US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that American diplomatic and economic efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program need more time, rebuffing Israel's call for military force.
Foreign policy is typically the executive branch’s domain because that is the branch that decides who the US negotiates with and what gets offered in those negotiations. However, Tuesday’s Republican victory, particularly the GOP takeover of the House and leadership of some key committees, has the ability to affect the US's dialogue, and in some cases policy, on a few key US relationships with other countries.
Israel claimed responsibility for Wednesday's killing in Gaza of a Palestinian militant from a splinter group that Hamas is trying to rein in.
In exchange for a state of their own, Palestinians would lease Israel parts of the long-contested lands for the next 40 to 99 years, according to a report today in Al-Sharq al-Awsat.