Mitchell Arrives, May be Setting Up Israel to Accept PA DemandsEnvoy Mitchell arrives in Israel. Publicly, Netanyahu appears happy and Abbas is upset, but the US may be setting up Israel to accept PA demands.
Peace Process: Back to Indirect Talks?Washington continues efforts to resume direct peace talks between Israel and PA, conducts separate talks with officials from each.
PLO Decides to Break Off Talks. Obama Still Hoping for ChangePLO Executive Council called to discontinue direct talks with Israel if Jewish construction continues. Likud blasts PA, Kadima attacks Netanyahu.
US Ignores Lieberman’s Land Plan; Mitchell Faces Talks FreezeThe US ignores Foreign Minister Lieberman UN speech on land exchanges that don't move people as Mitchell tries to unthaw Abbas’ freeze of talks.
Analysis: Response to NYTimes Op-edComparing the Irish-Britain talks to the Israel-PA situation is misleading, if only because in the latter, one side wants to obliterate the other.
Abbas Continues to Reject Direct NegotiationsWhile Abbas continues to reject direct peace negotiations, US Envoy Mitchell will soon travel to the region in order to promote such talks.
Abbas Calls Israel ‘Extremist;’ Netanyahu to Meet MitchellAbbas called the Israeli government “extremist" and cast doubts on agreeing to mediated talks, hours before Netanyahu is to meet Mitchell.
Obama ‘Reassures’ Bibi in Phone Call as Mitchell ArrivesObama “reassured” Netanyahu in a 20-minute phone call Monday as Mitchell arrives to mediate talks with PA, which may have other plans.
US Envoy Mitchell Makes Surprise VisitUnited States envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israel Thursday for a surprise visit that may be tied to 'progress' in US-moderated talks.
Mitchell Heads for Israel with More Pressure TacticsMitchell heads for talks with Netanyahu and is armed with unprecedented stands by the Quartet and Obama against Jews living in parts of Jerusalem.
Mitchell Delays Return Trip, US ‘Waiting’ for NetanyahuMitchell delays his return trip to Israel while the US is waiting for Netanyahu to respond to questions on new housing for Jews in Jerusalem.
Divided PA OKs Indirect Talks for Four MonthsSunday’s headlines screamed “PA approves talks with Israel" but did not report the other half of the story: Strong PA dissension.
Fears of Violence Overshadow Indirect Israeli-PA TalksDefense Minister Barak met with Mitchell Saturday night, but doubts and fears of violence echo the failure to resume direct Israeli-PA talks.
Netanyahu Digs In on Gush Etzion with Tree PlantingNetanyahu reinforced his vow that Gush Etzion is “an eternal” part of Israel and planted a tree there. Maaleh Adumim and Ariel are next in line.
Arens: Mitchell Flexing Weak Economic MuscleFormer PM Shamir said ‘No' to Bush Sr.’s threats to hold back loan guarantees. Israel can do so today, says Shamir’s ex-Defense Minister Arens.
US: Lukewarm Praise for Building FreezeU.S. officials responded almost immediately to the freeze announcement with brief statements offering lukewarm praise for the decision.
Ex-Envoy Indyk Flunks Obama, Mitchell on ‘Mideast 101’Former US envoy to Israel Martin Indyk backed Obama for president. A year later, he gives him and George Mitchell failing marks in the Middle East
Netanyahu Praises Obama on IranPM Netanyahu thanks U.S. President Obama for his stance on Iran in a meeting with envoy George Mitchell.
Mitchell, Netanyahu End Talks with Agreement for More TalkMitchell and Netanyahu talked for the second straight day Wednesday and reached an agreement: They will talk again on Friday.
Netanyahu-Mitchell Talks End, More PlannedNetanyahu and Mitchell talks in London left a cloud of optimistic uncertainty that likely will lead to talks with Abbas – but no negotiations.
Skepticism over US Rose-Colored Mideast GlassesIsraeli media fawned over a US statement that it is closer” to agreement with Israel. US media are skeptical: “We’ve been fed this line before.”
Israel Envoy: Progress in Settlement Talks with USIsrael and the U.S. are close to an agreement on settlement construction, revealed the Prime Minister’s envoy to negotiations Yitzhak Molcho.
Netanyahu, Barak Warn US on IranPM Netanyahu and DM Barak warned U.S. Defense Secretary Gates in a meeting Monday that Israel takes the Iranian threat seriously.
Surprise Erdogan Visit to Damascus May Revive Israel-Syria TalksTurkish Prime Minister Erdogan will be in Syria on Wednesday for a surprise trip that may be an attempt to revive Israeli-Syrian talks.
US Denies Report of Compromise on Homes for Jews in YeshaThe State Department denied an Israeli media report of an agreement to build 2,500 homes for Jews in Yesha in return for a subsequent freeze.
Barak: No Connection between Yesha Construction and PeaceEhud Barak changed the emphasis of his meeting with George Mitchell, saying that focusing on Yesha construction will bring the sides to a dead end.
Obama’s Plans for PA State Stuck in NeutralMitchell and Netanyahu abruptly cancelled a meeting for this week in order to “clarify issues.” Mitchell will try again with Barak next week.
Mitchell: PA Will Resume Talks Despite Call to Shun IsraelMitchell announces the PA, which has refused to resume talks with Israel because of Netanyahu’s stand, will do so in “several weeks.”
Mitchell Offers Swap of Israeli and Arab Population CentersMitchell works to break stalemate over large population centers in Judea and Samaria with a land swap. Will Arabs agree?