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  • Israel Fails to Move Russia on Iran Nuclear Talks

    11/21/2013 1:49:49 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies
    voanews.com ^ | November 21, 2013 | James Brooke
    MOSCOW — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left Moscow on Thursday after failing in a last minute attempt to move Russian President Vladimir Putin away from backing a Iranian nuclear deal taking shape in Geneva. After four hours of talks in Moscow, Russia’s leader told reporters, “We, in Russia, have an optimistic view on the Iranian nuclear problem." The Israeli leader faced an uphill battle in Moscow. Russia is a northern neighbor of Iran and is known for sitting on the fence about Iran’s nuclear program. On Monday, Putin talked by telephone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Afterwards, a Kremlin...
  • Netanyahu to Abbas, in English: ‘Give peace a chance’

    06/06/2013 11:21:03 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | June 5, 2013, 5:29 pm | Raphael Ahren and Adiv Sterman
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to return to the negotiating table without preconditions. “Since he doesn’t speak Hebrew, and my Arabic isn’t great, I will turn to him in a language we both understand,” Netanyahu said at a special Knesset session dedicated to the Israeli-Arab conflict. “I say: Give peace a chance,” he said, alluding to the title of John Lennon’s 1969 classic. snip Appearing in the plenum because 40 MKs had signed a petition forcing him to address the topic of the Arab Peace Initiative, the prime minister said...
  • Kerry Warns: Last Chance for Israel-PA Peace

    06/03/2013 9:58:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    INN ^ | 6/4/13 | Elad Benari
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday issued a stark warning to Israel to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, saying that if efforts fail now they may never get another chance. "We are running out of time. We're running out of possibilities... If we do not succeed now, we may not get another chance," Kerry told a forum held by the American Jewish Community, according to the AFP news agency. Kerry’s warning came amid reports that he is planning to return to the Middle East region within days, for his fifth trip to Israel since he...
  • Livni: Delaying ‘Two-State Solution’ is an Historical Mistake

    06/03/2013 7:23:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 6/4/2013, 5:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Delaying the so-called “two-state solution” is an historical mistake, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni claimed on Monday. Livni, who is in charge of the peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, spoke at the American Jewish Committee 2013 Global Forum in Washington, D.C. She warned in her speech of “devastating consequences” for Israel in case U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest attempt to renew peace talks fails. “Time is working against those who believe that two states is the only Zionist way to maintain our identity,” Livni said. “There are those who want to postpone this decision, but it would be...
  • Peres to Claim ‘Overwhelming Majority’ Favor 1949 Border

    05/26/2013 1:42:57 AM PDT · by Lera · 59 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 5/26/2013 | Maayana Miskin
    President Peres reportedly plans to tell Arab leaders that most Israelis favor a return to 1949-1967 borders. President Shimon Peres plans to tell Arab leaders that the overwhelming majority of Israeli citizens favor a return to the 1949-1967 borders, according to Maariv reporter Shalom Yerushalmi. Peres is planning to speak Sunday evening at a WEF economic conference in Jordan.
  • US, Israel raise hopes for Mideast peace restart

    05/23/2013 7:35:59 AM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5-23-2013 | BRADLEY KLAPPER and JOSEF FEDERMAN
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel raised hopes Thursday for a restart of the Middle East peace process, despite little tangible progress so far from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's two-month-old effort to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table. As they met in Jerusalem, Kerry praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the "seriousness" with which he is looking at ways to revitalize peace hopes. Kerry expressed optimism without outlining any concrete strategy for ending a stalemate between the two sides that has seen them hardly negotiate one-on-one at all over the last 4½...
  • Israeli president seeks Pope Francis' help on stalled peace talks - (Peres)

    04/30/2013 9:28:36 PM PDT · by haffast · 18 replies
    UPI ^ | April 30, 2013 at 4:35 PM | UPI
    ROME, April 30 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Pope Francis in the Vatican Tuesday, inviting him to Israel and seeking help restarting the Palestinian peace process. Peres told Francis he has a unique and potentially very helpful role in restarting the dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported. "The citizens of Israel see in you a leader of peace and good will," Peres said. "The sooner you visit the better, as in these days a new opportunity is being created for peace and your arrival could contribute significantly to increasing the trust and belief...
  • Palestinians’ Abbas says to start talks on unity government (with Hamas)

    04/27/2013 11:42:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:53pm BST | Ali Sawafta
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Saturday he would begin talks with rival factions, including Islamist Hamas, to form a unity government, a crucial step towards healing years of damaging internal divisions. … The need to form a new administration was prompted by the resignation earlier this month of Prime Minister Salam Fayyad because of a rift between him and Abbas, and it has created an opportunity for Abbas to forge a unity government. …
  • Peres in EU: Still Holding Out Hope for Peace

