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Peace Without Partners

Ami Ayalon, Orni Petruschka and Gilead Sher have all come to believe that a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians cannot be achieved now. Citing a major lack of trust from both parties, making negotiations impossible, they argue that Israel needs a “radically new unilateral approach”. Saying it would help the peace process … Continue reading

Netanyahu to Abbas: ‘You Can’t Have it Both Ways’

Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Palestinian Authority’s leader Mahmoud Abbas that reconciliation with Hamas will take Israel away from its willingness to talk for peace. Netanyahu said “the Palestinian Authority must choose between an alliance with Hamas and peace with Israel.” However, Netanyahu’s resistance to the formation of a Fatah-Hamas unity cabinet is based on Hamas’s … Continue reading

Interview: David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee

David Harris, Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee, discusses the Syrian conflict, the Iranian nuclear programme and the possibility of a “pre-emptive” Israeli attack on Iran, as well as the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. France 24, France

If Israel is an ally, press them for peace, Abbas urges Canada

Mahmoud Abbas is looking to Israel’s new best friend; Canada, to pressure Israel into peace talks with the Palestinian Authority. Yesterday, Canada’s Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird were meeting with Mr. Abbas and his adviser Majdi al-Khaldi in Ramallah before moving on to Jerusalem to meet with Benjamin Nethanyahu and … Continue reading

Opinion: “The People Are Suffocating”: West Bank Economy Struggles Under Pressure From U.S. Congress

A report from the streets of Ramallah by Karl Vick. Palestinians say they are suffering from a loss in income, mainly caused by the still delayed $147 million on promised aid from the US. Some Republican members in the House of Representatives seem to punish the moderate Palestinian Authority for their application for membership of … Continue reading

Report: Amman talks to continue until March

After five meetings between Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Amman, and despite low expectations from both sides on the outcome of the negotiations, the peace talks will continue until March though they were supposed to end on January 26. “The Palestinian Authority decided to continue talks with Israel, being conducted by Saeb Erekat and Prime Minister [Binyamin Netanyahu]’s … Continue reading

Peres in Davos: Palestinian state already established

A discussion between Israeli president and Palestinian PM took place last Thursday, at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In the discussion, which aimed at restarting the stalled peace process, Peres said that the Palestinians had effectively established a state while peace negotiations were still ongoing and praised the work by Prime Minister Fayyad and … Continue reading

Palestinians say Israeli proposals suggest West Bank barrier as border

After Israel presented for the first time last week its position on the borders of a future Palestinian state, Palestinian officials said the proposal falls short of what the Palestinian side can accept, especially in regards to the status of East Jerusalem, over which Israel wants to keep sovereignty. The officials said Israel essentially proposed … Continue reading

Opinion: Water for all: The case for a one-state solution

Ramzy El Houry, author of this article, argues for Palestinian negotiators to stop pushing for a two-state solution and start looking into a one-state solution with Israel. He uses water resources as the main example to prove the ‘impossibility’ of the two-state solution: ” It is on this basis – the basis that Israel cannot accept a sovereign … Continue reading

Jordan mulling sanctions against Israel

Various diplomatic moves against Israel have been considered by King of Jordan Abdullah II, who is frustrated by the current talks between Israelis and Palestinians in Amman. Unless Israel demonstrates it is willing to make considerable moves to reignite the stalled peace process, Abdullah may take steps towards a possible deterioration in Amman’s relationship with Jerusalem and … Continue reading

Israeli, Palestinian negotiators clash in Jordan meeting

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Yitzhak Molcho and Saeb Erekat, had a bitter exchange of harsh words during their last meeting on Saturday. Erekat reportedly refused to let the Israeli side present its proposal on security arrangement. Palestinians said Israel must present its position on borders by January 26, but the Israeli team came with the … Continue reading

Opinion: The Palestinian Campaign to Delegitimize Israel

Although a new series of negotiations have started between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, Palestinians are still trying to out-maneuver Israel in the international arena. Though last year’s attempt to gain full UN membership for a sovereign state of Palestine failed, Abbas is now regrouping, visiting countries that may support the bid and trying new … Continue reading

Ehud Barak: ‘We will negotiate with Hamas if they halt terror’

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Israel is ready to negotiate with a Palestinian unity government that would include Hamas if the Islamist movement agrees to the Quartet conditions, which include recognition of Israel and of past agreement and an end to violence. “The continuation of the peace process is in the interest of Israel, the Palestinians and … Continue reading

Interview: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

President Mahmoud Abbas says the response of Israel to the Palestinian proposal on borders and security is “worthless”. Abbas also says the purpose of his European tour is to look at different routes in case the current talks between negotiators fail. Abbas said “We want to live side-by-side with Israel, but we want to isolate Israeli … Continue reading

Haniyeh: PLO must suspend talks with Israel until MPs freed

Following reports of the detention of Speaker of the Palestinian Parliament Aziz Dweik by Israel, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh called for the suspension of PLO talks with Israel until Dweik’s release. “A Palestinian should not shake the hand of his enemy, the enemy who arrests the symbols of Palestinian legitimacy,” he said. “This is the minimal response … Continue reading

Hamas official: Reconciliation talks beset by mistrust

With Fatah and Hamas trying to move forward on the unity agreement signed in Cairo last year, a Hamas official has said that the reconciliation talks are being undermined by massive distrust and lack of confidence in the negotiations. The inability of the two parties to form a unity government has made implementing many parts … Continue reading

Netanyahu to unveil political plan in March?

Following a third meeting between Israeli and Palestinian envoys in Amman, both sides have agreed to meet again for a fourth time on January 25th, a day before the Quartet’s deadline. Before the last meeting, Israeli officials said they would try to arrange a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President … Continue reading

Israel, PLO to meet Saturday

Representative from the PLO and Israel will meet for the third time in Amman this saturday as exploratory discussions continue. The Quartet, which brought the two sides to Amman, is hoping these discussions will lead to a new round of peace negotiations. Palestinian Authority President Abbas has downplayed the outcome of these talks and has … Continue reading

Abbas says Israel submitted no new proposals in exploratory talks with Palestinians

Following two meetings between Israeli and Palestinian officials after months with no direct negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that Israel had made no new proposals over how formal peace talks could be resumed. Two more meetings are set. “Until now, there is nothing new in the dialogue that is going on in Amman,” Abbas … Continue reading

EU on verge of abandoning hope for a viable Palestinian state

An internal EU report seen by The Independent argues that Israel is making it nearly impossible to obtain peace with the Palestinians. The report says “the window for a two-state solution is rapidly closing with the continued expansion of Israeli settlements and access restrictions for Palestinians in Area C [which] compromises crucial natural resources and land … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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