Fayyad storms out of New York meeting with Ayalon

by Jordana Horn, Jerusalem Post Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad angrily left a UN Ad-Hoc Liaison Committee meeting and canceled a scheduled subsequent press conference with Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon in New York on Tuesday, after Ayalon refused to approve a summary of the meeting which said “two states” but did not include the…

Diplomatic theater

by Caroline Glick, JPost The current flurry of diplomatic activity is deeply disturbing. It isn’t simply that the Obama administration has strong-armed Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu into participating in diplomatic theater with the PLO whose successful completion will leave Israel weaker and less defensible. It isn’t merely that the newest “peace process” diverts our leadership’s…

Israel and Palestinians clash over agenda for Sharm peace talks

by Avi Issacharoff, Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya – Haaretz Israel and the Palestinians are at odds over which subjects will open their next round of peace talks, set to start Tuesday in Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to begin with security arrangements, recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and…

The same old Netanyahu

by David Isaac, ShmuelKatz.com In her recent column in The Jerusalem Post, “The New Netanyahu?”, Caroline Glick writes, “The most distressing aspect of Netanyahu’s enthusiastic participation in a process the Israeli public rationally opposes is that it is him doing it.” Caroline Glick, today’s most insightful columnist on the subject of Israel, has been uncharacteristically slow…

Oren: Israel is offering gestures, not a freeze extension

by Hilary Leila Krieger Israel is offering the Palestinians gestures in place of extending the settlement moratorium in hopes of keeping them in peace negotiations once the freeze expires, Israel’s top US envoy said Friday. Both Israelis and Palestinians are anxious to avoid being blamed for sabotaging direct talks which started just Thursday. Palestinian Authority…

The ‘two-state’ delusion

by George Will, JewishWorldReview.com ‘Twas a famous victory for diplomacy when, in 1991 in Madrid, Israelis and Palestinians, orchestrated by the United States, at last engaged in direct negotiations. Almost a generation later, U.S. policy has succeeded in prodding the Palestinians away from their recent insistence on “proximity talks” — in which they have talked…

Israel's anti-Obama

by George Will, Washington Post Two photographs adorn the office of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Together they illuminate a portentous fact: No two leaders of democracies are less alike — in life experiences, temperaments and political philosophies — than Netanyahu, the former commando and fierce nationalist, and Barack Obama, the former professor and post-nationalist.…

Obama Meets Netanyahu: No Love Fest But As Good As It's Gonna Get

by Barry Rubin, The Rubin Report Why was the meeting this time between President Barack H. Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a success? The answer is simple though not all the reasons are publicly known. So I’ll tell you about them. The president couldn’t have been more effusive. They had an “excellent” discussion, Netanyahu’s…