February 10th

Israel’s Political Situation Dims Hopes for Peace Deal
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The New York Times - July 31, 2008 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON — The official line in Washington, Jerusalem and Ramallah is that the decision by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of Israel to resign will not affect American efforts to negotiate a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians before the end of the year.

Olmert departure makes Mideast peace more elusive
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In Reuters - July 30, 2008 - 11:00pm

By Arshad Mohammed - Analysis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's decision to step down makes the already improbable U.S. goal of achieving a comprehensive Israel-Palestinian peace deal this year even more elusive, analysts said on Thursday. But it might create a little more space for negotiating a partial deal or, perhaps, a document marking any progress that may have been made by Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and their negotiating teams.

Amid Pessimism on Peace Prospects, Rice Meets Parties in Last-Ditch Push for Accord
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The Jewish Daily Forward - July 29, 2008 - 11:00pm

By Nathan Guttman Washington — As top Israeli, Palestinian and American negotiators prepared for a July 30 meeting in a last-ditch attempt to reach an agreement on the establishment of a Palestinian state by the end of the year, expectations of a breakthrough are decidedly low in their respective capitals.

Making Sense of the Arab-Israel Nightmare
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In - June 27, 2008 - 11:00pm

On June 27th, the New America Foundation and the Century Foundation co-hosted “Making Sense of the Arab-Israel Nightmare”, an event which aimed to investigate the status quo, the future available to the Bush Administration, and a measure of “crystal ball gazing” into what one can hope for from the next Administration Special Assistant to Ambassador Morton Abramowitz at the Century Foundation, Jonathan Kolieb, hosted a Q&A-style session with three former practitioners in a lively discussion that explored the lessons to be learned from the current

In Search for Peace, a Shrinking White House Role
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The Washington Post - March 3, 2008 - 12:00am

Ghaith al-Omari, a former adviser to Abbas and now advocacy director for the American Task Force on Palestine, faulted the Bush administration for not nurturing a process that it started. He noted that the administration has appointed three generals to assess various aspects of the issue, but that few people in the region understand their roles. Rice's two-day visit this week is her first substantive trip since the conference in November.

Egypt opens its borders
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The Washington Post - January 3, 2008 - 12:00am

By ELLEN KNICKMEYE and GLENN KESSLER, The Washington Post CAIRO, Egypt – Egypt opened its main crossing into the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to allow more than 2,000 Palestinian pilgrims – including at least one official of the armed Hamas movement – to return to their homes there, outraging Israel in a growing dispute over border security.

U.S. to free up aid to Palestinians In balancing act, millions go to Abbas, needy in Gaza Strip
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The Chicago Tribune - June 20, 2007 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON - The Bush administration promised direct financial aid Monday to a new WestBank-based Palestinian government that is amenable to peace with Israel, whileoffering indirect humanitarian aid for Palestinians in Gaza following theterritory’s takeover by the militant Hamas organization.

U.S. Lifts Embargo To Help Abbas
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The Washington Post - June 18, 2007 - 11:00pm

Palestinian Leader Wins Support Amid Turmoil By Glenn Kessler Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, June 19, 2007; A01

Few Good Options for U.S. on Palestinian Violence
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In The New York Times - June 13, 2007 - 11:00pm

WASHINGTON, June 13 — For two years, the United States has tried to choke off Hamas, the militant Islamic group that has been ascendant in Gaza and the West Bank, while throwing limited aid and support to Fatah, its more moderate Palestinian rival.

The Geneva Initiative
Media Mention of Ghaith al-Omari In - June 2, 2007 - 11:00pm

The Geneva Initiative came about soon after the breakdown of official Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations in early 2001. A group of former negotiators and public figures from both sides drafted a model peace agreement to show that there remained wide support among both Israelis and Palestinians for a solution based on two states for two peoples.

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