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Conflict Management, Not Resolution: America's Role in Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Uzi Rabi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Uzi Rabi

The current round of peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians is on the brink of collapse after months of fruitless negotiations. Therefore, the American position may be shifting from resolving the conflict to simply managing it.

Peace Process Blame Game Won't Help the Parties Get There

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

The problem with the naysaying and finger pointing is not only that it is wrong, but the single-mind blaming of Israel for the breakdown of talks reinforces an atmosphere that makes moving forward toward any kind of peace or understanding more unlikely.

American Peace Processing: Forget About It

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Leon T. Hadar

Even if Washington were to resolve the conflict over the Holy Land, it is unlikely that that would help reduce the power of the radicals to lessen the chances for war in the region.

Reality Check: The US Does Have Leverage

Michael Shtender-Auerbach | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
Michael Shtender-Auerbach

Admittedly, the situation at the moment looks grim: After months of negotiations, a dozen personal visits from the secretary, and countless trips between Jerusalem and Ramallah, Israel is announcing new settlements and reneging on its agreement to release a small number of Palestinian prisoners this weekend.

"I'm Not Dead Yet": The Peace Talks are Not Ready for Burial

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Rabbi Steve Gutow

There are so many who have declared the negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians dead. Let's not have a burial. Let's have a resuscitation. Peace, despite setbacks, remains a possibility.

5 Signs You Know the Middle East Peace Process Is in Trouble

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The one man who has been able to keep the Netanyahu-Abbas square-off from imploding, Secretary of State John Kerry, is signaling that there is not much more the United States can do on its own.

Assad and the Palestinians

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Giorgio Cafiero

Palestinians have fought in Syria on behalf of both the regime and the rebels. The conflict has deepened ideological and political wedges between Palestinians and complicated their patchwork of international alliances.

Stuck in an Ideological Divide

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.03.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The common characteristics and stark differences between Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Palestinian Authority's President Abbas might just explain why the current peace negotiations are stuck and not likely to lead to any breakthrough as long as they remain in power.

Pollard On the Table, Off the Table

Shai Franklin | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Shai Franklin

If Israel continues to rely on military and intelligence cooperation with Washington, in order to keep the Jewish state safe from terrorists and other threats, then Jonathan Pollard's case has already compromised the safety and security of Israelis.

The Funeral of the Two State Solution Is About to Depart

Carlo Strenger | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Carlo Strenger

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is about to turn to the UN to ask for membership in some 15 organizations Palestinians have access to since they received non-member status at the UN in 2012. This might create a huge problem.

John Kerry Returning To The Middle East

Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

By MATTHEW LEE, The Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will return to the Middle East on Wednesday to continue h...

U.S. Mediators Try To Salvage Troubled Mideast Peace Talks

AP | JOSEF FEDERMAN | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

JERUSALEM (AP) — American mediators held urgent contacts with Israeli and Palestinian officials Sunday in hopes of salvaging troubled Mideast peace ...

Obama Faces 'New Chapter' Of American Foreign Policy

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seldom has one day captured the breadth, aspirations and limitations of American foreign policy. On Monday, Preside...

Obama: Mideast Peace Solution Remains Elusive

AP | JIM KUHNHENN and JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief Palestinian negotiator says Israel must choose between building West Bank settlements or a peace agreement but "they can...

Kerry Urges Palestinian Leader To Make 'Tough Decisions' On Peace

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics

(Adds Kerry-Abbas meeting lasted three hours, paragraph 6) WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged P...

To Make Peace Between Israelis and Palestinians, Stop the Finger Pointing

Adam Cohen | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Adam Cohen

Both the Israelis and the Palestinians are content proclaiming that they are willing to compromise but lack a true partner in negotiations. In order for the peace talks to truly progress, they must recognize that each has a true partner in the other.

It's Just Not Good Enough to Be Prime Minister of AIPAC

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

At what point in time is Mr. Netanyahu going to end his rhetorical ropa dopa -- on the one hand claiming to want a diplomatic solution, yet kowtowing to the equivalent his own tea party equivalent?

Mahmoud Abbas' Last Hurrah

Jamal Dajani | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Jamal Dajani

President Abbas has been invited to come to Washington in March, in what seems to be his last hurrah, to meet U.S. President Barack Obama. The meeting, as usual, will take place after Benjamin Netanyahu's own talks with Obama.

A Not-So-Pleasant But Important Reminder From Hamas

Lilac Sigan | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Lilac Sigan

In case you'd forgotten, here's a small reminder from Hamas: It exists. Ever since the peace talks between Israel and the PA began and gained speed, ...

Why the Scarlett Johansson Controversy Is a Good Thing

Lilac Sigan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Lilac Sigan

It's okay to pressure the Israeli government to do its share in order to promote a peace accord, but it seems many have forgotten that there are two sides to this conflict, and that the welfare of the Palestinians depends on many things.

Where Are the Leaders to Answer the Call?

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 03.22.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Neither Netanyahu nor Abbas has demonstrated bold and visionary leadership, which is surely needed at this fateful juncture. The Israeli-Palestinian annals are saturated with self-denial and resistance to the inevitable, and there is little evidence that much has changed.

Take a Deep Breath

James Zogby | Posted 03.13.2014 | World
James Zogby

At this point we have no idea what US Secretary of State John Kerry is going to propose to the Israelis and Palestinians. Because no comprehensive peace agreement is within reach, we are told that the Secretary is working, instead, on a "Framework Agreement."

U.S. To Support Iraq, But Without Troops

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that the United States will support Iraq's fight against al-Qaida-linked militants w...

Kerry To Offer Outline Of Key Peace Deal

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will present Israel and the Palestinians the broad outlines of what a final Mideast peace agreement ...

Israel's Latest Settlement Plan Endangers Peace Talks

Alan Elsner | Posted 02.25.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

Does all this have to happen? Wouldn't it be nice if the leaders of both sides behaved responsibly in a way that suggests they actually want peace?