Peace process

John Kerry'sHamas-friendly ceasefire plan exposes his incompetence to all

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2014

It takes a special type of talent to unite Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the Saudis, Egypt and pretty much everyone except Hamas, Turkey and Qatar. The type of talent that mixes incompetence with jaw-dropping arrogance.

The talent, in other words, of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

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Obama talks to Bibi, demands ceasefire

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, July 25, 2014

US President Barack Obama has demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza after speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening.

Mr Obama said the ceasefire should be without any preconditions to allow humanitarian aid to reach the people of Gaza.

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Indyk missed one key insight into the peace process

By Gershon Baskin, July 10, 2014

US special envoy to the last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Ambassador Martin Indyk has, on two occasions, placed the bulk of responsibility for the failure of negotiations on Israel.

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Clinton reveals Mid-East dissent

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Hillary Clinton, the former United States Secretary of State and the woman widely regarded as the favourite to win the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential elections, has launched an attack in her new memoir, Hard Choices, on the Obama administration's policy in the Middle East.

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After Kerry, does Plan B make sense

By Toby Greene, May 22, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Japanese newspaper last week: “I don’t think the status quo is desirable, I don’t want it and I’m engaging in consultations with my own coalition partners and with others, to see if we have other alternatives … because I don’t want a binational state.”

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Livni meets Abbas in London

By Orlando Radice, May 17, 2014

It has emerged that Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in London on Thursday to discuss the Fatah-Hamas unity deal and the future of the peace talks.

This was the first meeting between Mr Abbas and a senior Israeli minister in several months.

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Abbas never intended to deal

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 16, 2014

Last March, as he prepared to travel to the US (no doubt to assure President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that the Palestinian leadership would spare no effort to reach a peace agreement with Israel), PA president Mahmoud Abbas was handed a briefing document written by his chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat.

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Israel sabotaged talks, says Palestinian negotiator

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2014

Israel used “every tool possible in order to consolidate its apartheid regime”, a top Palestinian peace negotiator has claimed following the collapse of the peace talks.

Saeb Erekat said in a statement that “everything Israel did during the past nine months was aimed at sabotaging Palestinian and international efforts to achieve the two-state solution".

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Israel could become an apartheid state, Kerry warns

By JC Reporter, April 28, 2014

Israel could become an apartheid state if peace negotiations fail, John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has warned.

Mr Kerry said the country could be faced with a large population of second-class citizens if it did not succeed in negotiating a two-state solution – with Israel alongside an independent Palestine - to end the Middle-East conflict.

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Fatah-Hamas deal is 'unhelpful' but Obama won't give up on peace

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2014

American President Barack Obama has suggested it is time for a pause in peace talks while Israel and Palestine consider their options.

Mr Obama told reporters that both sides should want to seek peace, but that neither of them has shown the political will to make tough decisions.

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