Hamas, Abbas' PLO announce reconciliation agreement

Apr 24, 2014

Hamas, Abbas' PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. The move, coming after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile after seven years of ...

Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

Apr 11, 2014

Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ...

Apr 10, 2014

Reality check for Mideast and U.S.

Israelis and Palestinians had better assess their dwindling options after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's latest Mideast peace efforts hit a wall, and acknowledge that a negotiated settlement is much better than their unilateral options.

Kerry blames Israeli settlements for peace talks stalemate

Apr 9, 2014

Kerry blames Israeli settlements for peace talks stalemate

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday blamed approval of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem for derailing peace talks with Palestinians, a charge that pricked Israeli officials and sent aides into damage control. The Israeli government announced a major expansion of settlement construction ...

Israel threatens unilateral moves against Palestinians

Apr 6, 2014

Israel threatens unilateral moves against Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened the Palestinians on Sunday with unilateral reprisals as the two sides prepared for last-ditch talks with a U.S. envoy on salvaging teetering peace talks. He said Israel would retaliate if the Palestinians proceed with applications to adhere to ...

Kerry faces 'reality check' as hopes for Mideast peace talks falter

Apr 5, 2014

Kerry faces 'reality check' as hopes for Mideast peace talks falter

With Mideast peace talks on the verge of collapse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared Friday that “it’s reality check time” on whether an agreement can be reached anytime soon after decades of bitterness between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The U.S. will re-evaluate ...

U.S. mulls release of Israeli spy Pollard as Mideast peace incentive

Apr 1, 2014

U.S. mulls release of Israeli spy Pollard as Mideast peace incentive

The United States is talking with Israel about releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive to the Israelis in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations, people familiar with the talks said Monday. Releasing Pollard, a thorn in U.S.-Israeli relations ...