Kerry heads to Middle East to work on peace framework agreement

Kerry heads to Middle East to work on peace framework agreement

JERUSALEM, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry went to Israel Wednesday on what officials say is part of the shuttle diplomacy to keep the Mideast peace effort advancing.
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Middle East peace: Elliott Abrams asks whether President Obama has learned from the past

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With U.S. President Barack Obama preparing to travel within weeks to the Middle East in hopes of jumpstarting peace talks, former Reagan and Bush administrations figure Elliott Abrams is wondering whether the current administration has learned from the mistakes of its predecessors.
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The tortoise paced resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is overshadowed by the world’s only superpower now faced with the threat of three wars in the same region -- Afghanistan, Iraq and the Persian Gulf -- fed up though its people are with foreign military entanglements.

Obama will sign SOFA, pull U.S. troops from Iraq

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- When President Barack Obama takes the oath of office, he will seek to fulfill his campaign pledge to pull U.S. combat forces out of Iraq. The irony is, this will be an evolution rather than a revolution or U-turn in U.S. policy.

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Today is Saturday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2005 with 84 to follow.
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U.S. envoys discuss settlements with PA

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U.S. seeks 'clarification' on settlements

WASHINGTON, March 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it was seeking clarifications from Israel on approval for 3,500 new homes in the largest Jewish settlement.

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U.S. 'alarmed' at Gaza divisions

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage Friday told Arabic interviewers the United States is "alarmed" by the political situation in the Gaza Strip.

U.S. team heads to Israel Wednesday

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomatic team will leave for Israel Wednesday for talks on Israel's plan to withdraw unilaterally from the Gaza Strip.

U.S. delegation heads to Jerusalem

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. diplomatic delegation will depart for Jerusalem Tuesday night to push the U.S.-backed peace process, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said.

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 8, the 281st day of 2003 with 84 to follow.
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Q&A: Tracing Jewish history through genes

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Elliott Abrams (born January 24, 1948) is an American lawyer and policy analyst who served in foreign policy positions for two Republican U.S. Presidents, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He is currently a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

During the Reagan administration, Abrams gained notoriety for his involvement controversial foreign policy decisions regarding Nicaragua and El Salvador. During Bush's first term, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs. At the start of Bush's second term, Abrams was promoted to be his Deputy National Security Advisor for Global Democracy Strategy, in charge of promoting Bush's strategy of advancing democracy abroad. His appointment by Bush was controversial due to his conviction in 1991 on two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully withholding information from Congress during the Iran-Contra Affair investigation.

Abrams was born into a Jewish-American family in New York. His father was an immigration lawyer. He attended Harvard College in the late 1960s and was a roommate of Steven Kelman, founder of the Young People's Socialist League campus chapter. Together they penned an article on the 1969 Harvard strike for The New Leader, “The Contented Revolutionists.”. Abrams received his bachelor of arts from Harvard College in 1969, a master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1970, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1973.

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