Palestinians join Geneva Conventions on war

2014-04-11 14:57

The Palestinian Authority has formally signed up to the Geneva Conventions, which set down the rules of warfare and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

First women join Palestine commando unit

2014-04-07 10:53

Palestinian women in combat fatigues and headscarves have become trailblazers in a still largely male-dominated society, where they are set to become the first females in the Presidential Guards.

Israel won't release Palestinian prisoners

2014-04-03 22:31

Israel says it is cancelling the fourth release of Palestinian prisoners over the Palestinian UN push.

Palestinians sign treaties to press Israel

2014-04-02 14:08

A surprise decision by President Mahmoud Abbas to sign more than a dozen international conventions giving Palestine greater leverage against Israel left the US struggling with peace talks.

Kerry meets Netanyahu again to revive peace talks

2014-04-01 10:29

US Secretary of State John Kerry has met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the second time in less than 12 hours in an effort salvage stalled peace talks with the Palestinians.

Arab summit refuses to recognise 'Jewish state'

2014-03-26 13:18

Arab leaders fully back a Palestinian refusal to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, a flashpoint issue which is threatening to derail the US-led peace talks.

Obama tells Abbas risks for peace are needed

2014-03-17 20:49

US President Barack Obama has told Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas that both he and Israeli leaders must make tough political decisions and take "risks" for peace.

Palestinians: Netanyahu declared end to talks

2014-03-05 06:48

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to pro-Israel lobbyists in the US has amounted to "an official announcement of a unilateral end to negotiations," a Palestinian official says.

Abbas: Palestinians won't flood Israel

2014-02-16 22:45

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has said he was not looking "to flood Israel" with returning Palestinian refugees.

Settlement critics are hypocrites: Netanyahu

2014-01-17 08:03

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed international critics of Jewish settlements, calling them hypocrites.

Netanyahu gloomy about peace talks

2014-01-02 22:39

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has offered a gloomy assessment of peace prospects with the Palestinians John Kerry began his 10th visit to the region in pursuit of a deal.

Israel jittery amid Palestinian attacks

2013-12-26 15:46

A spate of violent Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets in recent weeks is raising concerns in Israel that it may be on the verge of a new type of Palestinian uprising.

Palestinians committed to 9 months of peace talks

2013-11-18 22:10

The Palestinians will stay in peace talks with Israel for nine months despite their fierce opposition to Israel's settlement building, the Palestinian president has said.

Palestine wants Israel peace deal in 9 months

2013-09-27 07:08

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to continue recently resumed negotiations with Israel with the aim of reaching a permanent peace accord within 9 months.

'All issues' raised in Israel talks: Abbas

2013-08-16 07:12

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas says all key issues were discussed at a new round of peace talks with Israel, but he declined to elaborate because of an agreed news blackout.

Israel approves 1 200 settlement homes

2013-08-12 07:47

Israel's housing minister has given final approval for building nearly 1 200 new settlement apartments on lands the Palestinians want for their state.

Martin Indyk named to shepherd ME talks

2013-07-29 19:46

Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed a former US ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, to shepherd Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington.

Mideast talks could hinder Palestine unity

2013-07-23 14:00

A US-brokered renewal of Middle East peace talks, being mulled by Fatah but rejected outright by Hamas, could seriously hinder inter-Palestinian reconciliation, analysts say.

Abbas: All options open if talks fail

2013-07-22 18:55

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that "all options are open" if the US fails to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Israel to free Palestinian prisoners

2013-07-20 20:02

Israel has announced that it will release some Palestinian prisoners as a "gesture", after the two sides agreed to lay the groundwork to resume peace negotiations frozen for three years.

Palestinians demand Kerry plan changes

2013-07-18 16:00

The Palestinians demanded on Thursday that changes be made to US Secretary of State John Kerry's Middle East peace plan, following a meeting in Ramallah, an official said.

Kerry: Middle East talks to resume soon

2013-07-17 18:40

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians soon.

Jews should hear Arab view

2013-07-05 22:31

The Palestinian president says Jews should hear the Arab point of view in the stalled talks with Israel.

Progress in Mideast peace talks: Kerry

2013-07-01 09:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry has optimistically said he has narrowed the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians and has vowed to return to the region soon to complete his mission.

Kerry presses Mideast peace bid

2013-06-28 12:07

US Secretary of State John Kerry has launched a second day of talks aimed at reviving Middle East peace negotiations, sounding out Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas after talks in Jerusalem.


