While John Kerry’s frequent trips to the Middle East have generated headlines and created a sense of momentum, there’s little evidence so far that the U.S. secretary of state is close to his goal of producing an Israeli- Palestinian peace agreement.
Despite a successful political career that includes six statewide election victories in Massachusetts, capturing the Democratic presidential nomination and coming within a hair of winning the White House, John Kerry often seems awkward, aloof, pompous and politically tone deaf.
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may suffer collateral damage from the accord world powers reached with Iran if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu persists in linking his two biggest diplomatic challenges.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that reaching “reasonable compromises” between Israelis and Palestinians in peace talks that open today will be difficult, while “the consequences of not trying could be worse.”
Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had just turned 15 years old the summer his father overthrew his grandfather. It was June 1995. While Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, was traveling in Switzerland, Tamim’s father deposed him in a bloodless coup.
Here is the genius of Qatar, the peanut-sized Persian Gulf state that provides material support to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and possibly some of Syria’s jihadist rebel groups, in a single image: A two-cheeked kiss, in public, between Qatar’s second-most powerful man, the prime minister (and foreign minister), Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, and Haim Saban, the Israeli-American billionaire who funds, among other things, the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.