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Abbas, Netanyahu to Meet Every Two Weeks

09/03/2010

 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.

EU Commissioner Apologizes for ‘Irrational Jews’ Remark

09/03/2010

(JTA) -- The European Union's trade chief apologized for saying that rational discussion about Israel was impossible with Jews and that the Jewish lobby is the most influential in Washington.

Karel De Gucht, a former Belgian foreign minister who is now the E.U.'s Trade Commissioner, had been asked in a radio interview on Thursday for his opinion on renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks launched in Washington.

At Talks, Arab Leaders Press for Freeze, Final Status

09/02/2010
JTA

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.

U.S., Israel Lobby Against Missile Sales to Syria, Lebanon

08/27/2010

(JTA) -- Israel and the United States reportedly are attempting to prevent missile sales to Lebanon and Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart, in a bid to persuade him not to sell P-800 Yakhont supersonic cruise missiles to Syria, Ha'aretz reported on Friday, and Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak is set to make the same case in Moscow this week. Israel's case is that Hezbollah used Chinese-manufactured missiles purchased by Syria to target Israeli ships during the 2006 Lebanon war.

Israeli-Palestinian Preview: Who’s Coming to Dinner at the White House?

08/27/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The White House dinner on Sept. 1, prior to the official launch of renewed Palestinian-Israeli talks, will be key to outlining the contours of the negotiations.

"The dinner will help to restore trust," Dennis Ross, the Obama administration's top Iran policy official, said in a conference call last Friday with Jewish organizational leaders.

Unless, that is, it turns into a food fight.

Renewed Talks Seen Carrying Big Risks

‘Huge stakes’ for region, Obama administration if expectations unmet.

08/25/2010
Washington Correspondent

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet at the State Department next week for their first direct negotiations in 20 months, predictions of quick breakthroughs and swift progress will be in short supply.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell.

Will Israeli-Palestinian Talks Be About Appearance or Substance?

08/23/2010
JTA

 WASHINGTON (JTA) -- It's a peace conference where nothing is off the table. -- or on it, for that matter.

The Obama administration's invitation to Palestinian and Israeli leaders to launch direct talks on Sept. 2 attempts to reconcile Israeli demands for no preconditions with Palestinian demands that the talks address all the core issues: final borders, the fate of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees.

Palestinians Will Leave Peace Talks Over Settlement Freeze

08/23/2010

 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinians will withdraw from peace talks with Israel if construction in the settlements resumes, Mahmoud Abbas told the Mideast Quartet.

U.S. Invites Israel, Palestinians to Direct Talks

08/20/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States has invited Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch direct peace talks next month, though the parameters remain vague.

"On behalf of the United States government I've invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to meet on Sept. 2 to resolve all final status issues which we believe can be completed within one year," Hillary Rodham Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, said in a conference call on Friday.

JDC to Help Pakistani Flood Victims

08/20/2010

(JTA) -- The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will aid victims of the floods in Pakistan.

JDC is collecting funds to provide Pakistani flood victims with food, clothing, medicine and other necessities.

Flooding began about three weeks ago and has affected more than 170 million people, according to the Associated Press.

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