The (Tiffin) Advertiser-Tribune, May 22
Just a few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton and other Democrat Party leaders were chortling with glee at what they called disarray in the Republican Party. Why, with more than a dozen viable candidates for president at one time, the GOP was going to be fractured so badly it could not recover in time to defeat Clinton in November, she and others gloated.
Funny how that proverbial shoe so often switches to the other foot, isn’t it?
Now, Clinton and other Democrats are worried about their own disarray. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ success in his candidacy for president has startled and angered Clinton and company. Now they are concerned about party unity leading up to November.
In truth, what preoccupied? Republicans for several months was not disarray but instead, the political system working as Americans expect it should. A variety of good candidates sought the Republican nomination for president. Little by little, the field was winnowed down by the primary election process. Now, the party has a presumptive nominee, Donald Trump…
The Blade, May 23
The French are pushing ahead with yet another attempt to resolve the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians- seeking a two-state resolution of the 68-year-old problem of the division of land between them.
Unlike previous efforts, the United States would not be in the middle of this one, at least at the beginning. The most recent push ended in 2014 when America gave up on negotiations.
President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry see a renewal of serious negotiations on the Israeli-Palestinian problem as unfinished business in Obama’s eight years in office. It is not so much a question of legacy, but more one of a major problem that they have not been able to dent.
In the meantime, relations between Israelis and Palestinians have deteriorated, most recently into a series of personal attacks with knives and other weapons. The casualties have accumulated to the degree that some observers consider it part of a third intifada.
The French have for some time expressed a willingness to take on the project of relaunching negotiations, called by some the Middle East peace process. They are now organizing a conference of foreign ministers of some 30 countries, including China, India, and Russia…