INTERNATIONAL. A private sector working group, consisting of representatives from the Palestinian and Israeli business community, met yesterday in London to finalise a Joint Declaration and Action Plan for revival of the Palestinian economy. The Declaration identifies priority areas, such as movement of people and goods, protection of the activities of investors, good governance, transparency and accountability. The private sector will be the driving force for economic growth and development.
The Declaration will be presented at the Conference on 'Promoting Economic Growth in the We
Posted: June 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Abbas said the new government would abide by commitments made by previous administrations and by agreements ratified by the PLO, a reference to interim accords with Israel.
Posted: May 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The failure of the negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and the causes behind it were absolutely predictable because the negotiations were based, from the very beginning, on a flawed process.
Posted: April 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Barack Obama backed the Middle East peace drive by his Secretary of State John Kerry, and said he would keep trying to coax Israelis and Palestinians through the door to peace.
Posted: April 25, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The unity deal provided the Netanyahu government with an opportunity to exit peace talks that it never believed in, and joined only because of US pressure.
Posted: April 24, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties."
Posted: April 10, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Benjamin Netanyahu ordered cabinet ministers to stop meeting with their Palestinian counterparts, hours after the U.S. blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks.
Posted: April 4, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Netanyahu will not deliver any of the necessary concessions because he is not committed to reaching a peace agreement based on two states for two peoples."
Posted: April 3, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. The Palestinians handed over to a U.N. representative and other diplomats applications signed by President Mahmoud Abbas to join 15 international conventions.
Posted: April 1, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. There was no immediate word of any breakthrough and a Palestinian official said Kerry might return to the region to see Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Posted: March 26, 2014
KUWAIT. "We call for a political solution to the crisis in Syria based on the Geneva I communique," calling for a peaceful transition of power.
Posted: February 27, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. He was first hoping to agree a framework to guide the talks between Israel and the Palestinians, Kerry told reporters in Washington.
Posted: January 23, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. What has characterized the intractability of the conflict in the past remains in play today, which is further aggravated by a faulty framework for the negotiations and a lack of commitment to reach an agreement that would of necessity require mutually painful concessions.
Posted: January 6, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he has given Israeli and Palestinian leaders a deadline to reach a framework agreement that would guide talks on a final peace accord.
Posted: January 2, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the Middle East today, aiming to get Israelis and Palestinians to agree on the contours of a final peace accord to create momentum for their troubled negotiations.
Posted: December 11, 2013
INTERNATIONAL. The agreement includes an 180-kilometer pipeline northward from Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba to the Dead Sea to channel 100 million cubic meters of water a year.
date:Posted: July 28, 2014
INTERNATIONAL. Janet Yellen is very different from any of her predecessors. She is likely the most dovish and politically leftist Fed Chair in the Central Bank's history; She sees the Fed's mission as a tool to promote progressive social policy.