Proximity Talks

News and updates about Proximity Talks

'Talks on the Talks' Resume

Confusion regarding US envoy George Mitchell's next visit was cleared up with the announcement he is en route Monday for more "talks on the talks."

Mitchell Returns to Israel for 'Talks on the Talks'

Obama to Abbas: ‘Talk, or Else’

A secret memo states the US warned the PA to talk with Israel or risk losing its support for a new state. “Netanyahu too strong to be replaced.”

Obama Warns Abbas: ‘Start Talks or Else’

Abbas Adds New Condition

Abbas not only rejected Obama’s appeal for direct talks with Israel, he also added a new condition: an international force in Judea and Samaria.

Abbas Freezes Mitchell’s Bid with New Condition: Int’l Troops

Is Mubarak Replacing Mitchell?

Netanyahu and Abbas both are visiting Mubarak Sunday separately a day after the PA leader rejected Mitchell’s bid for direct talks.

Mubarak Replacing Mitchell? Bibi, Abbas Visiting Egypt Sunday

Direct Talks Not in Proximity

The US says Israel and the PA are not ready for direct talks although Erekat confirms Obama is pressuring Abbas. More talk on not talking.

Mitchell Returning; More Talk on Not Talking

Abbas Relies on Bill Clinton

Abbas is relying on Bill Clinton and not Obama for PA borders as Netanyahu flies to Washington. Obama’s officials mum on Bush’s promise to Israel.

Borders for PA: Abbas Relies on Clinton, Obama Ignores Bush

PA Denies Old City Offer

PA chief negotiator Saeb Erekat denies a report that the PA would allow or accept Israeli sovereignty over the Western Wall in a new Arab state.

PA Denies Report that It Offers Israel Control of Jewish Quarter

Op-ed: Proximity Talks

An Arab Muslim, veteran award-winning journalist who has been covering Palestinian affairs for nearly three decades, analyzes prospects for peace.

Opinion: Proximity Talks: Questions for Washington

Mitchell Armed with US Media

Mitchell tries to convince Netanyahu to extend the building freeze in return for direct talks with Abbas. Newsweek: Bibi repeating Bush’s mistakes

Mitchell, Armed with US Media, Trying to Extend Building Freeze

Lieberman: Stop Dreams about PA

Israel's straight-shooting Foreign Minister Lieberman told his Russian counterpart one can only dream about a Palestinian Authority state by 2012.

Lieberman: Stop Dreaming about a PA State

PA Wants More ’Police Stations’

PA negotiators have told Mitchell they want to open 24 more “police stations” near Jewish areas while its forces demand wider authority.

PA Asks Mitchell for 28 More Security Stations near Jewish Areas

Abbas' Demands for Direct Talks

If proximity talks go well, the Palestinian Authority may return to direct negotiations, according to PA Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Abbas: Return to Direct Talks If Mitchell Makes Progress

Lieberman Heads for NYC

Foreign Minister heading for Big Apple Sunday night to meet diplomats and Jewish leaders. On the agenda: flotilla, global anti-Israel campaign.

Lieberman Heads for NYC to Brief Israeli Diplomats

Israel-PA Contact, PA Aggression

As Israel-PA proximity talks limp along, PA ignores international law and claims settlements are illegal. PA aggression is certainly illegal.

Israel-PA Proximity Talks in Shadow of PA Aggression

PA Talks: Round Two, Square One

Round Two of mediated talks start Tuesday. Mitchell meets Abbas in Ramallah. Round One ended with the US talking for Israel and the PA.

Mitchell’s Round Two with PA Starts at Square One

Obama Phones Abbas, Sets Rules

Obama put Abbas on equal footing with Netanyahu, phoning him, setting ground rules for “proximity talks” and inviting him to the White House.

Obama Calls Abbas, Sets Ground Rules

Building Freeze in Ramat Shlomo

PM Netanyahu has agreed to freeze construction in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramat Shlomo for two years, State Department says.

White House Reports Two-Year Building Freeze in Ramat Shlomo

Indirect Talks Begin with Recess

The PA okays indirect talks with Israel, Netanyahu says no accord can be reached by “remote control,” and the ”talks” wait for Mitchell’s return.

Indirect Talks ‘Begin” with Loud Silence

PA Poll: Oppose Proximity Talks

The majority of PA Arabs in a recent survey opposed “proximity talks” with Israel, and supported a unilateral declaration of a new country in 2011.

PA Poll: Majority Oppose 'Proximity Talks', Support Fayyad

PA Pulls Out of Proximity Talks?

The PA may be backing out of the "proximity talks," using this week's approval of a years-old planned Jerusalem housing project as an excuse.

PA Pulling Out of 'Proximity Talks'?