Annapolis process did not work, says UN Special Middle East Coordinator

The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process, Robert Serry, told the UN Security Council today that “the inconclusive results of last year’s Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and unmet Road Map obligations, especially regarding settlements” are realities that must be faced — and “squarely addressed”. Of...

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Israel says it will start to rachet up Gaza sanctions on 2 December

Despite talking peace at Annapolis, the Israeli Government — more particularly, the Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak — are planning to tighten the squeeze on Gaza, by ratchetting up sanctions on 2 December. Meanwhile, intrepid “foreign” journalists are risking all to schlep into Gaza and report to all of us how bad the si...

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Rice has left Jerusalem

It was Rice’s eighth visit to Jerusalem-Ramallah, and her third in six weeks, or her second in two weeks, depending on perspective. There are reports of still one more visit to come, by mid-November. Kol Israel, citing Reuters, reports this morning that “A senior US official says the Annapolis peace summit is likely to take […]

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Rice has arrived back in Jerusalem

Condoleeza Rice has arrived back in Jerusalem on Sunday and will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Quartet Special Envoy Tony Blair, according to Kol Israel Radio. Rice, Olmert, and Blair are due to address the Saban Forum (a production of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, financed […]

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UNSG BAN not direct actor in proposed Annapolis peace talks

The UN spokesperson was asked on Monday about UNSG BAN’s role in the still-planned Middle East peace conference (or “meeting”) that the U.S. is planning to convene by the end of the year in Annapolis: “Question: Michèle, on this Middle East talk, I mean process, that Washington has called, is the Secretary-General going to b...

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