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Analysis – Israel-Palestinian Deal Could Happen Next Year

Will the US force an Israel-Palestinian deal? US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

Will the US force an Israel-Palestinian deal? US Secretary of State Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of US State Department.

It’s easy to expect that the current negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will stall. The previous two decades have seen round after round lead nowhere and Palestinian violence against Israel has continued – at times even increased.

And even this round has seen recent shooting attacks on Israeli soldiers – and the Hamas group in Gaza is open to even more violence. Despite that, this time the Israel-Palestinian talks are looking like they’ll reach a deal.
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Opinion—For Fanatics, You Should Test, Don’t Trust

Really moderate, or just for show? Iranian President Rouhani. Illustrative. FEMA/Marty Bahamonde.

Really moderate, or just for show? Iranian President Rouhani. Illustrative. FEMA/Marty Bahamonde.

Lots of smiles. Special phone calls. Even handshakes could be on the horizon. But for all the happy, peaceful facades of Iran, one shouldn’t forget why we’re dealing with them in the first place. Because they’re a bloody, terrorist-sponsoring dictatorship with an interest in weapons of mass destruction.

You want safety from terrorists? You want low, stable oil prices? Then don’t trust Iran. Here’s why. … Continue Reading

Opinion: Time Lost Means Lives Lost in Syria

September 8, 2013 In Depth, Special Feature, Syria
Poisonous chemical weapons used in Syria? Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Mr James Brabenec (IMCOM)

Poisonous chemical weapons used in Syria? Illustrative. Photo courtesy of Mr James Brabenec (IMCOM)

It wasn’t long ago that the world was outraged by the horrific videos of Syrian men, women and children dying from poison gas. France, England and then the United States were appalled that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on their own people. But rather than act then, they talked to try and get more support. Now they might not receive support anyway.

If nothing is done in Syria, more will die. It’s tragic that a failure to act quickly then has led to potentially doing nothing now. As a result, expect Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to learn one key lesson: He can do whatever he wants and get away with it. And he will. … Continue Reading

Opinion: Here’s What the US Will Target in Syria

August 28, 2013 In Depth, Special Feature, Syria

The nightmare scenario for a US strike on Syria goes as follows: The US oversteps its attack and threatens the Syrian regime enough that they panic. In response, Syria fires missiles, perhaps tipped with chemical weapons, at Israel and US military facilities in Turkey and Jordan. It’d start a major war.

So to prevent that, the US is going to be selective in their targets as punishment for Syria’s poison gas attack on their own people. Here’s is the likely Syria target list for the US, which will hurt the regime, but keep things under control:
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Opinion-This Time, It Just Might Happen

Ready for a deal? President Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. (Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Ready for a deal? President Obama talks with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. (Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

And so it begins again. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have sat down in the same room and started talking. It’s easy to assume that like each of the previous four times that has been triumphantly announced, this too will collapse. But if these talks can last the summer, I think they’ll result in an interim deal between the sides. Here’s why (and why I don’t think it’s a good thing):

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Opinion: Ok John, Now What?

July 19, 2013 In Depth, Special Feature
More of the same for the Palestinians. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Standing still – more of the same for the Palestinians. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

The latest effort by US Secretary of State John Kerry to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians looks to end in failure. And if this AFP report is right, and the Palestinian leadership rejected the compromise agreed upon between Kerry and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, then this effort won’t go anywhere any time soon.

Kerry spent long hours with the Palestinian leadership, and it brought no results. Of course the pressure and the blame is being laid on Israel. Yet it is the Palestinians who truly undercut themselves and deserve to be shamed. … Continue Reading

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