Having tried illegal terrorism, legal fighting against Israel’s powerful army and peaceful negotiations, all without much success, many Palestinians feel they are just about out of moves.
But an old idea has been rejuvenated and many feel it could be their best chance at getting their own country.
It is the simple, yet effective plan of building the requirements for the country of Palestine now, so it’s ready to go on the day it’s created.
The Salam Fayyad Plan
On Thursday, Palestinian and Israeli leaders sat down to peace talks for the first time in two years.
Many believe they are doomed to fail, and perhaps they are. But it’s not because the solution is difficult.
Effectively there are eight issues to be resolved, and a reasonable solution to each is largely already known.
The borders of the country of Palestine
David Petraeus has one of the most difficult jobs in the world.
After the resignation of his predecessor in June, Petraeus has taken on the role of Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
So who is this man that President Obama has so much faith in, why was he given this role, and what is his strategy?
The war in Afghanistan began in 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
While Australia negotiates its way to an election result, spare a thought for Iraq. On 7 March this year, Iraqis held their second parliamentary elections since the invasion in 2003.
No party won a clear majority, and to this day – nearly six months on – the various parties are still haggling over who will be the next government.
It has been hailed as an “unprecedented development” by Ban after Israel agreed for the first time ever to cooperate with a UN inquiry into its military actions.
For the past year, Israel has put pressure on the international community to do whatever it can to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.
Yet Israel has possessed nuclear weapons for over 40 years and remains the only Middle Eastern country to do so.
It’s a case of hypocrisy and double standards that has frustrated many countries in the region. And last week, they were finally given the opportunity to voice it.
The Middle East nuclear debate
On Monday, a team of Israeli commandos shot and killed 10 people after being airlifted onto a group of boats heading towards the Mediterranean coast of the Gaza Strip.
The boats were delivering aid supplies to the Palestinians, but also protesting at Israel’s prison-like ban (blockade) of Gaza for the last three years.
And as tragic as Monday’s incident was, it has successfully put the spotlight on something more tragic – life inside Gaza.
The boat incident
The drama over hit squads and identity theft has brought to light the ‘Bond-like’ activity of Mossad – Israel’s secret service and intelligence agency.
Mossad (the Hebrew word for ‘institution’) have a reputation as being the world’s best due to their ruthless efficiency, commanding both fear and respect from their enemies.
2010 will be a decisive year for Afghanistan. So say leaders from 70 countries who gathered in London last week for a conference on the future of the troubled nation.
A clear strategy to end the war was outlined and some bold targets set. The question now is whether it will work.
But a fresh new approach has been proposed – winning the Taliban over, rather than defeating them.
The military aim of the strategy is to begin handing over security control to the Afghans.
As the ‘war against terror' enters its ninth year in Afghanistan, a new militant training ground is emerging farther afield.
The Nigerian man who attempted to blow up an American plane on Christmas day was trained by an Al-Qaeda faction in Yemen, an obscure country that hardly made it onto the radar while the world's attention was focused elsewhere.
Now, it has well and truly caught the attention of the West.