Israel faces trouble on all sides – in Egypt, Syria, from Iran, and in the Palestinian push for statehood at the United Nations. These challenges make a peace agreement on a two-state solution more urgent than ever.
With Israeli and Palestinian leaders converging on the UN to state their cases, some warn that a diplomatic clash could lead to renewed Mideast violence. But Tony Blair reportedly has a plan.
The Iranian judiciary's denial that the detained US hikers were about to be released may reflect a power struggle between President Ahmadinejad and clerics.
The World Bank report underscores the extreme dependence of the Palestinian Authority on foreign aid. It is now facing a fiscal crisis due to unmet aid promises.
Iran's leadership may be keen to offer a goodwill gesture, some observers suggest. Others wonder if the release of the two US hikers is tied to the controversy over Iran's nuclear program.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that US hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would be released within two days. The Revolutionary Guard carried the message, implying support for the deal.
Papers like the Daily News that ran excerpts of US diplomatic cables leaked by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks could be shut down, Zimbabwe's information minister Webster Shamu said Tuesday.
Western countries including the US say the United Nations needs to get tough on Syria for its crackdown on pro-democracy protesters. But Russia appeared to block those plans Monday.
Israel's crises with key regional partners Egypt and Turkey could pressure the Jewish state to make a renewed push for peace with the Palestinians.
A United Nations vote to approve Palestinian statehood later this month could work against the Palestinians' own interests, US ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said Monday.