August 22, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- With direct peace talks renewed, it's hardly surprising that Israelis and Palestinians are bickering again at the negotiating table. But in a disappointing sign, the arguments so far seem to be about procedural matters rather than the core issues, like Jerusalem and borders. Palestinians complain that after three rounds of talks American mediators have yet to join the process, despite promising to take an active role. Though newly appointed U.S. peace envoy Martin Indyk flew to Jerusalem for the latest rounds of negotiations earlier this week, he has not been present during actual talks, according to Yasser Abed-Rabbo, a senior official with the Palestine Liberation Organization.
August 15, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrived here Thursday in a bid to boost Palestinian-Israeli negotiations launched in Jerusalem the day before after three years of deadlock. Speaking at a news conference in Ramallah with his host, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Ban expressed strong support for U.S. efforts to revive the peace talks, promising to do everything he could as U.N. chief to reach the goal of two states for two people: Palestinians and Israelis.
July 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - American citizens born in Jerusalem cannot claim Israel as their place of birth on their passports, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously declared unconstitutional a 2002 law that required the State Department to record Israel as the birthplace of Jerusalem-born citizens despite a long-standing position in the executive branch of strict neutrality toward sovereignty of the disputed city.
July 1, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Puppeteers from the Israeli version of "Sesame Street" are protesting the cancellation of a puppet festival for Palestinian children at an East Jerusalem theater. Israeli Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich ordered the Hakawati Theater temporarily closed last week, preventing the annual festival from being held. Israeli authorities alleged the theater had received sponsorship illegally from the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. The theater's director, Mohammed Halayiqa, denied the accusation , telling Agence France-Presse that the festival was funded by donations from abroad and calling the closure "disgraceful.
May 15, 2013 |
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinians held rallies and protests Wednesday to commemorate 65 years of what has come to be known as the “nakba,” or catastrophe, a reference to their displacement in the first Arab-Israeli war in 1948. Thousands of Palestinians rallied in several West Bank and Gaza cities, and others clashed with Israeli soldiers at contact points. Medics said dozens of Palestinians were treated for either tear gas inhalation, minor injuries from rubber-coated metal bullets fired by Israeli soldiers or beatings at various locations in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
May 8, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Israeli police on Wednesday detained and questioned a top Palestinian cleric about clashes that took place a day earlier in Jerusalem's Old City. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Sheik Muhammad Hussein, also known as the mufti of Jerusalem, was released with no charges after six hours. It was a rare arrest of a senior Palestinian religious figure and drew immediate condemnation from Palestinian Authority leaders. President Mahmoud Abbas described the arrest as “a blatant violation of freedom of worship” and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called it “a grave escalation.” The Tuesday clashes occurred when Palestinians began protesting against a group of Jewish visitors to the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, known to Jews as Temple Mount.
April 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress on Wednesday that any chance of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by creating a separate Palestinian state may be lost in two years. The unusually specific prediction was intended to highlight Kerry's urgency in trying to encourage peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. "The window for the two-state solution is shutting," he said. "I think we have some period of time, a year and a half or two years, or it's over.
March 1, 2013 |
As Israel pursues an expanded settlement agenda in Palestinian territory, even its friends are beginning to sound like its adversaries. The European Union issued a damning report this week, calling the Israeli government's construct-and-control strategy "the biggest single threat to the two-state solution" aimed at bringing peace to one of the Middle East's most violence-prone regions. And for the first time in its annual evaluation of Israeli settlement policy, the 27-nation bloc that is Jerusalem's most important trading partner hinted at a possible boycott of goods produced on illegally occupied land.
December 19, 2012 |
JERUSALEM -- Defying a wave of international condemnation, Israel on Wednesday gave final approval to a 2,610-unit housing project in a southern Jerusalem area that Palestinians claim should be part of their future state. The project, called Givat Hamatos, is the first entirely new development approved in 15 years in the Jerusalem area on land Israel seized during the 1967 Middle East War. City officials said the project -- which could begin construction in a year -- is needed to ease the rising cost of housing.
December 17, 2012 |
JERUSALEM -- Israel gave a green light Monday to 1,500 new units of Jewish housing in the Ramat Shlomo development in the northern Jerusalem area, an expansion that had triggered a diplomatic rift with the U.S. after it was first announced during a 2010 visit to Israel by Vice President Joe Biden. The project, located on land Israel seized during the 1967 Middle East war, had been largely dormant after the Obama administration complained that the timing of the announcement during Biden's trip was an “insult.” The U.S. opposes Israeli settlement on land beyond the 1967 Green Line, considering it an obstacle to peace talks.