Peace Articles

Obama: 'We Welcome an Iran that Plays a Responsible Role in the Region'

5:08 PM, May 14, 2015

Speaking at a press conference at Camp David, President Obama said that he'd "welcome an Iran that plays a responsible role in the region." Watch here:

"We welcome an Iran that plays a responsible role in the region," said Obama. "One that takes concrete practical steps to build trust and resolve its differences with its neighbors by peaceful means and abides by international rules and norms."

Obama has been meeting with Arab leaders at Camp David.

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Hillary's Entry in Irish Hall of Fame Comes Despite False Claims of Bringing 'Peace' to N.Ireland

Embellishment pays.
10:01 AM, Mar 16, 2015

Later today Hillary Clinton will be inducted in the Irish America Hall of Fame. The former first lady "is being honored for her work on behalf of the Irish peace process," according to Irish America magazine, the sponsor of the award. 

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Rand Just Doesn't Understand

In a recent op-ed, Rand Paul argues for President Obama's foreign policy.
12:50 PM, Dec 20, 2014

Senator Rand Paul has an op-ed in Time magazine making the case for normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba as Barack Obama has proposed. It’s a reasonable objective for U.S.

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John Kerry: 'Mideast Peace Process' Currently a 'Misnomer'

2:01 PM, Dec 03, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry has often spoken with some degree of optimism about the chance for peace between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East. Wednesday, however, in remarks after a meeting with European Union representative Federica Mogherini in Belgium, Kerry acknowledged that the Mideast peace process "may at this particular moment be a misnomer.

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Hot Mic: Bill Clinton Whacks Netanyahu, Agrees He Can't Bring Peace

8:25 AM, Sep 16, 2014

Over the weekend in Iowa, President Bill Clinton got caught on a hot mic at the Harkin Steak Fry agreeing that Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu can't bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians:

“If we don’t force him to make peace, we won’t have peace,” a spectator at the Steak Fry told Clinton.

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The Lebanonization of the Palestinians

10:22 AM, Jun 02, 2014

Today the Palestinian Authority announced a joint interim government uniting Fatah and Hamas. West Bankers and Gazans cheer the move because the division between the two most powerful Palestinian factions has been a black eye for the Palestinian nationalist movement. Their rival religious and political visions, dating back to the creation of Hamas in 1987, have divided the Palestinians ideologically. Moreover, the territorial divisions resulting from the 2007 civil war in Gaza had made the creation of a unified, viable Palestinian entity all but impossible, until now.

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Martin's Myths

9:08 AM, May 09, 2014

Last night Martin Indyk, now the chief assistant to Secretary of State Kerry in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, spoke at length to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. One account of his speech appears here at the Times of Israel's web site.

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No Carrier Available at Present

7:03 AM, Apr 30, 2014

The first question that national security types, including the president, supposedly ask in an international crisis is, “Where are the carriers?” Soon, that opening line will be rephrased to something like, “Where are the … oh, never mind.”

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The Tinkerbell Effect

Apr 21, 2014

In his Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony last week, Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel for the breakdown in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. He argued that an Israeli announcement of 700 new housing units for a neighborhood in Jerusalem were what did in the talks. “Poof, that was sort of the moment,” Kerry said. “We find ourselves where we are.”

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Jimmy Carter: Hillary Clinton 'Took Very Little Action to Bring About Peace' in Middle East

8:00 AM, Apr 10, 2014

Former President Jimmy Carter does not think much about Hillary Clinton's effort to bring about peace in the Middle East. John Kerry's efforts, on the other hand, are "notable," according to Carter. 

He made the remarks in an interview with Time magazine, in response to this question: "What’s your take on Secretary Kerry’s efforts so far in the Mideast?"

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Netanyahu Gets It

1:02 PM, Apr 04, 2014

So the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are, predictably, collapsing. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the frustration of his manic peacemaking efforts by quoting an ancient complaint, "There’s an old saying, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Now it's time to drink and the leaders need to know that."

To which one might respond with the words of Psalms: "Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding."

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Kerry: None of the UN Organizations Joined By the Palestinians are UN Organizations

9:18 AM, Apr 03, 2014

It is a cliché at this point to remark that John Kerry is operating in a fantasy world. But sometimes there is no other word to describe the enormous distance between his perception of what is happening and what is actually happening.

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A Baleful Peace Process

For how many decades will we pursue this diplomatic dead end?
Mar 17, 2014

To be outrageously iconoclastic among the Washington foreign-policy crowd is easy: Just suggest that the Israeli-Arab peace process is not merely pointless but actually damaging to America’s position in the Middle East and bad for both Israelis and Palestinians.

