Jun 11, 2014

Egypt's new pharaoh

Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the former head of Egypt’s Army, won a landslide victory in presidential elections held last month. The retired field marshal was sworn in Sunday as Egypt’s new president. His job now is to forge unity in a country deeply divided, and ...

Jun 6, 2014

U.S. could spare Israel a bad outcome

by William Pfaff

Until Washington stops its nonmilitary aid to Israel, ends its complicity in Israel's continuing illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and instead supports full Palestinian membership in the U.N., the Jewish state will remain locked into self-destruction.

Apr 29, 2014

Why Hamas joining Fatah is good for Mideast peace

by Noah Feldman

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's personal investment in the Mideast peace process exerts enough leverage to make the Israelis and Palestinians pretend to talk — but not enough to make them agree to something they otherwise don't really want. The Fatah-Hamas rapprochement may ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...