talks held under Jordanian auspices.

    “We believe that those talks offer the parties a real opportunity to make meaningful progress towards peace,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday ahead of a visit by...

  • Obama, Netanyahu talk Iran, Middle East peace

    January 12, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed recent Israeli-Palestinian talks on Thursday as U.S. officials signaled that a Jan. 26 target date for the two sides to exchange proposals could slide.

    Obama and Netanyahu, who have at times appeared out...

  • Obama, Abdullah to meet on talks

    January 11, 2012 | 10:52 am

    President Obama will meet with Jordanian King Abdullah to discuss renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    “The President looks forward to discussing a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues during their Oval Office meeting, including King Abdullah’s...

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  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators agree to meet again

    January 4, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met face to face for the first time in more than a year and agreed to meet again.

    Yitzhak Molcho, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy to the negotiations with the Palestinians, and chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat...

  • No breakthrough on Mideast peace, talks to go on

    January 3, 2012 | 4:11 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators made no breakthrough during their first high-level discussions in more than a year on Tuesday, but agreed to hold further talks in Amman on a confidential basis, Jordan’s foreign minister said.

    Tuesday’s talks were aimed at agreeing terms under...

  • Abbas: Israel will face ‘difficult’ measures if attempt to revive peace talks fails

    January 3, 2012 | 11:08 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday Palestinians could take unilateral steps if Israel does not agree to halt settlement building in the occupied West Bank and recognize the borders of a future Palestinian state.

    Speaking ahead of talks in Jordan between...

  • US very hopeful Israel, Palestinians to resume talks

    October 11, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    The United States is hopeful Israel and the Palestinians will hold a preliminary meeting to revive peace talks on Oct. 23 in Jordan, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

    “The proposal that they are discussing with the parties is for Oct. 23 in Jordan and we are very...

  • France proposes conference to restart peace talks

    June 2, 2011 | 9:09 am

    France’s foreign minister, Alain Juppe, offered to host a meeting next month to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Juppe said Thursday during a visit to Ramallah in the West Bank that he had spoken to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas the previous...

  • Olmert, Abbas outline 2008 differences and agreements

    January 28, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas made advances in peace talks but could not overcome differences over settlements and refugees in time.

    The sides agreed on sharing Jerusalem’s Old City and on the security conditions for a Palestinian state, Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister,...

  • 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,”...

  • U.S. quits effort on settlement freeze

    December 7, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    The Obama administration reportedly has abandoned efforts to have Israel freeze its settlements.

    “After consulting with the parties, we have determined that a moratorium extension will not at this time provide the best basis for resuming negotiations,” a number of media quoted a...

  • Poll: Most Palestinians support direct negotiations with Israel

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 19, 2010 | 11:28 am

    A poll of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza conducted last month by a research firm for the Israel Project, a nonprofit education organization, found that a majority of Palestinians support direct peace negotiations with Israel and a two-state solution to the conflict.

    Only 30...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Clinton, Syrian FM discuss Israel-Syria talks

    September 28, 2010 | 10:46 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton met with the Syrian foreign minister and discussed reviving Israeli-Syrian peace talks.

    The U.S. secretary of state met with Walid Muallem on the sidelines of the launching of this year’s U.N. General Assembly, the signature annual event that brings together...

  • 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...

  • Israel ready to negotiate with Syria, Peres tells U.N.

    September 20, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    Israel is ready to enter peace negotiations with Syria “right away,” Shimon Peres told the United Nations General Assembly.

    In his address Monday in New York to the international body’s annual meeting—the Nation’s Millennium Development Goals summit—Peres also said he believed that...

  • 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...

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