Hilary Clinton’s trip to Egypt actually prolongs the fighting in Gaza in the short-term. Here’s how:
Israel agreed to put off a gorund invasion of Gaza until after she leaves. While there was no success in Egypt brokering a cease-fire agreement, there can be no agreement until Clinton sits down with the parties. No talks mean the missiles will still be fired.

Any agreement will include Israel’s insistance that Iranian long-range Fajr-5 missiles be removed from Gaza and that there be a mechanism to verify that put in place. At this moment, an Iranian vessel with some 200 Fajr-5 missiles on board is headed for Gaza. No Israeli government can allow Hamas to have a weapon that will threaten the Israeli heartland.

Since it is almost impossible that any guarantee can be negotiated, a ground invasion is liklely by next week.
Any overview of the current Gaza situation that focuses strictly on the Israel-Arab conflict over a second Palestinian State is missing the point. This is as much about Iran and Iran’s need to preserve their ally Assad in Syria as it does about anything else.

Yemen troops trap Western diplomats, Saleh refuses to resign

Despite assurances he has made in the past that he would relinquish power, Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh still refuses to sign a document making it so.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is “deeply disappointed” by Saleh’s continued refusal to sign the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative. Saleh, Clinton says, is “turning his back on his commitments” and “disregarding the legitimate aspirations of the Yemeni people.”

Saleh, Clinton notes, is the only party to the GCC initiative who has refused to sign.

“We urge him to immediately follow through on his repeated commitments to peacefully and orderly transfer power and ensure the legitimate will of the Yemeni people is addressed,” Clinton says. “The time for action is now.”

Clinton’s remarks come after factions loyal to Saleh encircled the UAE embassy in Sana’a, entrapping several diplomats inside, including U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein, ambassadors from the United Kingdom the European Union and GCC states and the GCC secretary general and other foreign diplomats to leave the embassy.

“We condemn this action and call on President Saleh to meet his international obligations to ensure the safety and security of all foreign diplomats and their staffs working in Yemen,” Clinton said.

Oy vey! Hassidic newspaper Photoshops Hillary out of Situation Room

Hillary Clinton is missing in action from this Photoshopped image

You know that famous photograph of President Obama and his top advisers gathered in the White House Situation Room watching intently as live images came in from the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked several times after the photo was released what she was thinking at that moment.

Well, any reader of Der Zeitung, a Brooklyn Hassidic newspaper, who heard any of those interviews with Clinton were left scratching their kippas.  That’s because in Der Zeitung, der secretary of state was Photoshopped out of der picture. The editors were apparently afraid the photo might stimulate sexual desire in its readers.

The discovery of this sleight of hand caused a mini-diplomatic crisis to erupt. Not enough to overshadow the one between the USA and Pakistan over the raid, mind you. But enough to cause for some diversion none-the-less.

The Washington Post reports Der Zeitung has apologized, presumably putting an end to the controversy. And forcing us to focus, once again, on more important matters of state.

Clinton: Peace talks should restart immediately

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Middle East peace talks should begin again and immediately.

Clinton’s remarks came during the first of a series at the State Department called “Conversations on Diplomacy, Moderated by Charlie Rose” on PBS. Also joining in the conversation was former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who unsuccessfully attempted to broker a peace between the Israelis and Palestinians during the Nixon and Ford administrations.

Returning to the bargaining table, Clinton said, “is in the best interest of both the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

The comments come against the backdrop of attempts by the Palestinians to impose a unilateral declaration of a state. Something Clinton declared the United States opposes.

“We do not support any unilateral effort by the Palestinians to go to the United Nations to try to obtain some authorization or approval vote with respect to statehood,” she said, “because we think we can only achieve the two-state solution that we strongly advocate through negotiation.”

The comment suggests the U.S. would veto at the UN Security Council any resolution unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state.