Israel’s chief peace negotiator said Thursday officials will not release a fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners after their continued push for United Nations recognition. Continue reading
Judy Woodruff leads a discussion between Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Shibley Telhami of University of Maryland and David Pollock of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy on the latest elements in the ongoing struggle for peace in the Middle East, including that state of negotiations over the release of prisoners. Continue reading
Secretary of State John Kerry had been scheduled to resume Middle East diplomatic efforts with a visit to the region. It had been widely reported that the U.S. is considering the release of a convicted spy as part of the negotiation process. But an announcement from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas caused Kerry to cancel his trip. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading
Former President Jimmy Carter sits down with Judy Woodruff to discuss Russia’s annexation of Crimea, progress and limitations of working with Israel for the Obama administration and his own commitment to fight discrimination and violence against women and girls around the world. Carter has written his 28th book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.” Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the U.S. and the world to not allow Iran to proceed with any part of its nuclear program in remarks during a visit to Washington. Also, the court martial began for Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair, who is being tried on charges of sexual assault. Sinclair is believed to be the most senior U.S. officer ever to face trial for sexual assault. Continue reading
Seeking to keep a pair of delicate diplomatic efforts afloat, President Barack Obama will personally appeal for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians, while also trying to manage Israel’s deep suspicion of his pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran.
What issues will President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu address in their upcoming talks in Washington? Jay Solomon, foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, explains the meeting will likely focus on Iran’s nuclear program and a framework for continuing the Middle East peace process. Continue reading
Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews descended on Jerusalem on Sunday to protest a bill that would require members of their community to serve in the Israel Defense Forces. Continue reading