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.
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 made a last-minute detour to Jordan to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a bid to avert a breakdown in his peacemaking efforts as an April 29 deadline nears.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved forward with efforts to assemble a broad governing coalition after recruiting former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with a promise to let her manage peace talks.