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Middle East Peace Talks Stall Over Settlements

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The United States is backing away from peace talks on the Middle East that are in flux, thanks in part to Israel's refusal to back down on the issue of new Jewish settlements. Palestinians are saying that direct talks may be over for the time being, and the U.S., after high hopes for progress, is suffering a tarnished record as a negotiator. Has the cause for peace hit another dead end? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

PLO to the USA

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, PLO Representative to the US, addresses the Palestinian political situation and weighs in on the Obama administration's efforts to advance the peace process.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

To the End of the Land

Friday, October 01, 2010

David Grossman discusses his novel To the End of the Land, and offers his reflections on the Israeli - Palestinian conflict.

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The Takeaway

Diplomats Try to Keep Mideast Peace Talks Alive

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The U.S. is scrambling to keep the Palestinians and Israelis talking this morning since Israel's moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank expired on Sunday night. The United Nations, along with the French, British, and American governments have all called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put a stop to the construction. 

Also drawing international attention this morning, Israel's military took control of a boat carrying nine Jewish activists attempting to breach the naval block of Gaza. The incident comes four months after the Israeli military killed nine Turkish activists during a raid on a flotilla also attempting to break the blockade.

For the latest from Israel, we're joined by New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner.

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The Takeaway

With Settlement Freeze Ending, Will Peace Talks Continue?

Monday, September 27, 2010

The already tenuous U.S.-led peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians are in danger of being torn asunder this morning. Last night, a ten month moratorium on building Jewish settlements in the West Bank expired, putting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the difficult position of deciding whether to continue with the talks. The BBC's West Bank correspondent Jon Donnison reports on the latest from Ramallah.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: UN General Assembly, Home Sales, and Federal Reserve Meets

Monday, September 20, 2010

The United Nations General Assembly kicks off this week, starting with a summit on the Millenium Development Goals, which aim to cut world poverty in half by 2015. As world leaders converge on New York for this event, they will also join leaders of the corporate and non-profit world for the 6th annual Clinton Global Initiative.

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The Takeaway

Clinton Optimistic as Second Round of Peace Talks Begins Between Israel and Palestine

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

As a second round of peace talks between Israel and Palestine began today in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she was hopeful both sides could make progress on a number of issues, including the contentious Jewish settlements being built in Palestinian territory. The BBC's Jon Leyne is in Sharm-el-Sheikh and joins us for an update.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Congress Returns, Primaries Nationwide, Mid-East Peace Talks Round 2

Monday, September 13, 2010

Both the House and Senate head back into session this week, and the decision whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts will be high on the agenda. Takeaway's economics editor Charlie Herman and National Journal managing editor Terence Samuel look at what else Congress has to look forward to

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, September 06, 2010

David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to discuss the August jobless numbers, new government stimulus proposals, and how the new round of Middle East peace talks are dealing with the key issues facing the conflict.

The Takeaway

Is Peace Really Possible Between Israel and Palestine?

Friday, September 03, 2010

For the first time in 20 months, leaders from Israel and Palestine met at the negotiating table to try to broker a peace agreement. The leaders came together in Washington, D.C. to take part in talks mediated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As the U.S. representative, Secretary Clinton was clear in her message – the U.S. can bring the parties to the table, but it is up to Israeli and Palestinian leaders to find a solution. President Obama said, on Wednesday, that "the only path to lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians is direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians."

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The Takeaway

Obama Cautiously Hopeful for Mideast Peace

Thursday, September 02, 2010

After a 20-month hiatus, leaders from Israel and Palestine have come together at the White House to engage in a new round of peace talks. President Obama met individually with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday. Obama said he is hopeful that a peace agreement can be reached in the next year, but the talks have already hit hurdles that may be difficult to overcome.

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The Takeaway

A Short History of Presidential Mediation and Mideast Peace

Thursday, September 02, 2010

John Hockenberry looks back at the long history of trying to broker peace between Israel and Palestine. From Jimmy Carter's role in the Camp David accords to last night's White House dinner with Arab and Israeli leaders, the peace process has had many false starts and violent ends. Speaking to leaders at the White House last night, President Obama took on this longstanding test of U.S. leadership, asking "What kind of world do we want to bequeath to our children and our grandchildren?"

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The Takeaway

The Mechanics and Theater Behind Mideast Peace Talks

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Since the Six-Day War in 1967, American presidents have tried long and hard to encourage peace in the Middle East. After he helped ink the Camp David Accords, former President Jimmy Carter insightfully warned that peace would not come easily. "The questions that have brought warfare and bitterness to the Middle East for the last thirty years will not be settled overnight," he said. Now, six presidencies and thirty years later, lasting peace has yet to be achieved.

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The Takeaway

Another Round of Arab-Israeli Peace Talks

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Now this is going to sound somewhat familiar… the White House is hosting direct talks, starting today, to begin brokering an Arab-Israeli peace agreement, ideally to be formalized within the next year. Both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas will be in Washington today for the first face-to-face talks in two years.

Expectations are low, and the inevitable question arises: is anything really new this time around?

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, August 30, 2010

David Sanger joins Kerry Nolan to discuss the upcoming middle east peace talks, as well as the Fed's announcement it will take additional steps to prevent a double-dip recession.

The Takeaway

Agenda: Peace Talks, Jobs, Auto Sales

Monday, August 30, 2010

We look ahead to this week of Middle East peace talks, a new jobs report, and auto sales numbers. On Tuesday, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office as combat operations in Iraq officially end. On Wednesday, we'll hear about auto sales numbers for August, and on Thursday, a new round of Middle East peace talks will begin. Friday brings the anticipated jobs report from the Labor Department.

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The Takeaway

Netanyahu Comes to Washington

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be in Washington today for a meeting with President Obama, to discuss the Middle East peace process and Israel's national security. The visit is also to show a public display of unity. Diplomatic meetings continue in other quarters as well: Just yesterday, the Israeli defense minister and the Palestinian prime minister met in Jerusalem, in the first face-to-face meeting between such high level officials in several months. 

This all comes on the heels of Turkey's announcement that it may sever diplomatic ties with Israel unless Israel apologizes for the deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza in late May.

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WQXR News

Israel To Ease Gaza Blockade

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Israel agreed to allow some building materials and food into the Gaza Strip, hoping to quell growing worldwide outrage following the flotilla raid.

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WQXR News

Obama Looks for "Better Approach" in Gaza

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Following talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the White House, President Barack Obama called the increasingly tense environment in the Mideast "unsustainable".

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The Takeaway

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in DC for Talks

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Obama today. Talks between the two leaders were originally scheduled to come on the heels of a meeting between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu cancelled those talks last week after Israeli commandos raided a Gaza-bound ship, killing nine activists.

 

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