Robert Malley, a career American diplomat, has been criticised by Israeli right-wing figures for being 'anti-Israeli'.
Arab states carefully deny any meaningful ties to Israel, but reality is surprisingly different.
A hasty peace deal that undermined the Afghan government and rewarded the Taliban's arrogant zero-sum game was always doomed for failure. All that can be changed moving forward.
The US and Taliban are engaged in ongoing peace talks and the insurgents want a ceasefire, President Trump said during a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan.
A crop of dedicated security chiefs hold the keys to Afghanistan's future, not the Taliban.
The insurgent group's spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says Washington will regret abandoning negotiations a day after President Donald Trump said talks with the group were "dead."
US President Donald Trump says peace talks with Taliban leaders are off and he was still thinking about a troop drawdown from Afghanistan.
The cancellation of the agreement between the US government and the Taliban has nothing to do with the loss of life.
Taliban fighters, who now control more territory than at any time since 2001, launched fresh assaults on the northern cities of Kunduz and Pul-e Khumri over the past week and carried out two major suicide bombings in the capital Kabul.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, in appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Fox News Sunday," said "you absolutely cannot" eliminate the possibility of another shutdown on Friday if a deal is not reached over the wall.
Egypt and Israel inked a deal on 17 September 1978 - first between an Arab nation and the Jewish state - to find ways to bring peace to the Middle East. Four decades later, peace remains a distant dream in the region.
The recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel does not improve America's standing in the world nor does it bode well for peace in the Middle East. Why? Because that's not the point.
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