‘Forcing’ the truce: a cruel illusion

At long last, a spokesman of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Assistance said what his boss, U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, found so difficult to utter: “There is literally no safe place for civilians (in Gaza)”. More than 600 have been killed by the relentless Israeli bombardment from air, land and sea. Five hundred…

Kicking The Empty Can of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations

Secretary of State Kerry has touched the third rail in the seemingly impossible task of American diplomacy to bring peace to the Middle East. He used the word “apartheid” in an off the record meeting of the Trilateral Commission in trying to warn that without a two state solution Israel risked becoming an “apartheid state”.…