As Egypt approaches a crucial moment of transition, both Americans and Egyptians should take careful stock of the value of their long-standing but currently stressed strategic relationship.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said there is "no way" he will recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept a Palestinian capital in just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, rebuffing what Palestinians fear will be key elements of a U.S. peace proposal.
The United States has not presented a draft of the framework peace agreement to be used as the basis for continued peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, a senior Palestinian official told Haaretz.
As the U.S. struggles to put together a framework deal allowing negotiations to proceed beyond an initial April deadline, they have run into an unexpected roadblock: Israel's firm demand to be recognized as a specifically Jewish state and the Palestinians' adamant rejection of any such idea.
Seeking to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan, President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to make the "tough decisions" needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians.
It’s easy to imagine that there is at least one American commentator, if not many, already contemplating writing a book with a working title of “Who Lost Egypt?” If there is one book I would be most willing to prevent through the prior restraint of wise policies, it would have to be that.