Trump and Netanyahu Middle East Middle East 

There Will Be No Palestinian State Under Netanyahu’s Watch

President Trump should not be swayed by Netanyahu’s duplicitous argument, however convincing it might sound, that he is committed to a two-state solution when in fact he has opposed and will continue to reject in principle the creation of an independent Palestinian state under any circumstances. Netanyahu’s repeated assertions that he is ready to negotiate with the Palestinians unconditionally is hollow because he knows that President Abbas will not enter into negotiations unless Israel suspends the continuing expansion of settlements and the creeping annexation of Palestinian land, which prevents the…

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Erdogan Middle East Middle East 

Erdogan’s Lust For Power Is Destroying Turkey’s Democracy

This is the first in a series of articles based in part on eyewitness accounts about the rapidly deteriorating socio-political conditions in Turkey and what the future may hold for the country. During the past few months I interviewed scores of Turkish citizens who escaped from Turkey following the unsuccessful military coup, fearing for their lives. Many of them left their families behind, terrified of what to expect next. Although it has the potential of becoming a major player on the global stage, Turkey’s brilliant prospects are being squandered because…

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Middle East Middle East 

Middle East: The Shortcomings of the International Conference for Peace

The conference for peace between Israel and the Palestinians initiated by the French government that took place on January 15 in Paris was positive in many ways. The concluding declaration that collectively emerged pointed out the need to establish a Palestinian state as a prerequisite to peace and stability, urged the two sides to recommit themselves to a two-state solution, and emphasized the urgent need for both to take action to reverse the current trends of Palestinian incitement and Israel’s expansion of the settlements. Furthermore, it called for ending the…

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SECRETARY KERRY Middle East Middle East US 

SECRETARY KERRY: Remarks on Middle East Peace

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very, very much. Thank you. (Coughs.) Excuse me. Thank you for your patience, all of you. For those of you who celebrated Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy Chanukah. And to everybody here, I know it’s the middle of a holiday week. I understand. (Laughter.) But I wish you all a very, very productive and Happy New Year. 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet Follow us Share Share Share Share Share

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Decision Makers Middle East Middle East 

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: To Where?

The following presentation is one I have just made in front of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs as part of a hearing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The two other speakers who joined me are French Special Envoy Pierre Vimont and Fernando Gentilini, EU Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to speak with you today about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has been with us for over seven decades. I wish I could be more optimistic in offering some…

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Middle East Middle East Middle East 

Part Two: Questions And Answers About Some Of The Raging Events In The Middle East

This is part two of a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University just before the start of my program “Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir” on November 3, where I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America’s role in the world. The following is my take on some of these events and how they might further evolve over time; questions and answers have been edited and condensed for clarity. 60 SHARES Share on Facebook…

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Middle East Middle East Middle East World 

Questions And Answers About Some Of The Raging Events In The Middle East

In a recent conversation I had with students, faculty, and alumni at New York University just before the start of my program “Global Leaders: Conversations with Alon Ben-Meir” on November 3, I had the opportunity to answer some questions concerning the turmoil in the Middle East and America’s role in the world. The following is my take on some of these events and how they might further evolve over time; questions and answers have been edited and condensed for clarity. 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet Follow us Share Share…

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donald-trump Middle East Middle East 

Turkey Warns Citizens to Avoid travel to US Cities since the election of Donald Trump

Turkey has warned its citizens living in or traveling to the United States to avoid “social tensions” in major American cities, such as angry protests against Donald Trump’s presidential election victory.   The Ankara government on Saturday also advised caution for any visitors who might encounter “racist” outbursts, which many Americans see as the action of extremists possibly emboldened by Donald Trump’s comments critical of immigrants. 60 SHARES Share on Facebook Tweet Follow us Share Share Share Share Share

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