Peace process

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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Peace walk raises £90,000

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

A hundred people from all around the world including Israel and the Palestinian territories walked 10km across the bridges of London on Sunday, raising £90,000 for international summer camp Seeds of Peace.

The Bridges to Peace walk, now in its second year, was joined by 160 more walking across bridges in 16 other countries.

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Ambassador attacks Lib Dem Simon Hughes over 'one state' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to Britain has attacked the Liberal Democrat deputy leader for suggesting a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict was no longer possible because of settlement building.

Daniel Taub said Simon Hughes was “playing into the hands of extremists” by advocating an approach that would “signal the end of the Jewish homeland”.

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Rights are the key — and they're mutual

By Dimi Reider, September 6, 2012

Over the past few decades, Israel has gradually merged its founding ethos of indigenousness and return with the image of a Western outpost, a villa in the jungle, to use the words of one of its more progressive prime ministers.

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On the death of a peace forum

By Yossi Alpher, September 6, 2012

Bitterlemons’ two e-magazines presenting Israeli and Palestinian views, published weekly for 11 years, have closed. The reasons are not disconnected from what is transpiring around us in the Middle East and globally.

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