Israel to limit contact with Palestinians

2014-04-09 11:07

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his ministers to limit all but diplomatic and security contact with their Palestinian counterparts, a government official says.

Israel wants peace but 'not at any price'

2014-04-06 12:00

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is willing to continue US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians but not "at any price".

Palestinians will pay for UN move - Israel minister

2014-04-02 15:00

An Israeli minister has warned of punitive action if the Palestinians pursued efforts to join UN agencies, as hopes of a breakthrough in the US-led peace process faded rapidly.

Israel, Palestinian moves threaten peace efforts

2014-04-02 09:47

Israel and the Palestinians have announced moves that could scuttle peace talks, prompting US Secretary of State John Kerry to call off a second visit in as many days aimed at saving them.

Kerry holds 'constructive' talks with Abbas

2014-03-27 08:46

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas has held "constructive" talks on the Middle East peace process, a US official says, as crunch decisions loom.

Settlements or peace Palestine puts to Israel

2014-03-18 07:02

The chief Palestinian negotiator says Israel must choose between building West Bank settlements or a peace agreement but "they can't have both".

Abbas won't recognise Israel as Jewish state

2014-03-07 14:15

The Palestinian president says there’s "no way" he will recognise Israel as a Jewish state and accept just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.

Kerry pushes for Mideast peace outline

2014-02-19 22:21

US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Paris for talks aimed at reaching agreement on a framework for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Kerry is reluctant star of Israeli settlers' spoof

2014-02-06 22:31

Trying humour over hectoring, Israeli ultra-nationalists have lampooned US Secretary of State John Kerry in a video campaign against his troubled quest for peace.

Israel defence minister calls Kerry messianic

2014-01-14 20:11

Israel's defence minister has called US Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace "messianic", a newspaper says.

Israel frees Palestinian prisoners

2013-12-31 18:37

Israel has freed 26 Palestinian prisoners, days before US Secretary of State John Kerry is due back in the Middle East.

Palestine negotiator: Israeli deal impossible

2013-12-04 15:55

A former Palestinian negotiator with Israel says wide gaps make a peace deal impossible.

Arafat's death remembered amid poison rumours

2013-11-11 16:22

Palestinians are marking the ninth anniversary of Yasser Arafat's death, days after Swiss experts said he may have died of radioactive poisoning.

Israelis, Palestinians aim for final deal: Kerry

2013-09-26 10:55

Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to intensify peace talks aimed at reaching a final agreement, not an interim accord, US Secretary of State John Kerry says.

Israel frees 26 Palestinians before talks

2013-08-14 08:07

Israel has released 26 Palestinian inmates on the eve of renewed Mideast negotiations, angering families of those slain by the prisoners, who were welcomed as heroes.

Peace talks 'doomed': Palestinian analysts

2013-07-31 15:57

Middle East peace talks, which resumed in Washington after a three-year break are doomed to fail, say Palestinian analysts.

US announces resumption of Mideast talks

2013-07-29 08:57

The US has announced the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian talks following years of stalemate, after Israel's Cabinet agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners.

Israel fast-tracking peace referendum

2013-07-22 22:36

Israel's prime minister has said that he is fast-tracking legislation that will allow him to put any future peace deal with the Palestinians to a referendum in Israel.

Scepticism over Mideast peace talks

2013-07-22 14:16

The path to formal negotiations with Israel is still blocked despite a US suggestion that the sides are close to returning to the table, a senior Palestinian official says.

Palestine: Israel must agree on borders

2013-07-19 08:05

A meeting of Palestinian leaders called to discuss US Secretary of State John Kerry's peace proposal has ended with a decision to demand that Israel agree on borders of a Palestinian state.

Kerry wins Arab backing on Mideast

2013-07-18 12:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry has won Arab League backing for his effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, raising hopes that the stalled negotiations could resume.

Kerry heads to Mideast with peace agenda

2013-07-16 14:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry has headed to Jordan on his sixth trip to the region as he tries to push Israelis and Palestinians back to peace talks.

Abbas optimistic about Kerry efforts

2013-07-02 15:47

The Palestinian president says he is optimistic that US Secretary of State John Kerry will succeed in restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, a rare upbeat assessment.

Kerry in last-minute push on Mideast peace

2013-06-30 11:30

US Secretary of State John Kerry has made a last-minute push to revive Middle East peace talks as Israeli media said that days of diplomacy had failed to break the deadlock.

Kerry: Leaders serious on peace talks

2013-06-26 19:20

Israeli and Palestinian leaders are both committed to reviving peace talks, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said.

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