Israel Political Brief August 26, 2013: Peace talks not canceled over incident at West Bank Palestinian refugee camp, US says

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Peace talks not canceled over deadly incident at Palestinian refugee camp, U.S. says

Source: JTA, 8-26-13

The U.S. State Department denied Palestinian claims that a scheduled meeting between Israeli and Palestinian peace negotiators was canceled over clashes in a refugee camp that left three Palestinians dead….READ MORE

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Israel Musings August 2, 2013: President Barack Obama steps up involvement in peace talks, phones Netanyahu and Abbas

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Obama steps up involvement in peace talks, phones Netanyahu and Abbas

By Bonnie K. Goodman

United States President Barack Obama stepped up his personal involvement in the peace process by calling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, August 1, 2013. This is the second time this week Obama….READ MORE

Israel Musings August 1, 2013: Israeli Knesset passes first reading of controversial governance bill

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Israeli Knesset passes first reading of controversial governance bill

By Bonnie K. Goodman

During a busy last day before their summer recess on July 31, 2013, Israel’s Knesset passed the first reading of the controversial Governance Bill, which most notably will raise the electoral threshold from two percent to four percent…READ MORE

Israel Musings July 23, 2013: Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird weighs-in on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumption

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John Baird weighs-in on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resumption (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird has weighed in on the announcement that Israel and the Palestinians will begin peace talks after a three-year hiatus. On Sunday, July 21, Baird phoned Israeli and Palestinian officials to state his support of…READ MORE

Israel Musings July 22, 2013: Israel and Palestinians agree to peace talks, but what will be the concessions?

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Israel and Palestinians agree to peace talks, but what will be the concessions? (Video)

By Bonnie K. Goodman

 United States Secretary of State John Kerry announced from Amman, Jordan on Friday July 19, 2013 that the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority agreed to sit down together for peace talks in Washington, DC….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 30, 2013: Left blames PM Benjamin Netanyahu for stalemate on peace talks

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Left blames Netanyahu for stalemate on peace talks

Source: Jerusalem Post, 6-30-13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu – and not US Secretary of State John Kerry – is to blame for Kerry’s failure to reach a breakthrough in his talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the weekend, MKs on the Left said Sunday….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 30, 2013: US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves Israel without deal for peace talks, sees progress

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Kerry leaves Israel without deal for peace talks, sees progress

Source: JTA, 6-30-13

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel without bringing Israeli and Palestinian officials back to the peace negotiating table….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 28, 2013: Kerry pushing series of Abbas, Netanyahu meetings as formula for restarting peace talks

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Kerry pushing series of Abbas, Netanyahu meetings as formula for restarting negotiations

Source: Jerusalem Post, 6-28-13

Netanyahu has already told the Americans he agrees to the plan, and heavy pressure is now being placed on Abbas to accept the formula….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 12, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu in Poland: Stop Negotiating About Negotiations

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Netanyahu in Poland: Stop Negotiating About Negotiations

Source: Arutz Sheva, 6-12-13

Speaking during inter-governmental consultations in Poland, Netanyahu called on PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, who has refused to talk to Israel for nearly three years, to come to the table without preconditions….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 7, 2013: Embarrassing media leak forces Avigdor Lieberman to declassify Knesset defense committee discussions

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Embarrassing media leak forces Lieberman to declassify Knesset defense committee discussions

Source: Haaretz, 6-7-13

Furious chairman makes decision after highly sensitive comments made by Shin Bet security service chief about PA President Mahmoud Abbas were leaked to the press….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 26, 2013: President Shimon Peres & PA President Mahmoud Abbas call for peace at World Economic Forum

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Peres, Abbas call for peace at World Economic Forum

Source: JTA, 5-26-13

Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for peace at the World Economic Forum in Jordan….READ MORE

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