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Bruce Stokes: “Americans Simply Don’t Care About Peace in the Middle East”

Bruce Stokes: “Americans Simply Don’t Care About Peace in the Middle East”

Bruce Stokes, Director of Global Public Attitudes at the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C., published an article titled, “Americans Simply Don’t Care About Peace in the Middle East” in Foreign Policy on May 9, which shows how Americans are skeptical about and uninterested in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. The following are some ...

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Indyk: Both Sides are to Blame for Breakdown in Peace Talks

Indyk: Both Sides are to Blame for Breakdown in Peace Talks

At a Washington Institute for Near East Policy conference on Thursday, May 8, U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East Martin Indyk delivered his most recent account of what derailed the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. “One problem that revealed itself in these past nine months is that the parties, although showing some ...

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Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Frozen (For Now)

Kerry’s Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process Frozen (For Now)

The end of April marked the passing of United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s set deadline for negotiating an extension of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians. Kerry told reporters during a press conference in Addis Ababa that for now the peace process is on pause and he hopes ...

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U.S., Israel Denounce Palestinian Unity Deal

U.S., Israel Denounce Palestinian Unity Deal

On Wednesday, April 23, the Palestinians announced that rival political factions Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization reached a reconciliation deal and are discussing plans for a unified government. The proposed deal would unite Hamas, the Gaza-based radical political group that both the United States and Israel call a terrorist organization, ...

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Abbas Wants to Talk Borders as U.S. Led Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Resume

Abbas Wants to Talk Borders as U.S. Led Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations Resume

Israeli and Palestinian negotiation teams are expected to meet today with United States Special Envoy Martin Indyk in Jerusalem to arrive at a formula for extending the talks past the April 29 deadline. The meeting was delayed 24 hours, with media outlets reporting different reasons for the one-day postponement. Israeli officials would neither ...

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Overcoming Impasse May Be in the Horizon: PA, Israel Open to Continuing Talks

Overcoming Impasse May Be in the Horizon: PA, Israel Open to Continuing Talks

On Thursday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would be willing to continue the current peace talks past the April 29 deadline on the condition that extended talks include the possibility of establishing a Jewish state with East Jerusalem as its future capital. A senior member of the Palestinian ...

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The End of the Road For Kerry and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

The End of the Road For Kerry and the Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations?

Starting with the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s signing of 15 international conventions, the dramatic events over the past week indicate that Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have reached yet another impasse. Several officials on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s senior staff and inside the White House believe “it’s time to ...

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Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

Kerry Shuffles to Jordan Hoping to Keep the Peace Process Alive

On Wednesday, Mar. 26, United States Secretary of State John Kerry cut his trip to Italy short to fly to Amman in hopes of keeping the Palestinian-Israeli peace process on track. Kerry met with Jordan’s King Abdullah before a long dinner with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. On the three-hour flight ...

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Once Again, Israel’s Ya’alon Offends U.S. and Offers Apology

Once Again, Israel’s Ya’alon Offends U.S. and Offers Apology

  For the second time in two months, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has had to apologize for publicly criticizing the United States. Lecturing at Tel Aviv University on Monday, Ya’alon delivered a speech saying that the U.S. “shows weakness” on the world stage and that Israel should not rely ...

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Poll: Jewish, Arab Israelis Critical of Kerry’s Mediated Peace Efforts

Poll: Jewish, Arab Israelis Critical of Kerry’s Mediated Peace Efforts

On Tuesday, March 11, the Peace Index project run by the Evens Program for Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute published the results of their latest poll. The poll indicates that the majority of the Israeli public distrusts and ...

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From the White House to AIPAC: Netanyahu’s Peace Push

From the White House to AIPAC: Netanyahu’s Peace Push

With April fast approaching, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made an official visit to Washington this week in a public push for Israeli demands regarding the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. On Monday, Netanyahu met with United States President Barak Obama in the Oval Office in what a senior official in the ...

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Re-Framing the Jordan Valley Security Arrangement Debate

Re-Framing the Jordan Valley Security Arrangement Debate

  In approximately one month, United States Secretary of State John Kerry’s deadline for negotiations will run out, and the results of the U.S. led Israeli-Palestinian peace talks will be exposed. One of the main issues being discussed revolves around border and security issues in the Jordan Valley. Washington Institute for ...

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American Jewish Leaders Praise Kerry’s Peace Efforts in Letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

American Jewish Leaders Praise Kerry’s Peace Efforts in Letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

On Wednesday, February 12, Israel Policy Forum released a letter addressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in support of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace process initiative. Over 150 prominent American Jewish leaders signed the letter, which included rabbis, formal officials, activists, scholars, and philanthropists. The letter urged ...

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Is Obama Giving the Cold Shoulder to Kerry’s Peace Initiative?

Is Obama Giving the Cold Shoulder to Kerry’s Peace Initiative?

  Last weekend, Israeli media sources the Times of Israel and Channel 10 reported that United States President Barack Obama did not support  Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace efforts. The Times of Israel article wrote, “Citing unnamed sources close to the negotiations, Channel 10 news said that Kerry sought ...

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The Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations, Or Who’s Bullying Who?

The Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations, Or Who’s Bullying Who?

In the spirit of all the verbal “bullying”  going on in the media recently surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, I have included a must-see video spoof posted on Youtube by the Yesha Council, the regional council for West Bank settlements, mocking John Kerry’s peacemaking efforts.

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About the Author

Samantha Quint
Samantha Quint

My name is Samantha, I’m 25, and I made Aliyah in June 2013. I got my BA degree from George Washington University where I studied Jewish Studies and Middle East Studies. During my Junior year, I spent the traditional semester abroad at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Since then Israel kept pulling me back, first with a summer professional course on peacemaking in Jerusalem and the West Bank and then a move to Tel Aviv to get my MA in Middle East Studies at Tel Aviv University. I was born and raised in the suburbs of Boston. I have a unyielding passion for traveling, Boston sports teams, and making the people around me laugh.

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