Peace process

Mixed response to Obama's '1967 lines' Israel speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

President Barack Obama's call for a Palestinian state along 1967 lines has been met with mixed reaction from politicians and Jewish groups.

In a speech on the direction of US policy in the Middle East on Thursday, President Obama said a Palestinian state should be based on those lines with "mutually agreed swaps".

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Barack Obama's Middle East speech: Israel, Palestinians must take bold steps

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama has warned the Palestinians that efforts to delegitimise Israel will end in failure but also called on Israel to also take "bold action" towards peace.

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President Obama makes Middle East speech

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama has begun his eagerly anticipated speech on the Middle East

The president, who will meet Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tomorrow in the White House, heralded "a new chapter in American diplomacy".

In his opening remarks, he referred to the blow America had dealt to al-Qaida with the death of Osama bin Laden, and US progress in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Middle East envoy George Mitchell to resign

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The United States special envoy to the Middle East is expected to announce his resignation today.

George Mitchell, 77, was appointed by President Obama in 2009 with the intention of restarting the peace process.

Mr Mitchell was at the forefront of peace discussions between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington last September. The negotiations made little progress.

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Facing Fatah - the day I became one of the 'hard men' of the Middle East

By Martin Bright, April 21, 2011

I have just spent two days inside the skin of Jibril Rajoub, the Fatah hard man and former West Bank security chief. This was not a comfortable experience.

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New bid to jumpstart Middle East peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

Forty prominent Israeli opinion-makers, including former senior officers in the IDF and other Israeli security services, have published a new peace initiative, including the foundation of a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem and an Israeli retreat from the Golan Heights.

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Why peace is no longer a priority for young Israelis

By Nathan Jeffay, April 7, 2011

As youth across the Middle East campaign for democracy, among Israeli youth, its importance seems to be in demise.

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Obama set for fresh Middle East peace drive

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

United States President Barack Obama told Israeli President Shimon Peres at a meeting in Washington this week that he is set to launch a fresh campaign to kick-start the peace process.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Peres said: "Obama is prepared to launch a diplomatic initiative but only on the condition that it does not remain a one-time gesture."

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Peres to meet Obama, talk new peace deal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

Shimon Peres is to follow up his trip to the UK this week with a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington. It will be the Israeli President's first visit to the White House in almost two years.

Mr Peres is expected to lay out some of the details of a new Middle East peace plan at meetings with US government leaders, including at a "working lunch" in the White House.

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Israel – a progressive cause

By Robert Philpot, March 11, 2011

At the time of the founding of the state of Israel, David Ben Gurion said it was not enough for the Jewish state to be simply Jewish - it had to be fully democratic, offering full citizenship to all its peoples. It was a remarkable statement made at the very moment when Israel faced the first of the wars of survival which have periodically threatened its very existence.

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