Mideast peace

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After Netanyahu Win, US 'Evaluating' Israeli Relations

US could even withhold veto in UN Security Council to protect Israel

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu may have lived politically to fight another day, but he might be doing it without as much help from his friends in Washington: There were no public congratulations from the White House, nor a phone call from President Obama (John Kerry called), and administration officials are indicating the... More »

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Visit Pope for Prayers

Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas join Pope Francis at Vatican

(Newser) - Pope Francis waded head-first into Mideast peace-making today, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of US-sponsored negotiations collapsed . Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embraced in the foyer of the Vatican hotel... More »

Palestinians: Tony Blair Is 'of No Use at All'

Some call for his removal as Middle East envoy

(Newser) - The Palestinian Authority is accusing Middle East envoy Tony Blair of bias toward Israel and calling for his removal, reports the Telegraph . "Our general evaluation of his efforts is that he has become of no use at all," said a senior official with the Palestinian Authority. "He... More »

Palestinians Just Want Land, Not Peace

They will never accept an end to war with Israel: Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - Much of the world swooned over Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' bid for statehood at the UN because it buys into the misconception that Israel is stubbornly standing in the way of peace, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . Far from it. The Palestinians have rejected three land-for-peace offers over... More »

Obama's Anti-Israel Policies Are Doomed

He laid the groundwork for war, not peace: Bret Stephens

(Newser) - President Obama knows how to butter up visiting dignitaries like a pro, which makes the timing of his comment about Israel's 1967 borders notable, writes Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal . It came just one day before Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House, which proves that... More »

Netanyahu: 1967 Borders 'Indefensible'

Protesters heckle Israeli prime minister at AIPAC

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu stuck to his guns in a speech to AIPAC yesterday, vehemently rejecting President Obama’s call for a return to Israel’s pre-1967 borders. Any peace agreement “must leave Israel with security, and therefore Israel cannot return to the indefensible 1967 lines,” he told the pro-Israel... More »

Mideast Envoy George Mitchell to Resign

He hasn't been able to advance talks between Israel, Palestinians

(Newser) - US officials say the Obama administration's special Mideast peace envoy, George Mitchell, is resigning after more than two largely fruitless years of trying to press Israel and the Palestinians into negotiations. The officials tell the AP that the White House is expected to announce today that the former senator... More »

Jerusalem Blast Kills 1, Injures 24

Bomb blows out windows of 2 buses

(Newser) - Today's bombing in Jerusalem has killed one woman and injured at least 24 other people, the AP reports. Police blamed Palestinian militants. The explosion happened near the main entrance to the city about 3pm local time and blew out the windows on two crowded buses. The lone fatality so far... More »

In Murders' Wake, Israel OKs New Settlements

Tensions escalate

(Newser) - A mere day after an Israeli family of five was massacred while they slept , the AP reports that Israel has approved the construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements. The homes will be built in a part of the West Bank that Israel expects to hold onto... More »

Netanyahu to Abbas: Let's Do Nonstop Talks

Israeli PM apparently trying to jumpstart peace talks

(Newser) - Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to head back to the negotiating table with Mahmoud Abbas—and stay there until a deal is struck, reports the AP. Seeking to jumpstart Mideast peace talks that stalled in September, Netanyahu said today that he's "ready to immediately sit down for continuous,... More »

Clock Ticking, US Scrambles to Save Mideast Talks

Israelis already celebrating end of settlement slowdown

(Newser) - With Palestinians threatening to walk away from Mideast peace talks, officials in Washington are scrambling to rescue the negotiations just hours before a slowdown on West Bank settlement construction expires. "They are talking. Intense efforts are ongoing," said one anonymous official. PM Benjamin Netanyahu has called for "... More »

Obama to UN: Time for Mideast Peace Is Now

Ignore the cynics, Obama urges

(Newser) - Barack Obama gave his second speech to the UN General Assembly today, and spent most of his time calling for support for the US’ latest stab at peace in the Middle East. “Peace must be made by Israelis and Palestinians, but each of us has a responsibility to do... More »

Israelis on Peace Talks: Yawn

Culture has become cynical, apolitical

(Newser) - When the latest round of Mideast peace talks was announced, Roger Cohen of the New York Times watched the people of Tel Aviv shrug, yawn, and change the channel. “Peace talks! The sequel! It’s like Rocky! And I’m supposed to pay attention?” quipped one food writer. Israeli... More »

Obama Wants Israel to Take its Medicine

And Israel hates him for it

(Newser) - The president isn't a popular man in Jerusalem these days, thanks to his call for a freeze on Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank, and rumors that he's hatching his own Mideast peace plan. “Barack Obama is a disaster for Israel,” one liberal commentator there tells Gideon... More »

Abbas Challenges Obama to 'Impose' Peace

Palestinian leader gives blunt message to US

(Newser) - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called on President Obama to "impose" a Mideast peace deal, reflecting growing frustration with what Palestinians see as Washington's failure to wrangle concessions out of Israel's hardline government. In an unusually blunt appeal, Abbas said that if Obama believes Palestinian statehood is a vital US... More »

Mideast Peace Would Justify Obama's Nobel

There's consensus on a deal; the president is the guy to get it done

(Newser) - With his Nobel Prize, President Obama has once again been celebrated and rewarded for who he’s not (George W. Bush) and who he might be. Although Obama’s preferred foreign policy MO—patient diplomacy on many fronts—doesn’t “lend itself to high drama,” that's exactly what... More »

Palestine Says Hope in Obama 'Evaporated'

Abbas' Fatah Party accuses president of caving to Israel

(Newser) - The Palestinian president's political party says all hopes in the Obama administration have "evaporated," accusing the White House of caving to pressure from the pro-Israel lobby and backing off a demand to freeze Jewish settlement. Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party also accused the US of failing to set a... More »

Nobel Jury: Obama Is the Right Choice

One says of critics: 'Where do these people come from?'

(Newser) - The Nobel panel that gave the peace prize to President Obama is strongly defending its choice amid widespread criticism. "We simply disagree that he has done nothing," said chairman Thorbjoern Jagland. Another of the five panelists said of critics: "Where do these people come from?" The four... More »

Obama Meets With Abbas, Netanyahu Next Week

(Newser) - President Obama will host a meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to lay the groundwork for renewed negotiations on Mideast peace. The three-way meeting, which will be on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly forum, will take place... More »

Obama Lands in Middle East, Ready to Make Tough Sell

(Newser) - Open arms and a full red carpet rollout greeted President Obama on his arrival in Saudi Arabia this morning, but the pleasantries will likely end when the policy talk starts, the New York Times reports. Obama wants the Arab nations to offer a peaceful gesture toward Israel, but Saudi officials... More »

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