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    The Arab League appointed Egypt and Jordan to hold talks with Israel on a Saudi initiative for regional peace. Meeting Wednesday in Cairo, Arab foreign ministers decided that Egypt and Jordan the only two members of the forum to have established full ties with the Jewish state would make up a working group tasked with… More ▸

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    Israel said it was ready to enter peace talks with Arab nations based on a Saudi initiative. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made the overture in a television interview broadcast Monday, the latest indication of Israeli accession to Riyadh’s initiative, which was first endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 but long rebuffed by Jerusalem. “I’m… More ▸

  • Jerusalem Eternally United? Critics Say Reality Falls Short

    The group of Jerusalemites tumbles off the tour bus onto streets and hilltops where most of them have never set foot. They are in eastern Jerusalem, home to some 150,000 Arabs and, for most on the tour, an entirely new world. They take in views of Israel’s security barrier, here a hulking concrete wall that… More ▸

  • Olmert is Sending Signals on Sitting Down with Arabs

    Is Ehud Olmert yielding on the Saudi proposal for Israeli-Arab peace? That was the question Israel’s pundits were asking Sunday as the prime minister held another round of anti-climactic talks with the Palestinians while signaling he wanted to engage in big-picture diplomacy with the Arab League. “Israel continues to make every effort to make the… More ▸

  • Abbas,olmert Restate Aims but Produce No Breakthrough

    Another Israeli-Palestinian peace summit has come and gone with little to show, though an unconfirmed report indicated hope for the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier. In a sign that Israel is becoming accustomed to such low yields, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert referred to Sunday afternoon’s meeting with Palestinan Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as the… More ▸

  • ‘progressive’ Anti-semitism? S.F. Meet Considers Phenomenon

    Three years ago, Jonathan Bernstein received an e-mail from a distraught political activist in the San Francisco Bay Area concerned about rising anti-Semitism among fellow political progressives. "The growing acceptance of anti-Semitic rhetoric is so commonplace it is not even recognized as anti-Semitism," wrote the activist, who went on to list a number of anti-Semitic… More ▸

  • For Pro-israel Crowd, Iraq Report Has Some Unwelcome Proposals

    The Iraq Study Group’s near-term recommendations for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict — international conferences, dealings with Syria and Iran — already are raising hackles in some pro-Israel quarters. Long-term expectations could be even more problematic. The report from the blue-ribbon panel, headed by former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker and former U.S. Rep. Lee… More ▸

  • At Center of Storm, Finnish Official Personifies E.u. Approach to Israel

    When Europe’s leaders met over the summer to discuss the Lebanon war, the person leading the criticism of Israel for its "disproportionate" response was a thin, bearded, bohemian-looking man who favors baggy corduroy jackets over gray suits — Finland’s foreign minister, Erkki Tuomioja. Finland holds the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union and chairs… More ▸

  • Suddenly, Washington Sees That Iraq, Lebanon Issues Are Linked

    A funny thing is happening on Israel’s way into Lebanon: Its war with Hezbollah is converging politically with the civil war now convulsing Iraq. In Baghdad, tens of thousands of Shi’ite marchers swore allegiance last week to their Hezbollah co-religionists; some even pledged their lives. “Mahdi Army and Hezbollah are one, let them confront us… More ▸