Israel Cut Land Offer by Half, Palestinian Ex-Negotiator Says – Businessweek

BusinessweekIsrael told the Palestinians it’s willing to withdraw from only 40 percent of the West Bank, a Palestinian official close to the peace talks said, indicating how far U.S. Secretary … Read More

Kid gloves seen softening Israeli crackdown on pro-settler vandals – Reuters UK

Reuters UKMISHOR ADUMIM, West Bank (Reuters) – Last March, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a crackdown on crimes that elsewhere might be shrugged off as ugly but sufferable mischief … Read More

Israel ex-PM recounts 2008 talks with Palestinians – Washington Post

Washington PostJERUSALEM — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Friday that if talks he held with Palestinians in 2008 had produced a peace deal, it would have forced tens … Read More

Abbas suggest NATO troops be stationed in future Palestinian state – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostIn ‘NY Times’ interview, PA president says Israeli troops should remain in West Bank, east Jerusalem for 5-year transitional period, and then be replaced by US-led NATO force: “We … Read More

Right-wing group starts 7-day vigil against possible withdrawal from West Bank – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post‘Women in Green’ gather in front of Netanyahu’s residence to implore him to maintain total sovereignty over disputed territories. Prof. Arieh Eldad speaking to Women in Green Photo: Courtesy. … Read More

Scarlett Johansson Stepping Down As Oxfam Ambassador – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsScarlett Johansson is ending her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticized over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the West Bank. A … Read More

Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam role over SodaStream row – BBC News

BBC NewsActress Scarlett Johansson has quit as an ambassador for Oxfam amid a row over her support for an Israeli company that operates in the occupied West Bank. A spokesman … Read More

Scarlett Johansson ends relationship with Oxfam over SodaStream endorsement – Daily Mail

Daily MailScarlett Johansson has ended her relationship with a humanitarian group after being criticised over her support for an Israeli soda maker company that operates in the West Bank. A … Read More

Bennett clarifies: I did not apologize to Netanyahu – Haaretz

HaaretzPM issues ultimatum to economy minister: Apologize by Sunday or you’re fired; Bennett says regrets if Netanyahu was hurt; Likud officials: We didn’t expect our threat to work so quickly. … Read More

Thomas Friedman: Kerry’s plan envisions Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem – Haaretz

HaaretzSenior NYT analyst lays out expected points of the framework deal, which he believes will include phased withdrawal from West Bank according to 1967 lines and will not allow return … Read More

Netanyahu says West has ‘no chance’ of striking final nuclear deal with Iran – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem Post“No final status agreement with Iran will work,” the premier said hours after returning from his trip to Davos, where he took part in the World Economic Forum. Netanyahu. … Read More

Kerry sees progress on Israeli-Palestinian framework deal – Reuters

ReutersRAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards a “framework agreement” to guide their talks on a formal peace deal but still have some way … Read More

Kerry continues Mideast shuttle diplomacy – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleRAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting for the second time in two days with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD’ ah-BAHS’), trying to … Read More

Palestinian envoy in Prague killed by blast after he opens old safe – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesRAMALLAH, West Bank — The newly appointed Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic died Wednesday shortly after he was injured by an explosion when he opened an old … Read More

Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners Before Kerry – Bloomberg

BloombergFriends and family members of the 26 Palestinian prisoners who are expected to be… Read More. Friends and family members of the 26 Palestinian prisoners who are expected to be … Read More

Kerry to offer outline of Mideast peace deal – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will present Israel and the Palestinians the broad outlines of what a final Mideast peace agreement could look like when he … Read More

Israel releases third group of Palestinian prisoners – Xinhua

XinhuaJERUSALEM, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) — Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners early Tuesday, as part of a U.S.-brokered agreement to resume direct peace talks between the two sides. The prisoners — … Read More

Ministers release list of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be freed in advance of Kerry’s … – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostMinisters finalize list of prisoners to be freed ahead of Kerry’s return to the region; Peri: 15-25% of settlers would be evacuated in peace deal; illegal West Bank building … Read More

A rare bond in Bethlehem gets ancient church restored – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBETHLEHEM, West Bank — Two weeks before Christmas, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Middle East in a century dumped several inches of snow on the … Read More

Arab League nixes American proposal to let IDF stay in West Bank in peace deal – Jerusalem Post

Jerusalem PostAt an emergency meeting called at Abbas’ request, Arab League Secretary General Nabil Elaraby said there could be not one Israeli soldier in the territory of a future Palestine. … Read More

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