Monthly Archives: August 2013

Obama Pauses; Calls for Debate in Congress

by James M. Wall In a surprise move Saturday afternoon, President Barack Obama announced  he would ask for a Congressional debate before he would order any air strikes on Syria. Speaking at a hastily-called press conference in the White House … Continue reading

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Is Israel Serious About Peace?

by James M. Wall Is Israel serious about peace? Recent events say the answer is no. A few weeks after a new round of U.S.-sponsored talks began between Israelis and Palestinians, Israel activated its plan to construct 1,500 apartments in … Continue reading

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Will Palestine Retain Its Natural Gas Fields?

by James M. Wall For the moment, all is quiet on the Israeli-Palestinian peace front. Is it “too quiet”, as they once asked in movie westerns? That depends entirely on what kind of peace is being discussed. Does danger lurk, … Continue reading

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Peace Talks Begin Despite Political Resistance

by James M. Wall The first session of the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks began Wednesday evening in Jerusalem’s King David Hotel. Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat are representing their respective sides. U.S. envoy Martin Indyk, … Continue reading

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“God of our weary years, God of our silent tears”— James Weldon Johnson

by James M. Wall This blog has an internal statistics page which reports a daily compilation of the number of “visits” to the current posting. The same page also reports on visits to previous postings. A few days ago I noticed … Continue reading

Posted in -Archive 2008, Middle East, Middle East Politics, Netanyahu, Obama | 7 Comments