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The UN General Assembly as an Obstacle to Peace

August 13, 2019

At the Bahrain Conference of last June, the United States recommended approval of a program that would invest $ 50 billion in the improvement of the economies of the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon.  The major beneficiaries of this program would be the more than 5 million people living in the area whom […]

The Bahrain Conference

July 9, 2019

Discussions of last week’s Bahrain Conference have stressed the point that the Conference was designed to deal only with economic issues.  It was to be followed by a conference that would be attended by representatives of Israel and the Palestinian Authority at which the political issues would be discussed and, hopefully, a peace agreement would be reached. What appears to have been […]

A Bold, Common Sense UN Move for the Trump Administration

March 9, 2017

In Paris last month, diplomats reaffirmed their support for a just, lasting and comprehensive resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So they said. Yet, they once again failed to discuss the single most important obstacle to attainment of that goal: the insistence of even “moderate” Palestinians of the Fatah party on an alleged “right of return.”   […]