A report released on Friday by the so-called Quartet – United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia – called on Israel to stop its policy of building settlements on occupied land and restricting Palestinian development. Israeli policy “is steadily eroding the viability of the two-state solution,” it said.
France on Tuesday presented Israel with a plan for an international peace summit to be held in Paris this summer in order to restart negotiations with the Palestinians.
By Laura King, Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times After a shaky start, a new temporary truce in the Gaza Strip appeared to be holding Thursday. The two sides, which have been holding indirect talks in Cairo, agreed late Wednesday to a five-day cease-fire, according to Palestinian negotiators and the Egyptian government, which is mediating the […]
By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times MUMBAI — India’s new leader slammed Pakistan on Tuesday, accusing it of terrorism and saying its U.S.-backed military is too weak to fight a conventional war. The comments by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his first visit to the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir were his harshest yet […]
By Laura King and Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times Fighting broke out in the Gaza Strip again Friday morning after a three-day truce expired, with Palestinian militants lobbing dozens of rockets into Israel and the Israeli military firing back with fresh airstrikes. Egypt, which has been hosting indirect talks between the two sides, was struggling […]
Jerusalem (AFP) – Washington’s deadline for reaching a peace deal expired Tuesday with the sides bitterly divided and warnings that Israel risked becoming an “apartheid state” if it failed to make peace with the Palestinians. As final date for the nine-month negotiation period arrived, peace hopes appeared more remote than ever with Israeli Prime Minister […]
By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — With Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations still deadlocked a week before their current round expires, negotiating teams met Tuesday with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to discuss extending the troubled talks. Nine months of meetings between Israeli and Palestinian teams have yielded little agreement, and both sides’ tough […]
Jerusalem (AFP) — A frustrated U.S. Secretary of State demanded Thursday action from recalcitrant Israeli and Palestinian leaders, saying it was time for them to demonstrate leadership in the crisis-hit peace talks. But John Kerry acknowledged in Algiers that negotiators from the two sides had made “progress” in lengthy overnight talks in Jerusalem, also attended […]
Brussels (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scrambling Wednesday to save his faltering Middle East peace efforts, after both Israel and Palestinians delivered him a stunning slap in the face. The top U.S. diplomat, who has made the quest for a long-elusive peace treaty his personal holy grail, was blindsided late Tuesday […]
By Batsheva Sobelman, Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM — Secretary of State John F. Kerry arrived in Jerusalem on Monday evening to begin talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a bid to keep the troubled peace negotiations on track. The immediate obstacle Kerry seeks to overcome is a deadlock over Israel’s delay in freeing about […]
Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday told Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that both he and Israeli leaders must make tough political decisions and take “risks” for peace. Meeting Obama at the White House, Abbas said Israel’s release of a fourth tranche of Palestinian prisoners by March 29 would show how serious Prime […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times TAL KHALAKH, Syria — For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn’t speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. “I was ashamed,” recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with […]
Washington (AFP) – Israel needs to make some tough decisions in order to find peace with the Palestinians, U.S. President Barack Obama warned Benjamin Netanyahu in talks at the White House on Monday. But the Israeli prime minister insisted that the Jewish state had already done its part for peace, while the Palestinians had not. […]
By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times GENEVA — Peace talks aimed at ending the Syrian war hit an impasse Monday when the most contentious issue — the future governing structure — came up for discussion between representatives of President Bashar Assad and the U.S.-backed opposition. However, neither side walked out of the conference, and […]
Jerusalem (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will make a New Year’s Day trip to Israel and the Palestinian Territories aiming to push forward peace talks as a nine-month deadline looms. The announcement of Kerry’s 10th visit to the region since March comes as Israel confirmed it would release another 26 Palestinian prisoners […]