Peace process

King Abdullah pessimistic about Middle East peace

By Jennifer Lipman, October 24, 2011

The Jordanian ruler has expressed his doubts about finding a solution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In an interview with CNN, King Abdullah said that while he was "one of the most optimistic people" in the Middle East, the current situation did not bode well.


Condoleezza Rice reveals Olmert peace offer

By Jennifer Lipman, October 24, 2011

The former US Secretary of State has recalled the day when Ehud Olmert made a bold offer to secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

According to Condoleezza Rice, in 2008 the then Israeli Prime Minister promised to give the Palestinians up to 94 per cent of the land they wanted.


Hague on Israel: Time is running out

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2011

William Hague has warned that "time is running out" to find a solution to the conflict in the Middle East.

The Foreign Secretary, addressing the Conservative Party conference, said Britain wanted to see Jerusalem as a shared capital.


Obama attempts to avoid UN confrontation over Palestinian vote

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

President Barack Obama is set to meet the Israeli and Palestinian leaders today in a last-ditch effort to avoid a confrontation at Friday's UN session.

The Palestinian Authority remains committed - at least in its public statements – to forcing a UN vote on a unilateral statehood bid.


Small turnout for Jordan anti-Israel rally

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

The Israeli embassy in Amman should reopen as normal after the weekend after only a fraction of the anti-Israel protesters expected turned up for a planned demonstration.

A Facebook group set up to encourage people to protest at the complex attracted some 3,000 people, but according to Al-Jazeera only a few hundred of them actually went.


Israel and the peace process: as told by Facebook updates

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

A video guide to the Arab-Israeli conflict made by advocacy group Hasbara Fellowships


Cameron condemns Egypt Israeli embassy attack

By Jennifer Lipman, September 11, 2011

David Cameron has condemned the storming of the Israeli embassy in Cairo on Friday.

A violent mob attacked the Cairo site on Friday evening, necessitating Israel and Egyptian commandos to conduct an emergency airlift to bring the Israeli ambassador and his family to safety.


On this day: Letters of recognition

By Hannah Tosh, September 9, 2011

In 1993 Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) finally reached agreement over the distribution of land with the Oslo Accords, fully named the "Declaration of Principles on Interim Self Government Arrangements".

This was the initial stage in the first direct attempts between the organisations to solve the ongoing Arab-Israeli conflict.


Secret talks do have a place in diplomacy

By Oded Eran, August 18, 2011

Israelis love secret meetings with Arab leaders in London. The most famous were held with King Hussein of Jordan in 1963, in the house of his Jewish physician. As a junior diplomat in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I kept the secret file of these meetings, codenamed "Charles".


Middle East peace talks in a London kitchen

By Martin Bright, August 18, 2011

Secret peace talks between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, took place in London, the JC can reveal.

The encounter was hosted over dinner by UK businessman Poju Zabludowicz at his north London home.