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An Israeli soldier stops a Palestinian woman and her son at the entrance of Yatta near the West Bank city of Hebron June 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma

Is The Two-State Israeli-Palestinian Solution Slipping Away?

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.

July 4, 2016
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France Presents Middle East Peace Plan to Israel

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.

February 16, 2016

Gaza Truce Holds As The Two Sides Talk In Cairo

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 […]

August 14, 2014

India’s New Leader Accuses Pakistan Of Terrorism

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 […]

August 12, 2014

Gaza Fighting Erupts Again As Cease-Fire Expires

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 […]

August 8, 2014

Mideast Talks In Tatters As Peace Deadline Expires

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 […]

April 29, 2014

Israelis, Palestinians Struggle For Way Forward As Deadline Nears

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 […]

April 22, 2014

Frustrated Kerry Urges Leadership From Israel PM, Abbas

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 […]

April 3, 2014

Kerry Scrambles To Save His Torpedoed Mideast Peace Effort

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 […]

April 2, 2014

John Kerry Arrives To Prod Deadlocked Israelis And Palestinians

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 […]

March 31, 2014

Obama Tells Abbas Risks For Peace Are Needed

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 […]

March 17, 2014

‘Reconciliation’ Takes Hold In Beleaguered Syria Town

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 […]

March 10, 2014
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Obama To Netanyahu: ‘Tough’ Decisions Needed On Peace

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. […]

March 3, 2014

Syrian Peace Talks Hit Impasse Over Political Transition

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 […]

January 27, 2014

Kerry In New Year Trip To Mideast For Peace Talks

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 […]

December 30, 2013