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August 29, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
The Israeli-Palestinian peace summit this week in Washington has again put a spotlight on Jewish settlement construction in the West Bank. Palestinian leaders say the U.S.-sponsored negotiations will collapse if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not extend his moratorium on most new housing starts, a 10-month program slated to expire Sept. 26. Naftali Bennett, Netanyahu's former chief of staff and the recently named director-general of the settler advocacy group the Yesha Council, spoke to the Los Angeles Times about what he thinks his old boss will do and the challenges facing the settler movement.
November 12, 2013 | By Dalia Dassa Kaye
Even as the Geneva talks on Iran's nuclear program were underway, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu publicly rejected the deal diplomats were working to achieve. It would be, he said, the "deal of the century" for Iran but "a very bad deal" for other countries. An agreement did not come out of last week's talks. But when the participants resume negotiations later this month, they should keep one thing in mind: Not all Israelis are as alarmed about a potential deal as Netanyahu.
March 23, 2010 | By Paul Richter
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.
September 12, 1997 | MAHER HATHOUT, Maher Hathout is senior advisor to the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a public service agency based in Washington and Los Angeles that addresses U.S. policy in Muslim affairs
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 | By Paul Richter and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Edmund Sanders and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
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...
January 23, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
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...
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