Peace process

President Obama to visit Israel and 'reaffirm deep bonds'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 6, 2013

Israelis preparing for Pesach next month could find their attention turned to a visitor other than Elijah, following President Obama's announcement that he is to make an official visit in the spring.

It will be the first trip to the country since he went as a candidate five years ago, and will form part of a regional tour, with stops in Jordan and the West Bank.

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Why let Obama call the shots?

By Geoffrey Alderman, January 30, 2013

This week has witnessed two events of supreme importance for Israel's future. First, Barack Obama was sworn in as US president. Second, Israelis went to the polls. And Benjamin Netanyahu is set to head a new coalition government.

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How to learn the dance-steps to peace

By Irene Mansfield, January 27, 2013

As I am no celebrity, let me give some background on myself.

Born during the Second World War, I grew up in a working-class, strongly traditional Anglo-Jewish family, who were delighted when the state of Israel came into being in 1948.

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John Kerry plans to restart peace process as secretary of state

By Anna Sheinman, January 25, 2013

US Senator John Kerry plans to restart the peace process in the Middle East if he becomes secretary of state, the American Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro told Army Radio on Friday.

This announcement confirms what Mr Kerry said in his US Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, where he said he hoped the Israeli elections would allow for a renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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Abbas: we will work with any Israeli government that backs two-state solution

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to work with any Israeli administration that seeks the two-state solution.

Speaking as Israeli politicians searched for ways to build the next coalition government, Mr Abbas's spokesman said that for the Palestinians the focus was not who would form the government, but its views regarding the peace process.

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Netanyahu rejects Palestinian state within 1967 lines

By Anna Sheinman, January 21, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rejected the idea of a Palestinian state with pre-1967 borders, saying it would lead to “Hamas 400 metres from my home”.

Mr Netanyahu told Israel’s Channel 2: “When they say, 'Go back to the 67 lines,' I stand against. When they say, 'Don't build in Jerusalem,' I stand against."

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Britain and France push new EU peace plan

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

The European Union is creating a detailed new plan sponsored by Britain and France to re-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which will include a demand to freeze all construction in the settlements, Yedioth Aharanot reported on Sunday.

The EU plan aims to bring about a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the Israeli newspaper.

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Israel will pay the price for intransigence

By Tony Klug, January 3, 2013

Forty years ago the Fabian Society published my seminal pamphlet, Middle East Conflict: a tale of two peoples, which called for a Palestinian state alongside Israel. In this essay, I revisit the proposal and assess its relevance today.

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Advocacy must go beyond the bumper-sticker slogans

By Alan Johnson, December 27, 2012

In 1926, Haim Nahman Bialik, who would become Israel's national poet, was about to set sail to America to undertake a fundraising tour for the Zionist project in Palestine. Addressing a farewell gathering in Tel Aviv, he spoke about the style of advocacy he thought would work best in the diaspora. "We must present them with a model of full Hebrew life," he said.

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Israel and Turkey in new talks of reconciliation

By Nathan Jeffay, November 29, 2012

Israel and Turkey have conducted talks in a bid to fix their fraught relationship, it was confirmed this week.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu confirmed on Sunday that the countries recently held reconciliation talks. Israeli envoy Joseph Ciechanover met Turkish Foreign Ministry Director Feridun Sinirlioğlu in Geneva.

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