Peace process

Advocacy must go beyond the bumper-sticker slogans

By Alan Johnson, December 27, 2012

In 1926, Haim Nahman Bialik, who would become Israel's national poet, was about to set sail to America to undertake a fundraising tour for the Zionist project in Palestine. Addressing a farewell gathering in Tel Aviv, he spoke about the style of advocacy he thought would work best in the diaspora. "We must present them with a model of full Hebrew life," he said.

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Israel and Turkey in new talks of reconciliation

By Nathan Jeffay, November 29, 2012

Israel and Turkey have conducted talks in a bid to fix their fraught relationship, it was confirmed this week.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu confirmed on Sunday that the countries recently held reconciliation talks. Israeli envoy Joseph Ciechanover met Turkish Foreign Ministry Director Feridun Sinirlioğlu in Geneva.

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Israel and Hamas may announce ceasefire tonight

By Marcus Dysch and Zoe Winograd, November 20, 2012

American and Egyptian officials may announced the signing of a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas tonight, according to reports.

It is thought the final wording of an agreement is being worked on, and German officials are working to mediate between the two conflicting groups.

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Jordanian prince's hopes for peace

By El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan, November 20, 2012

Eyeless in Gaza II

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Abbas relinquished the Palestinian 'right of return' to please Israeli voters

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 8, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has had a shot at making the peace process an issue in the upcoming Israeli elections.

In an interview with Channel Two last week, he effectively relinquished the Palestinian “right of return” to all parts of what used to be Palestine and is today Israel.

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Abbas suggests no ‘right of return’ for Palestinians

By Anna Sheinman, November 2, 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has suggested that he has no right of return to Israel.

Asked whether he wanted to live in Safed, the town now in northern Israel that he left in 1948, President Abbas said: “I visited Safed before once. But I want to see Safed. It's my right to see it, but not to live there.”

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What a one-state solution really means

By Alan Johnson, October 17, 2012

Some ideas, wrote George Orwell, are so absurd that you can only get the intellectuals to believe in them.

Today, the idea of the one-state solution - the creation of a single state in which Israelis and Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and Jews would live in peace as equal citizens between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea - is on the march.

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'Netanyahu agreed to return Golan Heights’

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2012

The US envoy to the Middle East negotiated a secret peace deal between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to documents seen by Yedioth Ahronoth.

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Amnesty is ‘fair and balanced’ says Israeli

By Marcus Dysch, October 12, 2012

The co-director of a leading left-wing Israeli peace group has claimed a two-state solution to the conflict with the Palestinians cannot now be achieved.

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Abbas agrees to settlement freeze for peace

September 28, 2012

Harvard jurist and Israel-advocate Alan Dershowitz this week claimed to have secured Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s agreement to a settlement freeze formula that could lead to renewed peace talks.

Mr Abbas met Mr Dershowitz in New York on Monday ahead of his address to the UN General Assembly.

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