Major Powers Meeting in Paris Seek Common Ground to Revive Mideast Peace Talks
U.S., European and Arab diplomats meeting in Paris Friday are hoping to find enough common ground to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
Washington's response to the French effort has been tepid, with Secretary of State John Kerry agreeing to attend simply to listen to ideas proposed by France and others.
Despite the recent escalation in violence between Israelis and Palestinians, and the fact that representatives of these two parties are not even scheduled to attend the French-brokered resumption of talks aimed at ending the conflict, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon with the swearing in Monday of ultranationalist Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who said he supports a two-state solution.
Kerry did not give up hope for a lasting agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the peace talks process he brokered fell apart in April of 2014. He held tight to his vision of two states for two peoples, living side by side in peace and security, even as some called it a "fool's errand" and the two principal parties involved refused to speak to one another.
2 Separate US Military Aerobatic Planes Crash, 1 Pilot Dies
A pilot has died in one of two separate crashes of the U.S. military's elite fighter jet performance teams.
One of the Navy's Blue Angels pilots died Thursday when his F/A-18 fighter jet crashed during takeoff at an afternoon practice session, just days before a scheduled performance at an air show. The accident happened in Smyrna, Tennessee, near Nashville. Five other Blue Angel's jets landed safely after the crash.
Because of the deadly incident, officials say the Blue Angels will not participate in The Great Tennessee Air Show this weekend.
Earlier in the day, one of the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbird team planes crashed after flying over a graduation ceremony where U.S. President Barack Obama was speaking in Colorado.
Authorities say the pilot was unharmed after ejecting safely from the plane. Obama later met briefly with the pilot.
The Navy and the Air Force are conducting investigations into the crashes.