An Israel-Palestine peace conference — without Israel or Palestine

The futile talkfest in Paris aimed its message at America, not the Middle East. The Economist January 17, 2017 The Paris meeting felt less like a diplomatic summit than a farewell concert thrown by an aging rock band. . . . Diplomats promised to meet again in Paris later this year. It may be difficult …

Jerusalem’s Status Won’t Be as Easy to Settle as Other Real Estate Deals. (Here’s Why.)

By Brent E. Sasley / The Washington Post December 25, 2016 The “let’s make a deal” approach assumes that each negotiating party has a series of material things that can be traded off. In this approach, both sides understand they will be better off with more than they currently have. But that doesn’t apply to …

Jewish Storm Builds Over Friedman’s Appointment as Ambassador

By Nathan Guttman / Forward December 16, 2016 “Everything an ambassador says and does has an impact on policy. The president hasn’t been sworn in yet, the Secretary of State hasn’t spoken about this, and he’s already talking about the policy he is going to change. This is unheard of.” —Daniel Kurtzer, Former U.S. Ambassador to …

What Now?

By Sarah Robinson December 8, 2016 [Ed. note: Sarah Robinson is a South African/Canadian writer who has worked as a human rights observer in Israel/Palestine with Ecumenical Accompaniment Program to Palestine and Israel (EAPPI) and Christian Peacemakers Team (CPT). On October 17, Sarah was detained as she arrived at Ben Gurion International Airport  in Tel Aviv. She was subsequently …

Trump has “every intention” of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders hail election of Donald Trump, whose campaign promises would overturn decades of US foreign policy By Peter Beaumont / The Guardian November 9, 2016 “Trump’s victory is an opportunity for Israel to immediately retract the notion of a Palestinian state in the center of the country. This is the …

Trump presidency bodes ill for Israel-Palestine peace process

With president-elect likely to be either maximalist pro-Israel or isolationist, the question is whether stagnant process can survive By Peter Beaumont / The Guardian November 17, 2016 What is clear, for all the muddle, is that the centre of gravity in US thinking is lurching from the two-state solution as it has been understood by …