Peace process

How Putin became a go-to 'peacemaker'

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 8, 2016

No date has yet been set for a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Moscow and, even if it does take place, it is unlikely to yield a diplomatic breakthrough.

Despite this, unusually positive noises are emanating from both Jerusalem and Ramallah regarding the possibility of such a meeting.


Discord over Board peace plan

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to launch a programme involving synagogues and churches to support "peace-making" between Israelis and Palestinians.

Invest in Peace, which has been in the pipeline for several months, is being developed with so far unnamed "church partners".

The planned project came to light at Sunday's meeting of the Board, where an attempt to lay down conditions for entering into


Trade, not aid, is key to peace

By Gershon Baskin, July 14, 2016

The Palestinian Authority has received an estimated $25 billion since its inception in 1994. That is a lot of money. (Israel has of course received a lot more than that since then, mainly from the US).


For Blair, Iraq war was route to solving Israel-Palestine

By Toby Greene, July 7, 2016

Now that Sir John Chilcot's report has landed with a shuddering crash, how are we to judge Tony Blair, at the centre of it all?

The criticisms in Sir John's two and half million words are widespread and damning. He charges Mr Blair with leading Britain into a war of choice in which peaceful options had not been exhausted, with devastating results.


Strategic starts are aligning for Israel

By Orlando Radice, June 23, 2016

One of American Vice President Joe Biden's favourite Israel-related stories is about his 1973 meeting with then-Israeli prime minister Golda Meir.

Following a briefing on the Six-Day War, Mrs Meir told the young, apprehensive-looking senator from Delaware not to worry about Israel's ability to hold onto its newly-won territory, because the country had a "secret weapon" in its struggle against t


Time to end Arab brainwashing: 'I will take Iraqi tribal leaders to see the real Israel'

By Sandy Rashty, June 9, 2016

Hamid Al-Sharifi has a plan to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Arab world.


Hollande stresses primacy of two-state solution at Paris peace meeting

By JC Reporter, June 3, 2016

French President Francois Hollande opened the Paris peace summit this morning by saying that discord in the rest of the Middle East is not a reason to “abandon the Israeli-Palestinian issue”.


Debating the Middle East - without a fight

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2016

The secret to hosting Israel-related events without attracting "megaphone wars" lies in promoting balanced criticism and not tolerating antisemitism, according to a leading expert.


Peace? We just tweet

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2016

The Palestinian and Israeli leaders have invited each other to resume talks, although it does not appear that either of them actually plan to do so any time soon.


Experts set for two-state solution debate

By Naomi Firsht, March 17, 2016

A host of top commentators will be marking 20 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords by debating the prospects for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

Columnist Melanie Phillips, Bicom chief executive James Sorene, lecturer David Hirsh, peace activist Ahmed Meligy, and bloggers David Collier and Brian John Thomas will discuss "The two-state solution: dead or alive?"