Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials -- April 29, 2014

From left: Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni shake hands at a news conference in Washington on July 30, 2013. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

How Secretary Kerry's Bid For Peace Ended Up In Tatters -- Christa Case Bryant, Christian Science Monitor

Today is the deadline for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, and the two sides won't even talk to each other. A look at how things went wrong – again – and what the options are now.

In June 2013, Israelis and Palestinians agreed to nine months of “sustained, continuous, and substantive negotiations on the core issues,” with the goal of reaching a peace deal by April 29, 2014.

Israel agreed to release 104 veteran Palestinian prisoners in four phases. Palestinians were to refrain from unilateral moves, including joining United Nations treaties and conventions that would bolster its claims to statehood – already sanctioned by a 138-9 UN vote in November 2012 – and potentially enable it to bring war-crimes charges against Israeli leaders in the International Criminal Court.

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Commentaries, Opinions, And Editorials

After peace talks collapse, experts counsel a wait-and-see approach -- Ron Kampeas, JTA

Does it matter that John Kerry compared Israel to apartheid? -- Max Fisher, VOX

Why the U.S. Opted for Weak Sanctions Against Russia -- George Friedman, Stratfor

Pro-Ukrainians worry their views are being lost in focus on pro-Russia protests -- Matthew Schofield, McClatchy Foreign Staff

The biggest myths about the crisis in Ukraine -- Jillian Kay Melchior, New York Post

Iraq's Never-Ending War -- David Ignatius, Washington Post

The Iraqi Military’s Downward Spiral -- Max Boot, Commentary

Special Report - Golden Loophole: How an alleged Turkish crime ring helped Iran -- Humeyra Pamuk, Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Can Sezer, Reuters

Why Assad can't win -- Joshua Cohen, NOW

Al Qaeda still a threat to South Asia -- Deutsche Welle

Is Kim Jong Un a Puppet? -- Christopher Lee, War On the Rocks

Why Obama Is Betting on Asia -- Evan Osnos, New Yorker

The problem with Barack Obama's foreign policy is Barack Obama -- Charles Hoskinson, Washington Examiner

Foreign Policy: From Bad to None: Our enemies are gloating, and our allies are grimly deciding where to go from here. -- Victor Davis Hanson, NRO

Obama's Receding Foreign-Policy Dreams -- Albert Hunt, Bloomberg

Obama Goes Off on Foreign Policy Critics -- AP

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