Palestine

It's a fool's errand

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 6, 2011

Next Sunday in Brussels, the Middle East Quartet will undertake another fool's errand - to cajole Israelis and Palestinians into a negotiating framework with a timetable destined to achieve a durable and lasting peace by the end of 2012.

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With reluctance, Netanyahu accepts Quartet proposals

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Israeli Cabinet this week accepted, with reservations, the Quartet's proposal for renewed negotiations with the Palestinians.

On Sunday, the Cabinet approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to accept the framework for negotiations proposed two weeks ago by the Quartet.

The proposal includes the resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians without pre-conditions.

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Blair not flavour of Palestine's week

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Palestinian Authority is furious with former Prime Minister, Tony Blair, the Mideast envoy of the international Quartet, for applying diplomatic pressure on President Mahmoud Abbas not to seek recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN.

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Taub's masterclass in speechmaking

By Martin Bright, October 6, 2011

I went to the Labour Friends of Israel fringe in Liverpool last week to hear what Ed Miliband had to say about his decision to back the Palestinian bid for observer status at the UN. As a result, I heard one of the funniest, most moving and eloquent speeches of the conference season. Unfortunately, it was not made by the Labour leader, but by the new Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub.

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Ambassador Taub makes new friends

By Martin Bright, October 6, 2011

Daniel Taub, the new Israeli ambassador to the UK, used events organised by Conservative Friends of Israel at the Conservative Party conference to thank the coalition government for "coming through" on amending the legislation on universal jurisdiction.

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Mosque attack latest in revenge campaign

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

An arson attack on a mosque in Israel's north this week escalated into a two-day rioting spree increasing the security services' fears of extreme right-wing violence.

The arsonists set light to the mosque in the village of Tuba Zangaria in the Upper Galilee in the early hours of Monday morning, causing major damage to the building's interior and burning hundreds of Korans and other prayer-books

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Gove asks schools to pull out of Tottenham festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has intervened to ask primary schools to pull their pupils out of a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

Mr Gove wrote to headteachers after learning of the plans for youngsters to attend workshops at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival.

Eight schools from the north London boroughs of Islington and Haringey had signalled their i

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The Israeli who can predict the future

By Nathan Jeffay, September 27, 2011

Nobody has a crystal ball that tells them what the next year holds for Jewry, but David Passig has the next best thing - credentials as Israel's leading "futurologist".

He predicted the world economic crash, the flourishing of wireless technology and, almost a decade before 9/11, wrote that humanity should expect a terrorist attack against "a symbol of the world order".

Unsurprisingly, he is

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'Bid was right but Ed is wrong'

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2011

The Middle East peace process is riddled with contradictions and paradoxes.

It is always chastening to bear in mind, for example, that a two-state solution would result in a so-called "apartheid" Israel with a significant population of Arab citizens and a supposedly "free" Palestine without Jews.

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Palestinian UN bid: so much for the diplomatic tsunami

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2011

Mahmoud Abbas's first stop upon his return to Ramallah on Sunday was at the grave of his predecessor, Yasir Arafat. Ostensibly he was paying homage to the father of the Palestinian national movement. In reality he was finally claiming the leader's mantle.

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