Why Did U.S. Peace Process Diplomacy Fail; What Happens Next?

by Barry Rubin, GLORIA Center I think this lead from Jackson Diehl’s Washington Post article says it all: “The latest collapse of the Middle East peace process has underlined a reality that the Obama administration has resisted since it took office–that neither the current Israeli government nor the Palestinian Authority shares its passion for moving quickly…

Facing our fears

by Caroline Glick, Jpost US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must have given Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu quite a reception. Otherwise it is hard to understand what possessed him to accept the deal he accepted when he met with her last week. Under the deal, Netanyahu agreed to retroactively extend the Jewish construction ban ended…

What the US is proposing

By Tovah Lazaroff, JPost Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told ministerial colleagues on Sunday that the terms of a planned US-Israel accord, aimed at creating the climate for resumed direct talks with the Palestinians, have not been finalized. The clauses below represent most of the likely components. Netanyahu is set to seek approval for such an…

Can Bibi be bribed?

by Edmund Sanders, Jewish World Review Under pressure from the Obama administration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began nudging his Cabinet on Sunday toward accepting a multibillion-dollar package of U.S. incentives to restart peace talks with Palestinians. But Netanyahu immediately faced strong opposition from conservative politicians and Jewish settler groups, who vowed to block the…

Israel On the Reservation

by Jerrold L. Sobel For those old enough to remember, in 1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders hit the music charts with a number 1 song, “Cherokee Nation,” (the Lament of the Cherokee People.) It’s a poignant song dealing with the disbursement of the Cherokee people from their native lands originally in the Southeastern United…

Clinton warns Palestinians and Israelis against 'unilateral' actions

By Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that the United States was working “every day, indeed every hour” to revive stalled Middle East peace negotiations, and warned both sides against making unilateral moves that could compromise the outcome of these talks. “We do not support unilateral steps by either party that…

Obama calls East Jerusalem Construction plans unhelpful

by Jerusalem PostUS President Barack Obama criticized Israel on Tuesday at a news conference in Indonesia, following Monday’s announcement that Israel has advanced plans to build 1,345 homes in east Jerusalem. “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations,” Obama said during a visit to Jakarta. Also on Tuesday, senior…