FROM Howard Schneider
Palestinian Leader Abbas Threatens to Retire Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told his allies yesterday he would not run for re-election. The King of Jordan and the presidents of Egypt and Israel called and urged him to reconsider. Abbas announced his final decision today in Ramallah. Howard Schneider is Jerusalem Bureau chief for the Washington Post .
Settlements, War Crimes and Middle East Peace In Marrakesh, Morocco, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Arab leaders the US will deliver on President Obama's promise of a "new start" with the Muslim world. But first she backed away from earlier statements denounced by some of those same leaders as threatening to set back the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by ten years.
Settlements, War Crimes and Middle East Peace President Obama has promised a "new start" with the world's Muslims, but Secretary of State Clinton is finding again that's easier said than done. In Morocco, she told Arab leaders the US will deliver on President Obama's promise of a "new start" with the Muslim world, but first backed away from earlier statements denounced by some of those same leaders as threatening to set back the Israeli-Palestinian peace process by ten years. In the meantime, Congress is about to formally agree with Israel and denounce the UN's " Goldstone Report " about war crimes before and during the invasion of Gaza. We update US diplomacy in the Middle East and the prospects for getting peace talks started again.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.