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By Jeff Jacoby | August 28, 1995
Q: WHAT DOES Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin call it when more of his countrymen have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the past 23 months than in any 23-month period in Israel's history; when Palestinian attacks are now concentrated inside Israel's pre-1967 borders; when every several weeks a bus filled with Jewish passengers is exploded by a suicide bomber; when even the president of Israel, a steadfast dove, says of his nation's agreement with...
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By Robert O. Freedman | March 14, 2014
Six months ago, President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations, stated that the three primary priorities for his administration were the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, Iran and Syria. With visits this month from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, continuing negotiations on a final nuclear agreement with Iran, and the apparent collapse of the U.S. attempt to work out a political settlement to the war in Syria last month, the time has come for a preliminary evaluation of U.S. policy in the three areas.
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May 28, 1995
The identical bills introduced in the Senate by Majority Leader Bob Dole and in the House of Representatives by Speaker Newt Gingrich to force the Clinton administration to start building an embassy in Jerusalem next year messes up the Middle East peace process.That is not, of course, the intent. The purpose is to embarrass President Clinton in domestic politics and wring contributions to the Republican campaign from American friends of Israel.It is not hard to make a case that Jerusalem has been Israel's capital from the start, and where ambassadors motor from Tel Aviv in order to see foreign and prime ministers.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
Maryland political and Jewish leaders reflected Saturday on the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and said they found hope in the vision for peace in the Middle East that he outlined shortly before suffering a stroke in 2006. Sen. Ben Cardin extended his sympathies to Sharon's relatives, who have cared for the leader since he was incapacitated by a stroke. "For eight years, they have stood vigil as a great general fought the greatest battle of his life," Cardin said in a statement.
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By Michael Lerner | January 30, 1995
AMERICAN AND Israeli rightists who call for a suspension or slowing of Israeli withdrawal from the Occupied Territories provide a powerful incentive for continued acts of terrorism by Islamic fundamentalists. As long as Hamas can count on this kind of response from American Jews and Israeli rightists, they feel rewarded in their disgusting acts of violence against Israelis.Hamas opposes the Palestine Liberation Organization and seeks persuade the Palestinian population that any kind of peaceful resolution is impossible.
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By Los Angeles Times | June 19, 1995
LONDON -- As preliminary peace talks on Northern Ireland stall, an official of the political wing of the Irish Republican Army warned yesterday that the British government is threatening the peace process by not including the party in full talks."
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By Mona Charen | June 9, 1994
WHEN Yasser Arafat clasped hands with Yitzhak Rabin on the White House lawn last September, the handshake was treated as a turning point, like the fall of the Berlin Wall. Peace was finally breaking out in the Middle East, said a thousand commentators.They were wrong. We are not witnessing a change of heart by the Arabs -- a willingness to share the land of Palestine with Jews -- but rather a change of heart on the part of Israelis.First, some terminology. This is not a "peace process"; this is a unilateral withdrawal by Israel.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau | July 14, 1992
WASHINGTON -- President Bush, moving to jump-start the Middle East peace process with the help of a more receptive Israeli government, will send Secretary of State James A. Baker III to the region this weekend.Mr. Bush also has invited Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to Kennebunkport, Maine, next month, it was announced yesterday.Mr. Bush spoke by telephone with Mr. Rabin yesterday as Israel's Parliament formally installed the new Labor-led government. A White House statement said Mr. Rabin voiced a desire to give new momentum to the peace process.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau of The Sun | July 25, 1995
TEL AVIV -- The blast from a suicide bomber ripped open a commuter bus yesterday, killing five elderly Israelis and the bomber and striking again at the heart of the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.In anonymous calls to news agencies, the Palestinian Islamic group Hamas took responsibility for the bombing, which also injured 33 persons, three critically.The Israeli government responded with determination not to give the suicide bomber the halt to the peace process that he sought.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,Washington Bureau | June 25, 1992
WASHINGTON -- A Labor-led government in Israel and an "even-handed" Bush administration present Arabs with as ideal a political dynamic as they could hope for in the Middle East peace process, analysts and diplomats agreed yesterday.The United States will likely take full advantage of this situation between now and the U.S. elections in November to lock in significant progress, if not an actual agreement between Israel and Palestinians on autonomy in the occupied territories."I would hope that we could see the next round of bilateral discussions taking place just as soon as it is conveniently possible in the aftermath of the formation of a new Israeli government," Secretary of State James A. Baker III said yesterday in his first comment on the Israeli elections.
