Edward Walker

Muted Optimism For Proximity Talks

Jewish leaders expect no breakthroughs from Mitchell’s shuttle diplomacy, but say they could bear modest fruit.

05/04/2010
Washington Correspondent

Rarely have peace negotiations started with such low expectations — but that doesn’t mean the indirect “proximity talks” between Israel and the Palestinians, due to begin as early as this week with new rounds of shuttle diplomacy by U.S. special envoy George Mitchell, are doomed to failure.

While suggesting that major breakthroughs are unlikely, many analysts say the talks could prove fruitful, but only if the Obama administration understands the limitations of what the parties themselves can reasonably be expected to do.

Mideast envoy George Mitchell, left, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month.

Iran-Israel Linkage By Bush Seen As Threat

04/21/2006
Washington Correspondent and Editor at Large.
President Bush is risking a backlash that could injure the Jewish community — and his own cause — by repeatedly citing Israel as his top rationale for possible U.S. military conflict with Iran, Jewish leaders and Middle East analysts warned this week.

More bad news for Obama: Mahmoud Abbas bails

How much more bad news can the Obama administration Middle east peace team take?

Today's announcement by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas withdrawing as a candidate in next year's Palestinian presidential election leaves the administration without a Palestinian partner for the direct negotiations  with Israel that seem to be slipping further and further off into diplomatic never-neverland.

More bad news for Obama: Mahmoud Abbas bails

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 How much more bad news can the Obama administration Middle east peace team take? Today’s announcement by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas withdrawing as a candidate in next year’s Palestinian presidential election leaves the administration without a Palestinian partner for the direct negotiations  with Israel that seem to be slipping further and further off into diplomatic never-neverland.

Obama Iran Dialogue Seen Complicated By Ahmadinejad’s Durban II Outburst

    Anti-Israel remarks by Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadenijad are seen as rejection of closer ties with moderate Western governments

04/22/2009
Washington Correspondent

Monday’s anti-Israel tirade by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Durban II conference on racism could undermine Obama administration diplomatic outreach, several Jewish leaders who attended the controversial conference in Geneva said this week.

Bibi, Biden Lay Down Markers At AIPAC

Netanyahu speech could be dry run for meeting with Obama

05/06/2009
Washington correspondent

In a speech that could be a dry run for his upcoming meetings with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said his government is ready to “resume peace negotiations” with the Palestinians “without any delay, without any preconditions, the sooner the better” and called for a “triple-track” approach that includes political as well as economic and security negotiations.

Obama’s New Iran Timeline Could Force A U.S.-Israel Divide

Obama’s Iran deadline bought some time in his relationship with Israel and its leader, Benjamin Netanyahu.

05/20/2009
Washington Correspondent

While President Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu halfway on the volatile issue of Iran during their inaugural meeting in Washington this week, gaps between the two allies on the issue remain wide — and could get wider still as the administration begins dealing with a palate of unattractive policy options.

Ahmadinejad at Durban II and ‘dialog with an insane man’

Monday, April 20th, 2009 What did Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the opening of the Durban II conference on racism do to President Obama’s stated desire to look for new routes for dialog with Iran? Here’s a clue: it probably didn’t help.
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