Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Friday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to Washington to resume direct talks.  Jordan’s King Abdullah and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak have also been invited.  We haven’t had significant success in Middle East peace since President Carter brought together Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin at the Camp David Accords.  So to Secretary Clinton, Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell,  President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas, our hopes are with you.  As Larry the Cable Guy would say: “GET-R-DONE.”

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18 responses to “Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

  1. TempeBev

    It would be wonderful if the talks become productive, but I’m not holding my breath.

  2. dnd

    Bev,
    I have hope. This could be Netanyahu’s “Nixon to China” moment. Ditto for Abbas. Bringing in Jordan and Egypt is brilliant. This thing will be won or lost in the trenches. The back channel diplomacy is crucial. I think Obama and Clinton should bring in Carter and Richardson.

    Dback fans always have hope, and today they hope they’ll sweep the Rockies.

  3. TempeBev

    We can both hope for our home teams – again, I’m not holding my breath!

  4. dooty

    dang Brian beat me to it. anyway Hehehehehehehe!

  5. TempeBev

    I just read this article on Huff Post. Another Obama item blocked by a judge on behalf of a Christian organization. Stem Cell research. The ruling seems to be hypocritical – more babies to get the diseases that stem cells research could prevent. It’s late and I’m tired but things done under the umbrella of Christianity really turn my stomach.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/23/stem-cell-regulations-tem_n_691738.html

  6. dooty

    Does Rick Perry realize that the border of Texas ends at the Rio Grande river? Bullets fired in Mexico don’t automatically stop as they cross over the river. What does Perry want Obama to do? Yes, there was a gun battle and it was in the country of Mexico. One bullet hit a building on the campus of UTEP. Fortunately no one was hit on the US side. Those UTEP buildings are on the side of a mountain and maybe a mile from the river. I have been there many times but never measured the distance to the river. One of the largest US military forts is located very close to the action also. Fort Bliss. It is farther from the border because of the way the river runs.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/0824/texas-slams-obama-mexico-border-gun-battles/

    • dnd

      Former Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod, who was hastily fired last month after a conservative website misleadingly portrayed her as racist, announced today that she has turned down an offer to return to the department full time.

      Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today that Sherrod will in the future work with the department in a consulting capacity to help it improve its civil rights performance. Sherrod said she was tempted to take the position in the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, but she could not accept it “at this point, with all that has happened.”

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20014531-503544.html

  7. dog's eye view

    Terrific WaPost reader Q&A with Eugene Robinson, in which he responds factually to the poutrage over the “Ground Zero Mosque.”

    http://live.washingtonpost.com/eugene-robinson-0824.html

    Robinson answers factually and bats away the false premises in his readers’ queries.

    Why can’t more of our professional media be like this?

    It seems to me “fact checking” stories are written cautiously, without laying out how inaccurate the suppositions and premises underlying the fake outrage are.

    Ends up being “he said, she said” and look where that has gotten us.

    I think that Obama and his administration need to do this, cordially but firmly, as well.

  8. dog's eye view

    dog’s crappy reporting prize of the morning, an early AP story on the Shirley Sherrod decision not to take the AgDept job.

    And please contrast this with dnd’s link to CBS story, above, which is far better and provides context for the firestorm in the first paragraph.

    From the AP piece, by Mary Clare Jalonick, published at 7:36 PDT in LAT: (headlined, incidentally, “Ex-official Shirley Sherrod refuses to return to Agriculture Dep’t to work on civil rights” — the slacker)

    “Shirley Sherrod, the Agriculture Department official ousted during a racial firestorm last month, declined Tuesday to return to the agency, though she said it was tempting.

    …… She was forced out earlier this year when an excerpt of a speech she gave several years ago was posted by a conservative blogger on the Internet, remarks that seemed to show Sherwood [sic! so much for the correction!] giving shortshrift attention as a local agriculture [what? AP? anybody?] to a poor white farmer’s plea for financial assistance.

    The incident proved embarrassing for the Obama administration.

    (This version CORRECTS Corrects spelling of Sherrod. UPDATES with quotes.)

    =================

    This AP story gives no context, never uses the word “racist” or that the video was selectively edited, but the incident embarrassed the Obama administration. (Such incompetents.)

    The embarrassment should be Andrew Breitbart’s, but he is not named in either the CBS or AP story.

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