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The challenges ahead for Iran’s new President | www.sipri.org

The election of cleric Hassan Rouhani as the seventh president of the Islamic Republic of Iran confirmed both the unpredictability and the enduring adaptability of Iran’s political landscape. Rouhani, who will be officially endorsed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on 3 August, faces a number of immediate challenges, including bridging the gap between Iran’s political factions and addressing the ...

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The EU becomes assertive in the Middle East Peace Process | openDemocracy

The directive will prohibit the issuing of grants, funding, prizes or scholarships unless a settlement exclusion sentence is included. In other words: EU financial assistance will no longer go to Israeli entities in the occupied territories. The directive covers most areas of co-operation between the EU and Israel such as science, economics, culture, sports and academia, but it does not ...

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Japan pledges to support Mideast peace through Palestine development | GlobalPost

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday expressed Japan’s continued commitment to supporting Middle East peace efforts as momentum builds for Israel and Palestine to restart their stalled peace talks. “There was great significance in holding a (four-party ministerial) meeting amid signs of progress in the Mideast peace process,” Kishida said at a joint news conference after a meeting in ...

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Barriers to Israel peace less now, says President Carter | Amanpour – CNN.com Blogs

The differences to bridge for peace between the Israelis and Palestinians are not as great now as they were between Israel and Egypt during the groundbreaking Camp David accords, Former President Jimmy Carter told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday. “The differences between the two are not nearly so great as they were then,” Carter said, “if Israel will still accept, ...

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Why Hezbollah is not going away as long as Israel occupies Arab land | Stop the War Coalition

For the first time in the history of the Arab/Israeli conflict, a military force emerged under Hezbollah leadership that could not be defeated by US-backed Israeli forces. Attempts to brand Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation are not only futile, but fly in the face of the facts of this movement and its history. Like all genuine resistance movements, the Lebanese ...

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After 3 Years of Silence, Palestinians and Israelis to Restart Peace Talks | Various Sources

Israel and the Palestinians appear headed back to negotiations in the hopes of settling long-standing differences. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made the announcement in Amman, Jordan Friday, after returning from a trip to Ramallah and a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. For more on this story, visit: Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks Back On. The top US diplomat ...

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Kerry to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace with Arabs | Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will discuss his effort to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks with Arab officials in Jordan on Wednesday, according to the State Department, which declined to comment on whether a resumption may be at hand. For more on this story, visit: Kerry to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace with Arabs | Reuters.

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