Dvora_Pope_May_Trip Pope Francis confirms Middle East trip for May 24 and 26.  Emerging as the new ‘broker’ for the Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, he will speak with Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas.

Pope Francis officially announced on Sunday that he will visit Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority in May, reports Reuters. Francis, who has made many appeals for peace in the Middle East since his election in March, announced the trip to thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his Sunday address.  Read Full Article

Dvora_Ben_NetMr Netanyahu reacted angrily when the 1967 proposal was made by Barack Obama in May but was now said to be offering to trade Israeli territory on its side of the line for West Bank land where its main settlements were located. “We are willing in a framework of restarting the peace talks to accept a proposal that would contain elements that would be difficult for Israel and we would find very difficult to endorse,” said an official, answering a question about the Obama proposal.  Read Full Article

Dvora_Sheva_2_StatePresident Obama gives Israel 2 years to implement 2 States solution which would define Israel’s borders as they were prior to the Six Day War in 1967.

London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat reports that U.S. President Barack Obama presented his version of peace in the Middle East to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu during the latter’s visit to Washington last month, as well as to two Eygptian officials.  The plan reportedly calls for a process that will finalize a Palestinian state within two years.  Read Full Article