As Mideast peace talks teeter again on the brink of collapse, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are emerging largely unscathed in the eyes of their constituents.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered cabinet ministers to stop meeting with their Palestinian counterparts, a government official said, hours after the U.S. blamed Israel for the breakdown of peace talks.
Israel’s chief negotiator with the Palestinians said she sees difficulty with stalled peace talks moving ahead as the two sides -- joined by a U.S. team -- prepare for discussions today on whether to revive the effort.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, joined by a U.S. team, plan to meet tomorrow to discuss whether both a will and a way exist to put Middle East peace talks back on track, according to an official familiar with the situation.
Israel canceled the already postponed release of 26 Palestinian prisoners in the latest blow to faltering peace talks, saying the move was a response to renewed efforts by Palestinians to gain recognition at the United Nations.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appealed to Israelis and Palestinians to put aside their rancor and work out a peace agreement after mediation efforts failed to resolve the conflict over a scheduled prisoner release.
U.S.-brokered Middle East peace talks foundered as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to pursue a bid for statehood at the United Nations after Israel failed to meet a deadline to release prisoners.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas vowed to resume a bid for statehood at the United Nations, saying peace talks with Israel are going nowhere, as the U.S. sought to revive them with a plan including the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.