With Its Economic Peace Plan, the Trump Administration Offers Palestinian Leaders Another Opportunity to Miss

June 24 2019

On Saturday, the White House released a 40-page “peace to prosperity” plan for improving the economic conditions of the Palestinians; a complementary political proposal is to be released at a later date. The Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, in typical fashion, rejected the plan even before its details were revealed, and is boycotting the upcoming conference in Bahrain where it will be discussed. David Horovitz comments:

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More about: Donald Trump, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian economy, Peace Process

The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy