A top Palestinian negotiator on Friday warned that the government of President Mahmoud Abbas would disappear if a peace deal was not negotiated with Israel by the end of this year. Saeb Erekat, who is also a senior Abbas aide, said the unchecked construction of Jewish settlements in the Palestinian territories were the biggest obstacle to this agreement.
US President Donald J. Trump is expected to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Buenos Aires later this week. Is that a good idea in light of Russia’s latest aggression toward Ukraine and the somewhat stymied success of past meetings between the two leaders? In an interview with The Washington Post , Trump left open the possibility that he might, after all, cancel the meeting over the incident in the Kerch Strait. “Maybe I won’t even have the meeting,” he said.