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  • The Kerry-Netanyahu meeting in Rome and the shadow of Carter

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    When Israeli officials ponder the possibility of the United States deciding not to veto a United Nations Security Council resolution on settlements and the occupied territories, they go back and think about Security Council Resolution 465. In part, that resolution, passed in 1980,...

  • So why is Israel enraging the world by building 1,000 new homes in Jerusalem? 4 answers

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 28, 2014 | 4:51 am

    First, the facts (as reported by the Guardian): "The Israeli government is to advance construction plans for 1,000 housing units to be built in parts of Jerusalem that Palestinians demand for their future state". The plan is for building 400 units in in the city’s southeast...

  • Netanyahu: No chance for peace deal if Israel sued for war crimes

    October 3, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    A Palestinian push to try Israeli officials for war crimes at a United Nations tribunal would end any chance of reaching a peace deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    Netanyahu spoke to Army Radio on Friday, a day after the Palestinian Authority’s envoy to the...

  • Abbas has a strategy of escalation and he is in a dangerously bad mood

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 29, 2014 | 4:02 am

    Israel has not "chosen to make" this year or any other year "a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people". Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the UN, at the center of which he made this preposterous lie, was, as Nahum Barnea noted, a declaration of war. It was...

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  • In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

    September 2, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    Does the prospect of President Obama’s lame-duck period, coupled with the multiple foreign crises he is facing, diminish his quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace?

    Little on the immediate diplomatic horizon signals an intensive U.S. interest in advancing the peace process.

    There...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    September 2, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

  • Paralyzing narratives: Why peace keeps failing

    By David Suissa

    May 7, 2014 | 11:44 am

    We're so used to seeing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process fail that we often overlook this simple question: How is it possible that so many can try so hard for so long and still fail to make any progress? How can it be that the United States, the most powerful country on Earth,...

  • After peace talks collapse, experts counsel a wait-and-see approach

    April 30, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The best move for the Obama administration on the Middle East peace front may be to take a few steps back.

    That’s what some observers are advising in the wake of the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    The Palestinian unity talks mean that President Obama and U.S....

  • With peace talks stalled, Israelis and Palestinians resort to old moves

    April 28, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    Nine months of negotiations were supposed to propel Israelis and Palestinians into a future of peace. Instead, the collapse of talks is threatening to make the future look much like the past.

    Israel’s decision last week to suspend negotiations — a day after the signing of a...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 10, 2014 | 6:00 am

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Land Day, Women’s Activism, and a March for Peace: Updates from Israel Social TV

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 9, 2014 | 5:35 am

    This week in the Social Order:

    + Land Day Commemoration in Jaffa - Statistics on the ongoing Israeli actions to confiscate Palestinian assets since 1967.

    + Israeli Historian and social activist Professor Ilan Pappe gave a lecture about the "One Democratic State" solution.

    +...

  • Peres and Netanyahu, Israeli diplomacy’s good cop and bad cop

    March 17, 2014 | 10:16 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres doubled up on positive statements about Arab leaders this afternoon, praising Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at noon and lauding Jordanian King Abdullah II at 3:30 p.m.

    Today’s fare is nothing new  for Peres, who entered the largely...

  • Peres’ Rosh Hashanah message: Keep hope alive

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 30, 2013 | 5:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres in his annual Rosh Hashanah message told world Jewry there is “no room to lose hope” in the coming year.

    Rosh Hashanah, he pointed out in the message released Thursday, “carries with it great opportunities and great hope,” and Yom Kippur is “the...

  • Kerry says he had ‘frank and open’ talks with Netanyahu on settlements

    August 13, 2013 | 11:15 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry, trying to keep his Middle East peace initiative on track in the face of fresh controversy over Israeli settlements, said he had "frank and open" talks on the matter on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Kerry, who planned to...

  • 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...

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

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 2, 2013 | 8:23 am

    1.

    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....

  • Pinchas and the Harlotry of the “Peace Process”

    By Orit Arfa

    June 28, 2013 | 3:16 am

    The fantastic story of Pinchas takes place in the book of Bamidbar, on the heels of the Moabite King Balak’s attempt to eradicate the budding Israelite nation by hiring the gentile prophet Bila’am to curse Israel to destruction. God foils Bila’ams plan, and Bila’am finally...

  • 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...

  • Letters to the Editor: Jews should get offended, Web Tsuris

    June 26, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    More Than One Way to Deal With Obstacle to Peace Process
     
    Feelings carry greater impact in communication than thought or logic (“Jews Should Get Offended,” June 21). As a mediator, I witness that routinely. When Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas denies any Jewish...
  • Netanyahu, coalition partner Bennett at odds over peace talks

    June 25, 2013 | 7:16 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was ready to enter serious peace negotiations with the Palestinians, while his coalition partner Naftali Bennett said a pact would lead to more violence.

    “Our fervent hope is for peace, a genuine peace that can be achieved only...

  • Two-state solution is dead, Naftali Bennett says

    June 17, 2013 | 6:24 am

    The two-state solution is dead, Israeli government minister Naftali Bennett, head of the coalition partner Jewish Home Party, told a settlers’ group.

    “Never has so much time been invested in something so pointless,” Bennett told a meeting Monday of the Yesha Council in Jerusalem....

  • EU envoy targets settlements

    June 12, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Israel’s settlement building is increasingly isolating the country in Europe, leading to European Union policies that could reinforce Israel’s delegitimization, according to the top EU representative to the peace process.

    Andreas Reinicke, the EU’s special envoy for the Middle...

  • 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,...

  • Israel to authorize four West Bank settler outposts

    May 16, 2013 | 1:36 pm

    Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorized West Bank settler outposts, a court document showed on Thursday, days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region to try to restart peace talks.

    Israel has been sending mixed signals on its internationally...

  • Oil-rich Qatar pushing to make its name as a Mideast peace broker

    May 7, 2013 | 11:24 am

    When it comes to the latest Arab peace initiative, two questions are circulating in Washington: Why Qatar? And why now?

    The three answers: Because Qatar is rich; it is scared; and why not?

    Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani, the Qatari prime minister and foreign...

  • Netanyahu says he would put peace deal to referendum

    May 2, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would put any peace deal with the Palestinians to a referendum, raising expectations that direct negotiations might soon resume following a two-year stalemate.

    It was the second time in just three days that Netanyahu...

  • Russian Jews urge Netanyahu to ignore U.S. Jews’ call for ceding land

    April 9, 2013 | 7:37 am

    One hundred Russian Jewish notables urged Benjamin Netanyahu to ignore recent pleas by American Jews calling on the Israeli prime minister to cede land for peace.

    In an open letter from Russia published Tuesday, the Russian Jews wrote that their message was a reaction to the...

  • Jewish leaders urge Netanyahu to work with Obama on peace

    April 4, 2013 | 5:52 am

    More than one hundred U.S. Jewish leaders urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make clear "Israel’s readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace."

    "We believe that this is a compelling moment for you and your new government to respond to...

  • After Mideast trip, Obama gains political capital. Will he spend it?

    March 25, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    For a trip that U.S. officials had cautioned was not about getting “deliverables,” President Obama’s apparent success during his Middle East trip at getting Israel and Turkey to reconcile has raised some hopes for a breakthrough on another front: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    ...
  • Israel, Turkey to normalize ties after Israeli apology for 2010 flotilla raid

    March 22, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to normalize relations after Netanyahu apologized and agreed to compensation for the 2010 Israeli raid on a Turkish-flagged ship that left nine Turks dead.

    The two men talked on...

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