Tag: Middle East

Al Qaeda-Iraq infiltrates Golan as well as Sinai

The presumption is gaining ground in Israel that the bombing attack on an Israeli Golan position Tuesday, March 18, injuring four paratroops, may not have been the work of Hizballah, but of al Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant–ISIS, which is revealed now to have to have infiltrated the Syrian Golan as well […]

Aspects of Israel-Palestinian framework might stay secret

WASHINGTON – A framework for the continuation of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians does not yet exist, the US confirmed on Friday. But should an agreement be reached, it said, the parties are reserving the right to keep some of its details secret from the public. Read More: Aspects of Israel-Palestinian framework might […]

Israel says it might not carry out 4th Palestinian prisoner release

JERUSALEM – Israel told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday it might not carry out a final stage of a Palestinian prisoner release unless he commits to prolonging peace talks beyond a US-set April deadline for a deal. Read More: Israel says it might not carry out 4th Palestinian prisoner release | JPost | Israel […]

Crimea, the West Bank and the rule of international law

The ethnic Russian population constitutes approximately 56 percent of the population of Crimea, with Ukrainians making up a further 24 %. The Palestinian population of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip constitute over 90% of the population, with the Jewish settler population making up less than 10%. Read More: Borderline views: Crimea, the West […]

Kerry Urges Abbas to ‘Make Tough Decisions’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Palestinian Authority PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday “to make the tough decisions that will be necessary” before an April 29 deadline for a peace deal with Israel, Reuters reported, citing a U.S. official. Read More: Kerry Urges Abbas to ‘Make Tough Decisions’ – Middle East – News […]

‘Weeks’ left to make ‘tough decisions’

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State John Kerry told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas he has just weeks to make “tough political decisions” in talks with Israel over a two-state solution, during a bilateral meeting between the two men in Washington on Sunday. Read More: Kerry tells Abbas: ‘Weeks’ left to make ‘tough decisions’ | […]

Obama urges Abbas to accept guidelines for peace talks

President Obama urged Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas on Monday to accept guidelines for new talks with Israel ahead of a key deadline. “I believe that now is the time,” Obama said before an Oval Office meeting with Abbas, though he cited long-standing details that have often blocked peace deals in the past. Read More: […]

Jordan Blames ‘Settlers’ for Temple Mount Riots

Jordan’s Minister for Media Affairs, Mohammad Momani, strongly condemned Israeli “aggression” at the Temple Mount on Monday, 24 hours after Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel ascended the mount in a pre-planned visit to the Mount that was cut short by police. Read More: Jordan Blames ‘Settlers’ for Temple Mount Riots – Middle East – News – Israel […]

Time running out for even a framework for Middle East talks

A single word, “Jewish,” shows the delicacy of trying to forge a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. Read More: Time running out for even a framework for Middle East talks – CNN.com.

Netanyahu wrong to insist Palestinians recognize Israel

Secretary of State John Kerry told members of Congress on Thursday that international law already declares Israel a Jewish state, and called Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu’s insistence on a public declaration of Israel’s Jewish character from the Palestinians “a mistake” in the diplomatic process. Read More: Kerry: Netanyahu wrong to insist Palestinians recognize Israel as […]