Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Back Channel To A Fleeting Peace

What ‘Oslo’ gets right (and wrong) about the Israeli-Palestinian Accords.

07/18/2016 - 14:24
Special To The Jewish Week

Some of the most important events in our lives happen behind our backs. While violence between the Israelis and Palestinians continues to make headlines, diplomats have said that any negotiations that have a chance of success must be conducted in secret. This is the lesson of the Oslo Accords of the 1990s, which set a framework for peace negotiations between the Israelis and the PLO. J.T. Rogers’ suspenseful, cleverly written new play, “Oslo,” which opened last week at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center, tells how a pair of married Norwegian diplomats contrived, against the odds, to bring representatives of the two sides together to make historic concessions that led, ultimately to the first agreement between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Jennifer Ehle and Jefferson Mays in a scene from “Oslo. T. Charles Erickson

Republicans’ Draft Platform Reinstates Jerusalem As Israel’s ‘Undivided’ Capital, Deletes ‘Palestine’ Reference

07/11/2016 - 16:50

The Republican Party in the latest draft of its platform has reinstated a reference to Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital and removed a reference to “Palestine.”

Republican National Committee. Wikimedia commons

Netanyahu Calls For ‘Direct, Bilateral Negotiations’ With Palestinians

05/02/2016 - 14:27

Jerusalem — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians.

Benjamin Netanyahu leading the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, April 3, 2016. JTA

100,000 Gather At Rabin Memorial To Hear Bill Clinton, Obama

11/01/2015 - 19:00

Tel Aviv — An estimated 100,000 people remembered Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a Tel Aviv rally marking the 20th anniversary of his assassination that featured speeches by President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Some 100,000 attend a rally marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. JTA

Obama to Jewish Donors: Israel and the U.S. Need ‘Fresh Eyes’

06/20/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama told Jewish donors to his reelection campaign that Israel and the United States must assess the new Middle East with "fresh eyes."

U.S. Official: Cutting U.N. Funds Harms Israel, U.S. Interests

06/15/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A top U.S. official outlined U.S.-Israel cooperation at the United Nations and argued that cutting funding to the body would be detrimental to the interests of both countries.

Pace Of Diplomacy Quickening

Talks in D.C., French proposal come amid nonviolent Palestinian strategy as September statehood bid looms.
06/06/2011 - 20:00
Washington Correspondent

With the September target for Palestinian statehood action at the United Nations looming ever larger and new border clashes hinting of a change in Palestinian tactics, the pace of diplomacy aimed at restarting stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations picked up this week.

On Monday Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were in Washington for separate talks with U.S. officials in a last-ditch effort to find a formula for resuming direct negotiations before a UN vote officials here fear will further isolate Israel and undermine U.S. interests.

Israelis forces Sunday try to disperse Palestinians massing at the border with Syria. getty images

Bad As Israel’s Situation Is, It May Well Get Worse

06/06/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

You remember the “Jewish telegram?” It reads: “Start worrying. Details to follow.”

In other words, welcome to the new Middle East.

Gary Rosenblatt

Obama and Israel: A Friend, but Curiously Tone Deaf to Our Concerns

06/02/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Friend or foe?

Since President Obama’s much-promoted speech about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process two weeks ago, and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s heated reaction to it, the Jewish world has been engaged in serious if familiar impassioned conversation about exactly that. Is this President a “friend of Israel,” or something other?

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Yoffie: For Israel, casting blame is not a plan. Miller: bluffing won't improve Obama's hand.

I was struck by the good sense of Rabbi Eric Yoffie's blog in Sunday's Jerusalem Post headlined “The Palestinians are at fault, but so what?”

Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, argues that although the Palestinians are “responsible for the absence of peace,” ultimately what matters is whether Israel has a plan for dealing with that reality – a plan beyond simply clinging to the current status quo and saying it's the other side's fault.

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