Peace process

Abbas: we will work with any Israeli government that backs two-state solution

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to work with any Israeli administration that seeks the two-state solution.

Speaking as Israeli politicians searched for ways to build the next coalition government, Mr Abbas's spokesman said that for the Palestinians the focus was not who would form the government, but its views regarding the peace process.

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Netanyahu rejects Palestinian state within 1967 lines

By Anna Sheinman, January 21, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the idea of a Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders, saying it would lead to “Hamas 400 metres from my home”.

Mr Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel 2: “When they say, 'Go back to the 67 lines,' I stand against. When they say, 'Don't build in Jerusalem,' I stand against."

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Britain and France push new EU peace plan

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

The European Union is creating a detailed new plan sponsored by Britain and France to re-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which will include a demand to freeze all construction in the settlements, Yedioth Aharanot reported on Sunday.

The EU plan aims to bring about a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the Israeli newspaper.

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Israel will pay the price for intransigence

By Tony Klug, January 3, 2013

Forty years ago the Fabian Society published my seminal pamphlet, Middle East Conflict: a tale of two peoples, which called for a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In this essay, I revisit the proposal and assess its relevance today.

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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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