The Israeli government's decision not to extend the moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank could possibly drive Palestinians away from the peace talks. Gwen Ifill reports.
The first direct peace talks in 20 months between Israelis and Palestinians began Thursday, but two major hurdles have arisen already, casting doubt on prospects for success. And other challenges loom on the horizon, analysts tell the NewsHour.
U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell canceled his trip to Jerusalem as a dispute between Israelis and Palestinians over Israel's authorization of new homes on East Jerusalem has intensified. Jeffrey Brown reports.
By Dave Gustafson
Undertaking a foreign policy challenge that that has vexed world leaders for years, President Barack Obama pressed Israeli and Palestinians leaders Tuesday to do more to reach an elusive Mideast peace deal.
In other news, Los Angeles county detectives opened an investigation into the wildfires that claimed the lives of two firefighters this week, and Israel plans to speed up the pace of settlement expansion in the West Bank.
Analysts discuss the significance of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's statements accepting a demilitarized Palestinian state.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
After months of being dogged by corruption scandals and calls for his resignation, Israeli President Ehud Olmert's decision to step down in September has stirred political uncertainty in Israel and plunged the stalled peace talks into confusion.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
Israel has intensified airstrikes on parts of the Gaza Strip to squelch rocket and mortar attacks fired from Palestinian territory controlled by the militant group Hamas.
A second round of negotiations between Palestinian and Israeli officials was overshadowed Monday by Palestinian threats not to address substantive issues until Israel agrees to stop settlement construction around Jerusalem.
By PBS NewsHour
The first Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in seven years got off to a shaky start Wednesday after Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas restarted the effort at a peace conference two weeks ago in Annapolis, Md.
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