After a working dinner Monday night at the State Department, negotiators for Palestine and Israel were scheduled to meet once more on Tuesday before returning home. They might already be airborne, but the two opening sessions offer hope for a fresh start. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, backed by a majority of…More
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Optimism is the rarest of commodities in the Middle East, so the heavily qualified and asterisk-dotted scheduled meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials in Washington, D.C. is potentially, if it happens, maybe, a notable start. Credit goes to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Certainly the willingness of the two sides to mutter and grumble their way…More
The charges North Korea filed against Kenneth Bae of Lynnwood last week are “unwarranted,” and he should be released, a U.S. State Department official said Monday. “These charges, we believe, are completely unwarranted,” said Joseph Y. Yun, the acting assistant secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.“We really do urge North Korea to…More