Israeli-Palestinian peace process

Low Expectations For Resumed Talks

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

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.

Among Arabs And Jews, Resignation On The Street

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Israel’s malls were packed this week with Jewish and Arab shoppers gearing up for Rosh HaShanah and Eid al Fitr, the culmination of Ramadan. Parents tried their best to rein in boisterous kids while shopping for new clothes, traditional holiday foods and heaping gift baskets.
Gazing at the frenetic scene, one would think that Israelis had nothing more to worry about than whether to cook a lamb or a brisket.

Israelis’ ability to compartmentalize has translated into frenetic days at the mall — this one in Ma’aleh Adumim.

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.”

Avigdor Lieberman Calls Peace 'Unattainable Goal'


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A comprehensive peace between Israel and the Palestinians is "an unattainable goal," Israel's foreign minister said.

Avigdor Lieberman called instead for a long-term interim agreement on Sunday during a Yisrael Beiteinu party event to welcome Rosh Hashanah.

Abbas, Netanyahu to Meet Every Two Weeks


 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

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?

Washington Peace Talks: Good for Israel, Good for the United States

Special to the Jewish Week

The Israeli-Palestinian peace talks launched this week in Washington and orchestrated by President Obama are good for Israel and good for the United States. At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama, Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas expressed their determination to make peace. Netanyahu turned toward Abbas and called him his “partner in peace.”

At Talks, Arab Leaders Press for Freeze, Final Status


WASHINGTON (JTA) -- At the launch of renewed peace talks, Arab leaders called on Israel to sustain a settlement freeze and to negotiate final status issues.

"We call on the Israelis to carry out their obligations, including a freeze on settlements activities, which is not setting a precondition but a call to implement an agreed obligation," Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, said in remarks delivered before he dined at the White House with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Egyptian and Jordanian leaders.

Israeli Official: Hebron Killings Will Impact, but Not ‘Derail' Washington Talks

Terror attack comes on eve of first direct talks in 20 months.

Staff Writer

It was no coincidence that the terror attack Tuesday in which four Israelis were ambushed in the West Bank and shot dead at point-blank range in their car occurred just two days before direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were to begin in Washington after a 20-month hiatus.

That was the view of Jonathan Peled, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, moments after news of the slayings flashed across Israeli newspaper Web sites.

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