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  • Secretary of State John Kerry testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss his budget and the status of diplomatic hot spots. Lawmakers' questions focused on Russia, Ukraine, Iran and Syria. Kerry, a former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, threatened Russia with tougher economic sanctions if it fails to back down from its chaotic involvement in Ukraine. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    MAY: The Mideast peace process peters out

    Blessed are the peacemakers, but don't confuse peacemakers with peace processors.


  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Time for Obama to prod Palestinians

    Thank you for Daniel Mandel's op-ed "A fatal flaw in the Palestinian peace process" (Web, March 27), lamenting that "American pressure on the Palestinian Authority has never been tried."


  • ** FILE ** In this Tuesday April 1, 2014 photo, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, joined by Palestinian chief peace negotiator Saeb Erekat, signs an application to the U.N. agencies in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed, File)

    Israel says it won't release Palestinian prisoners

    Israel will not free an expected fourth batch of Palestinian prisoners because of the Palestinians' push for recognition at the United Nations, Israel's chief negotiator said Thursday.


  • FILE - This March 29, 2014 file-pool photo shows Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Paris. More than a week into what had been a scheduled five-day trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, Kerry sat in a Paris hotel suite last Monday morning contemplating his next moves on multiple crisis fronts. Despite a hastily arranged emergency meeting with his Russian counterpart in the French capital the night before, Moscow was still massing troops on Ukraine’s border, apparently threatening invasion, and Kerry’s pet project, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, was teetering on the brink of collapse. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File-Pool)

    U.S. backs off peace talks as impatience mounts with Israelis, Palestinians

    Secretary of State John Kerry's canceling of a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is sign of the Obama administration's growing impatience with its inability to forge a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior U.S. aide said.


  • In this March 30, 2014, photo U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at a news conference in Paris. The United States is talking with Israel about the possibility of releasing convicted spy Jonathan Pollard early from his life sentence as an incentive in the troubled Mideast peace negotiations, a person familiar with the situation said Monday March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    American spy's release in play for Mideast peace

    Every president since Ronald Reagan has refused to release Jonathan Pollard from prison. A CIA director once threatened to resign when Bill Clinton briefly considered freeing the convicted spy as part of Mideast peace talks. But now, in a gamble to extend negotiations that appear on the brink of collapse, the Obama administration is bringing the U.S. closer than it has been in years to granting Pollard an early release.


  • Tel Aviv has long sought the release of Jonathan Pollard, a former intelligence analyst convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel. He is serving a life sentence. (Associated Press)

    Mideast peace bid stalls amid Abbas maneuver

    Secretary of State John F. Kerry's full-court press to revive the Middle East peace process appeared to be floundering on Tuesday with the cancellation of a meeting between the secretary and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who applied to join 15 international agencies in a move strenuously opposed by the U.S. and Israel.


  • MANDEL: A fatal flaw in the Palestinian peace process

    Palestinian recognition of Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state has assumed center stage in recent days.


  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Amman, Jordan on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Kerry arrived in Jordan in hopes of jump-starting foundering Mideast peace talks just as Arab leaders released a communique saying they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

    Kerry to meet with Palestinian leader in Jordan

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan Wednesday in hopes of jump-starting foundering Mideast peace talks just as Arab leaders released a communique saying they will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state.


  • President Barack Obama listens as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 17, 2014. President Barack Obama said a Mideast peace solution remains elusive but he's hoping to see progress in coming days and weeks. Obama spoke as he sat down Monday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the path forward.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Abbas tells Obama window for Israel peace deal is closing

    President Obama pushed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday for a breakthrough in the peace process, saying all sides know what sacrifices need to be made as they hurtle toward a U.S.-imposed April deadline for concrete progress.


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