President Barack Obama has many urgent issues on his desk as he enters his second term. His hard work begins now, having won the uphill battle against not just his rival, but also against the unemployment rate, the deficit, the slow economic recovery and the overall pessimistic mood of the American electorate.
Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, Israel's former military intelligence chief, is joining the influential Washington Institute for Near East Policy think tank. Yadlin, who just retired, will be the Kay Fellow on National Security, the institute announced Wednesday.
A pro-Israel U.S. think tank released proposals that would reconcile allowing a majority of the settlers to stay in place with a Palestinian state through commensurate land swaps. The detailed proposal, released Thursday by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, nods to longstanding Palestinian demands for a return to 1967 lines by adhering to one-to-one land swaps. Under the proposal, between 68-80 percent of settlers would remain in place, and the Palestinian state would receive Israeli lands adjacent to the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Desert and parts of the West Bank.