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  • Kerry warns Israel could become ‘an apartheid state’

    April 28, 2014 | 1:28 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a roomful of world leaders that Israel could become “an apartheid state” if peace talks fail.

    Kerry made the remarks Friday during a meeting of the Trilateral Commission, which includes senior officials from the United States, Europe,...

  • Gap in peace talks wide, Palestinian official says

    April 18, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ended without an agreement to resume peace talks, a Palestinian official said.

    The meeting held Thursday in Jerusalem sought a framework that would allow talks to continue for another nine months. It lasted five hours, and the...

  • Kerry: U.S. to reconsider peacemaking role

    April 4, 2014 | 11:51 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States planned to re-evaluate its approach to Middle East peacemaking in light of recent setbacks.

    In response to a question while visiting Morocco, Kerry said that he would return to Washington to confer with President Obama...

  • Israel misses deadline for announcing prisoner release

    March 28, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Israel’s government missed the legally required deadline for releasing 26 Palestinian prisoners due to be freed as part of the peace talks.

    Israel Radio quoted Jibril Rajoub, a top Palestinian security official, as saying that Israel had relayed through American channels that it...

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  • Netanyahu lauds deadly West Bank raid to nab terrorist

    March 24, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the security forces that took part in a deadly operation in the West Bank to arrest a Hamas terrorist.

    The suspect and at least two others were killed in the raid in the Jenin refugee camp on Saturday morning.

    “Our policy is to...

  • Israel says it might not carry out Palestinian prisoner release

    March 18, 2014 | 10:40 am

    Israel told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday it might not carry out a final stage of a Palestinian prisoner release unless he commits to prolonging peace talks beyond an April deadline for a deal.

    A senior Palestinian official said there would be "big...

  • Netanyahu says Israel would give up ‘some settlements’ for peace

    March 7, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would give up "some settlements" in occupied Palestinian land to help secure a peace agreement but would limit as much as he could the number of enclaves removed.

    The settlements are a key issue in peace talks renewed under...

  • Obama administration enlisting Jewish groups to counter attacks on Kerry

    February 10, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    The Obama administration is pushing back hard against Israeli critics of its peace efforts, enlisting American Jewish groups to respond to personal attacks on Secretary of State John Kerry.

    In recent weeks, administration officials have strongly condemned Israeli critics of...

  • Israel casts doubt on April target for Palestinian deal

    January 7, 2014 | 3:19 pm

    Israel's defense minister said on Tuesday wide gaps remain in peace talks with the Palestinians after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest visit and he cast doubt on the chances of reaching a final accord by an April target.

    Negotiations on Palestinian statehood resumed in...

  • Kerry presses sides on framework agreement

    January 3, 2014 | 1:23 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to discuss a framework agreement.

    Kerry, who met Friday in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and in Ramallah with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, was on his 10th...

  • Netanyahu downbeat as Kerry returns for peace talks

    January 2, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered a gloomy assessment of peace prospects with the Palestinians on Thursday as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began his 10th visit to the region in pursuit of a deal.

    "There is growing doubt in Israel that the Palestinians are...

  • With Kerry coming, Israel to delay announcement of West Bank building

    January 2, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly will wait until after a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to announce new construction in West Bank settlements.

    Kerry is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Thursday in a bid to boost the current U.S.-backed...

  • Kerry heading to Middle East next week for peace talks

    December 28, 2013 | 1:19 pm

    Secretary of State John Kerry will return to Israel and the Palestinian territories for peace talks next week, a senior U.S. government official said on Saturday, days after Israel is due to free another group of Palestinian prisoners.

    The U.S. official, speaking on condition of...

  • Kerry back to region to pursue faltering Mideast peace talks

    December 12, 2013 | 8:44 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry headed back to the Middle East on Thursday, a week after his previous visit ended with Palestinian dissatisfaction over U.S. security ideas for an elusive land-for-peace deal with Israel.

    Kerry, who has quipped that his frequent trips to the region...

  • Kerry pledges to protect Israel’s security in meeting with Netanyahu

    December 5, 2013 | 9:48 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said progress is being made in the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

    At a news conference in Jerusalem Thursday following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Kerry also pledged that the Obama administration would...

  • Kerry postpones trip to Israel ahead of Geneva Iran talks

    November 19, 2013 | 10:53 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry postponed a trip to Israel scheduled for this week.

    Kerry hopes to visit Israel “in the coming weeks,” U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday afternoon.

    Kerry had indicated earlier in the day during a joint news...

  • Israel, Palestinians grim on peace talks before Kerry visit

    November 5, 2013 | 11:52 am

    Israeli and Palestinian officials said on Tuesday the three-month-old peace talks pressed on them by Washington are going nowhere, painting a grim picture for a visit this week by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Few details have emerged from negotiating sessions held at...

  • Palestinians down on U.S. role in peace talks

    November 4, 2013 | 4:22 pm

    Palestinian officials said they were “disappointed” by  the U.S. role in brokering their peace talks with Israel.

    On Sunday, the officials criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for enabling the Israeli policy of announcing new settlement housing construction when...

  • Palestinian prisoner release causes Israeli political stir

    October 29, 2013 | 2:55 pm

    A planned release of 26 Palestinian prisoners has provoked feuding within Israel's governing coalition, already under strain from U.S.-brokered peace talks.

    The inmates, all of whom were convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis before or just after the first interim...

  • Israel-Palestinian peace talks have ‘intensified,’ Kerry says

    October 22, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said “all the core issues are on the table” in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians that have intensified.

    A meeting Monday in Jerusalem centered on the issue of sharing water resources, an unnamed Palestinian official told the...

  • Palestinians killed in Israeli raid, peace talks continue

    August 26, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians during an early morning raid in a West Bank refugee camp on Monday, hours before negotiators met for another round of peace talks, Palestinian sources said.

    Israeli border police said they entered the Qalandiya camp, near Jerusalem, to...

  • PRO/CON: Should Israel release prisoners for peace?

    August 21, 2013 | 3:02 pm

    PRO: Israel should release prisoners for peace

    by Yael Maizel, J Street

    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...

  • Israel will make ‘dramatic decisions’ for peace, Livni says

    August 20, 2013 | 10:26 am

    U.S.-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will result in dramatic Israeli decisions, the chief Israeli negotiator predicted on Tuesday.

    Tzipi Livni coupled her forecast with acknowledgement that at least one partner in Israel's right-wing coalition opposed the...

  • Abbas: Final-status issues discussed at first round of peace talks

    August 16, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel and the Palestinians discussed all the final-status issues in the first session of peace talks held in Jerusalem.

    Abbas’ comments were made Thursday after a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah, the...

  • Livni sees peace talks aiding Arab world alliance shift

    August 16, 2013 | 8:28 am

    Israel's top peace negotiator said on Friday newly resumed talks with the Palestinians also held a wider opportunity for Israel to seek alliances with Arab world moderates against militants in the Middle East.

    The U.S.-brokered talks were renewed last month after a three-year...

  • 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...

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