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Israelis on Peace Talks: Yawn
 Israelis on Peace Talks: Yawn 

Israelis on Peace Talks: Yawn

Culture has become cynical, apolitical

(Newser) - When the latest round of Mideast peace talks was announced, Roger Cohen of the New York Times watched the people of Tel Aviv shrug, yawn, and change the channel. “Peace talks! The sequel! It’s like Rocky! And I’m supposed to pay attention?” quipped one food writer. Israeli...

FT.com / Columnists / Gideon Rachman - Israel’s fear and loathing of Obama
 Obama Wants Israel 
 to Take its Medicine 

Obama Wants Israel to Take its Medicine

And Israel hates him for it

(Newser) - The president isn't a popular man in Jerusalem these days, thanks to his call for a freeze on Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank, and rumors that he's hatching his own Mideast peace plan. “Barack Obama is a disaster for Israel,” one liberal commentator there tells Gideon...

Abbas Challenges Obama to 'Impose' Peace

Palestinian leader gives blunt message to US

(Newser) - Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called on President Obama to "impose" a Mideast peace deal, reflecting growing frustration with what Palestinians see as Washington's failure to wrangle concessions out of Israel's hardline government. In an unusually blunt appeal, Abbas said that if Obama believes Palestinian statehood is a vital US...

Mideast Peace Would Justify Obama's Nobel
Mideast Peace Would Justify Obama's Nobel
Joe Klein

Mideast Peace Would Justify Obama's Nobel

There's consensus on a deal; the president is the guy to get it done

(Newser) - With his Nobel Prize, President Obama has once again been celebrated and rewarded for who he’s not (George W. Bush) and who he might be. Although Obama’s preferred foreign policy MO—patient diplomacy on many fronts—doesn’t “lend itself to high drama,” that's exactly what...

Palestine Says Hope in Obama 'Evaporated'

Abbas' Fatah Party accuses president of caving to Israel

(Newser) - The Palestinian president's political party says all hopes in the Obama administration have "evaporated," accusing the White House of caving to pressure from the pro-Israel lobby and backing off a demand to freeze Jewish settlement. Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party also accused the US of failing to set a...

Nobel Jury: Obama Is the Right Choice

One says of critics: 'Where do these people come from?'

(Newser) - The Nobel panel that gave the peace prize to President Obama is strongly defending its choice amid widespread criticism. "We simply disagree that he has done nothing," said chairman Thorbjoern Jagland. Another of the five panelists said of critics: "Where do these people come from?" The four...

Obama Meets With Abbas, Netanyahu Next Week

(Newser) - President Obama will host a meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to lay the groundwork for renewed negotiations on Mideast peace. The three-way meeting, which will be on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly forum, will take place...

Obama Lands in Middle East, Ready to Make Tough Sell

(Newser) - Open arms and a full red carpet rollout greeted President Obama on his arrival in Saudi Arabia this morning, but the pleasantries will likely end when the policy talk starts, the New York Times reports. Obama wants the Arab nations to offer a peaceful gesture toward Israel, but Saudi officials...

Don't 'Blackmail' Israel Into Peace Talks Over Iran: Dershowitz

Deal with nukes, then engage with Palestine

(Newser) - Clip Iran's nuclear claws first, then press for peace between Israel and Palestine—not the other way around, Alan Dershowitz argues in the New York Post. Reacting to a recent report, Dershowitz says Rahm Emanuel has it backward in putting Israeli-Palestinian talks before negotiations that could denuclearize Iran. "The...

Turkey PM Storms Off After Clash With Peres on Gaza

(Newser) - Turkey's prime minister stormed off a stage in Davos today during a heated exchange with Israeli President Shimon Peres over Gaza, the New York Times reports. “When it comes to killing, you know well how to kill," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Peres before walking off, promising never to...

France Warns Israel: Don't Attack Iran

'Talk, talk and more talk' to stop Iranian nuke program, Kouchner urges

(Newser) - The French foreign minister has urged Israel not to launch an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, Reuters reports. "There are those" in Israel and the Israeli army "who are preparing for a military attack," Bernard Kouchner told an Israeli newspaper. "That's not the solution." Kouchner,...

Israel Would Leave Golan: Syria
 Israel Would Leave Golan: Syria 

Israel Would Leave Golan: Syria

Israelis willing to trade disputed territory for peace, Damascus told

(Newser) - Israel is willing to return the Golan Heights to Syria in return for peace, Reuters reports. A Syrian minister said in a TV interview that the Israeli message was relayed through Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan, set to visit Syria this weekend. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said last week he...

Peace Deal Unlikely This Year: Israel

Minister sets sights on 'declaration' with Palestine

(Newser) - Israel and Palestine probably won't sign a peace deal this year but could agree on a "declaration of principles," a top Israeli minister said today. The announcement by Vice Prime Minister Haim Ramon follows weeks of warnings that a peace treaty could topple Israeli's coalition government, and that...

Bush State of Union to Focus on Economy

Will stress need for recession-buster measures

(Newser) - During his final State of the Union address tonight, President Bush isn't expected to announce any dramatic new policy initiatives—but will emphasize the need for government action to ward off a recession. The speech, entitled “Trust and Empower,” will call on Congress to permanently extend his $1....

Stop Iranian Threat Now: Bush
Stop Iranian Threat Now: Bush

Stop Iranian Threat Now: Bush

Calls on Arab allies to join US to 'confront danger'

(Newser) - President Bush said today that the US and its Arab allies must stop the threat posed by Iran "before it's too late." Speaking in the United Arab Emirates during his 8-day trip to the Mideast to push his peace plan, Bush called Iran the "world's leading state...

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