Thursday, April 30, 2009

Slow days...

News from the Holy Land has been rather slow this week. Israeli PM Netanyahu is still said to be formulating his regional policy in preparation for his upcoming meeting with Barack Obama at the White House. Leaders of rival Palestinian factions Fateh and Hamas have temporarily suspended reconciliation talks in Egypt until mid-May to consider several proposals for an interim unity government.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to announce a temporary caretaker government sometime next week. Hamas will refuse to recognize Abbas' appointments. Words will be exchanged between the factions and the status quo will be upheld.

We should see some developments in May, however, when Abbas and Netanyahu visit Obama in Washington and the Palestinians resume unity government talks. If the peace process remains stalled for much longer former president Jimmy Carter will probably write another book.

Perhaps no news is good news?

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