Taking Advantage of the Calm Before the Storm

Published in the Huffington Post on Jan. 31, 2012. Last week, I asserted that it was unlikely that the Israelis and Palestinians would achieve a diplomatic breakthrough by January 26. The history of failed bilateral negotiations shows that it may be time to try a novel and multilateral approach advocated by the Arab Peace Initiative. … More Taking Advantage of the Calm Before the Storm

Reexamining the Arab Peace Initiative

Published in the Huffington Post on Jan. 24, 2012. The series of direct talks between Israelis and Palestinians which began in Amman on January 3 are scheduled to end on January 26. While the Middle East Quartet may extend this deadline to continue negotiations, it appears this would have little effect in formulating any comprehensive agreement. Neither … More Reexamining the Arab Peace Initiative

King Abdullah’s Talks With President Obama

Published in the Huffington Post on Jan. 17, 2012. A key item on the agenda for Jordanian King Abdullah’s meeting with President Obama on January 17 will be the fate of Israel-Palestinian negotiations. Jordan hosted a series of direct talks between Israel and the PLO which began on January 3. Israeli and Palestinian officials have … More King Abdullah’s Talks With President Obama

Confronting Palestinian Reactions to Failed Talks With Israel

Published in the Huffington Post on Jan. 12, 2012. In the autumn of 2011, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas embarked on a controversial diplomatic offensive to have the United Nations recognize the state of Palestine with East Jerusalem as its capital. While Abbas asserts that this strategy is neither intended to delegitimize nor embarrass Israel, the … More Confronting Palestinian Reactions to Failed Talks With Israel

Egypt’s Islamists and Israel

In November 2011, the first parliamentary election was held in Egypt since President Hosni Mubarak’s abdication.  Egyptians began voting for the National Assembly (lower house) in three phases.  The first phase allocated a majority of votes to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and al-Nour, the more fundamentalist Salafist party.  At the end of December, the second … More Egypt’s Islamists and Israel