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Abbas Will Not Pursue Further Palestinian Recognition At General Assembly

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.23.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- At this week's annual top-level U.N. General Assembly meetings, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is honoring a promise to th...

Abbas: Signing Peace Agreement Will End The Conflict With Israel

Posted 08.23.2013 | World

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he wants a negotiated peace agreement with Israel to include a clause stating that the conflict is officially...

Downplaying Hamas -- Critical Mistake in Peace Talks

Anav Silverman | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Anav Silverman

While Hamas's words do not play into the kind of peace language that Washington seeks to frame with the renewed talks, does Hamas's response carry weight as an outside player? Western analysts and Washington peace negotiators prefer to think not.

Seven Reasons for (Cautious) Optimism About Kerry's Mideast Peace Effort

Alan Elsner | Posted 10.06.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

Nobody would deny that the obstacles are formidable and nobody ever got rich betting on the prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace. But some of the underlying conditions have changed, creating a spark of hope that this time could be different.

Jerusalem's Status Is Key To Peace Talks' Outcome

USA Today | Oren Dorell | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion

(RNS) As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators prepare for preliminary talks in Washington on Monday (July 29), the future of Jerusalem — holy to thre...

Enough Talking About Talks

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 09.24.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

I am not entirely sanguine that either the Palestinian Authority's Mahmoud Abbas or Israel's Netanyahu are ready, willing or able to make peace. Netanyahu is an ideologue who does not really believe in a two-state solution. Conversely, Abbas is politically weak.

Obama's Peace Assets in the Middle East

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

Conventional wisdom says this is not the time to forge a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. Conventional wisdom also says we have passed midnight for a two state solution; unconventional wisdom says clocks can be pushed back.

It's Just the Beginning

James Zogby | Posted 09.19.2013 | World
James Zogby

Two events jolted the Israeli/Palestinian arena this past week. There will be difficult days ahead. Getting the parties to "Go" is just the start, since, as Secretary Kerry has noted, the hard work has just begun.

Israel And Palestinians Reach Agreement Over Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan — After a rush of last-minute talks with Palestinian officials, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sealed a step toward relaunchin...

Kerry Heads To West Bank For More Shuttle Talks

AP | MATTHEW LEE and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was planning to fly to the West Bank Friday to press his effort to get Israelis and Palestinians b...

Kerry Continues To Meet With Abbas, Netanyahu

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 08.29.2013 | World

JERUSALEM — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, engaged in breakneck shuttle diplomacy to coax Israel and the Palestinians back into peace talks...

Kerry Meets With Abbas For Mideast Couples Therapy

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 06.28.2013 | World

AMMAN, Jordan -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting Friday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and planned to return to Jerusalem for...

Peace, Politics and the Palestinian Tom Cruise

Lilac Sigan | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Lilac Sigan

Beautiful stories always feature a protagonist with immense problems that need to be overcome on his way to a happy ending. If they happen to be real stories and not fictional ones -- our happiness with the ending soars even more.

Palestinian Wedding Singer Gets More Votes Than His President

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Mohammed Assaf, a 23-year-old wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza, became not only the first Palestinian to win "Arab Idol," but also the first in decades to prompt such a visceral outpouring of emotion, uniting Palestinians of all walks of life, political affiliations and generations in a winning moment - a rarity, to say the least.

Abbas Accepts Palestinian Prime Minister's Resignation

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 06.23.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- President Mahmoud Abbas accepted the resignation of his newly appointed prime minister on Sunday, a spokesman said, leaving his...

Kerry's Last Ditch Effort

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

In his upcoming visit to Israel and Palestine, Secretary of State John Kerry will attempt a last-ditch effort to persuade Israel's Prime Minster Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority's President Abbas to resume peace negotiations.

Obama's Neglect of the Arab Spring Promises a Fallow Summer

Vali Nasr | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Vali Nasr

2013-06-07-Nasrcover.jpgThe Obama administration has neither come up with a strategy for capitalizing on the opportunity that the Arab Spring presented nor adequately prepared for potential fallout in the form of regional rivalry, the explosion of sectarian tensions and deep-rooted economic crises.

Palestinian President Appoints New Prime Minister

AP | MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 08.02.2013 | World

RAMALLAH, West Bank -- The Palestinian president on Sunday picked a little-known academic as his new prime minister, according to the official governm...

WATCH: Bibi Goes To Beijing

AP | CHRISTOPHER BODEEN | Posted 07.08.2013 | World

BEIJING — China's premier has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to remove obstacles to restarting talks with the Palestinians, as ...

As Disappointing as It May Be, Mahmoud Abbas Is Taken for Granted

Mia Appelbaum | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Mia Appelbaum

If Abbas and his party do not govern the West Bank, Hamas will fill the power vacuum. This should sound familiar, and no less haunting.

"State 194" - Bracing Documentary about Building Palestine

Alan Elsner | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

A new documentary highlighting the efforts of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to build the framework of a Palestinian state opens May 17 in New York and Los Angeles on limited release. One hopes the distributors send it nationwide so that more Americans can see it.

Resurrecting the Arab Peace Initiative

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.25.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The resurrection of Arab Peace Initiative by the United States is a strategic and timely move. Sadly, however, the API should have all along constituted the basis for a negotiated Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

Salam Fayyad: Emerging as he Exits

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

Fayyad will soon have to decide how to pursue his vision in practice. Can he turn his credibility into votes and electability, assuming elections are held? Can, or will he be allowed to, build an independent political movement, assuming he wants to do that?

How to Support Kerry's Middle East Shuttle Diplomacy

Joel Rubin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Politics
Joel Rubin

The majority of Israelis and Palestinians want to see a two-state solution between their two peoples. And with the United States energized to lead, now is the time for Americans to support John Kerry's fresh approach.

Mitigating Distrust Is Central to Peace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

It is clear that if the Israelis and the Palestinians hold fast to their positions, it will be nearly impossible to allay distrust, leading to a continuing deadlock because distrust cannot be negotiated by simply agreeing to establish a new trusting relationship.