PM orders ministers to halt cooperation with Palestinians

By ISRAEL HAYOM— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ordered Israeli government ministries to cut off high-level contacts with the Palestinian Authority on non-security related issues. The Prime Minister’s Office said the move was a response to the recent Palestinian decision to submit applications to join 15 international organizations and conventions. The order does not…

Kerry’s folly

BY CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER— When has a secretary of state been involved in so many disastrous, self-initiated negotiations? First, John Kerry convenes — against all advice and holding no cards — Geneva negotiations to resolve the Syria conflict and supposedly remove Bashar al-Assad from power. The talks collapse in acrimony and confusion. Kerry’s response? A second…

75% of Palestinians: Chances for state in 5 years ‘nonexistent’

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, JPOST— A total of 62 percent of Palestinians would oppose US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed framework agreement if it includes a request to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a public opinion poll published on Monday showed. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research,…

Abbas expected to officially refuse to recognize Israel

By LEA SPEYER, BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS— Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with United States President Barack Obama on Monday to discuss a peace framework agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The meeting, which is expected to be tense, will see Abbas insisting on “Palestinian principles and international legitimacy,” according to his spokesman…

Kerry tells Abbas: ‘Weeks’ left to make ‘tough decisions’

By MICHAEL WILNER, JPOST— US Secretary of State John Kerry told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas he has just weeks to make “tough political decisions” in talks with Israel over a two-state solution, during a bilateral meeting between the two men in Washington on Sunday. Kerry encouraged Abbas “to make the tough decisions that will…

The Glick Plan

By SETH LIPSKY, NY SUN— President Obama will meet a week hence with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas. Israel’s premier, Benjamin Netanyahu, says he is prepared to make a “historic peace.” The White House reckons his choice is limited. “What is his long-term answer for Israel,” asks the New York Times in an editorial, “if…

Obama to Netanyahu: Two-state solution still possible

By YITZHAK BENHORIN, YNET— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with US President Barack Obama Monday at the White House. Speaking to the press, Obama said that there is strong bipartisan support for Israel’s security and that the two-state solution is still possible. Obama praised Netanyahu’s intensive efforts in the talks and reiterated his commitment to…