Peace process

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Two states, many obstacles

By Oliver Kamm, October 23, 2014

'In all the years I have been a Conservative Friend of Israel," wrote Alastair Burt, the former Foreign Office minister, in the JC last week, "I have never known such a hesitation over actions of an Israeli government."

He was alluding to the strength of parliamentary feeling in the symbolic vote of MPs to recognise an independent Palestine. And it's a fair point.

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EU threatens sanctions against Israel over peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 8, 2014

According to a senior European diplomat, the EU is working on a series of bilateral sanctions against Israel that will be implemented if the peace process continues to stagnate.

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Religion is not the root of the problem

By Menachem Klein, October 7, 2014

Is it possible to imagine Jews and Muslims living shared lives in the Middle East, sharing holy sites and celebrating religious holidays together? The conflicts on Temple Mount and the mutual desecration of holy sites and cemeteries lead many to the conclusion that national and religious identities are inseparable. The unbridgeable religious divide precludes political compromise.

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Ed Miliband pledges to work for two-state solution

By JC Reporter, September 23, 2014

Ed Miliband has pledged to work for a two-state solution in the Middle East if he becomes Prime Minister.

Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Miliband attributed a short part of his 80-minute speech to the issue of Israel and the Palestinians.

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