Peace process

Foreign Minister Lieberman drops his peace talks scepticism

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 14, 2014

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has attacked the right-wing members of the government who oppose the American peace initiative in a speech that was seen by many as a departure from Mr Lieberman’s own sceptical positions towards the diplomatic process.

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Erekat: we won’t recognise Israel as Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, February 11, 2014

The Palestinian Authority’s senior peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has set out an intransigent position ahead of the upcoming attempt to propose a framework for peace talks.

Mr Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio yesterday “I told Minister Livni in Munich recently that we won’t change our history, culture and religion. We are not going to recognise Israel as a Jewish state.”

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A synthetic emergency? Israel divided over boycott ‘threat’

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 7, 2014

Is Israel facing a debilitating wave of economic boycotts or is the sudden rise in reports on financial organisations planning to divest and threats of impending catastrophe just a storm in a teacup that will blow over the moment the media finds something else to interest it? It depends very much who you ask.

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Abbas needs the zero option

By Paul Charney, January 30, 2014

In this country, you often hear talk about how terrible celebrity culture is. Our aspirational role models include thuggish professional ball-kickers, scantily-clad twerking girls, and people who appear to be famous just for being famous. So it’s instructive to look at what goes on in other parts of the world.

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Peter Hain's one-state solution is a sobering vision

By Jonathan Freedland, January 30, 2014

If you want to know what a politician really thinks, wait till he or she leaves office. It’s when politicians no longer have to court votes, or worry about party discipline, that they finally speak their true mind.

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Ya'alon is right about 'messianic' Kerry

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 24, 2014

Moshe Ya’alon, Israel’s Minister of Defence, is a military man through and through, having risen from the ranks to become Head of Military Intelligence and later Chief of Staff of the Israel Defence Forces.

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Unesco: a vessel for erasing Jewish history

By Shimon Samuels, January 22, 2014

The German strategist Klaus von Clausewitz described diplomacy as "war by other reasons". Today, the battle for heritage in the international arena and, particularly, the identity theft of the Jewish narrative is no less lethal in intent.

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Israel’s defence minister apologises for calling John Kerry 'obsessive and messianic'

By Charlotte Oliver, January 15, 2014

Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon has issued a formal apology to the United States, after he branded Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts in the peace process “inexplicably obsessive” and “messianic”.

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Lieberman praises Kerry’s peace deal as 'best we can get'

By Charlotte Oliver, January 10, 2014

Israel’s foreign minister has called the peace deal being negotiated by John Kerry “the best proposal we can get” and has praised the US Secretary of State for his continued efforts.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Avigdor Lieberman said: “There are many problems on the ground, so this direct contact, this negotiation, these talks – it’s very important to keep alive and maintain.”

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Glimpse of hope: Israel and the Palestinians inch closer to a framework agreement

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 9, 2014

In his 10th visit to the region in less than a year, US Secretary of State John Kerry inched closer this week to a “framework agreement” between Israel and the Palestinians.

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