The “Quartet” of Middle East peace mediators urged a prompt resumption of talks between Israel and the Palestinians after a meeting in Munich on Sunday and voiced concern about the slow pace of reconstruction in Gaza, damaged in last year’s war.
Dustin Hoffman’s rep announced yesterday that the Oscar-winning actor has been treated for cancer, and is doing well, though details are few and far between.
Dustin Hoffman’s new film, ‘Quartet,’ leaves the audience in a good place — which is where the 75-year-old Hollywood legend seems to be now.
The website of Foreign Affairs magazine has a very useful interview with David Makovsky, fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, former Jerusalem Post editor, former Haaretz diplomatic correspondent and one of the smartest Middle East watchers in Washington, on the various uncertainties Israel faces right now. He notes that Israel and Egypt have been engaging in a lot of back-channel diplomacy in the last few days to try and keep the border quiet and maintain the peace. The danger, he says, is
During a recent conference call with leaders of the pro-Israel lobby, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton suggested that the Bush administration had erred in allowing the international body to play a lead role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.