peace process

  • Israel Seeks to Change the Rules of the Game

    Israel’s retaliation against persistent Hamas mortar and rocket attacks on civilians in southern Israel was far more ferocious than anyone, including Hamas, expected. The first three days of intensive Israel Air Force bombing in Gaza reduced hundreds of Hamas government buildings, military compounds, laboratories, metal workshops and supply tunnels to rubble and left more than… More ▸

  • Video: Off-duty Soldier Shot Gun During Evacuation

    An out-of-uniform Israeli soldier fired gunshots in the air during the evacuation of a disputed building in Hebron, a video shows. The Israeli news service Ynet reported Tuesday that it obtained a video showing Cpl. Nahum Ben-Yaakov, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, firing his army-issue gun during the evacuation of… More ▸

  • Britain Warns: Don’t Buy Property in Settlements

    The British government will warn its citizens against buying property in settlements in the West Bank. A spokeswoman at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed reports that the warning will be published on its Web site early this week, explaining that future peace agreements “could have consequences for that property.” She added that “this is… More ▸

  • Abbas Lauds Bush on Peace

    Mahmoud Abbas praised President Bush for laying the foundations for Israeli-Palestinian peace. “Together we put the fundamental, basic things needed for the peace process,” the Palestinian Authority president said Dec. 19, addressing Bush at a White House meeting, their last before Bush leaves office next month. “There is no doubt that we will continue these… More ▸

  • Big Jewish Names on Clinton Foundation List

    Some well-known pro-Israel activists and a leading Jewish organization are among the large donors to Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation. Haim Saban, an AIPAC activist and the founder of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, donated $5 million to $10 million to the former president’s nonprofit organization, which raises money to fight poverty and HIV/AIDS…. More ▸

  • U.N. Security Council Endorses Quartet Approach

    The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution endorsing a key Quartet strategy on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. “Lasting peace can only be based on an enduring commitment to mutual recognition, freedom from violence, incitement, and terror, and the two-state solution, building upon previous agreements and obligations,” states the measure, which was passed Tuesday. Spearheaded by the United… More ▸

  • Brown: Israel Should Help Palestinian Economy

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met in London with his British counterpart to discuss the prospects for peace with the Palestinians. Gordon Brown, who opened a trade and investment conference Monday with the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, called on Israel to help the Palestinian economy. Following Tuesday’s breakfast meeting, Brown invited Olmert to… More ▸

  • Rice Presses Palestinian Statehood, with Nod from Obama

    The Bush administration is making a last-gasp push for Palestinian statehood — or the nearest it can get to it — with the apparent, quiet encouragement of President-elect Barack Obama. Israel, on the other hand, may end up balking. The Quartet — the diplomatic grouping of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the… More ▸

  • Likud in Front, Despite Far-right Presence

    Despite its hard-line Knesset slate and the presence on the ticket of extremist Moshe Feiglin, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party still leads in the polls to win Israel’s election in February. So far, it seems that the inclusion of Feiglin, who has advocated transferring Israeli Arab citizens to Arab states, has not hurt Likud nearly as… More ▸

  • Security Council Visits Mideast Peace Measure

    The United Nations Security Council met in emergency session on a resolution calling for peace in the Middle East. The United States-drafted resolution discussed Saturday calls on the Israelis and Palestinians to fulfill their obligations under the Annapolis peace deal and requires interested parties, including other nations and international organizations, to support the negotiations. The… More ▸