Peace process

Israeli officials optimistic on peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

Despite the delay in the diplomatic process, Israeli officials are optimistic that the attempts of US Secretary of State John Kerry to re-launch the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will be successful.

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Talks produce no result but Kerry remains hopeful

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Sunday after a weekend of meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships that failed to produce an agreement on the re-launch of diplomatic talks between the two sides.

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Both leaders shackled as Kerry visits

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 27, 2013

American diplomats have been trying this week to lower expectations over State Secretary John Kerry’s visit to Israel and Jordan starting today.

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Are peace talks imminent? Rumours fly in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, June 25, 2013

Speculation is rife in the Israeli media that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has agreed to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of serious peace talks.

According to Israeli television, Mr Abbas has threatened to take unilateral action at the United Nations if Mr Netanyahu does not make a serious proposal during the meeting.

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Time to ‘clean out’ Gaza, says Lieberman after rocket attack

By Zoe Winograd, June 24, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said on Israeli radio that “Israel will have to seriously consider the option of conquering all of Gaza and really cleaning it out.”

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As crunch nears, Israeli leaders divided on peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

As the Israelis and the Palestinians prepare their response to the framework proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to renew talks, the Israeli government is split over the basic tenet of a peace solution: the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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Time nearly run out for peace in Middle East: John Kerry

By Ben Hartman, June 6, 2013

United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday repeated his call for Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, warning that time is running out for the two-state solution.

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Israel releases conscientious objector

By Zoe Winograd, June 4, 2013

An Israeli conscientious objector has been released after five and a half months in jail.

Natan Blanc, 20, refused to serve in the Israel Defence Forces because of his opposition to the occupation and spent 178 days in prison.

Members of his family and Yesh Gvul – an organisation which supports conscientious objectors – greeted Mr Blanc when he was released earlier today.

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Last chance for peace, says Kerry

By Zoe Winograd, June 4, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry told American Jewry that “we may not get another chance” to establish peace in Israel.

At Monday’s annual American Jewish Committee global forum in Washington, Mr Kerry implored the committee to show their support for a two-state solution in Israel.

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Israel does not hold the key

By David Aaronovitch, June 2, 2013

When Israel was founded out of Jewry's near-destruction, it was at once a liberation for Jews and a disaster for Palestinian Arabs. What happened in the subsequent years - who did what to who and when - is not the subject of this column, but we need to agree that something that was good for one people was bad for another.

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