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The Peace Process: Never and Forever | Al Jazeera English

Twenty years after the historic signing of the Oslo Accords, there is still no resolution in the Arab-Israeli conflict. Since Oslo, we have seen dozens of summits, countless initiatives and several agreements. So, Empire asks, why are the talks long on process and short on peace? Why have negotiations failed under the sponsorship of the US? And how likely will ...

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Partnerships for Peace | Toni Verstandig

… Bridges between the US, Israel, and Palestine can be built and they can be strong. We simply need to empower this generation of business leaders and the ones to follow to believe that through partnership and innovative solutions, we can acomplish great things. For our part we are ready to step up to get to meet this challenge, are ...

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Prisoners for Peace | CounterPunch

On Tuesday August 13th, 26 “low risk” Palestinian prisoners were released to their families by the Israeli government, a “gesture of good faith” made by Israeli Primer Minster Netanyahu to President Abbas amidst the peace talks that are set to resume in Jerusalem on Wednesday. These kinds of prisoner releases have been commonplace in the years preceding the landmark Oslo ...

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Give the Peace Process a Chance | David Harris

…. Israel must never hesitate to show up at any serious negotiating table. It does so today from a position of remarkable strength. It cannot be bullied into making a deal potentially injurious to the country’s security. It has a powerful friend in the United States. And, yes, it is driven by the age-old Jewish yearning for enduring peace. If ...

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Israel authorises more settler homes in run-up to peace talks – video | theguardian.com

Israel’s housing minister, Uri Ariel, defends the resumption of building work on 1,200 new homes in settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Sunday, shortly after Israel named 26 long-term Palestinian prisoners to be released on Tuesday. Palestinian leaders say settlement expansion could scupper renewed peace talks due to begin on Wednesday For more on this story, visit: ...

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New York Times Issues Correction on Middle East Peace Talks Article | Washington Free Beacon

The New York Times appended a correction on Wednesday to an inaccurate piece that had claimed the U.S. views Israeli settlements as illegal. Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren wrote in a Sunday dispatch on Middle East peace talks, “The United States, along with most of the world, considers these [Israeli] settlements illegal, and some of them sit in the ...

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Syria on the brink of the U.S. intervention | G. Zyuganov, Communist Party of the Russian Federation

The U.S. Congress has approved arms supply to rebel groups fighting against the legitimate Syrian government. Shipments are bound to start early August. Simultaneously Washington has revealed its military action plan against Damascus, including, i.a. training and equipping rebels outside Syrian borders, U.S. Air Force attacks on Syrian Army and Naval bases, establishment of no-fly and buffer zones, securing chemical ...

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Israel must take action to regulate the status of tens of thousands of Gazans living without IDs | B’Tselem

A note from Suhair ‘Abdi, Data Coordinator for B’Tselem. Several B’Tselem staff members recently visited and filmed two checkpoints in the West Bank that serve as crossing points into Israel for Palestinians with work permits. More than 30,000 Palestinians currently have permits to work in Israel and may enter the country through any one of eleven checkpoints. The two checkpoints ...

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The American delusion with peace talks | Mondoweiss

Some may accuse us of cynicism for this view, but the truth is, even if Netanyahu was sincere about wanting peace, there is no chance that it can emerge from these talks. Even before they have begun, Israel has made it clear that there are certain doors it will not open. The status of Jerusalem, the Right of Return for ...

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Peace Dividend: Why China stands to gain the most from the Middle East talks | By Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

Remember when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict made front pages every day and the United States fought wars to secure oil and gas in the Middle East? Back then, the region’s political problems were of primary economic importance to Americans. But now, as the prospect of energy independence dawns, to whom does the Middle East really matter? On the surface, it sure ...

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