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Optimism was thick in the Washington air before President Abbas had even arrived in Washington. The former US envoys and diplomats talked of a low ebb and lack of trust, but the Palestinians were curiously upbeat.
Tony Blair resigned as Middle East peace envoy yesterday. It was a perfectly timed resignation - just after the Queen's speech at the state opening of parliament when all the political writers were busy writing about the Tories' plans for government for the next five years.
Facebook Page Calls For The Execution Of A Palestinian 'Terrorist' Every Hour Until Missing Israeli Teenagers Are Found
A Facebook page has been set up calling for the execution of a Palestinian “terrorist” every hour until three missing Israeli
Despite myriad Palestinian weaknesses, divisions and fratricidal power-plays, Abu Mazen remains by far one of the most dovish Palestinian leaders. But even he cannot deliver the goods today...
Pope Francis was pictured locking lips with Israeli president Shimon Peres this weekend – in an image reminiscent of an advertising
Pope Francis is set to lead an unprecedented "intense prayer session" with both Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli
The wider international community can play a role at this critical moment. To keep open the window for a negotiated solution, Europe and the United States must make clear their expectation that the Palestinians should refrain from unilateral steps and stay at the table.
David Cameron will use his first visit to Israel and the Palestian territory to call on leaders to take the "difficult final
The West's experience in Iraq should have offered a lesson about nation building or destroying. Before there can be a Palestinian state all parts of that proposed state have to be at peace with each other and dedicated to peace with Israel.