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Mitchell Arrives: Talks or Trap?

Envoy Mitchell arrives in Israel. Publicly, Netanyahu appears happy and Abbas is upset, but the US may be setting up Israel to accept PA demands.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 12/13/2010, 9:40 PM

Back to Indirect Peace Talks?

Washington continues efforts to resume direct peace talks between Israel and PA, conducts separate talks with officials from each.Elad Benari, 12/10/2010, 12:41 AM

PLO Tells Abbas: Break Off Talks

PLO Executive Council called to discontinue direct talks with Israel if Jewish construction continues. Likud blasts PA, Kadima attacks Netanyahu.Gil Ronen, 10/2/2010, 8:00 PM

US Ignores Lieberman

The US ignores Foreign Minister Lieberman UN speech on land exchanges that don't move people as Mitchell tries to unthaw Abbas’ freeze of talks.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 9/29/2010, 2:18 PM

Response to NYTimes Op-ed

Comparing the Irish-Britain talks to the Israel-PA situation is misleading, if only because in the latter, one side wants to obliterate the other.Hillel Fendel, 8/30/2010, 5:40 PM

PA Continues to Reject Talks

While Abbas continues to reject direct peace negotiations, US Envoy Mitchell will soon travel to the region in order to promote such talks.Elad Benari, 8/4/2010, 1:49 AM

Abbas: Israeli Gov't 'Extremist'

Abbas called the Israeli government “extremist" and cast doubts on agreeing to mediated talks, hours before Netanyahu is to meet Mitchell.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/5/2010, 1:30 PM

Obama’s ’Reassuring' Phone Call

Obama “reassured” Netanyahu in a 20-minute phone call Monday as Mitchell arrives to mediate talks with PA, which may have other plans.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 5/3/2010, 11:17 PM

Mitchell Makes Surprise Visit

United States envoy George Mitchell arrived in Israel Thursday for a surprise visit that may be tied to 'progress' in US-moderated talks.Maayana Miskin, 4/22/2010, 7:45 PM

Mitchell Heads for Israel

Mitchell heads for talks with Netanyahu and is armed with unprecedented stands by the Quartet and Obama against Jews living in parts of Jerusalem. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 3/21/2010, 11:37 AM

Mitchell Delays Return to Israel

Mitchell delays his return trip to Israel while the US is waiting for Netanyahu to respond to questions on new housing for Jews in Jerusalem.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 3/16/2010, 10:36 AM

Divided PA OKs Talks

Sunday’s headlines screamed “PA approves talks with Israel" but did not report the other half of the story: Strong PA dissension.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 3/7/2010, 11:03 PM

Doubts, Fears Overshadow Talks

Defense Minister Barak met with Mitchell Saturday night, but doubts and fears of violence echo the failure to resume direct Israeli-PA talks.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 3/7/2010, 12:33 AM

Netanyahu: Gush Etzion Forever

Netanyahu 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.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 1/24/2010, 5:34 PM

Arens: Israel Can Say ‘No’ to US

Former 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. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu and Yoni Kempinski, 1/11/2010, 7:23 PM

US: Lukewarm Praise for Freeze

U.S. officials responded almost immediately to the freeze announcement with brief statements offering lukewarm praise for the decision.Hana Levi Julian, 11/25/2009, 11:00 PM

Indyk Flunks Obama, Mitchell

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 EastTzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 11/25/2009, 2:04 PM

Netanyahu Praises Obama on Iran

PM Netanyahu thanks U.S. President Obama for his stance on Iran in a meeting with envoy George Mitchell.INN TV staff, 11/1/2009, 12:35 PM

Mitchell and Bibi: It's All Talk

Mitchell and Netanyahu talked for the second straight day Wednesday and reached an agreement: They will talk again on Friday.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 9/16/2009, 12:35 PM

Mideast: It's All Talk

Netanyahu and Mitchell talks in London left a cloud of optimistic uncertainty that likely will lead to talks with Abbas – but no negotiations.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/26/2009, 4:13 PM

Skepticism over US Optimism

Israeli 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.”Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 8/25/2009, 7:11 AM

Progress in Settlement Talks

Israel and the U.S. are close to an agreement on settlement construction, revealed the Prime Minister’s envoy to negotiations Yitzhak Molcho.Zalman Nelson, 8/23/2009, 10:58 AM

Bibi, Barak Warn US on Iran

PM Netanyahu and DM Barak warned U.S. Defense Secretary Gates in a meeting Monday that Israel takes the Iranian threat seriously.Maayana Miskin, 7/27/2009, 5:37 PM

Will Israel-Syria Talks Resume?

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan will be in Syria on Wednesday for a surprise trip that may be an attempt to revive Israeli-Syrian talks.Zalman Nelson, 7/21/2009, 12:52 PM

US Denies Yesha Compromise

The 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. Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 7/9/2009, 7:20 AM

Barak: No Settlement Freeze Yet

Ehud Barak changed the emphasis of his meeting with George Mitchell, saying that focusing on Yesha construction will bring the sides to a dead end.Avraham Zuroff, 7/1/2009, 6:15 AM

Obama Hits Hard Mideast Ground

Mitchell and Netanyahu abruptly cancelled a meeting for this week in order to “clarify issues.” Mitchell will try again with Barak next week.Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 6/23/2009, 9:02 PM

Mitchell: PA to Resume Talks

Mitchell announces the PA, which has refused to resume talks with Israel because of Netanyahu’s stand, will do so in “several weeks.” Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 6/17/2009, 8:07 AM

BBC: Mitchell Offers Land Swap

Mitchell works to break stalemate over large population centers in Judea and Samaria with a land swap. Will Arabs agree?Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, 6/10/2009, 1:34 PM