Peace process

Faint hope for peace process as second date set for talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 5, 2012

There was no breakthrough in the first official talks between Israeli and Palestinian representatives on Tuesday in Amman but the fact that the meeting did not end acrimoniously and both sides agreed to meet again next week is seen as progress in itself.

The meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's personal emissary, Isaac Molho, and the Palestinian Authority's senior negotiator, Sae


Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meeting in Jordan

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

Middle East peace negotiations will resume today more than 15 months after the last round of talks collapsed.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiations will meet in Amman, Jordan, to discuss the future of the peace process. The talks have been arranged through Quartet mediators, but according to officials are not formal negotiations, but are intended to find a path to break the deadlock.


New Israeli-Palestinian grants from peace charity

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

A British charity will fund five projects for co-existence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, including a bi-lingual version of West Side Story and filmmaking for Bedouin children.

The five groups, which operate in Gaza, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, have been awarded grants of undisclosed amounts (but running into thousands) by Children Of Peace, a non-partisan charity.


Quartet in push to jump-start lifeless peace negotiations

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 27, 2011

Representatives of the international Quartet returned to Israel this week in an attempt to reanimate the peace process.

A first round of new talks had been planned for this visit but these are not yet happening.

The Palestinian Authority has issued a number of conditions that Israel must meet before it will agree to negotiations, including a further release of Palestinian prisoners.


Israel, Palestinians at separate negotiating tables

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2011

Representatives of the Quartet have begun efforts to resume the Middle East peace process.

Negotiators met officials from Israel and the Palestinian Authority today in Jerusalem.


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.