Peace process

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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Obama to visit Israel in 2011

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2010

President Barack Obama will visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority in a few months' time if the peace process continues, according to White House officials.

Mr Obama has been criticised by Americans and Israelis for not addressing both sides of the conflict directly during the first 18 months of his presidency. The president visited the region early in his term for a much-publicised speech in Cairo, but pointedly left Israel off his itinerary.

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Sadly, for both sides, no change beats risk of talks that could fail

By Shmuel Rosner, September 2, 2010

The most recent poll by the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion tells the whole story.

No, most Palestinians do not think "direct talks" are a good idea. They do not see how Special Envoy George Mitchell's frequent visits make peace more likely. And they also do not believe that President Barack Obama is "in a position to establish a Palestinian state". In fact, 65.8 per cent of West Bank, east Jerusalem and Gaza Strip Palestinians think he is not.

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Analysis: Bibi's peace plan? Who knows…

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 2, 2010

Binyamin Netanyahu will try to manage the direct talks with the Palestinians in exactly the same way he ran the long period of preparation in the run up to them - bit by bit, without giving anything away until the very last moment he has to.

The Israeli prime minister is meeting the Palestinian president this weekend in Washington, under the auspices of President Barack Obama, without any details of his peace plan - if he even has one - becoming known.

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Second Hamas shooting as peace talks begin

By Jennifer Lipman, September 2, 2010

A second terror attack by Hamas has left two Israeli civilians injured, one seriously.

The roadside shooting near the Rimonim junction in the West Bank followed the killing of four people on Tuesday by a Hamas gunman, and came as direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians began in Washington.

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Hague: Hamas killings were 'provocations'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2010

William Hague has condemned the killings of four Israeli civilians by Hamas terrorists on the eve of a new round of Middle East peace negotiations.

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Four Israelis killed but peace talks must go on

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2010

Hamas’ military wing has claimed responsibility for the murder of four Israeli civilians, including a woman believed to be pregnant.

But American and Israeli officials have urged that Israel and the Palestinians do not let the terror attack derail the direct peace negotiations set to begin in Washington tomorrow.

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