Peace process

Mitchell urges 'responsibility' as peace talks close

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Sharm el-Sheikh have ended without agreement on the future construction of Jewish settlements.

However US envoy George Mitchell, who attended today’s talks, said that “the parties have begun a serious discussion on core issues" and that the framework of a deal within a year was still possible.

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Borders deal could eliminate settlement question

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Hillary Clinton has said that “there are lots of ways” for peace talks to proceed between Israel and the Palestinians despite concerns that the upcoming expiry of the West Bank construction freeze will derail the negotiations.

The partial ban on building of Jewish settlements is scheduled to end on September 26, and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had warned that he might walk out of talks if it is not extended.

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Analysis: Bibi changed. He really does want a deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 7, 2010

On the surface nothing significant has changed. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, in Washington, stuck to his proven tactic of giving nothing away until he absolutely has to.

President Mahmoud Abbas brought up all the old Palestinian demands, including the right of return. The gulf between the two sides seems as wide as ever. Meanwhile, building in the settlements is set to resume in only two weeks and blow up talks that have barely resumed.

But something has changed.

Israelis who returned from the Washington summit have shed their outer layer of cynicism.

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Shimon Peres: peace in Middle East 'tangible'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

Shimon Peres has expressed his hope that the New Year will lead to the signing of a historic peace treaty and bring “tranquility, prosperity and security” to the Middle East.

In a Rosh Hashanah message the Israeli president referred to the Washington-sponsored peace talks and said that this year hopes for peace in the region appear “tangible”

Addressing global Jewry, Mr Peres said that more young Jewish people should visit Israel.

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Netanyahu: 'we need to think outside the box'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benajmin Netanyahu has called for a creative new approach to the Middle East conflict.

Following the launch of a new round of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington this week, Mr Netanyahu said there was a need to “think outside the box”.

He told Israel’s cabinet that for the negotiations to succeed: “We will have to learn the lessons of 17 years of experience from negotiations and to think creatively.”

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Hall of Fame: Mahmoud Abbas

September 5, 2010


"The one who does not represent the Iranian people, who falsified election results, who oppressed the Iranian people and stole authority has no right to speak about Palestine, its president or its representatives"






Read what Mahmoud Ahamdinejad said here

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Outcry over EU man's 'antisemitic' remarks

By Jennifer Lipman, September 3, 2010

The president of the European Jewish Congress has demanded an apology from a senior EU politician after he suggested that the Middle East peace talks would fail because of “the Jewish lobby”.

Moshe Kantor called trade commissioner Karel De Gucht’s remarks antisemitic and said they should concern “everyone who seeks a more tolerant Europe”.

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More peace talks set as Hamas warn of attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, September 3, 2010

Benajmin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to meet on September 14 for the next stage of Middle East peace negotiations and then at regular points through the next year.

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Hamas: Israelis killed because of 'opportunity'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 2, 2010

A senior Hamas official has said that the terror organisation will not take the blame if the latest round of Middle East peace talks collapses – despite having perpetrated two attacks on Israeli civilians in two days.

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Is this just the start?

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2010

The murder of four residents of the Beit Hagai settlement on the dark, winding road from Hebron was almost expected - as was the settlers' reaction.

Just two days earlier, the IDF Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi, had met the commanders of the Judea and Samaria Division and warned them to be on the look-out for attempts to disrupt the opening of the direct peace talks in Washington.

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