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China Pushes Past US to Broker Mideast Peace Deal
Mideast Deal Brokered
by China Leaves US Out

Mideast Deal Brokered by China Leaves US Out

Saudi Arabia-Iran agreement indicates nations want to negotiate without American help

(Newser) - The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume relations, a deal mediated by China, appears to be a watershed moment in the Middle East, realigning alliances that have dominated diplomacy for decades while—at least for now—leaving the US out. The pact indicates that nations in the region...

For Biden, This Could Be a 'Kissinger Moment'
For Biden,
This Could Be
a 'Kissinger


For Biden, This Could Be a 'Kissinger Moment'

Thomas Friedman sees at least the possibility to forge Mideast peace

(Newser) - New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has a new piece with a provocative headline: "How Joe Biden Can Win a Nobel Peace Prize." It involves two words that have long vexed US presidents: Mideast peace. Friedman voices plenty of skepticism about the prospects of negotiating a lasting...

Star Turns Off Comments After Tweet Backlash

Gal Gadot had posted a call for Mideast peace, saying, 'My heart breaks'

(Newser) - Gal Gadot, movie star and Israeli military veteran, turned off comments after tweeting a plea Wednesday about the Israel-Hamas conflict that struck some as one-sided. "Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation," she posted . "Our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims...

Officials: Trump's Peace Plan Calls for Palestinian State
Here Is What's in Trump's
Mideast Peace Plan

Here Is What's in Trump's Mideast Peace Plan

It calls for Palestinian state, settlement freeze

(Newser) - President Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East peace plan Tuesday, calling for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem. He declared it a "win-win" opportunity for both Israel and the Palestinians. The plan ends speculation as to whether his administration, in...

White House Invites Israeli Rivals to Talks

No mention is made of Palestinians attending meetings next week

(Newser) - The White House said Thursday it has invited Israel's prime minister and his main political rival to Washington next week to discuss the "prospect of peace" with the Palestinians, who have already rejected the administration's long-awaited peace plan. Vice President Mike Pence announced the invitation at a...

Don't Discount Kushner's Mideast Peace Push Just Yet

David Ignatius writes that the prospects for Israeli-Arab cooperation aren't so bad

(Newser) - Jared Kushner continued his long-shot quest for Mideast peace on Thursday in meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but as the AP account of the sessions notes, expectations are low and skepticism high. As they probably should be, writes David Ignatius in the Washington Post . Still, he finds a kernel...

Kushner's New Mission Shows He's Still Playing Big Role

Trump son-in-law heads to Israel for Mideast peace negotiations

(Newser) - Jared Kushner isn't retreating into a smaller role despite investigators' interest in his Russian business deals. The Wall Street Journal reports that he's off to Israel this week on one of the most high-profile foreign policy pursuits of all: Mideast peace. The presidential son-in-law is due to arrive...

Trump: Mideast Peace 'Maybe Not as Difficult' as We Think

President meets with Abbas, says he wants to be 'mediator' between Israel, Palestine

(Newser) - President Donald Trump expressed optimism for resumed peace talks between the Palestinians and Israel at the start of his Oval Office meeting with Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday in Washington, his first direct meeting with the Palestinian leader, the AP reports. Trump, who said he'll "do whatever is necessary" to...

After Netanyahu Win, US 'Evaluating' Israeli Relations

US could even withhold veto in UN Security Council to protect Israel

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu may have lived politically to fight another day, but he might be doing it without as much help from his friends in Washington: There were no public congratulations from the White House, nor a phone call from President Obama (John Kerry called), and administration officials are indicating the...

Israeli, Palestinian Leaders Visit Pope for Prayers

Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas join Pope Francis at Vatican

(Newser) - Pope Francis waded head-first into Mideast peace-making today, welcoming the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to the Vatican for an evening of peace prayers just weeks after the last round of US-sponsored negotiations collapsed . Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embraced in the foyer of the Vatican hotel...

