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  • Kerry says Israeli settlements should not disrupt mideast talks

    August 12, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that Israel's announcement of new settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem "were to some degree expected," and urged Israelis and Palestinians to move head with peace talks due to resume this week.

    "What this underscores is...

  • 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...

  • Report: Netanyahu promised Kerry to put ‘hold’ on settlement construction

    May 7, 2013 | 8:39 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would put a hold on construction in West Bank settlements until mid-June.

    Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel was told to delay the publication of new government tenders for the...

  • 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...

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  • Murder of Jewish settler sparks West Bank clashes

    May 1, 2013 | 10:11 am

    Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashed in the West Bank more than a day after the murder of a Jewish man by a Palestinian attacker.

    Jewish settlers threw rocks at passing Palestinian cars, and settlers and Palestinians threw rocks at each other in the northern West Bank on...

  • April 12, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 12, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. senators push for military aid for Syrian rebels

    To Read:  Three top veteran diplomats claim that professional diplomacy in the US is being marginalized:

    American diplomacy is facing a crisis. The professional career service that is intended to be the...

  • Three Answers to Three Questions on Yesterday’s Post

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 4, 2013 | 9:32 am

    Yesterday I explained why official Israel isn't (and shouldn't be) thrilled about President Obama dropping his demand for a settlement freeze. What Obama really did, I said, is replace the technical annoyance of a freeze with a real headache – the drawing of the future...

  • Why Israel Isn’t More Thrilled About the Death of the ‘Settlement Freeze’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 3, 2013 | 9:31 am

    President Obama's visit was like a Rorschach test. Different people saw so many different meanings in it and different viewpoints led people to very different conclusions. The issue of settlements is a good example of this: Was it an Israeli achievement to get the President to...

  • In Ramallah, Obama implies settlement freeze not needed

    March 21, 2013 | 7:41 am

    President Obama implied during a news conference in Ramallah that a settlement freeze should not be a precondition for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

    He made the statement Thursday, following a long meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah,

    “If...

  • June 17, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 17, 2012 | 1:55 am

    Noteworthy

    No Iranian Nukes

    Writing in the Weekly Standard, Jamie Fly and William Kristol call on the U.S. to ‎present military measures as a way to halt Iran’s nuclear program. ‎

    But Iran’s nuclear progress marches on. That fact trumps all the administration’s hopes...

  • Israel’s Cabinet to discuss legalizing Ulpana outpost

    May 10, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Israel’s Cabinet will meet in a special session to discuss legalizing the Ulpana outpost in the West Bank, despite a Supreme Court ruling calling for its demolition.

    The meeting will be held Friday, a day after National Union Party head Yaakov Katz and Zevulun Orlev of the...

  • Decisions in the interregnum in Palestine and Israel

    March 19, 2012 | 6:37 pm

    The year 2011 will go down in history as the year when the two-state solution went into deep freeze. Yet even during this hibernation there is much that can, and indeed must, be done to prevent an even graver crisis.

    The causes of the freeze are many: continued settlement building;...

  • Palestinians unmoved as Israel presents border ideas

    January 27, 2012 | 8:54 am

    Israel has presented Palestinians with its ideas for the borders and security arrangements of a future Palestinian state, in a bid to keep exploratory talks alive, Palestinian and Israeli sources said on Friday.

    However, Palestinian officials said the verbal presentation by Israeli...

  • Panetta urges Israel, Palestinians to negotiate

    October 3, 2011 | 9:21 am

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday called for “bold action” from Israeli and Palestinian leaders to achieve peace after cautioning that Israel was becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East.

    Panetta, making his first trip to Israel since becoming Pentagon chief, met...

  • Netanyahu rejects widespread criticism of homes plan

    September 28, 2011 | 3:32 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected Western and Arab complaints that the planned construction of 1,100 new homes in Gilo on annexed land close to Jerusalem would complicate Middle East peace efforts.

    “Gilo is not a settlement nor an outpost. It is a...

  • Opinion: Moral dimension of Palestinian statehood

    By Judea Pearl

    September 27, 2011 | 7:14 pm

    I felt terribly guilty when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told the U.N. General Assembly: “Enough! It is time for the Palestinian people to gain their freedom and independence.” How can we deny to others what we claim for ourselves?

    Let there be no...

  • U.S., EU condemn Israeli plan to expand settlement

    September 27, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    Israel approved on Tuesday the construction of 1,100 settlement homes on annexed land in the West Bank, complicating global efforts to renew peace talks and defuse a crisis over a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.

    The plan was met with a chorus of Western criticism....

  • US against settlement halt as precondition for talks

    September 27, 2011 | 9:30 am

    The U.S. ambassador to Israel reaffirmed on Tuesday Washington’s opposition to a Palestinian call to halt Israeli settlement building before peace negotiations can resume.

    Facing renewed urging from international mediators to return to negotiations and defuse a row over his bid for...

  • Abbas says no talks without Israeli settlement freeze

    September 25, 2011 | 11:05 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas repeated on Sunday his refusal to talk with Israel without a settlement freeze after international mediators, responding to his United Nations bid for statehood, urged negotiations within a month.

    “We have confirmed to all that we want...

  • Netanyahu: Israel was ready to extend freeze

    January 3, 2011 | 7:55 am

    Israel was prepared to extend a West Bank construction freeze, but the United States withdrew the idea, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    “The United States asked us to consider extending the freeze by three months, and the truth is that we were prepared to do so,”...

  • 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,”...

  • Livni says Israel should freeze settlement building

    December 13, 2010 | 11:32 am

    Israel should have instituted a second settlement building freeze in exchange for U.S. guarantees, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said on ABC News.

    “In choosing between building more buildings or making peace, I prefer to make peace,” Livni said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week...

  • 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...

  • Israeli attorney general orders E. Jerusalem building sealed

    November 17, 2010 | 12:23 pm

    Israel’s attorney general has ordered Jerusalem officials to seal off a seven-story Jewish building in eastern Jerusalem.

    Eight Jewish families live in Beit Yonatan, located in the predominately Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan. The building was expanded in 2004 by the right-wing...

  • Netanyahu’s office: Clinton talks did not include E. Jerusalem

    November 17, 2010 | 9:09 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s discussions with the Obama administration for a new freeze on settlement building did not include extending the freeze to eastern Jerusalem, his office said.

    The Obama administration reportedly also is unwilling to commit to a promise not to seek...

  • Netanyahu updates Cabinet on U.S. settlement freeze proposal

    November 14, 2010 | 11:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will present to his Cabinet an American proposal to convince Israel to again freeze settlement construction in an effort to resume peace talks with the Palestinians.

    Netanyahu updated the Cabinet on the American offer Sunday during its...

  • 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...

  • Sides work to save Mideast peace talks as freeze expires

    September 26, 2010 | 11:05 pm

    From NYTimes.com:

    Israel allowed a politically charged freeze on Jewish settlement building in the West Bank to expire on Sunday, but the Palestinians did not carry out a threat to quit peace negotiations, setting the stage for further frantic efforts to keep the talks alive.

    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...

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