Peace process

West Bank barrier removed as security improves

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2010

Israel has begun work to remove a concrete barrier at the border between a Jewish Jerusalem neighbourhood and the West Bank town of Beit Jalla.

The barrier outside the southern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Gilo, which has a population of 40,000, was constructed during the second intifada to protect residents from frequent attacks by Palestinian gunmen and bombers.

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Anger over Cameron Gaza comments

By Rob Lyons, July 29, 2010

Prime Minister David Cameron's description of Gaza as a "prison camp" prompted anger this week from all quarters.

Mr Cameron, addressing Turkish businessmen in Ankara on Tuesday, declared: "The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable." And in reference to the Israeli blockade, he added: "Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp."

The remarks led to consternation that the PM should apparently use criticism of Israel as a vehicle by which to promote closer relations with Turkey.

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Netanyahu meets King Abdullah in Jordan

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2010

Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu has held “constructive discussions” on the Middle East peace process with Jordan's King Abdullah II.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that the previously unannounced talks in Amman “focused on the need to advance peace, security and prosperity in the region."

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Peace is for those who want it

By Daniel Finkelstein, July 15, 2010

Three days before he left office, President Bill Clinton received a message of congratulations from Yasir Arafat. "You are a great man," Arafat told him. But Clinton was having none of it. "I am not a great man," he replied. "I am a failure. And you made me one".

President Clinton has always been very clear where he believes the blame lies for the failure of the Camp David peace talks that took place 10 years ago this month. Arafat, and the Palestinian leadership, Clinton believes, missed a golden chance when they rejected, out of hand, the deal they were offered by Ehud Barak.

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£400k to boost profile of Israel with Bicom

By Robyn Rosen, July 8, 2010

Bicom plans to boost its profile and influence - with the help of a £400,000 cash injection.

New initiatives include setting up a virtual debating club, creating an Israel and Middle East peace process index, doubling delegations to Israel and establishing an annual policy conference.

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Analysis: No deal for Israel is better than a bad one

By David Hazony, July 8, 2010

As we head towards a new round of peace talks, what lessons can be learned from the failed Camp David process?

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Analysis: Corrupt leaders can't make peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 8, 2010

Both Israelis and Palestinians emerged from the failed Camp David talks 10 years ago feeling they had gained the upper hand. PM Ehud Barak and his team were certain that they had finally "unmasked Arafat's real intentions".

They had offered them almost the whole of West Bank, unprecedented rights in Jerusalem and territorial exchanges around Gaza, and Yasir Arafat had said 'no'. Barak thought he was in an unassailable position.

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We need a totally new Middle East peace plan

By Miriam Shaviv, July 8, 2010

Again and again we hear that "everyone knows" what the final peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians will look like.

It was drawn up at Camp David in 2000 and will involve a sovereign Palestinian state covering the West Bank and Gaza; a divided Jerusalem; the return of a symbolic number of Palestinian refugees to 'Israel proper'; and a demilitarised Palestinian state.

All that is missing is leaders brave enough to sign on the dotted line.

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Camp David: Ten years on for Middle East peace

July 8, 2010

Ten years after the Camp David summit between the Israelis and Palestinians ended acrimoniously, one of the main architects of the peace plan that emerged from the negotiations is still certain that it presents the only viable solution to the conflict.

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Obama: 'unwavering' on Israel's security

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2010

Benjamin Netanyahu received a warmer welcome in Washington as President Obama called for the resumption of direct peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians within the next two months.

In a marked contrast to March’s frosty meeting, the president also assured that America “will never ask Israel to take any steps that would undermine their security interests."

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