Peace process

US: Palestinian September plans 'not helpful'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Palestinian plans to bid for statehood at the United Nations in September are a distraction from the goal of peace negotiations, a US State Department official has said.


Rees-Mogg's Mideast mission

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

In his forthcoming memoirs, former Times editor Lord Rees-Mogg reveals that he once brought a peace offer from Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to Israeli premier Golda Meir but she rejected the deal in 1971 - two years before the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War.

Her mistrust of the Egyptian leader was "her greatest mistake", Rees-Mogg reflected.


Interview: Benny Morris

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2011

Peace between Israelis and Palestinians has proved stubbornly elusive since the false dawn of the Oslo Accords of 1993. But there remains a broad consensus on what should be the basis of any deal - a two-state solution.


Shakira: education key to peace in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

The pop star Shakira has expressed hope that the world "can act as a team" to educate future generations while at a conference in Jerusalem.

The Colombian musician, who launched an education charity in 1997, was speaking to some of the 1,700 guests at the third annual Presidential Conference. She said the Holy Land was the "perfect place to talk about how urgent it is to invest in education."


Middle East peace deal 'urgent'

June 20, 2011

Israel's president Shimon Peres has called for an "urgent" return to peace talks with the Palestinians, and warned that time is running out.

He told the US news channel that both sides had reached a stalemate. "Neither side has much time. We have to act dynamically.""


Peres: peace process 'about to crash into the wall'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

Israel's president has warned of the dangers of "foot-dragging" when it comes to peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Shimon Peres said he was concerned by the stalemate situation and feared that Israel would become a binational state.


Peres to Palestinians: UN declaration would be an illusion

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

Shimon Peres has described Palestinian plans to unilaterally declare statehood at the UN as "an illusion".

The Israeli President told the Associated Press that it could be possible to conclude an agreement with the Palestinians" before September. But even if that did not happen, he said such a move would be meaningless.

"It will remain on paper and it will raise false hopes," he said.


US diplomats launch new peace bid

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

Two senior US envoys have flown to the Middle East in a bid to restart the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Dennis Ross and David Hale have already met Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and are expected to meet President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan later this week.


Blair insists peace talks are inevitable

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Tony Blair believes Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to peace negotiations.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said the growth of the Palestinian economy, coupled with improved security for Israel and a resolution to the current political stalemate, could realistically bring a successful conclusion to the peace process.


Bob Geldof: 'Expand the mind' for Middle East peace

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Bob Geldof has called for the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to expand their minds in order to find a solution to the "rejectionism of now".