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Netanyahu talks peace with Jordanian King Abdullah

Netanyahu talks peace with Jordanian King Abdullah

AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made an unannounced visit to Jordan to discuss Palestinian peace talks with King Abdullah, Petra News Agency said.
Palestinians mull options should peace talks with Israel break down

Palestinians mull options should peace talks with Israel break down

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Palestinian leaders met to discuss their options should current peace talks with Israel break down, a senior Palestinian official told Haaretz.
Biden: Peace talks hold out 'possibility for an island of stability'

Biden: Peace talks hold out 'possibility for an island of stability'

JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Israeli President Shimon Peres committed to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, with Biden saying Monday the time is ripe to act.

Abbas: Israel must negotiate on Jerusalem's future

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Saturday Israel must concede a divided Jerusalem if it wants a peace agreement.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
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Middle East Christians mark Christmas amid messages of peace, support

Middle East Christians mark Christmas amid messages of peace, support

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- World leaders and religious figures offered messages of peace and support as Middle Eastern Christian faiths celebrated Christmas Tuesday.
Palestinian leaders "doing everything humanly possible" to ensure Mideast peace success

Palestinian leaders "doing everything humanly possible" to ensure Mideast peace success

Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Saeb Erekat, the lead negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, remarked at a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday in Ramallah that "We really are doing everything humanly possible to ensure the success" of the latest round of Mideast peace negotiations.
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Kerry seeks to resume peace talks in Israel, West Bank shuttle

JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry, shuttling between Jerusalem and the West Bank, said Israeli and Palestinian leaders must "take tough decisions" on a peace plan.
Secretary Kerry and Palestinian President Abbas meet to discuss Mideast peace

Secretary Kerry and Palestinian President Abbas meet to discuss Mideast peace

Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Friday evening to discuss the ongoing Mideast peace negotiations.
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John Kerry heads to Ramallah for peace talks with Palestinians

John Kerry heads to Ramallah for peace talks with Palestinians

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Ramallah Friday to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas following a meeting in Jerusalem, officials said.
Secrety Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu meet to discuss Mideast peace

Secrety Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu meet to discuss Mideast peace

Jan. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are meeting Thursday in Jerusalem for continued discussions about ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Netanyahu, meeting with Kerry, doubts Palestinian interest in peace

Netanyahu, meeting with Kerry, doubts Palestinian interest in peace

JERUSALEM, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday he doubted Palestinian leaders' sincerity in seeking a peace agreement.
Abbas says no peace deal unless all prisoners freed

Abbas says no peace deal unless all prisoners freed

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- There will be no permanent peace deal with Israel as long as Israel holds Palestinians prisoner, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said early Tuesday.
Israel frees 26 more Palestinian prisoners

Israel frees 26 more Palestinian prisoners

JERUSALEM, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Twenty-six more Palestinian prisoners were released to the West Bank and Gaza by Israel Monday night as part of the effort to get peace talks rolling.

Israel approves third Palestinian prisoner release

JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Israel approved the release of the third round of 26 Palestinian prisoners agreed upon in the framework of peace talks with the Palestinians, officials said.

Kerry heading to Mideast again next week

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is planning his ninth trip to the Middle East since he took office in February, a spokesman said Saturday.

Palestinian minister: No to new settlement units

JERUSALEM, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A Palestinian minister said plans by Israel to tie the release of Palestinian prisoners to new settlement building "scuttles the possibility of moving forward."

Thousands celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Thousands of tourists, pilgrims and Christian worshipers celebrated Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, officials said.
Abbas calls Jesus a Palestinian messenger

Abbas calls Jesus a Palestinian messenger

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Israel accused Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of trying to rewrite history by calling Jesus Christ a "Palestinian messenger."
Palestinian leader calls Jesus 'Palestinian messenger' for homeland

Palestinian leader calls Jesus 'Palestinian messenger' for homeland

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- Jesus is a "Palestinian messenger," Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas" said in a Christmas message.

Arab League rejects U.S. peace proposals

CAIRO, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- The Arab League rejected a U.S. proposal allowing an Israeli army presence in the Jordan Valley after a Palestinian peace deal is achieved, officials said.
Palestinians ready to extend talks with Israel

Palestinians ready to extend talks with Israel

BEIT JALA, West Bank, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The chief Palestinian peace negotiator says his side is ready to extend current talks with Israel beyond the U.S. deadline if a framework for peace is in place.
Palestinians say U.S. favors Israel in peace negotiations

Palestinians say U.S. favors Israel in peace negotiations

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Senior Palestinian officials accused the Obama administration of favoring Israel in peace negotiations between Ramallah and Jerusalem, officials said.

Unusual winter storm in Lebanon and Israel leaves many without power

JERUSALEM, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Israeli officials struggled Saturday to open roads, restore power and get aid to those cut off by an unusual winter storm, officials said..
Kerry: U.S. 'comfortable' with progress of Mideast peace talks

Kerry: U.S. 'comfortable' with progress of Mideast peace talks

JERUSALEM, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The United States is "comfortable" with the progress of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday.
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