Romney to Call for Intervention in Syria, Libya in Foreign Policy Speech

By: Monday October 8, 2012 7:00 am

In a speech today at the Virginia Military Institute, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney will commit to arming Syrian rebels, and will attribute the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi to the “same forces that attacked our homeland on September 11th, 2001,” which under the still-active Authorization to Use Military Force commits the United [...]

Israel’s Barak Calls for Unilateral Withdrawal From Parts of West Bank

By: Monday September 24, 2012 1:42 pm

In the US press, a big story on the Middle East today is another ignorant comment by the President of Iran, who holds very little power in the Islamic Republic relative to the Supreme Leader. But the really big story comes out of Israel, where Defense Minister Ehud Barak called for a settlement pullout from [...]

In New Fundraiser Comments, Romney Sees No Hope for Two State Solution in Middle East

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 7:39 am

When Mother Jones released the secret fundraiser video of Mitt Romney doing his best Thurston Howell III impression (yes that links to a David Brooks op-ed) they promised more to come. Today’s video concerns the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and while Romney will sadly not suffer politically for denigrating the inhabitants of the West Bank and Gaza, [...]

Clinton Ignores Hold, Approves Humanitarian Aid for West Bank and Gaza

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 8:55 am

OK, here’s a somewhat better story on a pretty depressing day. The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, tried to put a hold on foreign aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. It was a manifestation of the same old AIPAC-driven politics, where the US acts punitively toward one side [...]

Israel Exacts Vengeance on Palestine for Joining UNESCO

By: Wednesday November 2, 2011 1:34 pm

The fallout from the entry of Palestine into UNESCO continues. In addition to the US, bound by statute, removing their funds for UNESCO, Canada canceled its voluntary funding. The organization’s budget is probably close to 1/4 smaller than it was just a few days ago. And that can’t help but impact UNESCO’s work around the [...]

UNESCO Approves Palestine for Full Membership

By: Monday October 31, 2011 9:35 am

UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural and educational agency, bestowed full membership on the Palestinian state today, which could trigger a pullback of funding by the United States: The US had threatened to withhold roughly $80m (£50m) in annual funding to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) if it approved Palestinian membership. The [...]

Deal to Free Gilad Shalit Reached, Possibly Including Marwan Barghouti

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 12:56 pm

Gilad Shalit, the Israeli Defense Forces soldier who has been under the control of Hamas since 2006, may be freed in a prisoner exchange deal, according to multiple officials. Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that “a brief window of opportunity has been opened that would possibly lead to Gilad Shalit’s homecoming,” adding: “The [...]

Palestine Officially Seeks Statehood Recognition at UN

By: Friday September 23, 2011 10:57 am

Palestine submitted their petition to the United Nations Security Council for membership as a state today, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a rousing speech before the General Assembly in support of the measure. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was greeted by sustained applause and appreciative whistles as he approached the dais in the General [...]

Report: Palestinians Agree to Statehood Vote Delay

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 7:35 am

Publicly, the Palestinians say that they will not waver in their efforts to seek statehood at the UN Security Council. They plan to formally petition for statehood tomorrow. Saeb Erekat, the former head of negotiations with Israel, says firmly, “We will not allow any political maneuvering on this issue.” This is seen as a rebuff [...]

Western Leaders Push Plan for Abbas to Drop Palestinian UN Statehood Bid

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 6:50 am

[Ed. Note: President Obama spoke to the UN General Assembly this a.m., followed by French President Sarkozy.  C-SPAN has live coverage here. ] The Obama Administration is frantic about stopping the Palestinian effort to secure a vote on statehood at the UN. Today the President meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to try and [...]

Israeli-Palestinian Talks At UN Seek to Defuse Statehood Effort

By: Monday September 19, 2011 8:15 am

US officials are scrambling to broker a deal that avoids a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations. On Friday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that he would go ahead with a bid for statehood at the UN Security Council, despite the threat of a US veto. Abbas used the President’s words from the [...]

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