NEWS
December 14, 2013
A recent article about the Arab-Israeli peace process could not be further from the truth when it talked about the "continued commitment of both [Israeli and Palestinian] leaders" ("Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian talks 'closer than we have been in years,'" Dec.7). In fact, the talks are a farce because Israel doesn't want a peace settlement with the Palestinians - today or ever. All Israel wants is to continue stealing more Palestinian land until there is nothing left. Unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its powerful lobby, so nothing will change.
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By Joseline Peña-Melnyk | November 14, 2013
Women political leaders from the east and west came together in Washington D.C. this summer to advance women's roles in building sustainable peace as part of the women's leadership conference, "Women at the Tables of Power. " This exchange between U.S. state legislators and women parliamentarians was a golden opportunity to listen to women whose backgrounds are unlike my own, and to learn about the special challenges they face. I stood shoulder to shoulder with women leaders from Egypt, Morocco, Afghanistan and Pakistan whose work and courage I admire.
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November 29, 2012
Over the strenuous objections of the U.S. and Israel, the United Nations General Assembly voted today to grant nonmember observer status to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. The U.N. action, which was widely anticipated, was largely a symbolic move that does nothing to change the situation on the ground or lead to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. But it does raise international pressure on Israel to show it is serious about reaching a negotiated settlement, while allowing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to claim a historic advance in his people's quest for global recognition.
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September 19, 2011
Israel and the Palestinians are on a collision course this week, as the government of Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas prepares to unilaterally seek United Nations recognition of an independent Palestinian state. If Mr. Abbas goes through with his plan, it would force the U.S. to use its veto on the Security Council to block the proposal, which it has promised to do - but which would also leave it in a far weaker position to influence events in the region. U.S. officials are desperately hoping to avoid such an outcome, but at this point the best they may be able to do is limit the damage.
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May 19, 2011
The most surprising aspect of President Barack Obama's speech Thursday on U.S. policy in the Middle East may have been his strongly worded call for a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, based on Israel's boundaries before 1967. Observers had been speculating for weeks about whether Mr. Obama would offer his own plan for a Mideast peace agreement as the White House scrupulously declined to comment on the subject. Yet the outline for peace unveiled by the president Thursday was surprising not so much because it was anything new but because, as the president acknowledged, everybody has known all along that's what ultimately has to happen - even though they've spent decades pretending otherwise.
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April 30, 2011
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict underwent another evolution this week when the Fatah-backed Palestinian National Authority, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, the radical Islamic movement that rules the Gaza Strip, announced they would put aside their differences to make common cause for an independent Palestinian state. Whether the two groups can really end years of mutual enmity and distrust remains to be seen, but the mere fact that they are talking about cooperating again could spell trouble for U.S. diplomacy in the region.
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By HENRY CHU and HENRY CHU,LOS ANGELES TIMES | July 15, 2006
NEW DELHI, India -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday that this week's railway bombings in Bombay had support from "elements across the border" in Pakistan, escalating the war of words between the nuclear-armed neighbors and further casting a pall over the possibility of peace between them. On a visit to survivors of Tuesday's synchronized blasts, Singh accused Islamabad of falling down on its pledge not "to promote, encourage, aid and abet terrorism," saying that "that assurance has to be fulfilled before the peace process and other processes progress."
NEWS
February 20, 1996
IT TOOK LESS than a day for a summit aimed at energizing the Bosnia peace accords to founder on the fears and intransigence of the Bosnian Serbs. The presidents of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia had dutifully attended the Rome meeting, where they agreed, among other things, that a Bosnian Serb general would report renew contacts with NATO forces aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier. Instead, Gen. Zdravko Tolimir did a no-show.A weak link all along in the Dayton accords has been the potential non-compliance of the Bosnian Serbs.
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By Kimberly Katz | March 7, 2011
The Maryland Institute College of Art recently hosted the Baltimore premiere of an award-winning documentary, "Budrus. " The screening was timely: Audience members could see connections to broader events now taking place across North Africa and the Middle East. One thing they learned is that nonviolent resistance to oppression, of the kind now sweeping through the region, is not a new phenomenon in the Middle East. Budrus is a Palestinian village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank that has demonstrated stirring examples of nonviolent resistance.
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By Joel Greenberg and Joel Greenberg,Chicago Tribune | November 10, 2008
JERUSALEM - With a year-end target date for a Middle East peace agreement certain to be missed, international mediators pledged support yesterday for continued Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and their envoy, Tony Blair, urged President-elect Barack Obama to make the peace effort a priority. Meeting at the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, representatives of the so-called Quartet - made up of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia - were briefed by Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on talks launched nearly a year ago at a conference hosted by President Bush in Annapolis.
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