The resignation of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, whose commitment to transparency reassured donor nations, may make it tougher for the Palestinian Authority to raise the foreign aid it needs to survive.
President Barack Obama arrived in the West Bank today to see firsthand if Palestinian leaders still angry over his rejection of their United Nations statehood bid can be persuaded to renew peace talks with Israel.
If Israelis and Palestinians agree on one thing, it’s that more settlements in the West Bank will eventually make a two-state solution impossible. Rabbi Menachem Froman, who died on March 4 at age 68, thought differently.
Palestinian leaders are counting on President Barack Obama’s visit this month to bolster peace prospects with Israel and help stem the frustration that has led to renewed violence, chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said.
During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, I interviewed then-Senator Barack Obama on the subject of the Middle East. Much of our discussion was pro forma -- he was trying to convince certain hawkish elements of the American Jewish community that he wasn’t Yasser Arafat in mufti -- and so he expressed, at some length, his appreciation for Israel as a haven for Jews and as a friend of the U.S.