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…

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…

Abbas refuses to cave to U.S. pressure to withdraw UN resolution on settlements

BY EMET REPORT— Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to turn down Washington’s request to withdraw a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding Israel halt settlement expansion on occupied land. Several officials close to Abbas on Friday predicted this would be the consensus of a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s executive later in the day…

The legacy of a teetering peace

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— One of the first casualties of the Egyptian revolution may very well be Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. The Egyptian public’s overwhelming animus towards Jews renders it politically impossible for any Egyptian leader to come out in support of the treaty. Over the weekend, the junta now ruling Egypt refused to…

Quartet refuses to endorse unilateral state; PA upset

BY TOVAH LAZAROFF AND KHALED ABU TOAMEH, JPOST Palestinians said they were disappointed that the Quartet refused to heed their call for unilateral statehood and instead continued to throw its support behind a negotiated solution, when it met on Saturday in Germany. “Unilateral actions by either party cannot prejudge the outcome of negotiations and will not…

Latest Chapter in Mideast Tension: Mitchell vs. Ross

by NATHAN GUTTMAN, FORWARD —  The Israeli-Palestinian peace process may be near collapse, but the Washington turf wars surrounding it are still going strong, according to sources involved in the negotiations. The administration’s top Middle East hands — special envoy George Mitchell and White House adviser Dennis Ross — are increasingly at loggerheads, these sources…

‘Palestine papers’ bring more embarrassment to Arab leaders

by Sheera Frenkel, Jewish World Review Reaction to a trove of secret documents from Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations was fast and furious Monday, as Palestinians sought to defend or attack their leaders amid allegations that they had offered serious concessions on key issues. In Ramallah, the capital of the Palestinian Authority, a crowd rampaged against the…

Obama to withhold veto from Palestinian UN move to condemn Israeli settlements

by DEBKAfile Israel and the US are set for a collision if President Barack Obama stands by his refusal to veto a Palestinian-Arab motion due to be tabled at the UN Security Council condemning Israel for its settlement policy in the West Bank and Jerusalem, debkafile’s Washington sources report. If he did, he would be…

PA says Al-Jazeera is declaring war on them

by Khaled Abu Toameh, JPost A senior Palestinian Authority official in Ramallah on Sunday strongly condemned the Al-Jazeera TV network for publishing hundreds of documents concerning the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis. “Al-Jazeera has declared war on the Palestinians,” the official told The Jerusalem Post. “This station serves the interests of the enemies of…