Peace process

Peace talks expose deep rifts

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 8, 2013

The talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are not yet under way but a major split is already emerging within the Israeli government.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett has announced that Israel will soon resume widespread building in East Jerusalem, a step that many believe could derail the talks.


Side by side, and not so divided after all

By Naomi Shepherd, August 1, 2013

Two peoples, the Israelis and the Palestinians, live side by side but barely meet. They are divided by far more than the separation wall that scars the landscape. For most Israelis, Palestinians are enemies; for most Palestinians, Israelis are occupiers.


Hamas not at the table, but it could ruin the party

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2013

A few hours after the first meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Washington on Tuesday morning, a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip and landed in a field in southern Israel.

Although the explosion caused no casualties or damage, it signals a greater danger on the horizon.


Who goes first? Talks stutter into life

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2013

Disagreements over the agenda overshadowed the first round of a new series of peace talks launched this week in Washington.

However, the fact that both sides have committed to nine months of negotiations would have been almost unbelievable just a few weeks ago.


Kerry announces ‘positive’ start to talks

By Zoe Winograd, July 30, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that a “very positive meeting” was held between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Washington today.


First, break bread: Palestinians, Israelis have peace-talks supper

By Zoe Winograd, July 30, 2013

Peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders resume in Washington today.

On Monday evening, US Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a dinner for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s envoy Yitzchak Molcho and two Palestinian negotiators, Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh.


Israel to release 104 Palestinian pre-Oslo prisoners

By Zoe Winograd, July 29, 2013

The Israeli cabinet has agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners in an effort to restart the peace process.

Israeli ministers held a meeting on Sunday which resulted in 13 votes in favour, seven against and two abstentions to release the prisoners who were jailed before the Oslo Accords in 1993.


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.