Peace process

Settlement plans cause havoc in peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 14, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was forced this week to freeze plans to construct 24,000 new homes in the West Bank following American and Palestinian protests over the move.

The Housing Ministry, headed by Minister Uri Ariel from the Jewish Home party, had been on the point of publishing tenders for several building projects in the settlements.


Bibi ‘concerned’ about peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 7, 2013

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare statement on the ongoing talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.


Peace is closer than you think

By Gershon Baskin, October 31, 2013

The Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations are shrouded with secrecy. Most of what has been written so far about what is transpiring behind the closed doors is not true.


Interview: Liam Fox - Dealing with Iran, Syria and our trivia obsession

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2013

Resigning from government and returning to the backbenches cannot be easy to stomach for any politician, and must be less comfortable still when the cabinet departure is precipitated by a scandal.


Who won? Bibi — and peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rose early on Tuesday morning to vote in Jerusalem’s municipal elections. From there, he rushed to Ben Gurion Airport. Before taking off for high-level diplomatic meetings in Rome, one correspondent asked him who he had voted for. “I voted for Jerusalem,” he answered cryptically, before taking his seat on the plane.


Netanyahu and Kerry discuss peace talks in Rome

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will attend a seven-hour meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome today.

The two will focus on the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Iran’s nuclear programme, and the threats in Egypt and Syria.


Knesset sits down for a stormy winter session

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 17, 2013

The long winter session of the Knesset began this week with a feeling of trepidation within the ruling Likud party on two accounts.

The first is the lingering suspicion of many MKs that a peace treaty with the Palestinians is being hatched behind their backs. They were not reassured by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyhu’s hawkish speech last week at Bar-Ilan University.


Israelis and Palestinians might achieve peace if the world leaves them in peace

By Chas Newkey-Burden, October 11, 2013

Quick, gather round — I’ve found the solution to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. I do at least have an original suggestion toward that end, and that’s something that has proved just as elusive since 1948.

It’s a curious proposition, but it might just work: let’s make 2014 the year in which the world leaves the Israelis and Palestinians alone to resolve their differences.


Beware simple peace solutions, warns Liam Fox

By Rosa Doherty, October 3, 2013

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has told Tory supporters of Israel to be wary of simplistic solutions to the problems of the Middle East.


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.