Peace process

Limit on settlement building ‘to be made official’

July 26, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly about to make a public commitment to restraining settlement building for the duration of peace talks with the Palestinians.

An unofficial freeze on building has been in place for months – although settlement-planning has continued apace, according to NGO Peace Now.


Success is relative term in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process

By Yossi Alpher, July 25, 2013

No one has persuaded the Israelis and Palestinians to sit down for extended, serious peace talks since September 2008. Then, the Olmert-Abbas negotiations ended with the greatest degree of mutual agreement recorded thus far, yet without enough substance to reach a deal.


The landmines along the way to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

A date has now been set for the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington, which is to be the start of the first round of talks between the two sides in three years. However, there are several pitfalls that could derail the talks at an early stage.


Peace talks to begin on Tuesday

By Alexandra Krendel, July 25, 2013

Peace talks between Israel and Palestine will resume on Tuesday in Washington DC, Israeli Energy and Water Resources Minister Silvan Shalom has said.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, responsible for Israel's negotiations with the Palestinians, is expected to participate in the Washington meeting.


Israel fears blame for failure of peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

The Israeli government is concerned that if the newly revived peace talks between it and the Palestinians fail, it will be blamed — with severe diplomatic consequences.

Officials in Jerusalem have expressed fears that any collapse in the peace process would lead to a renewed diplomatic push aimed at forcing Israel to relinquish control of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.


Majority of Israelis back any peace deal

By Alexandra Krendel, July 24, 2013

Over 50 per cent of Israelis would support any peace agreement submitted to a referendum by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a recent poll has found.


Palestinian Authority says peace talks not ready to begin

By Anna Sheinman, July 22, 2013

A senior member of the Palestinian Authority has denied that an agreement has been reached to restart peace talks.

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday that the groundwork had been laid for the resumption of negotiations.


Israel and Palestinians close to peace talks

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2013

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will declare the start of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks tomorrow if the Palestinian leadership agrees to return to the table.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was reportedly due to meet with fellow leaders to discuss the proposed resumption of talks at 1pm local time.


Spokesman denies Israel agreed to pre-1967 borders as basis for talks

By Alexandra Krendel, July 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesperson has denied that Israel is prepared to use the pre-1967 borders and agreed land swaps with the Palestinians as a basis for peace talks.

An Israeli official had earlier stated that if the Palestinians agreed to the formula, the US Secretary of State John Kerry, could relaunch the peace talks which stopped in 2010.


Kerry wins Arab League support for peace talks

By Anna Sheinman, July 17, 2013

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has won the support of the Arab League in his attempt to restart peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians.

On Wednesday, Mr Kerry met with members of the Arab League in Jordan and nine members said they supported an Arab-Israeli peace plan put forward by Saudi Arabia.