Peace process

Abbas never intended to deal

By Geoffrey Alderman, May 16, 2014

Last March, as he prepared to travel to the US (no doubt to assure President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry that the Palestinian leadership would spare no effort to reach a peace agreement with Israel), PA president Mahmoud Abbas was handed a briefing document written by his chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat.


Israel sabotaged talks, says Palestinian negotiator

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2014

Israel used “every tool possible in order to consolidate its apartheid regime”, a top Palestinian peace negotiator has claimed following the collapse of the peace talks.

Saeb Erekat said in a statement that “everything Israel did during the past nine months was aimed at sabotaging Palestinian and international efforts to achieve the two-state solution".


Israel could become an apartheid state, Kerry warns

By JC Reporter, April 28, 2014

Israel could become an apartheid state if peace negotiations fail, John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has warned.

Mr Kerry said the country could be faced with a large population of second-class citizens if it did not succeed in negotiating a two-state solution – with Israel alongside an independent Palestine - to end the Middle-East conflict.


Fatah-Hamas deal is 'unhelpful' but Obama won't give up on peace

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2014

American President Barack Obama has suggested it is time for a pause in peace talks while Israel and Palestine consider their options.

Mr Obama told reporters that both sides should want to seek peace, but that neither of them has shown the political will to make tough decisions.


Israel suspends peace talks

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Israel has halted the peace talks in the wake of Wednesday’s decision by Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to sign a reconciliation agreement.


How an Israeli restaurant owner and a Gazan Arab found food for thought - in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 24, 2014

As Israel-Arab negotiations continue to founder, an unlikely meeting in Manchester between an Israeli and a Palestinian offers a positive reminder that harmony is possible — outside the political sphere at least.


Only hope is if Bibi and Abbas get to know each other personally

By Gershon Baskin, April 14, 2014

The formula for overcoming the current crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations can be found and the parties may get back to the table for another few months.


Peace talks: between rocks and a hard place

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to continue talks for the next two weeks in an attempt to reach an agreement on extending the negotiations for another nine months.

Aside from this, very little, if anything at all, seems to be agreed on.


Naftali Bennett threatens to quit Israeli government over prison release

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett has threatened to quit Israel’s governing coalition if a group of Palestinian prisoners are released in a last ditch attempt to save the peace process.


Architect of Oslo Accords Ron Pundak dies

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Ron Pundak, one of the leading figures behind the Oslo Accords, has died aged 59 after a long battle with cancer.

In early 1993, while the official negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington were failing, a secret back channel with the PLO was opened by Mr Pundak together with fellow academic Yair Hirschfield - first in London, and then Oslo.