Aid package established by UN representatives, the U.S., the EU, Israel and the Palestinians and set to focus on reconstruction of electricity and water infrastructures ■ Israeli representative Tzchai Hanegbi stresses Israel wants to prevent Gaza crisis
The Quartet of Middle East peacemakers is a body comprised of four nations and international bodies - the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations - which are involved in working toward a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.The Quartet was established in Madrid, Spain, in 2002 as a response to escalating violence between the two sides at the height of the Second Intifada. Tony Blair became the Quartet's Special Envoy to the Middle East in June 2007, on the same day as he ended his 10-year tenure as British prime minister. The group has been involved in consistent peace-making efforts, and is the author of the Road Map to Middle East Peace – a three-stage plan aimed at ending the decades-long Mideast conflict. In March 2010, the Quartet issued a statement condemning Israel's decision to build 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, as well as announcing support for the reaching of a peace treaty by March 2012. The statement was greeted unenthusiastically by the Israeli government and within hours of the announcement, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman accused the Quartet of “ignoring'” Israeli efforts for peace over 16 years of negotiations, and of forcing an artificial timetable for the peace process. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed the Quartet statement, however, describing it as “very important.”
Russia Rejects Kerry’s Proposal for Quartet to Adopt U.S. Principles on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Kerry expected to address issue of Jerusalem during key speech later today; Haaretz learned Lavrov rejected request to adopt speech's proposals, citing need for direct talks.
Shimon Peres was a relentless optimist and a tough and resourceful patriot. He sought peace for Israel's long-term security, and out of a profound compassion for the Palestinians to fulfill their destiny through statehood.
Sources close to Abbas says Israel is too busy worrying about PA not condemning recent terror attacks instead of preventing them.
Israel accuses the Quartet of 'perpetuating the myth' that the settlements are an obstacle to peace; PA says the report doesn't meet the Palestinians' expectations 'as a nation living under a foreign colonial military occupation.'
The report says Palestinians must act against terrorism, while Israel must stop settlement construction.
If the report on the stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace process casts blame on both sides, as expected, the Palestinians could cut off ties with Quartet.
'The main objective of this report is not about assigning blame,' UN Mideast envoy says in a briefing of the UN Security Council on the much anticipated Quartet report.
Quartet report on the frozen peace process is expected to be released this week, as the UN secretary general marks his last year in office.
UN Chief Ban, in Israel on an official visit, is said to have briefed Jerusalem on report. Netanyahu has been making efforts to soften report, which is expected to be harshly critical of Israel.
Senior officials say draft of report - expected to be critical of Israel's actions in West Bank - has been sent to Quartet foreign ministers for final approval.
The U.S. approval of the harsh language marks a subtle shift. Washington has traditionally tempered statements by the so-called 'Quartet' of mediators with careful diplomatic language.
Quartet to Give Recommendations on De-escalation of Israeli-Palestinian Violence, Advancing Two-state Solution
Meeting on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, members of the Quartet emphasize that the status quo cannot continue and call for steps to a two-state reality.
The prospects that the Quartet will succeed in creating a substantial package of trust-building measures are extremely slim. Only two weeks ago, a similar attempt by Kerry failed.
The second annual conference, organized by Haaretz, heard radically different views on how peace can be achieved.
Saeb Erekat sends letter to Quartet representatives criticizing decision not to send a delegation as 'acceptance of Israeli violations.'
Senior Israeli official, Western diplomat say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had objected to visit's timing.
French FM Laurent Fabius told Quartet meet 10 days ago that France intends to advance resolution and hopes to convene follow-up conference in Paris on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Representatives from Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia and the head of the Arab League will join the Middle East Quartet for talks in September.
The former British premier will chair the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR) as it 'takes its message to schools and universities around Europe.'
The Quarter - which includes the U.S., the European Union, Russia and the United Nations — appointed the former British prime minister to the post in 2007 with the goal of helping develop the Palestinian economy and institutions.
Former British prime minister currently negotiating different position within Middle East Quartet, sources tell Financial Times.
Hamas official says Tony Blair set five conditions for continued transfer of funds to rebuild Strip.
EU foreign policy chief calls for UN, U.S., EU and Russia to meet for 'collective rethinking of overall approach' to Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Palestinian 'national reconciliation government' expected to be sworn in Monday, barring last-minute dispute over shuttering of Prisoners Affairs Ministry.
Israel, and not only the Palestinians, should honor the 'Quartet's conditions.'
U.S. special envoy Martin Indyk will attend the meeting, which will take place after a two-week hiatus due to the meeting of the UN General Assembly.
A comprehensive, robust, and sustainable American policy represent the best chance for a transformative change in Israeli-Palestinian politics and in America’s standing in the region.
In statement released following meeting by UN, EU, Russia, and U.S. top officials, group encourages both parties to refrain from 'unilateral and provocative' acts, such as settlement activities.
UN press office on Friday said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Russian FM Sergei Lavrov would meet at UN headquarters ahead of a special UNSC session on the Arab Spring.