Regions / Middle East & North Africa
The U.S. first, and subsequently the EU, have adopted the Israeli view that the core of the problem is Yasir Arafat.
Israel would be doing itself a monumental favor by ending the occupation on its own terms, rather than withdrawing due to additional international pressure.
The mirage of positive movement in the deadly gridlock between Israelis and Palestinians continued today, uninterrupted by reality.
What is needed is a shot of adrenaline, and not a warmed-over initiative with no substance and no chance of success.
To reach its public diplomacy goals, the U.S. will need to master the tools of intercultural and public communication.
There are many valid critiques of U.S. policy toward Iraq before, during, and after the Gulf War. Failing to invade and overthrow the Iraqi government, however, is not one of them.
With the new conflict in Iraq, the stakes for the future U.S. role in the world could not be higher.
The radical Islamist message falls on fertile ground.
Without this real movement in the Middle East Peace Process, the world will continue to be jerked from one meeting to another, from one announcement to the next, each time losing interest, losing hope, and losing their own morality.
In response to the assassination of rightwing Israeli Minister Rehavam Ze'evi Israeli forces entered El Bireh, Jenin and Al-Azeria east of Jerusalem, taking control of the areas and declaring curfews and assassinated Fatah activist Atef Abayat.