Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

The interim statehood nonstarter

Here we go again.

Reports from Israel indicate that the Netanyahu government, under pressure from the Obama administration to come up with some kind of plan to advance the stalled peace process, is floating the idea of abandoning talks for a final agreement with the Palestinians, and instead pressing for an interim agreement that would create a kind of Palestinian quasi-state with temporary borders.

Ross to J Street: More Time Needed for Bridging Peace Proposals

02/27/2011 - 19:00

In a speech Monday to the J Street conference in Washington, the senior White House adviser on Middle East peace issues said the current process of the United States working with both sides on bridging proposals needs more time.

“That process hasn't played out yet,” Ross said. “We'll make a judgment on where the process is, where the two sides are and what we think the most appropriate steps are on where we'll have the most impact.

Obama: Guilty as charged on Egypt?

I've been writing off and on that the Obama administration inherited a situation in Egypt that was bound to go bad, but today's Jackson Diehl column in the Washington Post suggests there's a lot more culpability at the Obama White House than I assumed.

How will Mubarak's departure affect Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations?

 How will the apparent end of Hosni Mubarak's long regime affect stalled Middle East peace talks?

Some on the left are hoping the change to something else – a transitional government, a government led by Mohammed ElBaradei, a coalition that includes the feared Muslim Brotherhood, something we can't even forsee – will convince Israeli leaders that time is running out for a two state solution.

Media Watch: Al Jazeera’s Media Intifada Against The PA

Leaked secrets blow up old story lines.
01/24/2011 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Nothing is as it seems. The promise of Oslo and the two-state solution has collapsed into the equivalent of the honky tonk song in which a young couple dreams of living in a big two-story house. After years of cheating, secrets and small hurts, they get it. She’s got her story, he’s got his story, there’s not much peace in a two-story house.

Makovsky's maps

 The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel think tank, has unveiled detailed proposals for possible land swaps between Israel and the Palestinians.

Leaked Palestinian Documents on Peace Process Published

01/23/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- More than 1,600 leaked Palestinian documents about the peace process with Israel reveal thatnegotiators were willing to turn over nearly all the Jewish neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, and accept a shared authority of the Temple Mount.

The documents were leaked to the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera network, which shared them with Britain's The Guardian newspaper. They began appearing in the two media outlets on Sunday night.

Washington Institute Unveils Israeli-Palestinian Land Swap Proposals

01/20/2011 - 19:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A pro-Israel U.S. think tank released proposals that would reconcile allowing a majority of the settlers to stay in place with a Palestinian state through commensurate land swaps.

The detailed proposal, released Thursday by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, nods to longstanding Palestinian demands for a return to 1967 lines by adhering to one-to-one land swaps.

New Middle East task forces, familiar faces, same old problems

 Over at Politico. Laura Rozen is reporting that the Obama administration has created two task forces to seek new ideas about how to get beyond the current stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Irving Moscowitz and the Jerusalem conundrum

 Why am I not surprised?

On a day when State Department officials are expressing concern about the demolition of the Shepherd Hotel in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, Politico's Laura Rozen reports that the developer of the project, the always-controversial Irving Moscowitz is a “top campaign contributor to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.).”

And Ros-Lehtinen is not just any “R-Fla.”; she's the new head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

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