This weekend, Clinton appeared to back off from US demands for an Israeli settlement freeze, raising the ire of Arabs. In Morocco today, she tried to mollify them.
The US needs to help the tainted Afghan president – and local and regional leaders – visibly improve the lives of the population.
Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of Israel's Islamic Movement, was banned from Jerusalem after three days of sporadic violence. Police say they banned him on suspicion that he was inciting violence.
Israeli police and Palestinians skirmished Sunday over the closure of Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem for second week in a row.
A rarity in the mideast, the political show spares no one – but even President Mahmoud Abbas is chuckling.
At the UN Tuesday, Obama appeared to drop his demand that Israel freeze settlement growth as a precondition to negotiations by calling on it to “restrain” activity instead.
Palestinian polls show Abbas gaining significant support in recent months over Hamas, which harshly criticized his willingness to meet the Israeli leader without a settlement freeze in place.
The respected delegation, headed by former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, irked Israel by initially planning to meet Hamas in Gaza. That trip has been delayed.
Not only are Fatah and Hamas deadlocked in a power struggle. Abbas’s own Fatah bloc has rejected his new government.