March 23, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - President Obama urged Israelis on Thursday to move decisively in a spirit of self-preservation and empathy to secure a lasting peace, but he delivered an even sharper ultimatum to Palestinians to drop conditions that have held up a new round of negotiations. His evening address at the Jerusalem International Convention Center signaled a shift away from the balance he has sought to maintain between Israeli and Palestinian leaders since taking office - and toward Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he has had a stormy relationship, at least until this trip.
November 25, 2012 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The remains of former Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat will be exhumed Tuesday as part of a renewed investigation into his death, a Palestinian investigator said Saturday. Arafat died in November 2004 in a French military hospital, a month after suddenly falling ill. Palestinian officials claim he was poisoned by Israel, but have not presented evidence. Israel has denied such allegations. Earlier this year, the detection of a lethal radioactive substance in biological traces on Arafat's clothing sparked a new investigation.
April 18, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - The Palestinian prime minister pulled out of a planned meeting with Israel's leader on Tuesday, torpedoing what was set to be the highest-level talks between the sides in nearly two years. The meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attended by two lower level Palestinian officials, lasted less than an hour and ended with a brief joint statement pledging to seek peace. It signaled little progress had been made. Even before Salam Fayyad's pullout, both sides played down expectations for the meeting, which the Palestinians portrayed as a last-ditch effort to salvage peace talks before the U.S. presidential election season.
January 29, 2012 |
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a complex issue, one that deserves serious scholarship and open, civil debate. Expect to see none of that next weekend on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, where the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement is staging a "conference. " Instead, as we should have learned from many past BDS events at colleges around the country, this will be an exercise in disinformation and propaganda, a call for political and economic warfare, and an attempt to foment hatred of Israel.
October 3, 2011 |
ON BOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned yesterday that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated in the Middle East and said Israeli leaders must restart negotiations with the Palestinians and work to restore relations with Egypt and Turkey. In a blunt assessment made as he was traveling to Israel, Panetta said the ongoing upheaval in the Middle East makes it critical for the Israelis to find ways to communicate with other nations in the region. "There's not much question in my mind that they maintain that [military]
September 25, 2011 |
UNITED NATIONS - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas strongly suggested Saturday that he would reject a peacemaking blueprint put forward by international mediators, saying he would not agree to any proposal that disregarded Palestinian conditions for the resumption of peace talks. Abbas, who returned to the West Bank on Saturday after submitting a statehood bid at the United Nations a day earlier, told reporters accompanying him that he was still studying the proposal by the peacemaking quartet - the United States, European Union, United Nations, and Russia.
September 18, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas formally announced Friday that he would ask the U.N. Security Council next week to endorse his statehood bid, putting the United States in line for a showdown with the Palestinians and their supporters across the Arab world. So far, efforts by the Obama administration and European diplomats to dissuade Abbas from presenting his U.N. bid have failed. The White House opposes the move and has said it would exercise the veto it wields at the Security Council, but Abbas left himself some room to maneuver.
September 16, 2011 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The Palestinian president said Friday he would ask the U.N. Security Council next week to endorse his people's decades-long quest for statehood but emphasized that he did not seek to isolate or delegitimize Israel. Mahmoud Abbas' plan to seek full membership at United Nations and bypass negotiations with Israel sets the stage for a diplomatic confrontation with Israel and the United States, which has indicated it would veto the measure in the Security Council.
March 26, 2011 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - Robert M. Gates made the first trip by a U.S. defense chief to the West Bank city of Ramallah on Friday, capping a day of back-to-back meetings to press Israeli and Palestinian leaders to push ahead with the peace process despite the recent violence. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad sounded willing to renew efforts toward peace with Israel. But he told the Pentagon chief that Palestinian entreaties to Israeli leaders had been publicly rebuffed and met with vows for retribution for this week's deadly bus-stop bombing in Jerusalem and mortar attacks on Israel from Gaza.