Peace process

Rabin, Arafat and a handshake of hope

By Jonathan Freedland, September 13, 2013

It was twenty years ago today. On September 13 1993, in bright sunshine and nudged together by Bill Clinton – younger than the others, but playing the father figure – Yitzhak Rabin extended a reluctant hand to a smiling Yasser Arafat before an audience on the White House lawn.

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Palestinians indicate talks are going nowhere

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

A flurry of contradicting statements and leaks from Palestinian officials on the ongoing talks with Israel has underlined the difficulties involved in making any progress in the negotiations, now in their second month.

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We can all be campus advocates for peace

By Jake Berger, September 11, 2013

Israel – for whatever reason – is a fiercely discussed topic on UK university campuses. So this summer, as Freshers’ Week loomed, I wanted to get prepared with all the facts, ready to be part of the debate.

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Peace talks suspended after fatal clash near Ramallah

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 29, 2013

A botched arrest operation near Ramallah this week led to the highest number of casualties in Israeli-Palestinian clashes in the West Bank for over a year and caused the suspension of the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

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Kerry offers reasons to be a little less pessimistic

By Jonathan Cummings, August 15, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement of a “basis” for new talks has found Israelis and Palestinians both weary and wary. Weary from the repeated attempts to find a solution over two decades; wary from the failure of those attempts.

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EU’s restrictive guidelines ‘have undermined peace’

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 15, 2013

Israel began a bilateral dialogue with the European Union this week over scientific co-operation while at odds with it over separate, new guidelines.

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Rivlin: 'On peace process, we must have open hearts'

By Orlando Radice, August 15, 2013

The man tipped to be the next president of Israel has spoken of his deep scepticism of the peace process.

Reuven Rivlin, a Likud MK and a former speaker of the Knesset, insists that “the Arabs will never accept any solution that will give them anything less than the state of Israel. They will never accept that Israel is the land of the Jewish people.”

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Against the odds and under cover, Israeli-Palestinian peace talks begin

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 15, 2013

In deliberately low-key fashion and at an undisclosed location, the first round of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations began in Jerusalem on Wednesday evening.

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Israel releases 25 Palestinians as peace talks resume

By Zoe Winograd, August 14, 2013

Twenty-six Palestinian prisoners were released by Israel late last night as part of the build-up to peace negotiations.

More than 1000 people gathered at the presidential compound in Ramallah to welcome the prisoners.

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Loneliness of defending Israel

By Toby Young, August 11, 2013

A few years ago, I appeared on an ITV news and current affairs programme to discuss, among other things, anti-Israel bias in the British media. I was one of four panellists and, needless to say, the other three pooh-poohed the idea that the coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict in the mainstream media was less than fair and impartial. If anything, they argued, the bias was the other way.

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