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  • The ups and downs of peace talks

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (JTA) — Predictions that peace talks between Israel and Syria would be difficult appeared to be on the mark as officials got down to business this week. As the talks resumed Monday in Shepherdstown, W.Va., the United States was already playing down expectations that the new round of talks would lead to…

  • Israel-Syria talks: Does the past matter?

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 (JTA) — When President Clinton announced the resumption of negotiations between Israel and Syria this month, he said the talks would be conducted “on the basis of all previous negotiations” and would be “resumed from the point where they left off.” The ambiguity of the president’s statements clearly seemed designed to allow…

  • The ups and downs of peace talks

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (JTA) — Predictions that peace talks between Israel and Syria would be difficult appeared to be on the mark as officials got down to business this week. As the talks resumed Monday in Shepherdstown, W.Va., the United States was already playing down expectations that the new round of talks would lead to…

  • Waiver again delays embassy move

    WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (JTA) — With Israel and the Palestinians in final-status talks that are supposed to determine the fate of Jerusalem, President Clinton has once again invoked a national security waiver allowing him to postpone moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. When Clinton invoked the waiver for the first time in…

  • Israeli-Syrian first contact cordial and rocky

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (JTA) — After two days of initial talks, Israel and Syria have agreed to meet again early next year in the United States to continue negotiations aimed at ending their more than 50-year-old state of war. In a brief statement outside the White House, President Clinton, who was flanked by Israeli Prime…

  • Israeli-Syrian first contact cordial and rocky

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (JTA) — After two days of initial talks, Israel and Syria have agreed to meet again early next year in the United States to continue negotiations aimed at ending their more than 50-year-old state of war. In a brief statement outside the White House, President Clinton, who was flanked by Israeli Prime…

  • No handshake yet for Israel, Syria

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 (JTA) — Although Israel and Syria sat down this week for the highest level of peace talks ever, the two sides were not ready for a handshake. Gathered at a White House ceremony to launch their historic talks Wednesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa resisted…

  • No handshake yet for Israel, Syria

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (JTA) — Although Israel and Syria sat down this week for their highest level of peace talks ever, the two sides were not ready for a handshake. Gathered at a White House ceremony to launch their historic talks Wednesday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa resisted…

  • Albright: El Al should be made in U.S.A.

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (JTA) — During her recent visit to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave a not-so-subtle-hint: Buy American or risk losing American aid. Albright issued the warning because Israel’s national airline, El Al, plans to buy European-made planes and engines. In the past, it has bought planes only from Boeing, an…

  • Albright: El Al should be made in U.S.A.

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (JTA) — During her recent visit to Israel, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright gave a not-so-subtle-hint: Buy American or risk losing American aid. Albright issued the warning because Israel’s national airline, El Al, plans to buy European-made planes and engines. In the past, it has bought planes only from Boeing, an…