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Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held on Wednesday [August 21, 2013] the third round of direct political talks in an undisclosed location in Jerusalem. The Palestinians demanded involving the Quartet Committee in the direct talks, but Tel Aviv and Washington, the mediator, expressed reservations. read full story / add a comment
Israel and Palestinian officials held a meeting, last week, in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, and discussed the efforts to ensure the continuation of the recently resumed direct peace talks, mediated by the United States. read full story / add a comment
Palestinian officials involved in the direct talks with Tel Aviv have reported that the latest round of direct Palestinian-Israeli talks, held late on Wednesday at night, was very stormy due to Israel’s decision to build hundreds of units in illegal West Bank settlements. read full story / add a comment
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their second round of direct talks, without American supervision, and following five hours of talks, they decided to schedule another meeting in the coming few days, without setting a specific date for this meeting. read full story / add a comment
Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, claiming that the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) and its President, Mahmoud Abbas, are inciting against Israel, even after the resumption of direct peace talks. read full story / add a comment
United Foreign Secretary, Jennifer Psaki, stated Thursday [August 8, 2013] that the next round of direct Palestinian-Israeli talks will be held on August 14 in Jerusalem, then in the West bank city of Jericho. read full story / add a comment
Chief Palestinian Negotiator, Dr. Saeb Erekat, stated Saturday [August 3, 2013] that the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) will not accept transitional solutions to the conflict, and is acting on negotiating on all final status issues. read full story / add a comment
Israeli Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni, stated that the next round of direct peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (P.A) will be held in Israel in the second week of this month, and added that the first group of Palestinian detainees will be released by then. read full story / add a comment
Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, received on Thursday evening [August 1, 2013] a phone call from U.S. President, Barack Obama, and discussed the ongoing efforts to ensure smooth resumption of direct peace talks between Tel Aviv and Ramallah. read full story / add a comment
On Tuesday afternoon, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held a press conference in which he laid out his timeline for final status negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, calling for a final agreement within nine months. This is not the first time such an announcement has been made by a U.S. official – in fact, every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter has made similar proclamations.
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On Monday [July 29], US Secretary of State John Kerry named Martin Indyk as the administration’s special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Indyk, 62, who is Jewish, has worked for AIPAC, a pro-Israel lobby group, and he helped found the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), a think tank that has been critisied for being a part of the pro-Israel lobby.
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In an address to the members of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday 23 July, Riyad Mansour – Palestine’s representative in the United Nations – decried Israeli “war crimes” and extremist acts of “terror” against the Palestinians, and openly condemned its policies of land confiscation and settlement construction. read full story / add a comment
Israeli Yedioth Aharonoth has reported that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank presented four main requests to U.S. Secretary of State. John Kerry, to present to Israel for approval before direct peace talks between Ramallah and Tel Aviv can resume. read full story / add a comment
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