Israel and Palestinian Authority Lower Expectations For Peace Treaty by End of 2008

Posted on Wed, Feb 20, 2008 @ 03:22 PM

Tuesday's meeting of Abbas and Olmert Seems to Confirm Rumors of Slow Down
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The two leaders have met twice a month since Annapolis with little apparent forward movement. The New York Times reported today that PM Olmert's coalition problems mean that if Jerusalem appears on the agenda at this point, he will lose an essential conservative partner, the religious Shas Party.

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Israeli Newspaper Haaretz Reports FM Livni's Opposition to Olmert's Go Slow on Jerusalem

Posted on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 @ 03:27 PM

Israeli foreign minister opposes her prime minister's delay of Jerusalem issue
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Tzipi Livni agreed with her PA counterpart, Ahmed Qurei, that without Jerusalem on the table negotiations would go nowhere. Annapolis was an agreement to discuss all issues, she said. Haaretz commented, "This means that the order of debates on the core issues is insignificant, as without an understanding on Jerusalem, any understandings reached on other issues, like borders and refugees, are meaningless."

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Palestinian Prime Minister Says Israel Making Little Effort

Posted on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 @ 03:30 PM

Salam Fayyad claims little progress on the ground in peace process
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Speaking in the U.S. at the Aspen Institute, Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad said that three months after the Annapolis meetings little has changed on the ground as far as Israel's efforts are concerned.

While, according to Tony Blair, the Palestinians have made progress on security issues, Fayyad said that with respect to road blocks and settlements, "You see no change in the way that Israel operates."

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Reuters Reports Lack of Optimism on Part of Israeli and Palestinian Leaders

Posted on Mon, Feb 11, 2008 @ 03:34 PM

The "Annapolis Process" seems to be foundering in the eyes of both Israeli and Palestinian officials
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Israel's vice premier, Haim Ramon and the Palestinian Authority's prime minister, Salam Fayyad have recently expressed their doubts that a final settlement will be reached this year, though a month ago in Ramallah President Bush said he thought it could happen. The sticking point is once again Jerusalem. Acknowledging the current weakness of his party, Ramon said, "Sooner or later, we will deal with Jerusalem and then we will have problems."

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Where Annapolis Succeeded

Posted on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 @ 03:35 PM
Michael B. Oren, author of arguably the best account of the Six Day War, had an op-ed piece in the New York Times this weekend. It makes the point that Annapolis succeeded not so much as a peace conference but as a prelude to further conflict in which moderate Middle Easterners of all stripes will oppose the"extremism" of Iran.

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Annapolis Talks Yield A Date To Keep Talking

Posted on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 @ 03:25 PM

According to the end of day statements, the Annapolis meetings set December 12 as the date for substantive Israeli-Palestinian final status talks in a projected year-long process.

I have noted elsewhere that only when there is a fortuitous collision of interests and outside interventions does momentum shift in the century long conflict over Jerusalem (a microcosm of the larger impasse). It seems such a crucial shift might be round the corner.

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The Economist Summarizes the Summit That Was Not

Posted on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 @ 03:23 PM

According to the Economist magazine, the Annapolis conference "ended with a commitment to the goal of a Palestinian state, and a promise of immediate talks, but with no mention of borders, Jerusalem or Jewish settlements on the West Bank. Hamas, the rejectionist Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, held a huge rally and denounced Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president."

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Middle East News Source

Posted on Mon, Dec 03, 2007 @ 02:25 PM
Realite EU's Simon Barrett does a Mid-East news round up every couple of weeks in his International Media Intelligence Analysis. It's a very helpful synopsis.

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