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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • Finkelstein Speech in Cleveland Spurs Protests

    Protesters demonstrated an appearance at a Cleveland university by Norman Finkelstein. Finkelstein, a controversial author and political scientist, spoke on the evening of Dec. 11 at Case Western Reserve University and the following day at Cleveland’s City Club Forum. At the university, Jewish students and community members stood outside the lecture’s venue waving American and… More ▸

  • Olmert Sets Visit to London

    Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will visit London at the invitation of his British counterpart, Gordon Brown. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also will be in the British capital next week for an investment conference, which is scheduled to be opened by Brown. The British prime minister has been a longtime supporter of what… More ▸

  • Most U.S. Groups Denounce Jewish Violence in Hebron

    Until late last week, the rising threat of violence by Jewish settlers in Israel was greeted with silence by American Jewish groups. But the outbreak of violence Dec. 3 at Beit Hashalom, a disputed property occupied by Jews in the heavily Palestinian city of Hebron, prompted a flurry of statements, the bulk of them condemning… More ▸

  • Carter in Beirut Says He’d Meet with Hezbollah

    Jimmy Carter in Beirut said he would be willing to meet with Hezbollah officials if they were willing to meet with him. Carter arrived Tuesday in Lebanon and will continue on to Syria. The former U.S. president is scheduled to meet in Beirut with political leaders to plan his Carter Center’s monitoring of the next… More ▸

  • Peres to Muslim Leaders: Peace is Goal

    Israel’s main goal is to achieve comprehensive peace in the Middle East, Shimon Peres told the country’s Muslim and Druze leaders. The Israeli president, speaking during an official visit to the Arab-Israeli city of Sakhnin in honor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, called on Muslims throughout the world to advance moderation, brotherhood and reconciliation… More ▸

  • Unchecked Settler Violence Prompts Fears of Intifada

    Concerned by settler violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered Israeli security forces to apply a zero-tolerance policy toward extremist settlers. Olmert and the country’s top security officials fear that unchecked settler violence could spark a new Palestinian intifada, enrage the Muslim world and compromise Israel’s international standing. They are… More ▸

  • Bush Claims Peace Talks, Democracy As Accomplishments

    President Bush is counting advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and democratic reforms among his accomplishments in the Middle East. “The negotiations since Annapolis have been determined and substantial,” Bush says in remarks prepared for a speech Friday evening at the annual Saban Forum in Washington, referring to renewed talks launched by his administration a year ago… More ▸