Tag Archives: Secretary of State

US attempts to restart Israel-Palestinian peace talks: why do they bother?

For the umpteenth time the US Secretary of State, this time it is John Kerry, visited Israel and the PA to attempt to restart peace talks between the two sides. And as in umpteen times before, nothing happened. The only … Continue reading

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Richard Falk and John Kerry’s wrongful statements about Israel

The terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon last week and the attempted thawing of relations between Israel and Turkey were exacerbated by outrageous and idiotic statements by diplomats and politicians, people who really ought to know better but it seems … Continue reading

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Talks about talks with Iran and the Palestinians

Several important foreign visitors have been in Israel for talks this week. US Secretary of State John Kerry has been visiting the region and various positive statements have been issued although no substantive decisions or solutions have been proposed. John … Continue reading

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Middle East roundup and US political nominations

While we were splashing in the rain puddles and wallowing in the snow, life in the rest of the Middle East continued to roil with violence.  Additionally political appointments with serious implications for Israel look more and more likely. Here’s … Continue reading

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The political mugging of Israel over the Hagel and Kerry nominations

Following the furore over the possible nomination of Charles Hagel as US Secretary of Defence, Gil Troy in his Jerusalem Post blog writes that Israel was sandbagged in a political mugging over the nomination of Hagel: (Emphases are mine.) During … Continue reading

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How red is my line

In a prime example of the media seeing what it wants to see, the CBC website headlined their article about their interview on Sunday with PM Binyamin Netanyahu as follows: “Is Israel softening its stance on Israel?” (h/t cba and … Continue reading

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