The Obama administration began putting its stamp on American foreign policy this week by dispatching two emissaries to Damascus to open the first U.S-Syrian talks in four years, and it sought to recruit Russia in its effort to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
At a press conference in Jerusalem following talks with Israeli leaders, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton revealed that Jeff Feltman from the State Department and Dan Shapiro from the White House would go to Syria, which is still on the U.S. list of states that sponsor terrorism.
As both the Kadima and Likud parties claimed victory in this week’s Israeli election and scrambled to assemble a coalition government, some analysts suggested that Israelis may be heading back to the future with both parties rotating leadership of the country.
Both Likud, a right-wing party, and Kadima, a centrist party, immediately rejected the suggestion and asked the other to join their coalition government.
James Besser |
With Avigdor Lieberman poised to play the role of coalition kingmaker after Tuesday’s Israeli electoral tangle, some Jewish groups here are readying a hasbara campaign aimed at convincing Americans that the Yisrael Beiteinu leader is not the racist and political extremist portrayed in the Israeli and international media.