May 24 Headlines

So we want to look at the following headlines and then scroll to the next blog post for the next edition. The apparent stall in any peace process is going to force someone to broker a deal. Who could do it? Scripturally speaking, who will be the one to seal a seven year deal? If you know, then you realize that starting the process with a big push, like what the US is trying for … Brings us closer to the revealing of a lawless but very powerful global leader.

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HEADLINE: Kerry urges renewed talks, not a settlement freeze

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Israel’s government on Friday to prevent further settlement construction where possible to help revitalize Middle East peace hopes, but stressed that the Jewish state and Palestinians alike should remain focused on the larger goal of restarting direct negotiations.

Explaining part of the strategy of his now 2-month-old peace initiative, Kerry said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government can stop only some of the settlements being built in lands contested by the Israelis and Palestinians — and in those cases it should act. Unlike in previous American-led mediation efforts, however, he stopped short of demanding a full settlement freeze and said the contentious issue could better be handled through a quick restart of direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

HEADLINE: US, Israel raise hopes for Mideast peace restart

The United States and Israel raised hopes Thursday for a restart of the Middle East peace process, despite little tangible progress so far from US Secretary of State John Kerry’s two-month-old effort to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

As they met in Jerusalem, Kerry praised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the “seriousness” with which he is looking at ways to revitalize peace hopes. Kerry expressed optimism without outlining any concrete strategy for ending a stalemate between the two sides that has seen them hardly negotiate one-on-one at all over the last 4½ years.

“I know this region well enough to know there is skepticism, in some quarters there is cynicism and there are reasons for it,” Kerry told reporters. “There have been bitter years of disappointment. It is our hope that by being methodical, careful, patient — but detailed and tenacious — that we can lay on a path ahead that can conceivably surprise people and certainly exhaust the possibilities of peace.”

“That’s what we’re working towards,” said Kerry, who was to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas later Thursday in Ramallah.

HEADLINE: Obama: Israeli-Palestinian peace part of counterterror strategy

President Barack Obama speaks on Thursday, May 23, 2013
at the National Defense College.
(photo: image capture from YouTube )

President Obama said the United States was trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in part because it could help “reshape attitudes” that foster extremism.

In a speech about terrorism delivered Thursday at the National Defense University in Washington, Obama described what he said were a number of “underlying grievances” that “feed extremism.”

“We are working to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians — because it is right, and because such a peace could help reshape attitudes in the region,” Obama said.

HEADLINE: Gen. John Allen appointed U.S. security envoy in peace process; will focus exclusively on Israel’s security needs

Gen. John Allen has been appointed special U.S. envoy on security issues in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He will not mediate between the parties; his work will almost exclusively involve contacts with Israel. Allen will deal with the U.S. position on Israeli security needs and the security arrangements that would accompany the establishment of a future Palestinian state.

Senior U.S. and Israeli officials note that while U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the appointment it was coordinated with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is leading the effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

“Allen has agreed to serve as a special adviser to the secretary of defense focusing on security in the context of Middle East peace,” said a senior U.S. official who insisted on anonymity, adding, “His work will support Secretary Kerry’s comprehensive efforts to find a way forward on Middle East peace.”


It is never easy for Israel. But in the end, the little country will get big help.