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If Press Reports Are Correct, Kerry Peace Plan Is a Joke

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

Assuming the report is correct, the Palestinians would be out of their minds to accept it. It is bad for Israelis and Palestinians and demeans the United States by reducing us to the role of Benjamin Netanyahu's stenographer.

The Goat and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Negotiations

Haggai Carmon | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Haggai Carmon

On its face, the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's demand that as part of a final peace agreement with the Palestinians, the Palestinians declare tha...

Language Matters

James Zogby | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

While reviewing polling data on Israeli and Palestinian attitudes towards the peace effort, what comes through clearly is the obvious disconnect between the views of both groups and the extent to which this divide is driven by the Israeli-centric language used in framing many of the issues.

AIPAC and CPAC Come to Town

James Zogby | Posted 05.08.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

When listening to the fiery rhetoric and watching the enthusiasm at both AIPAC and CPAC, it becomes apparent that both groups retain the capacity to create problems for opponents. They may be down, but they are not out.

Palestinian's Abbas in for a Fight of His Lifetime in Washington

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinians expect their leader to have the fight of his life as he goes to Washington for a tough summit with U.S. President Barack Obama March 17.

Obama: Tough Choices Nearing In Mideast Talks

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan, President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Mon...

Netanyahu's Games

James Zogby | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu never tires of inventing new hoops through which he insists Palestinians jump. As he acknowledged a few weeks back, it's all part of a cynical game that he plays in an effort to kill the chances for peace.

American Jewish Leaders Support Netanyahu's Two-State Efforts In Israel

Posted 02.13.2014 | Religion

On Wednesday the Israel Policy Forum delivered a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on behalf of 150 prominent American Jewish leader...

Bibi Slams John Kerry

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 02.03.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed warnings by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Israel could be targeted ...

Will Palestinians Accept Jewish Settlers in Palestine?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

The idea of Jewish settlers living in Palestine draws raw anger from many sides. Netanyahu might have thrown this trial balloon as part of his own negotiating tactic. The issue, however, is serious.

Palestinians and Arabs Will Not Budge on Jerusalem

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

When it comes to the sensitive issue of Jerusalem and recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, Arab leaders have proved, over and over, that they will not budge under American pressure, and Abbas knows this well.

Joe Biden To Meet With Israeli Leaders

Reuters | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

By Matt Spetalnick SHANNON, Ireland, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden will hold talks with Israeli leaders during a visit t...

Kerry Heads To Mideast To Resume Talks With Israel, Palestine

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Kerry leaves Wednesday on his ninth trip to the Mideast as Secretary of State to resume talks with Israel and the Palestinian...

Bibi: Too Expensive To Attend Mandela Memorial

Agence France Presse | | Posted 02.07.2014 | World

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela this week because it is too expensive to tra...

Israel's anger with US likely to be taken out on Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.27.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

On the surface, it is hard to see any direct link between the recently concluded deal by Iran and the P5+1 group and the Palestinian-Israeli peace tal...

Netanyahu's Mistake

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Is Iran Nuclear Deal Good for Peace & Change?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

While the deal may still be unproven in curbing an Iranian nuclear bomb, will it prove more effective in bringing closer a new Iranian revolution or at least evolution?

Iran Is Driving the Bus, so Why Is the West Celebrating?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

It is hard to understand what all the celebrating in the West is about. Simply that there is an agreement where there had been none? The Iranians should be doing the celebrating -- and they are.

Obama Phones Israel's Netanyahu Following Iran Deal

Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, pledging future consultations with the U.S. ally regarding the nucl...

Netanyahu: Iran Deal A 'Historic Mistake'

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister harshly condemned the international community's nuclear deal with Iran on Sunday while Saudi Arabia remaine...

Tide Turns Towards Diplomacy as Key Senators Oppose New Iran Sanctions

Jamal Abdi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jamal Abdi

If the sanctions can successfully be paused, the next battle looms: Will Congress be able to accept a good deal that puts constraints on Iran's nuclear program to protect against weaponization in exchange for sanctions relief?

Israel-U.S. Relations Deteriorate Over Iran

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics

JERUSALEM -- JERUSALEM (AP) — A pair of testy public exchanges this week appear to have undone whatever good will was created between the Israeli an...

Netanyahu: Partial Deal With Iran Is Bad Deal With Iran

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 10.24.2013 | World

ROME -- ROME (AP) — Israel's prime minister said Wednesday that the world should not accept what he called a "partial deal" to curb Iran's nuclear p...

Netanyahu: Step Up Pressure On Iran

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 10.20.2013 | World

JERUSALEM -- JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Sunday urged the international community to step up the pressure on Iran, despite some opti...

Israel and Arab States: Strange Bedfellows

Haggai Carmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Haggai Carmon

Positive winds came out from Geneva on October 16 upon the conclusion of the first round of talks with Iran. Not so positive wind came from Iran's neighbors. The progressing thaw of U.S.-Iran relations is worrying the oil-producing Gulf States.