by Robert Naiman, Sat May 08, 2010 at 11:37:29 AM EDT
Afghan President Hamid Karzai is coming to Washington next week to meet with President Obama. Afghan government officials have said that their top priority for these talks is to get President Obama to agree that the U.S. will fully back efforts of the Afghan government to reconcile with senior leaders of the Afghan Taliban insurgency in order to end the war.
On the merits, saying yes to the Afghan government's request for US support for peace talks would seem like a no-brainer.
by Lefty Coaster, Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 06:51:23 PM EDT
Following it's long standing pattern the Israeli Government's top priority is building more illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank. Making peace with the Palestinians is a distant second or third, or forth.
Olmert approves homes for West Bank settlement
By Avida Landau
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced plans to build hundreds of new homes in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank on Sunday in a move the Palestinians denounced as another blow to U.S.-brokered peace talks.
This breaks Olmert word to the U.S.
Seeking to assuage U.S. and Palestinian demands for an end to Jewish settlement activity in the West Bank, Olmert ordered ministries to seek his approval before authorizing new building outside the boundaries that Israel has drawn for Jerusalem.
Givat Ze'ev lies just outside those boundaries.
This is a slap in the face to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas has absolutely nothing to show for his moderate stance toward Israel. This will weaken Abbas's political position among Palestinians, and make him less able conclude peace negotiations.
by stormbear, Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 04:01:44 AM EST