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.
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...
January 28, 2014 |
TEL AVIV -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid out clashing visions of a two-state solution here Tuesday during an Israeli security conference. In a taped interview broadcast at the conference, Abbas insisted that Israeli troops pull out of Palestinian territories in the West Bank within three years after a peace agreement is reached. He suggested a third party, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, oversee an Israeli withdrawal and maintain a long-term security presence in the area.
July 15, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - A new diplomatic spat is emerging between the United States and Israel, and it has nothing to do with Iran or Palestinians for a change. Americans are angry that Israel has apparently bowed to Chinese pressure and agreed to prevent senior Israeli security officials from testifying in a private terrorism lawsuit, filed in the U.S., against the Bank of China, according to Israel's leading daily newspaper, Yedioth Aharonot. The lawsuit was brought in New York by Sheryl and Yekutiel Wultz of Florida, whose son Daniel was killed in 2006 in a terror attack in Tel Aviv at the age of 16. The suit alleges that the Bank of China aided terrorism by allowing representatives of Islamic Jihad and Hamas to use the bank to wire funds that eventually ended up in the hands of terror cells responsible for attacks like the one that killed Wultz.