Apr 15, 2014

When will Netanyahu nail himself to the cross?

by Jeffrey Goldberg

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is not wrong to believe that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will, sooner or later, have to stop nailing himself to small crosses (prisoner releases, minor settlement compromises) and move to the big cross: endangering his right-wing coalition ...

Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

Apr 11, 2014

Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ...

Kerry blames Israeli settlements for peace talks stalemate

Apr 9, 2014

Kerry blames Israeli settlements for peace talks stalemate

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday blamed approval of Jewish settlements in east Jerusalem for derailing peace talks with Palestinians, a charge that pricked Israeli officials and sent aides into damage control. The Israeli government announced a major expansion of settlement construction ...

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. empire beyond salvation

by Ramzy Baroud

For 25 years, the U.S. has tried to police the world for its own interests and failed. Now, it can't even cut and run from Iraq and Afghanistan because it is too deeply entrenched in the Middle East.

Israel threatens unilateral moves against Palestinians

Apr 6, 2014

Israel threatens unilateral moves against Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened the Palestinians on Sunday with unilateral reprisals as the two sides prepared for last-ditch talks with a U.S. envoy on salvaging teetering peace talks. He said Israel would retaliate if the Palestinians proceed with applications to adhere to ...

Kerry faces 'reality check' as hopes for Mideast peace talks falter

Apr 5, 2014

Kerry faces 'reality check' as hopes for Mideast peace talks falter

With Mideast peace talks on the verge of collapse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared Friday that “it’s reality check time” on whether an agreement can be reached anytime soon after decades of bitterness between Israeli and Palestinian leaders. The U.S. will re-evaluate ...

Kerry scrambles to save his torpedoed peace effort

Apr 2, 2014

Kerry scrambles to save his torpedoed peace effort

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was scrambling Wednesday to save his faltering Middle East peace efforts after both Israel and Palestinians delivered him a stunning slap in the face. The top U.S. diplomat, who has made the quest for a long-elusive peace treaty ...

Obama mulls costs, benefits of spy freedom

| Apr 2, 2014

Obama mulls costs, benefits of spy freedom

The Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting convicted spy Jonathan Pollard an early release in a high-stakes gamble to advance Mideast peace talks. If Pollard’s freedom leads eventually to a final peace settlement, it could ...

U.S. mulls release of Israeli spy Pollard as Mideast peace incentive

Apr 1, 2014

U.S. mulls release of Israeli spy Pollard as Mideast peace incentive

The United States is talking with Israel about releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive to the Israelis in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations, people familiar with the talks said Monday. Releasing Pollard, a thorn in U.S.-Israeli relations ...