Several Options to Kick-Start Mideast Peace Talks: Palestinian U.N. Envoy

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A collective Middle East peace process could be led by the U.N. Security Council, a "Quartet" expanded to include China and Arab states or an international conference, the Palestinian U.N. envoy said on Thursday, all options involving the United States.

Crossing Divides: How Israeli-Palestinian peace accord was prepared

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In September 1993, on the lawn of the White House in Washington, an agreement was signed to bring about peace between Israel and the Palestinians. In the months leading up to the historic handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Norway had been instrumental in the negotiations. Mona Juul, Norway's Ambassador to the UK, spoke to the BBC World Service's Witness programme about being part of the team that planned and orchestrated the secret meetings that culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords. Witness: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.

Israel blocks Palestinian peace activist from film festival

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In 2002, Al-Qudsi was preparing to carry out a suicide bombing when Israeli troops arrested her. She spent six years in prison, and after her release, got involved with "Combatants for Peace" -- a group that seeks to end violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

Pompeo Says Israel, Palestinian Peace Still a US Priority

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He declined to criticize Israel for its actions in dealing with mass Palestinian protests along the Gaza border over the past month. Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by Israeli fire. Pompeo said the U.S. was "fully supportive" of Israel's right to defend itself.

An oasis of peace for Palestinian children in Hebron

Al Jazeera

Hebron is the largest city in the occupied West Bank and is divided into two sectors, H1 and H2, controlled respectively by the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli military. The kindergarten is located in H2, an area with a heavy military presence. The private kindergarten, created and maintained by Muhtaseb in a building adjoining her home, is supervised by local education officials, and Muhtaseb ultimately hopes to expand it to serve more Palestinian children. "When they see the soldiers patrolling the streets, this affects them ... When they see the checkpoints, the fence, everything, of course this makes them think that we are surrounded from everywhere," Muhtaseb said, noting the kindergarten offers the children a safe space to talk about their frustrations and their experiences with soldiers. She says her goal is to encourage children to resist the occupation in a peaceful way.