Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

Israel's Wildcard: The Man Who Could Stop The Peace Process

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 26, 2014

Naftali Bennett, the head of the the settlements party Jewish Home rejects negotiations with the Palestinians and says he will allow the Israeli government to collapse if necessary. A decision on whether talks will proceed is expected this week. By Julia Amalia Heyer in Tel Aviv more... Comment ]

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

'Significant Escalation': Tensions Flare in German-Israeli Relations

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 18, 2014

German-Israeli relations are at a nadir as German Chancellor Merkel begins her third term. When leaders of the countries meet next week, deals on smaller issues may be possible, but divisions over Israeli settlements will persist. By Ralf Neukirch more... Comment ]

Reaching Out: Obama's Ambitious Mideast Diplomatic Offensive

Reaching Out: Obama's Ambitious Mideast Diplomatic Offensive

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2013

Barack Obama is moving his foreign policy course toward diplomacy and away from military intervention. Suddenly the Iranian nuclear issue and Israeli-Palestinian conflict are back on the table -- but is the Middle East ready for a breakthrough? By Dieter Bednarz, Matthias Gebauer and Holger Stark more... Comment ]

Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

Anger in Israel: EU Issues Disputed Settlement Guidelines

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 19, 2013

Israel has been protesting all week, but to no avail. On Friday, the EU issued new guidelines prohibiting bloc money from going to Israeli institutions operating in the settlements. President Peres warned the measure could "cause a crisis." more... Comment ]

The Syrian Mire: Middle East Divisions Deepen amid Civil War

The Syrian Mire: Middle East Divisions Deepen amid Civil War

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2013

The civil war in Syria is increasingly dividing the Arab world along sectarian lines. The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has now charged into the fray, joining predominantly Shiite government forces in an effort to dislodge Sunni rebels from the key city of Qusair. By Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Reuter more... Comment ]

World from Berlin: 'Obama Has Adopted Netanyahu's Course'

World from Berlin: 'Obama Has Adopted Netanyahu's Course'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 22, 2013

In a speech to Israeli university students on Thursday, US President Barack Obama insisted that peace with the Palestinians is still possible. But German commentators note that brokering a peace deal still doesn't number among Obama's top priorities. more... Comment ]

Radical Past: Former Associate Calls Morsi a 'Master of Disguise'

Radical Past: Former Associate Calls Morsi a 'Master of Disguise'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

Is Mohammed Morsi a peacebroker or a virulent anti-Semite? A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who has known Morsi for 13 years, believes that behind the Egyptian president's veneer of goodwill towards Israel lies a deep-seated hatred. By Dieter Bednarz and Volkhard Windfuhr in Cairo more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres: 'We Have to Open Negotiations Right Away'

SPIEGEL Interview with Israeli President Shimon Peres: 'We Have to Open Negotiations Right Away'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 10, 2012

The United Nations has recognized a Palestinian state and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seems to prefer confrontation over negotiation. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, Israeli President Shimon Peres says that there is no alternative to re-starting peace talks, adding that it is time to forget the past. more...

German-Israeli Relations: Merkel and Netanyahu Seek to Play Down Differences

German-Israeli Relations: Merkel and Netanyahu Seek to Play Down Differences

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2012

Despite recent differences between Germany and Israel over settlement construction plans on the West Bank, Angela Merkel and Benjamin Netanyahu pledged friendship on Thursday in Berlin. They have, said the chancellor, agreed to disagree. By Severin Weiland more... Comment ]

Touchy Talks in Berlin: Netanyahu Airs Complaints Ahead of Germany Visit

Touchy Talks in Berlin: Netanyahu Airs Complaints Ahead of Germany Visit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2012

Germany's abstention in the recent UN vote to recognize a Palestinian state, along with Israel's reaction of announcing new settlement construction, have chilled relations between the traditional allies. Ahead of a visit to Berlin, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu even said that he is "disappointed" in Chancellor Merkel. By Matthias Gebauer and Ulrike Putz more... Comment ]