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  • U.S. Vote Against Palestinians in UN Could Hurt Moderates

    U.S. opposition to the Palestinians’ successful bid for elevated status at the United Nations threatens to undermine the Arab moderates the U.S. wants to support.

  • U.S.'s Best Mideast Policy Is Through Israel: Daniel Kurtzer

    Does the U.S. have the assets, influence and will to affect the course of Middle East politics?

  • Obama Calls for Israel-Palestine Talks on 1967 Borders

    President Barack Obama said peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are “more urgent than ever” and for the first time called for a settlement based on the 1967 borders.

  • Public Praise, Private Calls Keep Pentagon Connected to Egypt's Military

    Pentagon officials are using public praise and private phone calls to help the Obama administration maintain connections and influence with the Egyptian military, which took control of the country Feb. 11 and promised a transition to democracy.

  • Obama Tells Mubarak Egypt's Transition to New Government `Must Begin Now'

    President Barack Obama is seeking to balance supporting the mass movement for change in Egypt while avoiding an open repudiation of President Hosni Mubarak , as analysts say that a mass demonstration today could provide a “tipping point” in the week-long uprising.

  • Obama Endorses Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement Based on 1967 Borders

    President Barack Obama yesterday endorsed a key Palestinian demand, calling on Israel to agree to borders of a Palestinian state “based on the 1967 lines” that existed before Israel captured the West Bank and Jerusalem that year in the Six Day War with Arab nations.

  • Netanyahu Says 1967 Borders Endanger Israel

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Barack Obama ’s call for a Palestinian state “based on the 1967 lines” risks endangering his country, just hours before the two are scheduled to meet in the Oval Office.

  • Israel Did Not Violate Border in Fatal Clash With Lebanon, UN Force Says

    By Janine Zacharia Aug. 4 (Washington Post) -- JERUSALEM -- A day after Israeli and Lebanese forces exchanged gunfire in a clash that left four dead, the commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in south Lebanon invited officers from both sides for an unusual three-way meeting in a bid to avert an expansion of hostilities. The group was scheduled to meet late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the U.N. force confirmed that Israeli troops were operating inside Israeli territory when fighting erupted, dismissing Lebanon's allegation that Israeli troops had crossed onto Lebanese soil. Hostilities began Tuesday as Israeli troops worked to cut down a tree along the border in an area similar to where Israeli troops were ambushed by militants from the Lebanese militia Hezbollah in 2006. That attack prompted a month-long rocket war. In Tuesday's incident, Lebanese troops fired at the Israeli forces and Israeli troops returned fire in combat that lasted

  • UN Invites Lebanese, Israeli Officers to Meeting to Avert More Hostilities

    By Janine Zacharia Aug. 4 (Washington Post) -- JERUSALEM -- A day after Israeli and Lebanese forces exchanged gunfire in a clash that left four dead, the commander of the United Nations peacekeeping force in south Lebanon invited officers from both sides for an unusual three-way meeting in a bid to avert an expansion of hostilities. The group was scheduled to meet late Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the U.N. force confirmed Israeli troops were operating inside Israeli territory when fighting erupted, dismissing Lebanon's claim that Israeli troops had crossed onto Lebanese soil. Hostilities began Tuesday as Israeli troops worked to cut down a tree along the border in an area similar to where Israeli troops were ambushed by militants from the Lebanese militia Hezbollah in 2006. That attack prompted a month-long rocket war. In Tuesday's incident, Lebanese troops fired at the Israeli forces and Israeli troops returned fire in combat that lasted

  • Obama Seeks Building Halt as Middle East Talks Resume

    President Barack Obama needed 18 months to persuade Palestinians and Israelis to hold direct peace talks. Now he has 12 days to make sure the negotiations aren’t derailed by a dispute over settlement construction.

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