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Obama, Netanyahu Hold First Meeting Since Iran Nuclear Deal Inked President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister will sit down for another meeting to discuss the ongoing violent exchanges between Israel and Palestinians and strengthening Israel’s security in the aftermath of the Iranian nuclear deal. But a long-term solution is no longer on the agenda.

It is the first meeting between the two leaders since Obama signed onto the controversial Iran nuclear deal.

According to The Washington Post, White House officials have conceded that the Middle East peace talks may not even come up again before Obama leaves office. It was a concession that is not new. In March, Obama made a similar admission, saying that he could not “pretend that there’s a possibility for something that’s not there,” and “we can’t continue to premise our public diplomacy based on something that everybody knows is not going to happen at least in the next several years.”

Given the tense relations between the two leaders, the meeting is unlikely to produce anything of real substance, writes YNET News columnist Nahum Barnea.

Could The Migrant Crisis Lead To European Union’s Breakup?
The longest-serving European Union finance minister says the migrant crisis could lead to its collapse of the European Union or to war.

Jean Asselborn, foreign minister of Luxembourg since 2004, said in an interview that the burden of thousands of migrants could “break apart” and that breakup could “happen incredibly fast if the rule becomes to shut people out, both internally and externally, instead of maintaining solidarity.”

He added that human values remain the “glue that holds us together” but it is threatened by the “false nationalism [that] can lead to a real war,” according to the EU Observer.

He warned that countries could soon begin closing their borders completely within the next few months and that would lead to a “dire” situation.

Are Syria, Libya and Iraq Failed States, Or No States At All?
It is a common practice to refer to Libya, Iraq and Syria as “failed states,” but Azeem Ibrahim of Al Arabiya contends that label is misleading. They are not nations that have failed because they have not been what we consider states or countries for some time. In Libya, there is no such thing as a “Libyan people,” because it lacks a national, unifying identity. The absence complicates efforts to bring stability to the region.

“What they are fighting for, in all cases, is to prevent a rival people, a rival tribe, a rival religious group, to assert dominion over them through the political and military apparatuses of their respective states. And for as long as they do this they will continue to be in a perpetual civil war, whether this civil war is a hot war, or, as it has tended to be for most of their history since these countries were artificially invented at the end of the colonial era, a cold war,” argues Ibrahim.




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