It seems that as long as I have been conscious of world affairs, the Israelis and the Palestinians have been holding peace talks. At times they have reached agreement; At other times they walk away from the table. What will happen this time? That's anyone's guess. It is my hope that there is a real effort to stop pointing fingers and getting down to business.
Wouldn't it be great if we could just lock both sides up in the Vatican and not let them out until a peace accord is reached. They could send black smoke up the chimney at the end of each failed day. They, when there is an agreement, white smoke would spew from the stack. You could hear Wolf Blitzer saying, "it appears we have peace".
But I digress. Here's a look at the latest round of talks:
1. Killing of Israeli Settlers Rattles Leaders. [The New York Times]
2. Should Netanyahu cancel peace talks in wake of terror attacks? [Haaretz - Israel]
3. Obama condemns 'senseless slaughter' of Israelis, vows to sustain peace talks. [FOX News]
4. Key players in the Mideast peace talks. [Reuters]
5. Mideast peace talks open to qualified optimism. [MSNBC from AP]
6. Middle East Peace Talks: New hope this time around? [ABC News]
7. Key to peace talks: low expectations. [The Jewish Advocate]
8. Doubts cloud Middle East talks. [Al Jazeera]
9. The Middle East peace process - once more into the breach. [Financial Times]
10. Obama on peace bid: "This moment may not soon come again". [Politico]
11. Netanyahu calls Abbas 'my partner in peace' as Middle East talks begin. [Guardian - UK]
12. Mubarak calls for international security force in West Bank. [The Jerusalem Post]