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Frenkel withdraws Bank of Israel candidacy

By Zoe Winograd, July 30, 2013

Jacob Frenkel has withdrawn his bid to be the next governor of the Bank of Israel following allegations of theft.

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Israel to release 104 Palestinian pre-Oslo prisoners

By Zoe Winograd, July 29, 2013

The Israeli cabinet has agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in an effort to restart the peace process.

Israeli ministers held a meeting on Sunday which resulted in 13 votes in favour, seven against and two abstentions to release the prisoners who were jailed before the Oslo Accords in 1993.

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Success is relative term in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

By Yossi Alpher, July 25, 2013

No one has persuaded the Israelis and Palestinians to sit down for extended, serious peace talks since September 2008. Then, the Olmert-Abbas negotiations ended with the greatest degree of mutual agreement recorded thus far, yet without enough substance to reach a deal.

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Israel fears blame for failure of peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

The Israeli government is concerned that if the newly revived peace talks between it and the Palestinians fail, it will be blamed — with severe diplomatic consequences.

Officials in Jerusalem have expressed fears that any collapse in the peace process would lead to a renewed diplomatic push aimed at forcing Israel to relinquish control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Bennett threatens to leave Bibi coalition over peace talks

By Alexandra Krendel, July 19, 2013

Naftali Bennett, the Jewish Home party leader, has threatened to leave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government if Israel’s 1967 borders are used as a basis for peace talks.

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Spokesman denies Israel agreed to pre-1967 borders as basis for talks

By Alexandra Krendel, July 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson has denied that Israel is prepared to use the pre-1967 borders and agreed land swaps with the Palestinians as a basis for peace talks.

An Israeli official had earlier stated that if the Palestinians agreed to the formula, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, could relaunch the peace talks which stopped in 2010.

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Netanyahu phones Abbas to call for peace talks

By Zoe Winograd, July 15, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telephoned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday in an effort to “start negotiations”.

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Far-right Likud politicians causing a headache for Netanyahu

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

Likud politicians representing the far-right faction in the party were elected on Sunday to most of the senior positions in the party establishment causing a serious headache for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is trying to prepare the ground for the renewal of the peace process with the Palestinians.

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Jitters over Israel’s new head banker

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 28, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to reassure the money markets on Sunday when he announced that veteran economist Jacob Frenkel had agreed to return to the post of governor of the Bank of Israel, replacing Professor Stanley Fischer.

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Are peace talks imminent? Rumours fly in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, June 25, 2013

Speculation is rife in the Israeli media that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of serious peace talks.

According to Israeli television, Mr Abbas has threatened to take unilateral action at the United Nations if Mr Netanyahu does not make a serious proposal during the meeting.

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