PM mulling new initiative on Palestinian statehood

BY HERB KEINON, JPOST The current instability in the region, coupled with the continued refusal of the Palestinians to negotiate, will likely lead to an Israeli initiative to move the diplomatic process forward, senior government officials said Tuesday. The officials said that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was contemplating a phased approach “that will lead us…

Bibi's leadership test

BY MOSHE DANN, YNETNEWS– Thanks to uprisings throughout the Arab world, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has avoided one of the most difficult domestic – and international – issues on the table: the fate of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, “the settlements,” “the occupation,” and the “two-state” delusion. Having recognized the “right of the Palestinian…

Netanyahu wary of new international efforts in peace process

BY BARAK RAVID, HAARETZ— Four days before Mideast Quartet officials are planned to meet Israeli and Palestinian representatives, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still hasn’t decided whether or not he will be sending his adviser and peace-talks representative Yitzhak Molcho. The forum of seven senior ministers will be meeting this Tuesday to reach a decision on…

Dear Time Magazine,

Dear Mr. Stengel, I wanted to bring to your attention a recent article in Time entitled “Israel’s Rightward Lurch Scares Some Conservatives.” I hope that you will agree that the article’s obvious bias and numerous distortions are not worthy of the standards of your prestigious magazine. Israel is depicted in the article as essentially sliding…

Mubarak says Israel needs to review its policies

by JPost Staff Israel needs to reexamine its policies and initiate steps to build trust with the Palestinian Authority so that negotiations can be restarted, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday. The two leaders met in Sharm e-Sheikh and held a lengthy, friendly and comprehensive discussion that focused on the…

Why Did U.S. Peace Process Diplomacy Fail; What Happens Next?

by Barry Rubin, GLORIA Center I think this lead from Jackson Diehl’s Washington Post article says it all: “The latest collapse of the Middle East peace process has underlined a reality that the Obama administration has resisted since it took office–that neither the current Israeli government nor the Palestinian Authority shares its passion for moving quickly…

Facing our fears

by Caroline Glick, Jpost US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must have given Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu quite a reception. Otherwise it is hard to understand what possessed him to accept the deal he accepted when he met with her last week. Under the deal, Netanyahu agreed to retroactively extend the Jewish construction ban ended…