Area C, covering about 59% of the West Bank, includes the entire Jordan Valley (with small exceptions for Jericho and the village of Uja), as well as all areas of natural West Bank development, and it is the area of focus for Palestinian activists of late.
Any Israeli military analyst (as well as Israeli diplomats in the U.S.) would agree that the Obama Administration has offered Israel an unprecedented level of unhindered, unrestricted military support and cooperation.
We're going to hear again and again from Republicans about how President Obama is supposedly not strong on Israel. But President Obama has provided more security assistance to Israel than any president in history.
It is hard to describe the state of affairs of the Arab-Israeli conflict at this particular juncture without using adjectives such as "sad," "unfortunate" or even "tragic," which I think is the most appropriate description.
After the announcement that Tom Donilon would succeed General Jim Jones as President Obama's National Security Adviser, Donilon went from being the busiest man in the White House to the even-busier busiest man. This is good, and bad, news.
Thousands of Israelis have been killed as a result of policies that the conservative "pro-Israel" lobby has supported. Yet they sail on, never looking back, labeling anyone who opposes the status quo "anti-Israel."
Josh Rogin reports that "Ross is the latest U.S. official to link the Obama administration's drive to secure peace between Israelis and Arabs to the overall goal of bringing greater stability to the region and combating the threat from Iran." This is pretty significant.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's arrival in Washington shortly after President Barack Obama's victory on health care reform had both symbolic significance and practical implications for the Likud leader.