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2012-12-11 16:22:25

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East ("Fair Witness") congratulates the Palestinian people after President Abbas' successful bid for "non-member observer state" status at the U.N. and now strongly urges both Israel and Palestine to take deliberate steps towards a negotiated two-state solution. "Ultimately there is no substitute for negotiations," says Rev. Thomas Prinz, Pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Leesburg, Virginia and...

2012-06-14 02:22:54

NEW YORK, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an open declaration, Ronald S. Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, sent a clear and powerful message in support of Middle East peace urging President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority to accept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel's multiple offers to come to the peace table and negotiate without preconditions. Lauder said, "Israel has extended its hand in peace to the Arab countries ever since 1967. Since 1979, two...

2011-12-01 10:47:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maen Rashid Areikat, chief representative of the Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) to the United States, will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker at noon Tuesday, Dec. 6. He plans to discuss Palestinian efforts at the United Nations, recent reconciliation talks between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, and prospects for the Palestinian-Israeli peace process under the current climate. The Newsmaker...

2011-11-03 07:38:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's new memoir reveals the final status agreement Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert offered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on September 16, 2008 and inspires Fair Witness to renew its call for peace negotiations. "Condoleezza Rice's book reminds us of a missed opportunity," says Rev. Dr. Scott Ickert, pastor of Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, Arlington, Virginia. "Israel...

2011-10-02 09:41:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC praised the Israeli government's decision, announced today, to accept the Middle East Quartet's plan for renewing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations within a month without preconditions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO ) "Prime Minister Netanyahu again is showing Israel's commitment to resolve the conflict through negotiations," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Will Mahmoud Abbas continue to spurn...

2011-05-17 12:38:00

NEW YORK, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AJC Executive Director David Harris issued the following statement in response to an op-ed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, which appeared in The New York Times today: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100816/AJCLOGO) AJC is a global advocacy organization that has long been committed to achieving a peaceful settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state accord. In that effort, we have met...

2011-03-17 08:05:00

NEW YORK, March 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earlier this year Al Jazeera released the "Palestine Papers" -- nearly 1,700 files of documents authored by Palestinian negotiators and advisors, memorializing a decade of Israeli/Palestinian peace talks. Christians for Fair Witness on the Middle East has carefully reviewed the Palestine Papers, including those documents concerning the comprehensive peace offer Israeli Prime Minister ("PM") Ehud Olmert made in 2008. There has been a good...

2008-10-25 15:00:06

The Palestinian Authority has sent police reinforcements to the West Bank city of Hebron to counter the influence of Hamas militants, Israeli officials say. The unnamed officials told the BBC they approved a request by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to deploy 500 police officers in Hebron, where several hundred Jewish settlers living amid 150,000 Palestinian Arabs has caused the city to become a flash point between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. Hamas, which gained control of...

2008-08-27 06:00:21

By Ethan Bronner Peace Now, the Israeli advocacy group, said in a report issued Tuesday that in the past year Israel had nearly doubled its settlement construction in the occupied West Bank, in violation of its obligations under a U.S.-backed peace plan. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in Jerusalem on a short visit to help Israeli and Palestinian leaders in their negotiations, said, when asked about the report, that she had told Israeli officials that such building did not advance...

2008-08-26 12:00:43

By Isabel Kershner Israel on Monday released 198 Palestinian prisoners in a move intended to bolster President Mahmoud Abbas, hours before Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in the region to try to nudge forward halting Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Before embarking on two days of talks with top Israeli and Palestinian officials, Rice said on her plane to Tel Aviv that there was a "lot of work ahead" if the sides hoped to reach their goal of a peace agreement by the end of...