    03/06/2013 4:41:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/3/13 | Elad Benari
    President Shimon Peres held out hopes Wednesday of seeing the Middle East draw inspiration from the European Union by one day turning a region long at war into one at peace. Praising Europe for overcoming 1,000 years of conflict in six short decades as he visited EU headquarters, Peres said, "You have the gift of a united hope even if you have a divided economic situation." "I hope the time will come when the Middle East will become a peaceful united region like you," he added. Peres, on an eight-day tour to Brussels, Paris and Strasbourg, said he believed there...
  • Obama spending $300 million for 'Palestinian state'

    09/29/2012 5:18:57 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 33 replies
    WND ^ | Sept. 25, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The Obama administration has released details of a plan to infuse another $300 million into West Bank and Gaza construction projects, spending it deems critical toward attaining the “success of a future Palestinian state.” Despite combined U.S. and international donor-community efforts, a significant portion of the public infrastructure currently under Palestinian Authority control remains in need of expansion or repair, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the USAID. Obama, through USAID, is stepping in to meet the need as a successful Palestinian state “depends upon an infrastructure system capable of providing basic services to a growing population,” the...
  • Carter: Obama Must Make Good On Nobel Prize And Back Palestinian Statehood

    10/07/2011 12:42:40 AM PDT · by edpc · 27 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 7 Oct 2011 | Reuters
    U.S. President Barack Obama needs to make good on the promises that won him the Nobel Peace Prize, fellow laureate and former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said on Thursday. Carter called on the current American president to back the Palestinian’s bid to the UN for statehood and seize the opportunity provided by the Arab Spring to facilitate Palestinian-Israeli peace. The shaking up of authoritarian rule in the Arab world has created opportunities for resolving conflicts in the Middle East, Carter said, comparing the Arab Spring to the political reality in which he, as president, helped broker the peace treaty between...
  • Obama aims to salvage mid-east peace crisis

    09/20/2011 11:47:40 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Aol News/AP ^ | 20/9/11 | Bradley Klapper And Matthew Lee
    NEW YORK -The Obama administration insisted Monday there was still time to avert a divisive showdown over Palestinian statehood, ignoring President Mahmoud Abbas' defiant pledge to take his government's case to the United Nations and reaching out to Western allies in the hopes of a last-ditch compromise. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. was engaged in "extremely intensive" diplomacy with Israel, the Palestinians and the other governments gathered in New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly meeting. A statement from the U.S. and other key Mideast peace negotiators on a possible path forward appeared to be...
  • Obama: Israel construction plans unhelpful

    JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Barack Obama has criticized Israel construction plans in East Jerusalem, saying they're unhelpful to the pursuit of peace. The president said he was concerned Israel and Palestinian were not making enough of an effort to advance peace negotiations. Obama's caution came as the Israeli government moved ahead with plans to build nearly 1,300 apartments in that disputed part of th
  • Obama to act if Mideast talks derailed

    04/29/2010 7:13:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 99 replies · 2,871+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | April 29, 2010
    US President Barack Obama has vowed to take action against Israel or the Palestinians if either undermines indirect peace talks, a senior Palestinian official said on Thursday. Those steps could include Washington refraining from using its permanent veto to protect Israel if the Palestinians were to seek a UN Security Council ruling against continued settlement activity, the official said.
  • Report: Obama backs Palestinian capital in Jerusalem

    11/04/2008 8:51:59 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 1,991+ views
    WND ^ | November 4, 2008 | Aaron Klein
    JERUSALEM – Sen. Barack Obama told the Palestinian leadership during a trip to the region in July he supports their rights to a capital in eastern Jerusalem, but he asked them to keep his remarks secret, according to a Lebanese newspaper...
  • Last-minute bid to get Saudis, Syria to meeting

    11/22/2007 7:45:41 PM PST · by F15Eagle · 40 replies · 559+ views
    msnbc.com ^ | updated 11:42 a.m. PT, Thurs., Nov. 22, 2007a | ap via msnbc.com
    Egypt, Jordan, Palestinians try to win over skeptics before U.S. conference SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt - Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians sought Thursday to persuade skeptical Arab nations to attend a U.S.-sponsored Middle East peace conference, insisting it could open the door to a Palestinian state in the next year. Saudi Arabia and Syria remain the most important holdouts. Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak held a mini-summit with the leaders of Jordan and the Palestinians in this Red Sea resort, bringing together the strongest Arab supporters of next week’s conference in Annapolis, Md. Their meeting came ahead of a key gathering of...