1. Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, has recently re-said that Hamas will support a Palestinian state in the '67 borders. (He just won re-election for another four years.) Something interesting from the NY Times interview:
"But he urged outsiders to ignore the Hamas charter, which calls for the obliteration of Israel through jihad and cites as fact the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” Mr. Meshal did not offer to revoke the charter, but said it was 20 years old, adding, “We are shaped by our experiences.”"
2. Iraq. Remember the Surge? It came in two parts: more troops to live with Iraqis, and paying Sunni leaders to fight Islamist cells (deemed the Sons of Iraq program). Many had questioned whether it would work. And, well, now there are signs of it falling apart. Hmm... How do you say Mess-o-potania? Hopefully this will pass and the Maliki government can integrate these Sunni's into government.
3. Just when the world wrote-off Benjamin Netanyahu as a political crusader, he makes a move that could be summerized as land for peace. Looks like Israel is going to withdraw from the northern part of Ghajar, as outlined by Resolution 1701 that ended the 34-day war between Israel and Lebanon's Hezbollah in 2006. I don’t want to say more about this until I see some action. But it looks like we might.
Thanks guys, these are some hot issues to watch.