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.
Back to Indirect Peace Talks?Washington continues efforts to resume direct peace talks between Israel and PA, conducts separate talks with officials from each.
PLO Tells Abbas: Break Off TalksPLO Executive Council called to discontinue direct talks with Israel if Jewish construction continues. Likud blasts PA, Kadima attacks Netanyahu.
US Ignores LiebermanThe US ignores Foreign Minister Lieberman UN speech on land exchanges that don't move people as Mitchell tries to unthaw Abbas’ freeze of talks.
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.
PA Continues to Reject TalksWhile Abbas continues to reject direct peace negotiations, US Envoy Mitchell will soon travel to the region in order to promote such talks.
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.
Obama’s ’Reassuring' Phone CallObama “reassured” Netanyahu in a 20-minute phone call Monday as Mitchell arrives to mediate talks with PA, which may have other plans.
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 IsraelMitchell 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 to IsraelMitchell 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 TalksSunday’s headlines screamed “PA approves talks with Israel" but did not report the other half of the story: Strong PA dissension.
Doubts, Fears Overshadow TalksDefense Minister Barak met with Mitchell Saturday night, but doubts and fears of violence echo the failure to resume direct Israeli-PA talks.
Netanyahu: Gush Etzion ForeverNetanyahu 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: Israel Can Say ‘No’ to USFormer 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 FreezeU.S. officials responded almost immediately to the freeze announcement with brief statements offering lukewarm praise for the decision.
Indyk Flunks Obama, MitchellFormer 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
Mideast: It's All TalkNetanyahu 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 OptimismIsraeli 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.”
Progress in Settlement TalksIsrael and the U.S. are close to an agreement on settlement construction, revealed the Prime Minister’s envoy to negotiations Yitzhak Molcho.
Bibi, 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.
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.
US Denies Yesha CompromiseThe 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 Settlement Freeze YetEhud 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 Hits Hard Mideast GroundMitchell and Netanyahu abruptly cancelled a meeting for this week in order to “clarify issues.” Mitchell will try again with Barak next week.
Mitchell: PA to Resume TalksMitchell announces the PA, which has refused to resume talks with Israel because of Netanyahu’s stand, will do so in “several weeks.”
BBC: Mitchell Offers Land SwapMitchell works to break stalemate over large population centers in Judea and Samaria with a land swap. Will Arabs agree?