In charged acts of political symbolism, Pope Francis stopped at some of the holiest sites for Jews and Muslims during a trip to the Middle East. Pope Francis called for renewed peace talks, and became the first pontiff to refer to the “state of Palestine.” The visit came just weeks after U.S.-led talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators collapsed. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
While the pope’s spokesman said that Francis had “no political agenda or proposals to make” during his trip to Israel, Francis’ presence in the Holy Land, in Palestinian territory and Jerusalem, was filled with political implications. Continue reading
Pope Francis met with King Abdullah in Jordan Saturday on the first day of a three-day tour of the Middle East, stressing the relationships between Christianity, Judaism and Islam. This is only the fourth visit of a pope to the region in fifty years. Robert Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations talks with Hari Sreenivasan about the Pope’s balancing act of destinations and words.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday the Nazi Holocaust was “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era.” Continue reading
SEOUL, South Korea — Voicing pessimism about a prompt restart to Mideast peace talks, President Barack Obama said Friday that neither Israelis nor Palestinians have shown the political will to make tough decisions to advance negotiations. Obama described a reconciliation … Continue reading
The nine-month Mideast peace effort suffered its latest blow when Israel announced its negotiators are walking away from the table after a reconciliation deal between rival Palestinian groups. Gwen Ifill talks to Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force for Palestine and Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View on the elusive prospects for a peace deal. Continue reading
A day after rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah announced a new reconciliation deal, Israel said that its negotiators would be walking away from Middle East peace negotiations. Despite the setback, Secretary of State John Kerry, broker of the nine-month peace effort, says he will persist. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a decision by Palestinian authorities to create a coalition government with Hamas is a big step backward for peace.
Rival Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah agreed Wednesday to create a unity government within five weeks, which could help Palestinian Authority President and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas politically at home but could throw up yet another roadblock in the Mideast peace process, some analysts say. Continue reading
In 1978, all eyes were on then-President Jimmy Carter when he brought bitter enemies together at a secluded presidential retreat. Now the drama of their 13-day summit has been translated to a new stage play. Judy Woodruff talks to the producer and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright behind “Camp David.” Margaret Warner explores how the play resonates with peace efforts today. Continue reading