Oslo Fifteen Years On

Posted on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 @ 02:28 PM

Why the historic effort to close peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority foundered
Oslo Accord

After the accord was signed in 1993 various obstacles arose to render most of the agreement null. But it did have some positive effects as Israeli negotiator Uri Savir notes in this recent interview.

The bitterlemons Web site devotes its latest report (#36) to a four-way commentary on Oslo, including one from Savir.

Tags: arab-israeli conflict, bitterlemons, oslo accords, palestinian authority, peace process, savir, israel

United States Gets Busy in the Mid-East Again

Posted on Mon, Mar 31, 2008 @ 03:14 PM
Secretary of State Rice's visit prompts easing of some West Bank restrictions
Google News
Details: United States Gets Busy in the Mid-East Again
West Bank roadblock restrictions
In an apparent attempt to get the peace process reignited, Condoleezza Rice appears to have wrung some concessions from Israel to improve Palestinian life on the West bank by easing some roadblock restrictions. 

Tags: middle east, israeli-palestinian conflict, peace process, west bank, Condoleezza Rice

Palestinian President Suspends Mid-East Conflict Negotiations

Posted on Mon, Mar 03, 2008 @ 03:16 PM

Abbas pulls out of Middle East peace talks with Israel's government over Gaza action
Google BlogSearch
Details: Palestinian President Suspends Mid-East  Conflict Negotiations
Israel's military action in Gaza

The current round of talks aimed at a peace treaty by year's end are now on hold following Israel's military actions in Gaza

Mahmoud Abbas has taken the largely symbolic step to protest Israel's military incursion into Gaza to prevent further rocket attacks on Sderot and Ashkelon.

According to a story on the BBC World News site, the Palestinian president is seen as increasingly ineffective in the face of Israel's overwhelming ability to use force.

Tags: gaza, peace process, israel, Middle East Conflict, Palestine, Peace talks, abbas, mid-east

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
Google News
Details: Israel and Palestinian  Authority Lower Expectations For Peace Treaty by End of 2008
Shas Party
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.

Tags: jerusalem, Olmert, peace process, israel, annapolis, Palestine, abbas

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
Google News
Details: Palestinian Prime Minister Says Israel Making  Little Effort
Palestinian progress security issues

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."

Tags: tony blair, Salam Fayyad, peace process, israel, annapolis, Middle East Conflict, Palestine, mid-east, aspen institute