The new year brings hope for fresh thinking in the Obama administration on foreign affairs. Prompt decisions on a few key issues could enhance our posture, improve our security and contribute to the pursuit of peace. Here are moves that should be on the agenda:
Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Amman, Jordan, on Friday that his shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East is paying off. "We have reached an agreement that establishes the basis for resuming direct final status negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis," he proclaimed.
"I honestly believe that if any Israeli parent sat down with those (Palestinian) kids, they'd say I want these kids to succeed."
UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to recognize a Palestinian state, a long-sought victory for the Palestinians but an embarrassing diplomatic defeat for the United States.
RAMALLAH, West Bank — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said
Saturday that his government would hold presidential and
parliamentary elections Jan. 24, regardless of whether it reaches a
power-sharing deal with the rival militant Hamas group that rules
the Gaza Strip.
TEL AVIV, Israel — Jerusalem divided by a series of fences,
trenches and walls. The West Bank and Gaza linked by a sunken
highway. Palestinians and Israelis trading land that would require
100,000 Jewish settlers to move.
JERUSALEM — Yousef Majlaton moved into the Jerusalem
neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev for such comforts as proper running
water and regular garbage pickup. But he represents a potentially
volatile twist in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute over the holy
JERUSALEM — In a speech seen as a test of Obama administration
influence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday
offered conditional support for the establishment of a Palestinian
state but refused to bring a halt to divisive expansion of Jewish
settlements in the West Bank
Mudhafar al-Husseini, 23, worked at The New York Times in
Baghdad for the last two years, reporting news stories and writing
blog entries as well as acting as a liaison and translator for
non-Iraqi Times reporters. From 2004 to 2006, he was a translator
for the U.S. Army in Iraq. He graduate…
"Apart from the time restriction (a truce that lapses after 10
years) and the refusal to accept Israel's existence, Mr. Meshal's
terms approximate the Arab League peace plan ... "
BAGHDAD — Car bombs killed 17 people Wednesday in Baghdad — most
of them at a wholesale produce market — fueling concern about Iraqi
capabilities less than two months before Iraq's army and police
assume full responsibility for security in the country's
NEW YORK — A new book disputes widely held assumptions that
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was insensitive to the plight of
European Jews under the Nazis, and instead concludes that he tried
to arrange resettlement for thousands of refugees in the late
1930s, only to be thwarted by his own …
An East Side church will be the scene of a Las Vegas-style
buffet of culture this Saturday during the second annual
International Festival of Tucson.