Smoke and Mirrors: The “New” Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

by Mitchell Plitnick The so-called “renewed” Israel-Palestine peace process is turning out to be nothing more than an illusion, as many observers from across the political spectrum expected. But the United States is apparently intent on blowing more smoke to… Continue Reading  

Israeli-Palestinian Talks: Why Now and To What End?

by Emile Nakhleh The recently restarted talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) are the only peaceful political activity amidst on-going violence in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Egypt, Bahrain and elsewhere in the Arab world. Neither Secretary of State… Continue Reading  

Mideast Peace Talks Get New Lease on Life

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

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  

Indyk to be US Rep. to Israel-Palestinian Peace Talks

by Mitchell Plitnick Martin Indyk is about to be named the US representative for the resuscitated Israel-Palestinian talks, according to a report from Israel’s Channel 2. (Though it seems Channel 2’s Ehud Yaari was not first with the news. That was… Continue Reading