Palestinians: Tony Blair Is 'of No Use at All'

Some call for his removal as Middle East envoy

(Newser) - The Palestinian Authority is accusing Middle East envoy Tony Blair of bias toward Israel and calling for his removal, reports the Telegraph . "Our general evaluation of his efforts is that he has become of no use at all," said a senior official with the Palestinian Authority. "He...

Palestinians Just Want Land, Not Peace

 Just Want 
 Land, Not 
charles krauthammer

Palestinians Just Want Land, Not Peace

They will never accept an end to war with Israel: Charles Krauthammer

(Newser) - Much of the world swooned over Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' bid for statehood at the UN because it buys into the misconception that Israel is stubbornly standing in the way of peace, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post . Far from it. The Palestinians have rejected three land-for-peace offers over...

Obama's Anti-Israel Policies Are Doomed

He laid the groundwork for war, not peace: Bret Stephens

(Newser) - President Obama knows how to butter up visiting dignitaries like a pro, which makes the timing of his comment about Israel's 1967 borders notable, writes Bret Stephens in the Wall Street Journal . It came just one day before Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to the White House, which proves that...

Netanyahu: 1967 Borders 'Indefensible'
 Netanyahu: 1967 
 Borders 'Indefensible' 

Netanyahu: 1967 Borders 'Indefensible'

Protesters heckle Israeli prime minister at AIPAC

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu stuck to his guns in a speech to AIPAC yesterday, vehemently rejecting President Obama’s call for a return to Israel’s pre-1967 borders. Any peace agreement “must leave Israel with security, and therefore Israel cannot return to the indefensible 1967 lines,” he told the pro-Israel...

Mideast Envoy George Mitchell to Resign

He hasn't been able to advance talks between Israel, Palestinians

(Newser) - US officials say the Obama administration's special Mideast peace envoy, George Mitchell, is resigning after more than two largely fruitless years of trying to press Israel and the Palestinians into negotiations. The officials tell the AP that the White House is expected to announce today that the former senator...

Bus Explodes in Jerusalem, Initial Reports Say at Least 25 Injured
 Jerusalem Blast 
 Kills 1, Injures 24 

Jerusalem Blast Kills 1, Injures 24

Bomb blows out windows of 2 buses

(Newser) - Today's bombing in Jerusalem has killed one woman and injured at least 24 other people, the AP reports. Police blamed Palestinian militants. The explosion happened near the main entrance to the city about 3pm local time and blew out the windows on two crowded buses. The lone fatality so far...

In Murders' Wake, Israel OKs New Settlements

Tensions escalate

(Newser) - A mere day after an Israeli family of five was massacred while they slept , the AP reports that Israel has approved the construction of hundreds of new homes in West Bank settlements. The homes will be built in a part of the West Bank that Israel expects to hold onto...

Netanyahu to Abbas: Let's Do Nonstop Talks

Israeli PM apparently trying to jumpstart peace talks

(Newser) - Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is ready to head back to the negotiating table with Mahmoud Abbas—and stay there until a deal is struck, reports the AP. Seeking to jumpstart Mideast peace talks that stalled in September, Netanyahu said today that he's "ready to immediately sit down for continuous,...

Clock Ticking, US Scrambles to Save Mideast Talks

Israelis already celebrating end of settlement slowdown

(Newser) - With Palestinians threatening to walk away from Mideast peace talks, officials in Washington are scrambling to rescue the negotiations just hours before a slowdown on West Bank settlement construction expires. "They are talking. Intense efforts are ongoing," said one anonymous official. PM Benjamin Netanyahu has called for "...

Obama to UN: Time for Mideast Peace Is Now

Ignore the cynics, Obama urges

(Newser) - Barack Obama gave his second speech to the UN General Assembly today, and spent most of his time calling for support for the US’ latest stab at peace in the Middle East. “Peace must be made by Israelis and Palestinians, but each of us has a responsibility to do...

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