Peace process

Two states, many obstacles

By Oliver Kamm, October 23, 2014

'In all the years I have been a Conservative Friend of Israel," wrote Alastair Burt, the former Foreign Office minister, in the JC last week, "I have never known such a hesitation over actions of an Israeli government."

He was alluding to the strength of parliamentary feeling in the symbolic vote of MPs to recognise an independent Palestine. And it's a fair point.

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EU threatens sanctions against Israel over peace process

By Orlando Radice, October 8, 2014

According to a senior European diplomat, the EU is working on a series of bilateral sanctions against Israel that will be implemented if the peace process continues to stagnate.

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Religion is not the root of the problem

By Menachem Klein, October 7, 2014

Is it possible to imagine Jews and Muslims living shared lives in the Middle East, sharing holy sites and celebrating religious holidays together? The conflicts on Temple Mount and the mutual desecration of holy sites and cemeteries lead many to the conclusion that national and religious identities are inseparable. The unbridgeable religious divide precludes political compromise.

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Ed Miliband pledges to work for two-state solution

By JC Reporter, September 23, 2014

Ed Miliband has pledged to work for a two-state solution in the Middle East if he becomes Prime Minister.

Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Miliband attributed a short part of his 80-minute speech to the issue of Israel and the Palestinians.

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John Kerry'sHamas-friendly ceasefire plan exposes his incompetence to all

By Stephen Pollard, July 31, 2014

It takes a special type of talent to unite Israel, the Palestinian Authority, the Saudis, Egypt and pretty much everyone except Hamas, Turkey and Qatar. The type of talent that mixes incompetence with jaw-dropping arrogance.

The talent, in other words, of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry.

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Obama talks to Bibi, demands ceasefire

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, July 25, 2014

US President Barack Obama has demanded an immediate ceasefire in Gaza after speaking to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday evening.

Mr Obama said the ceasefire should be without any preconditions to allow humanitarian aid to reach the people of Gaza.

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Indyk missed one key insight into the peace process

By Gershon Baskin, July 10, 2014

US special envoy to the last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations Ambassador Martin Indyk has, on two occasions, placed the bulk of responsibility for the failure of negotiations on Israel.

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Clinton reveals Mid-East dissent

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 12, 2014

Hillary Clinton, the former United States Secretary of State and the woman widely regarded as the favourite to win the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential elections, has launched an attack in her new memoir, Hard Choices, on the Obama administration's policy in the Middle East.

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After Kerry, does Plan B make sense

By Toby Greene, May 22, 2014

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Japanese newspaper last week: “I don’t think the status quo is desirable, I don’t want it and I’m engaging in consultations with my own coalition partners and with others, to see if we have other alternatives … because I don’t want a binational state.”

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Livni meets Abbas in London

By Orlando Radice, May 17, 2014

It has emerged that Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni met Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in London on Thursday to discuss the Fatah-Hamas unity deal and the future of the peace talks.

This was the first meeting between Mr Abbas and a senior Israeli minister in several months.

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