Chancellor Angela Merkel: We need positive impetus to preserve the two-state solution | Both the Israeli and the Palestinian people are entitled to live in peace and security

PRESIDENT ABBAS IN BERLIN – Both peoples are entitled to live in peace “We need positive impetus to preserve the two-state solution,” said Chancellor Angela Merkel when she met with Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian Authority. She stated that she can see no practicable alternative to this solution. Angela Merkel praised Palestinian achievements in…

Foreign Minister Steinmeier: We must not permit the two-state solution to become an empty phrase — Federal Foreign Office, Germany

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has welcomed the appeal by his United States counterpart John Kerry for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. In a keynote speech in Washington on Wednesday (28 December), the US Secretary of State called on Palestinians and Israelis to adhere to a two-state solution. He also defended his government’s…

Two-state solution is a guiding principle of German foreign policy on Israel and Palestine conflict – FM Steinmeier

Foreign Minister Steinmeier welcoming Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah © AA Foreign Minister Steinmeier welcoming Palestinian Prime Minister Hamdallah Representatives of the German Government and the Palestinian Authority convened for the fourth time at ministerial level today (26 October) at a meeting of the German-Palestinian Steering Committee. Their talks focused on the ongoing efforts to resolve…

Greece to use term ‘Palestine’ on all public documents —IINA News org| Promotes independent and sovereign Palestinian state with east Jerusalem as its capital

Pic: Anadolu Agency Athens (IINA) – Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who met with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday, said that all Greek public documents will use the term “Palestine” rather than the term “Palestinian Authority”, Anadolu Agency reported. Tsipras noted that Palestinians were “fighting to find justice … and whose struggle has…

Media Alert: Jews Congratulate Pope Francis — Holy Land Principles org |Vatican officially recognizes Palestine, while Israel fumes — RT com

Jewish liberals and progressives reacted with enthusiasm to the announcement today that the Vatican will recognize the Palestinian State. Rabbi Michael Lernner, editor of Tikkun Magazine: a Quarterly Jewish and Interfaith Critique of Politics, Culture and Society, the most prominent voice of liberal and progressive Jews and our non-Jewish spiritual progressive allies, released the following…

”A Phase of Strategic Reorientation” — Interview with Andreas Reinicke the EU’s Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process on Qantara de

Andreas Reinicke, the EU’s Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, believes that Egypt will continue to play a constructive role in the region in the future. He also urges Israel’s new government to agree to a two-state peace solution. Michael Knigge spoke to him about the situation in the Middle East An estimated…

Five Questions – Five Answers: "Two States for Two Peoples" – Still a valid concept! — Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung de interview

Interview with Dr. Ron Pundak, former member of the official Israeli negotiation team in the Oslo Process. The impasse in the peace process and unilateral acts by both Israelis and Palestinians have furthermore increased the already existing mutual distrust. Although latest surveys show that the majority of both populations still favor a two-states solution, more…

Noam Chomsky: Reflections on a lifetime of engagement with Zionism, the Palestine Question, and American Empire – IOA Org

29 July 2012 Noam Chomsky Interview with Mouin Rabbani The Journal of Palestine Studies – Spring 2012 (Vol 41, no. 3) http://www.palestine-studies.org/journals.aspx?id=11394&jid=1&href=fulltext What is perhaps most striking about Noam Chomsky is his consistency. Over the course of more than half a century of political activism, accompanied by a ceaseless output of books and articles as…

Germany:Support for the Palestinian police force – Jericho Police Training School completed, 55 stations to follow with International help

Creating a citizen-friendly, professional police force – that is the goal of the programme funded by the Federal Foreign Office to support police capacity-building in the Palestinian territories. The “police station” simulation facility in Jericho constructed with German assistance is now ready to be used for training purposes. Palestinian police in Jericho © dpa /…

Islamism and Politics in the Middle East: Is Hamas Reinventing Itself? – By Michael Bröning at Project Syndicate

Michael Bröning is Director of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftungin Jerusalem, a political foundation affiliated with Germany’s opposition Social Democratic Party, and the author of The Politics of Change in Palestine. ***** The signing of a new unity deal between Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s secular Fatah party earlier this month has heightened an unprecedented struggle within…

What the UNESCO vote on Palestine really means for the UN – by Ziad Khalil Abu Zayyad at CG News service

Jerusalem – In a development that gave the Palestinian leadership a significant hand up, the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) became the first international organisation to admit Palestine as a full member last week despite strong opposition from several member countries. This is the first reward for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ efforts…

Europe Fails to Unite on Palestinian Question – Spiegel online News

By Christoph Schult in Brussels   REUTERS A Palestinian boy waves a flag in Jerusalem’s Old City as an Israeli police officer looks on. The EU is further removed than ever from a common position in the Middle East conflict. The Europeans couldn’t even agree on a joint declaration in the UN Human Rights Council….