Mahmoud Abbas

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.

Administration concedes the obvious: Israel-Palestinian talks stalled

The Obama administration seems to be coming to terms with what just about everybody else knows: the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is just as stalemated as ever.

After Secretary of State Clinton's swing through the region this week, a State Department spokesman conceded the obvious - “things have stalled.”

Obama administration concedes the obvious: Israeli-Palestinian talks stalled

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 The Obama administration seems to be coming to terms with what just about everybody else knows: the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is just as stalemated as ever. After Secretary of State Clinton’s swing through the region this week, a State Department spokesman conceded the obvious - “things have stalled.”

No Lull In War Of Words

03/18/2005
Associate Editor

Many of us are convinced that language has been a weapon of mass destruction during Israel’s four years of war. But wait a second –– what’s the name of that war, anyway? Israelis can’t figure it out. For a while HaMatzav, or the situation, was the Hebrew euphemism of choice. Last month, the Jerusalem Post actually ran a name-that-war item, with the headline, “rename the intifada,” indicating that even the J-Post editors couldn’t think of an English or Hebrew word that matched the perfect branding of the Arabic word.

Hillary in the Middle East: is the Obama administration hitting the 'reset' button?

If anybody has a clue what the Obama administration is really up to on the Israeli-Palestinian front, I wish they'd send me the memo.

Over the weekend pro-Israel groups here were crowing about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's claim that Israeli offers on limiting settlement construction were “unprecedented.”

Hillary Clinton in the Middle East: is the Obama administration hitting the ‘reset’ button?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 If anybody has a clue what the Obama administration is really up to on the Israeli-Palestinian front, I wish they’d send me the memo. Over the weekend pro-Israel groups here were crowing about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claim that Israeli offers on limiting settlement construction were “unprecedented.”

The Bibi-Obama Friction Watch

 More is at stake in D.C. meeting for Netanyahu than for Obama, observers say.

05/13/2009
Washington Correspondent

The smart money (is there such a thing when it comes to American presidents and Israeli prime ministers?) says, No friction.

The atmospherics (the Israeli prime minister won’t utter the words “two-state solution” and his foreign minister wants to ignore prior accords, while the American president wants an end to settlement building) say, Friction galore.

Obama Confident In Taking On Settlements Obama

Jewish backlash may be blunted

06/03/2009
Washington Correspondent

The Obama administration is confident it will retain strong Jewish support even as it ratchets up the pressure on Israel and offers clues that, unlike its predecessors, it means what it says about the thorny issue of Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

While the pro-Israel establishment is already reacting angrily to the administration’s shifted red lines on settlements, many analysts say President Barack Obama’s ability to soften tough positions with pro-Israel reassurances will prevent a broad Jewish backlash.

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