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Israel says it would welcome the United States as a mediator but a US bid to revive negotiations, led by Us President Trump's adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has so far shown no progress.
The statement omitted any reference to Israeli settlement activity – a rarity for the Quartet.
Allegations of a conflict of interest between Blair’s role as Quartet envoy and the business interests of his private consultancy firm have dogged him intermittently over the last number of years.
Jerusalem favors that approach, over French-backed international conference.
By HERB KEINON,TOVAH LAZAROFF
One of Netanyahu's immediate concerns is a forthcoming report from the Middle East Quartet, that is expected to use unusually tough language in criticizing Israel's expansion of settlements.
Envoys of the Quartet – comprised of the United States, European Union, United Nations and Russia – are meeting in Vienna this week to negotiate language for the report.
By MICHAEL WILNER
Group expected to release report in coming months.
By HERB KEINON
Government says it does not want to "punish" US, Russia and UN for EU’s move on labeling settlement products.
Quartet expressed support for Abbas’ plan to “achieve genuine national unity on the basis of the PLO principles.”
By DANIELLE ZIRI,TOVAH LAZAROFF
“From our perspective, the problem is that the Palestinians have no desire to conduct serious negotiations, and no amount of bureaucratic creativity can help that,” one official said.
A forum of the US, Russia, EU and UN met in Amman to discuss how to preserve the two state solution.
Former British PM will now, in an informal capacity, try to strengthen relations between Israel and Arab world as way to underpin peace process.
It is hard to conceive of any action more likely to undermine trust or prejudge final status issues than the Quartet’s failure to condemn the EU’s aberrant behavior.
By DAVID SINGER
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