Peace process

Abbas admits rejecting Ehud Olmert's peace offer

November 19, 2015

In a recent interview with Israel's Channel 10, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas admitted for the first time that he turn down a peace offer from former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert.


'Challenge those who delegitimise Israel', Hilary Benn tells Friends group

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2015

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary has urged the party to combat delegitimisation of Israel, but did not spell out opposition to boycotts of the country.

Hilary Benn told supporters of Labour Friends of Israel that the bonds between his party and the country were “strong and run deep”.


Violence ebbs, but Abbas is still rejecting talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 29, 2015

A flurry of diplomatic initiatives seem to have caught the Palestinian leadership off-guard, just as the recent wave of violence appears to be subsiding.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been quick to accept any proposal for him to meet his Palestinian counterpart, President Mahmoud Abbas.


The framework is crumbling

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 14, 2015

As noon drew near on Wednesday, Israelis cautiously whispered to each other, anxious not to tempt fate or the evil eye.

Twenty-four hours had passed without a terror attack anywhere in the country. Perhaps things were beginning to calm down.


US creates $50m fund for peace

By Ben Hartman, March 26, 2015

Two US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle presented a bill late last week to launch a $50m fund to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The bill, called the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorisation Act of 2015, was presented by Republican Jeff Fortenberry and Democrat Joe Crowley.

In a statement, Mr Crowley said: "The US has played a significant leadersh


Hamas 'plans to offer long-term ceasefire'

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

Security co-ordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority continued as normal this week despite a request by the PLO last week for the agreement to be suspended.

Meanwhile, a report this week suggested that Hamas was considering offering a long-term truce with Israel.

The PLO's decision reflected the ongoing tension between Jerusalem and Ramallah following the PA's decision to seek


Why are peace talks off campaign agenda?

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

There could be few better illustrations of current relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority than the decision by the Israeli Electric Corporation (IEC) to cut off the power from the West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus for 45 minutes on Monday afternoon.

The warning black-out was done after the PA failed to pay a significant portion of its electricity bills for the past two years.


Palestinian statehood debated in the House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on Palestinian statehood has taken place in the House of Lords.

Peers discussed the same point that MPs voted on last October – whether the British government should recognise Palestine alongside Israel ahead of a peace agreement in the region.

The session was led by former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel. He said Israel should negotiate with Hamas.


West inches towards confrontation over lack of progress on two states

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2014

There is concern in the Israeli government that the US, the UK, France and Germany are planning fresh diplomatic initiatives and punitive measures in response to continued settlement building in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Among the plans being mulled is a joint European proposal for the United Nations to set a clear deadline for the establishment of a Palestinian state.


France sets Palestinian state deadline

By JC Reporter, November 28, 2014

The French government has said that it will move to officially recognise a Palestinian state if the next push for a deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians fails.

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has proposed a two-year timeframe to end the conflict through a UN-backed resolution.