Middle East Peace

‘Alternative Path’ In Sight?

Idea of long-term interim agreement seen as a possibility.
08/13/2013 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The announcement by Israel’s pro-settler housing minister this week was provocative: a green light to market 1,200 housing units in Jewish communities over the Green Line just days before peace negotiations with the Palestinians are scheduled to take place for the first time in nearly five years.

Secretary of State John Kerry: Seen as effective so far. Getty Images

EU Actions: Two Steps Back, One Step Forward

07/23/2013 - 20:00

Many American Jews, understandably, think of Israeli foreign relations as focused almost exclusively on the United States.

Israel Should Act Now

If two-state solution fails, no good options will remain.
07/23/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

My first response on learning of Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement of the “basis” for a resumption of peace talks between Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority was the old saw, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

Gary Rosenblatt

As Egypt Roils, Time For Israel To Pursue Peace Talks

07/08/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When turmoil erupts in the Middle East, it is understandable to ask about the impact of events on Israel, on its treaties with Egypt and Jordan, and on its overall security. Given Israel’s ever-precarious security situation, the changing geopolitics of the region tends to have a magnified impact on Israel’s political and security perspectives. Such is the case today with the fluid situation in Egypt.

Daniel Kurtzer

Is Mideast Peace Possible?

03/10/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 The announcement of President Obama's forthcoming visit to Israel and the Palestine Authority in March presents an opportunity to review the status of the Peace Process between Israel and the P.A.  Right now the peace process is in a state of repose.  Both sides say they seek renewal of negotiations, but only Israel has offered to negotiate face to face on all issues without preconditions.

Kenneth J. Bialkin

Pope Calls For Peace Efforts, End To Persecution Of Christians In Middle East

11/26/2012 - 19:00

 At a gathering in Rome with Lebanon’s new cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI launched a new appeal for peace in Syria and the Middle East, the Associated Press reported.

“The church encourages all efforts for peace in the world and in the Middle East, a peace that will only be effective if it is based on authentic respect for other people,” Benedict told the gathering, which included several Lebanese pilgrims.

Jimmy Carter Blames Israel For ‘Vanishing’ Peace

10/22/2012 - 20:00

(JNS.org) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter lamented the “vanishing” prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace during a trip to Jerusalem this week, blaming Israeli construction in the West Bank.

Carter called the current situation “catastrophic” and accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of pursuing a one-state solution, despite Netanyahu’s previous statements committing to a two-state solution, including his 2009 speech at Bar Ilan University.

Election 2012: Election Won’t Alter U.S.’s Mideast Policy

Will the historic alliance, and the push for Israeli-Palestinian accord, become second-tier priorities?
10/15/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Israel is — once again — a hot issue in presidential politics, at least in the narrow confines of the Jewish community, but U.S. policy in the region is unlikely to change dramatically no matter what the Nov. 6 outcome. And what changes do occur will be shaped by broader U.S. interests — foreign and domestic — and by an unprecedented environment of upheaval in the region, not by the pro-Israel rhetoric both parties now regard as politically mandatory on the campaign trail.

No matter who wins the Nov. 6 election, a host of factors will likely keep policy in the Mideast on the same track. Getty Images

In Afghanistan, A Reminder Of Hate

06/27/2011 - 20:00

In central Afghanistan, an 8-year-old girl was killed last week when a package she was given by members of Taliban exploded. She was told to take the parcel to a nearby police checkpoint. She did not know that she was carrying a bomb, which Taliban set off by remote control.

Misguided Statehood Push

06/13/2011 - 20:00

In a little more than three months the United Nations General Assembly may be asked to take up a unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence, which Palestinian leaders hope will set the stage for a genuine state. That hope is dangerously misguided; the Palestinian effort to use the international body as an alternative to engaging in direct, bilateral negotiations can only make statehood harder to achieve and increase the likelihood of renewed violence.

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