BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama avoids tough talk on Israeli-Palestinian conflict
September 21st, 2011
04:02 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama avoids tough talk on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

New York (CNN) – I listened closely to President Obama's United Nations General Assembly speech. He certainly touched on most of the major international issues, although often he offered diplomatic nuances on sensitive subjects.

On Iran's nuclear program: "The Iranian government cannot demonstrate that its program is peaceful, has not met its obligations, and rejected offers that would provide it with peaceful nuclear power."

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Perry returns to New York
September 19th, 2011
04:10 PM ET
3 years ago

Perry returns to New York

(CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry will be joined by American Jewish and Israeli leaders Tuesday at a news conference in New York City.

According to Rubenstein Public Relations, Danny Danon, leader of the conservative Likud Party in Israel, will be among those invited to answer questions at the media availability. Danon will also speak against this week's vote for Palestinian full membership at the United Nations.
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September 5th, 2010
01:05 PM ET
4 years ago

Clinton to make Middle East trip

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell will travel to the Middle East on September 14.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Envoy George Mitchell will travel to the Middle East on September 14.

(CNN) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to the Middle East on September 14 to participate in a second round of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, according to a senior State Department official.

George Mitchell, the Obama administration's Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, will join Clinton on the trip.

Clinton will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt before traveling to Jerusalem to continue the peace talks.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Israel • Middle East • Palestinian Authority
September 3rd, 2010
01:56 PM ET
4 years ago

Settlements remain obstacle in Mideast peace talks

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are at a stalemate over whether Israeli settlements should continue.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas are at a stalemate over whether Israeli settlements should continue.

Washington (CNN) - After two days of meetings and talks led by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli and Palestinian leaders leave Washington deadlocked over the contentious issue of Israeli settlements.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met alone behind closed doors Thursday, in a State Department room just outside Clinton's office. The one-on-one meeting followed their on-camera pledges to move the peace process forward and their hardy handshake with Clinton in the middle.

But several diplomatic sources involved in the summit said the two leaders emerged from their meeting in a stalemate over whether Israeli settlements should continue.

The two leaders met with Clinton to give a readout of their meeting.

According to Palestinian delegation member Fadi Elsalameen, the two leaders were very blunt about their opposing views.

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Filed under: Israel • Middle East • Palestinian Authority
September 2nd, 2010
01:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Mideast peace talks stir hope but few illusions

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 President Obama and leaders from Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority spoke Wednesday at the White House. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)


(CNN) - The latest round of peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians is starting off much like similar endeavors in the past, but the Obama administration hopes that this time, the outcome will be different.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is hosting direct talks Thursday between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

On the eve of the talks, President Obama held a working dinner with Abbas, Netanyahu, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah II of Jordan.

"I am hopeful - cautiously hopeful, but hopeful - that we can achieve the goal that all four of these leaders articulated," Obama said before the dinner.

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September 2nd, 2010
01:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Mideast leaders to meet every two weeks

(CNN) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to meet again on September 14 and 15, and roughly every two weeks thereafter, according to former Sen. George Mitchell, President Barack Obama's special envoy for Middle East peace.


Filed under: George Mitchell • Israel • Palestinian Authority
August 29th, 2010
03:39 PM ET
4 years ago

Israel, Palestinians stake positions ahead of talks

Jerusalem (CNN) - Israeli and Palestinian leaders were looking forward to direct talks this week in Washington with both hope and apprehension. The two sides have agreed to hold direct peace talks beginning Thursday, the first such talks since 2008.

"I am convinced that if the Palestinian leadership approaches these talks with the same degree of seriousness as [us], we will be able to advance toward a stable agreement that will ensure peace and security for both peoples and will contribute to the security and stability of the region," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Netanyahu leaves for Washington on Tuesday, he said, with the goal to "seriously and responsibly" advance a peace agreement with the Palestinians. The talks will be held without prior conditions, he said.

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August 20th, 2010
08:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Clinton to announce direct Mideast talks to resume

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks.

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce Friday that Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to return to direct talks to address core issues, diplomatic sources and a senior U.S. official said.

The sources said President Barack Obama is expected to invite the parties to talks in Washington in early September. But they cautioned the final details were still being worked out.

If the talks resume, it would be the first time since peace talks broke down in December 2008 over Israel's three-week military offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

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