Two State Alert: Amid sound and fury, the latest on the Kerry initiative

April 1st, 2014

The last 24 hours have seen conflicting reports over Secretary of State Kerry’s efforts to resolve a crisis in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Right now, we still don't know whether he will succeed. Read More...

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Abbas and Netanyahu Should Keep Their Eyes on the Prize: A Two-State Solution

March 27th, 2014

J Street is calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to show political courage and true leadership by recommitting themselves to the peace negotiations being brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry. Read More...

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The Surprisingly Practical Mahmoud Abbas

December 10th, 2013

Mahmoud Abbas is full of surprises. His latest fan is Labor MK Omer Bar-Lev, who, after a meeting last week in Ramallah, said that the Palestinian president “presented his position [on Israeli security] with a frankness I have not yet heard from a leader in the Arab world.” Bar-Lev concluded, “There is someone to talk to and plenty to talk about.” Read More...

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Abbas UN Speech Includes Positive Endorsement of Peace with Israel

September 26th, 2013

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the United Nations General Assembly included many positive elements, notably a strong commitment to negotiating an end to conflict based on a two-state solution in which a future Palestine would live alongside Israel. Read More...

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Word on the Street: Crossroads

July 17th, 2013

As I write these words, Secretary of State John Kerry is in the midst of another Mideast trip, having spent two days in Amman meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and representatives of the Arab League. A visit to Jerusalem may come later this week. Read More...

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