Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu Hints Settlement Freeze Unlikely

09/21/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a top aide suggested that a compromise with the Palestinians on a settlement freeze is not in the offing.

Netanyahu, along with top adviser Ron Dermer and Israel's U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, spoke Monday afternoon on a conference call with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

JTA reviewed the call with a number of participants.

Contrasting Approaches To Talks

09/15/2010
Editorial

In the minefields of Middle East peace diplomacy, what you see is often not what you get. Over the years both Israeli and Palestinian leaders have become adept at maneuvers that conceal their real goals. The fact is that distinguishing reality from diplomatic and political posturing is difficult in the best of times.

American Jewish Right Muted Ahead of Possible Extension of West Bank Settlement Freeze

09/14/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Don't expect a familiar American echo now that West Bank settlers are gearing up to fight the possible extension of Israel’s settlement freeze.

Activists on the left and right in Israel usually get their allies in the American Jewish community to fight for the cause of the day with congressional lobbying and protests to Israeli and American officials.

Second Round of Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Held in Egypt

09/14/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The second round of direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians brokered by the United States ended in Egypt.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gathered Tuesday with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheik.

Netanyahu Hints at Continuing Freeze

09/13/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled he would heed, in part, an appeal from President Obama to continue the settlement freeze.

"Between zero and one there are a lot of possibilities," Haaretz quoted Netanyahu as telling his Cabinet ministers on Sunday. Other media quoted similar remarks from the prime minister, suggesting that he is considering quashing some -- if not all -- of the thousands of building permits set to kick in when the partial moratorium he imposed last fall expires on Sept. 26.

Low Expectations For Resumed Talks

Israeli analysts say conditions for success are not on the ground, could lead to renewed violence.

09/07/2010
Staff Writer

Amid mixed signals from Palestinian leaders about the prospects of reaching a peace agreement with Israel in the next year, Israeli analysts were generally pessimistic as the talks were set to resume Tuesday in Egypt.

President Obama with Hosni Mubarak, left, Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II.

Avigdor Lieberman and "unattainable" peace

Why, exactly, hasn't prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman?

Aren't major ministers in a governing coalition supposed to work together, at least nominally, and not undercut each other?

But that seems to be exactly what Lieberman is doing.

According to JTA, Lieberman, speaking at a Yisrael Beiteinu event, said a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians is "an unattainable goal.”

Abbas, Netanyahu to Meet Every Two Weeks

09/03/2010

 WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli and Palestinian leaders will meet every two weeks to advance peace talks.

George Mitchell, the senior U.S. envoy to the region, said the sides agreed to meet in the region Sept. 14-15, the first concrete outcome of renewed talks launched Thursday in Washington.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met first with Mitchell and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before moving into face-to-face talks.

A Fly on the Wall

09/03/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The latest round of Middle East “peace talks” in Washington have less chance of producing either a Palestinian state or legitimacy and security for Israel than even their previous editions.

What's In Bibi's Head?

Today's New York Times story on the renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks underway in Washington asks the $64 thousand dollar question: what is in Bibi's head?

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