Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

Report: Talks Stymied Over Israel’s ‘Security Concept’

12/21/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli-Palestinian talks were reportedly at an impasse over Israel's insistence on a continued military presence when a dispute over settlements ended them.

Newsweek, quoting negotiators from each side, reported Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that the Palestinians accept Israel's "security concept" before discussing any other topic.

WaPo: PA taking "extreme steps" against radical imams

 It's a cliché in pro-Israel circles that the Palestinian Authority is doing nothing to curb anti-Israel, anti-Semitic incitement, but a story by the always-excellent Janine Zacharia in today's Washington Post tells a more nuanced story.

Netanyahu Distances Self From Barak Dividing Jerusalem Remarks

12/12/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself from remarks made by Defense Minister Ehud Barak regarding dividing Jerusalem during a Washington forum.

Obama, Clinton throw in the towel on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

In the next few days you're going to hear a lot of spin about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy on Friday night – the first major administration pronouncement since it abandoned its efforts to win a 90 day extension of Israel's settlement moratorium in return for a rich package of incentives, a deal they hoped would lure the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

PA, Israeli Officials in D.C., But Not in Talks

12/10/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Palestinian and Israeli leaders will not meet for negotiations although they will be in Washington this weekend, the U.S. State Department said.

"Right now, I’m not anticipating that we would have Israelis and the Palestinians in the same room at this time," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Wednesday.

Bibi's Betrayal

12/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The news earlier this week that President Obama had decided to suspend efforts toward curtailing Israeli settlement policy should be seen as a major setback in Middle East peace efforts.

Rabbi Andy Bachman

U.S. Drops Settlement Freeze Effort

12/07/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration abandoned efforts to get Israel to freeze its settlements.

"After consulting with the parties, we have determined that a moratorium extension will not at this time provide the best basis for resuming negotiations," a number of media quoted a senior administration official as saying on Tuesday.

The Palestinians left direct talks in late September, just weeks after they restarted, demanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extend a partial settlement freeze past its ten-month deadline.

Bibi: Jerusalem Building, Peace Unconnected

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he sees no connection between peace and building in eastern Jerusalem.

Netanyahu made the comment after President Obama, during an official visit to Indonesia, cautioned that such building is “never helpful.”

Obama was asked to react to Monday’s announcement of the approval of the construction of 1,000 new units.

After Electoral ‘Shellacking,’ Obama ‘Unwavering’ on Peace

11/05/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama’s commitment to Middle East peace talks is “unwavering,” even after crushing midterm elections, a top aide said.

Significant GOP gains in the Nov. 2 elections will make President Obama:

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