» 09/23/2009, 00.00
ISRAEL – PALESTINE
For Obama talks between Israel and Palestine are urgent, but no one is budging
Pressures by the US president are not generating any response from Netanyahu or Abbas. Both have domestic problems with allies. West Bank and East Jerusalem settlements remain the hardest obstacle to overcome.
21/09/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US
Few expect much from meeting between Obama, Netanyahu and Abbas
The White House cautions against expecting too much, speaks of an opportunity to bring the three leaders together. For Israelis, it is a “photo opportunity”; for the Palestinians it is a way to show the Americans who is blocking the peace process.
10/03/2010 ISRAEL – PALESTINE – US
UN and US slam new East Jerusalem settlements
Generally negative reactions greet Israeli Interior Minister’s announcement, which comes at a time when US vice president is in the country to re-launch the peace process. Inside Israel, criticism is heated. For the Kadima party, it sets “a new record for diplomatic stupidity.” Palestinians call for concerted reaction by Arab countries.
18/11/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
As Palestinian homes get demolished, new Israeli housing units are built
Twenty-four homes are demolished in Al-Isawiya. The expansion of the illegal settlements of Gilo (home to 40,000 Israelis) makes a contiguous Palestinian state nearly impossible. For Ban Ki-moon, such actions undermine peace. The US reacts timidly following Obama’s about-turn.
26/11/2009 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Netanyahu proposal on Israeli settlements a "deception"
The Israeli premier halts settlement construction for 10 months, but rules out restrictions on the natural growth of existing settlements. Even the settlements around East Jerusalem are exempt from restrictions. According to the Palestinians construction will continue, indeed "get worse."
06/07/2016 12:25:00 ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Activists and international community against 800 new Israeli settlements homes
Israeli plans to build hundreds of new homes in existing settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. US State department: "latest step... in a systematic process of land seizures”. Peace Now: Settlement construction is endangering both the possibility for peace; it will not prevent the next victims but rather strengthen the extremists on both sides.
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