Bibi Comes to Town

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by Peter Jenkins The Prime Minister of Israel addressed the UN General Assembly on Sept. 29, once more filling the chamber with fire and brimstone. Like many a leader before him, he built his speech on the well-tried formula that… Continue Reading  

Hope and Pessimism as Israelis, Palestinians Resume Talks

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by Mitchell Plitnick via IPS News Israeli and Palestinian negotiators returned to the negotiating table on Thursday, ready to put claims by the United States that it will engage more forcefully in the negotiating process to the test. The talks,… Continue Reading  

A Dangerous Proposal For Israel-Palestine “Peace”

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by Mitchell Plitnick The tentative outreach from Washington toward Tehran has spurred speculation about a wide variety of connected issues. The desperation with which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s so-called “charm offensive” adds… Continue Reading  

Mideast Peace Talks Get New Lease on Life

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by Mitchell Plitnick via IPS News Six months of United States diplomatic efforts have finally restarted talks between Israelis and Palestinians, yet pessimism about their potential for success persists. On Monday, negotiators from both sides met in Washington for the… Continue Reading  

Still Seeking Strategy

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by Robert E. Hunter For Secretary of State John Kerry, the good news this past week is that he has finally got Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to agree to talk directly about peace. The bad news is… Continue Reading