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Why Palestinian Statehood is a Question for the U.N.

By   /  September 22, 2011  /  Experts, Featured, Foreign Relations, International Law, International Security, Secrecy  /  No Comments

As the Palestinians seek U.N. support for a state of their own, Washington has advanced two arguments to dissuade them: first, that taking the issue of statehood to the United Nations is a unilateral move away from negotiations with Israel; and second, that the effort will be counterproductive because the United States will veto any […]

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Obama Offers Sober Assessment of Middle East Peace Prospects

By   /  October 14, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

After hosting an historic two-day nuclear summit, US President Barack Obama offered reporters a sober assessment of the likelihood of imminent peace between Palestine and Israel. The Obama administration has been engaged in (sometimes) subtle diplomatic sparring with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after Mr. Netanyahu refused to concede to US and international pressure to […]

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US-Israeli Relations Enter Serious Crisis, Likely to Affect Peace Talks

By   /  March 15, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

Israel officials recently announced plans to build of over 1,500 new homes in Ramat Shlomo in East Jerusalem. The settlement plans were disclosed last week during a visit by Vice-President Biden to Israel. According to international law, further settlement construction in East Jerusalem is outlawed; Israel, however, does not recognize the prohibition. On Sunday, top aide to […]

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Arab League Endorses Indirect Talks Between Israel and Palestine

By   /  March 3, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

More than a year after discussions deteriorated, the Arab League has agreed to back indirect talks between Palestine and Israel. Arab League foreign ministers, who represent multiple Arab states, approved a four-month window for the initiative while at a meeting in Cairo. Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian chief negotiator stated that “The Arab foreign ministers meeting […]

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Israeli Settlements Continue

By   /  February 26, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, plans were approved to build 600 new settler housing units in Occupied East Jerusalem near the Pisgat Zeev neighborhood and the Palestinian area of Shuafat. The plan was approved by a district planning commission on Friday. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has insisted on a total settlement freeze on all […]

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