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'The Petulant Secretary Kerry'

6:44 AM, Feb 06, 2014

David Horovitz, writing for the Times of Israel:

US Secretary of State John Kerry may feel heartfelt concern about the growing campaign to delegitimize Israel and to boycott it. One of the least smart and least constructive ways to tackle the danger, however, is by issuing an anguished public prediction that this is what awaits Israel if his peace effort fails.

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Destructive Obsession

2:37 PM, Feb 03, 2014

David Ignatius has been writing from Israel recently. His column from late last week included the following passage illustrating why Israeli-Palestinian peace might "still prove insoluble":

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Obama: 'Give Peace a Chance'

4:23 PM, Jan 13, 2014

President Barack Obama talked briefly about the Iran nuclear deal and said "give peace a chance." Via the pool report:

Pres. Obama said the implementation agreement finalized over the weekend gives the parties "the time and space" to reach a comprehensive accord.

"It's going to be difficult, it's going to be challenging, but ultimately this is how diplomacy should work."

"If Iran is willing to walk through the door of opportunity that's presented to them" then the country and its people will benefit.

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Netanyahu: Kerry's 'Incredible; He Just Goes On and On'

12:00 PM, Dec 16, 2013

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid Secretary of State John Kerry a backhanded compliment in a recent speech to the Union for Reform Judaism.

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Text of Obama's Syria Address

8:39 PM, Sep 10, 2013

The full text of President Obama's address tonight on Syria:

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Requiem for the Peace Process

With the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Middle East diplomacy has entered its mannerist phase.
2:10 PM, Jul 31, 2013

John Kerry says he can get an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement within nine months that would lead to an independent Palestinian state.

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What Does Martin Indyk Believe?

5:25 PM, Jul 30, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry added to the already ample fanfare surrounding the launch of talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators by holding a press conference yesterday to introduce his new special envoy to the peace process, Martin Indyk.

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Obama Calls for Israeli-Palestinian Talks 'With Sustained Focus and Determination'

11:21 AM, Jul 29, 2013

President Obama has released a statement calling for Israeli-Palestinians "talks in good faith and with sustained focus and determination."

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John Kerry 'Hosts an Iftar Dinner for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni'

9:01 AM, Jul 29, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry will host "an Iftar dinner for Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni," according to a copy of his schedule released by the State Department. The dinner will also be attended by "Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat."

The event will be closed to the press.

Kerry's schedule for today reads:

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Kerry to Palestinian President: 'You Should Look Happy'

7:44 AM, Jul 20, 2013

John Kerry tried to get the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, to buck-up and smile. But he wasn't successful as he tries to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Apparently, the Palestinians believe Kerry is giving too much favor to the Israelis. As the Los Angeles Times reports:

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On Israel, the EU Sides With … Assad?

8:04 AM, Jul 17, 2013

This week the EU took a stance that it heralded as pro-peace, pro-"peace process," and anti-settlement. Henceforth, new guidelines require all 28 member nations to refuse any grants, scholarships, prizes, or funding to entities in Jewish settlements in the West Bank. Or any part of Jerusalem that was not part of Israel prior to the 1967 war. Or the Golan Heights.

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After Fayyad

2:30 PM, Apr 16, 2013

The effort to build a modern Palestinian state that will live in peace with Israel suffered a great setback last week when pressure from both Fatah and Hamas forced the resignation of the Palestinian Authority prime Minister, Salam Fayyad. 

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Obama in Jerusalem

11:15 AM, Mar 21, 2013

President Obama spoke to the Israeli people today, at the Jerusalem Convention Center. His remarks moved his administration toward the pre-Obama consensus views of the Clinton and Bush administrations, indeed at several points echoing Bush’s 2008 speech to the Knesset. But he presented a view of the chances for peace with the Palestinians that was far rosier than reality permits—or than he may really believe.

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The Other Iraq

Kurdistan prospers, even as pressure from Baghdad grows
Mar 04, 2013

Two years after the self-immolation of a street vendor protesting police corruption in Tunisia, the promise of the Arab Spring remains unrealized. Instead of ushering in an era of stable self-determination, much of the Middle East remains in disarray. Syria is in flames, Egypt almost ungovernable. Libyan terrorists responsible for the Benghazi massacre are still at large, and Tunisia soon could have its second government in as many years. 

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NATO Snubbed

7:12 AM, Dec 14, 2012

Gary Schmitt writes that Nobel Peace Prize committee snubbed NATO:


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Hamas’s Miscalculation

1:31 PM, Nov 18, 2012

The crisis now under way in Gaza represents the moment when the wave of Sunni Islamism that has been achieving triumph after triumph in the region since early 2011 finally crashes up against the Jewish state.

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