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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