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Kerry’s Frolic

29 Iyyar 5773 – May 8, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent embrace of the Arab Peace Initiative is, to say the least, unnerving. Certainly the response of Arab leaders to his action reflects the dangers for Israel inherent in the plan. President Obama seems to be preoccupied these days with Syria and Iran as well as serious domestic issues and is largely leaving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Mr. Kerry. But the secretary of state seems poised to roil things up without any prospect of real progress.

Kerry Betting on the Wrong Horses

The Arab League is an incompetent and ineffectual body that has long been ridiculed by most Arabs.

Kerry Hosts ‘Peace Process Partner’ Livni to Advance PA Demands

23 Iyyar 5773 – May 2, 2013
John Kerry and Tzipi Livni have something in common. Both of them want to advance their political careers with the booby prize of an Israeli-Palestinian Authority peace agreement.

Why the ‘Arab Peace Initiative’ is a Scam

22 Iyyar 5773 – May 1, 2013
In other words, to speak in English in Washington to make the Americans happy is one thing; to do things in practice is something else entirely.

How the Palestinians Tried to Scare Israeli Voters

17 Shevat 5773 – January 28, 2013
It does not really matter who is in power in Israel: no Palestinian leader has a mandate to make any concessions to Israel, let alone sign a peace treaty.

Rep: Arab League Will Support PA if Israel Halts Tax Payments

13 Sivan 5772 – June 3, 2012
Top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says Arab nations will pay the Palestinian Authority $100 million a month if Israel stops monthly tax payments to the group in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza.

J.E. Dyer: Syria – Going, going, gone?

21 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
A solution in which the Syrian people are empowered to operate more freely in a true multi-party government, under the aegis of multinational protection against both Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood, would be the most desirable, achievable outcome. It is not possible to broker this outcome while ignoring Russia.

Syria: US drones, Iranian warships

26 Shevat 5772 – February 19, 2012
The only way to secure a positive outcome in Syria is to use US power, under US strategic direction, to do it. This has never necessarily meant military intervention, but it does necessarily mean acting with purpose and determination, rather than throwing random reconnaissance assets into the fray while handing the political problem over lock, stock, and barrel to the Arab League and the UN.

Arab League, Western Nations to Seek Another UN Resolution on Syria

20 Shevat 5772 – February 13, 2012
Resolution will be similar to earlier Security Council resolution vetoed by Russia and China, but will be submitted to the General Assembly

PA to Ask Arab League to Convene Peace Conference

20 Shevat 5772 – February 12, 2012
PA President Mahmoud Abbas will ask the Arab League to hold a peace conference.

Russian FM: Assad ‘Completely Committed’ to Ending the Violence

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Lavrov: "The president of Syria assured us he was completely committed to the task of stopping violence regardless of where it may come from."

UN Security Council Debates: Syria

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
Western and Arab efforts to pass forceful Security Council resolution hampered by Russia.

Syria on the Brink: Arab League Suspends Mission, Shifts Focus to UN

6 Shevat 5772 – January 30, 2012
The Arab League suspended its observer mission Sunday after government violence this weekend resulted in the deaths of approximately 200 civilians.

Russia Blasts Arab League Decision to Pull Observers

5 Shevat 5772 – January 29, 2012
Reports estimate that the death toll in the weekend government crackdown has exceeded 210.

Arab League Suspends Mission in Syria; Syria Condemns

The Arab League decision comes in the wake of the uptick in government violence over the weekend.

Arab League to Assad: Step Down

29 Tevet 5772 – January 23, 2012
If Bashar Assad does not accept the national unity government proposal, the Arab League will ask the United Nations to step in and end the crisis.

Assad Rejects Arab League Call to Resign

Arab League has decided to extend its observer mission.

Syrian Rebels Briefly Seize Damascus Suburb

28 Tevet 5772 – January 22, 2012
Witnesses said the Free Syrian Army held territory and set up roadblocks in Douma, a center of dissent, for up to several hours before retreating to their hideouts.

Arab League Mission in Syria Continues to Crumble

18 Tevet 5772 – January 12, 2012
Syrian authorities have ignored the mission's requests to take steps such as removing weapons and military personnel from mosques in cities where protests have taken place, and the casualty rate in the army’s response to the protests has actually increased since the monitors began their work three weeks ago.

Pressure on Syria Builds From All Sides

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
As Arab League observer leaves in disgust and Turkey seizes weapons, Israel prepares for end of Bashar Assad’s regime

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