March 23, 2010 |
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave no ground Monday on U.S. opposition to Israeli construction in disputed areas, signaling that Washington would continue pressing Israel during two days of high-profile events. Clinton told a powerful, pro-Israel lobbying organization that U.S.-Israeli ties were "rock solid." But she did not retreat from the Obama administration's condemnation this month of Israel's plans for 1,600 new housing units in disputed East Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to address the same conference, held by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
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September 12, 1997 |
The patient is almost dead. The patient in this scenario is the Middle East peace process--or hope for it. All the resuscitation efforts--shuttling back and forth by U.S. envoy Dennis Ross, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's visit or the incomprehensible summit of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Jordan's King Hussein in Cairo--have failed. Like the lonely feeling of a hospital waiting room, anxiety fills the air of this troubled region.
November 12, 2010 |
The Democrats' midterm election losses appear to have spurred a shift in a key alliance, with Israel stepping up its resistance to the Obama administration's Mideast peace initiative and efforts to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions. President Obama has pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for months to avoid any move that would set back the peace effort Washington launched Sept. 1. The talks faltered almost immediately over Israel's refusal to extend a partial freeze on building in disputed territories.
May 16, 2011 |
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to embark on a U.S. trip his aides once said would include a "historic" announcement designed to jump-start the Middle East peace process, there's a growing consensus that neither Israel nor Washington is ready to make any bold moves after all. Some of the pressure Israel was facing from the U.S. and Europe has been at least temporarily lifted by the international unease over a May 4 reconciliation deal...
March 22, 2010 |
Hours before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarked Sunday on a trip to Washington to mend U.S.-Israeli ties, tensions built in the West Bank when Israeli soldiers shot dead two Palestinian teenagers they say threatened them with a pitchfork and ax. The shootings brought the Palestinian death toll to four during the last two days in the Nablus region. On Saturday, two Palestinian teens were shot by soldiers after a clash with Jewish settlers over a water well. "This escalation by Israel and the killing of Palestinians every day is going to sabotage efforts by the U.S. and others to restart peace talks," said Nabil abu Rudaineh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
January 23, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Just a few days ago, Yair Lapid was a political rookie making his first foray into Israeli elections with a newly formed centrist party. He awoke Wednesday as a major power broker. Israeli pundits and journalists wasted no time anointing Lapid, 49, a possible heir-apparent to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose conservative Likud Party delivered a disappointing performance at the polls. Lapid's new party, Yesh Atid ("There Is a Future"), won 19 seats, nearly overtaking Likud, which came in first with 20. "New King Is Crowned," blared one newspaper headline.
November 24, 2013 |
GENEVA - Turning the fragile preliminary agreement on Iran's nuclear program into a stringent long-term deal will require even harder negotiations than those in the arduous months leading up to Sunday's signing ceremony in Geneva. New issues will be added to the complex mix even while the two sides try to maintain enough momentum to avoid having their temporary deal settle into a slightly altered status quo that satisfies no one. And the talks will take place amid fierce crossfire from critics on both sides.
April 19, 2011 |
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under mounting pressure to unveil a new plan for solving the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict or risk having the U.S. and international community move ahead with a strategy of their own. Israel won some breathing space with the postponement last week of a meeting of international powers in Berlin, but American and European diplomats are continuing to prod Netanyahu to lay out his vision for...
November 24, 2013
Re "'Selfie' snags Oxford title of word of the year," Nov. 20 Neologisms such as "selfie" and "twerk" are spewed out daily by youngsters whose vocabularies consist of monosyllabic words. The thought process it took to invent a word such as "selfie" involved perhaps as much cogitation as deciding what food item to ingest. Nonetheless, many linguists argue that language is not deteriorating but rather evolving. The direction of that evolution is never expressed because it seems to be going toward nothingness.
June 28, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry traveled from meeting to meeting Friday as he sought to jump-start the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during his fifth visit to the region since taking office in February. Kerry, who arrived in Israel on Thursday evening, has said little in public but has spent most of his time talking to leaders on both sides in private. The mission so far appears intense and discreet. Over a 24-hour period, Kerry met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Amman, Jordan, and then returned to Jerusalem for a second meeting with Netanyahu, as well as Israeli President Shimon Peres.