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The Brian Lehrer Show

Middle East News Round-Up

Monday, July 29, 2013

Leila Hilal, director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation, talks about the discussions between Israeli and Palestinian representatives in Washington, the unrest in Egypt, and the latest on Syria.

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The Takeaway

Is the U.S. Considering a Prisoner Exchange With the Taliban?

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Taliban has proposed exchanging an American POW for five of its most senior members held at Guantanamo Bay. The Obama administration may be considering this exchange. Could the U.S. be entering a new phase in policy on Afghanistan? Bruce Riedel, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, and former senior advisor to the last four U.S. presidents on South Asia and the Middle East, explains.

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A Bumpy Road? Karzai Walks Away From Peace Talks

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

In Afghanistan, peace talks with the Taliban have already broken down. We explore the idea of talking to your enemy and whether the Afghan government should engage in talks with the Taliban. Bilal Sarwary, reporter for the BBC; Kristen Rouse, a three-tour veteran of Afghanistan; and Kurt Volker, former U.S. permanent representative to NATO, weigh in on these developments.

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The Takeaway

President Obama Tackles Israel and Palestine

Friday, May 20, 2011

In President Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East Thursday, he addressed the looming issue of peace between Israel and Palestine. President Obama said that the borders of "Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines." This statement drew immediate negative reaction from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to meet with President Obama today in Washington, D.C.

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WQXR News

Israel to Begin Construction in Jerusalem

Friday, October 15, 2010

Just days after offering Palestinians a compromise over building in the West Bank, Israel has announced it is building more than 200 new homes in eastern Jerusalem, according to The Associated Press.

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WQXR News

Mid-East Peace Talks Hit Another Roadblock

Monday, October 11, 2010

The BBC reports that Palestinian leaders have rejected a Israeli offer to extend a moratorium on building on the West Bank -- in exchange for Palestinians' formal recognition of Israeli as a Jewish state.

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WQXR News

Violence Amid Middle East Peace Talks

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Protestors took the streets of Silwan, Jerusalem on Wednesday, following the death of a Palestinian man, who was shot by an Israeli security guard. According to The Associated Press, Israeli police said the guard shot Samir Sirhan, 32, after a group threw stones at him. But Palestinian authorities and Sirhan's neighbors disputed that account. They said Sirhan, a father of five, would not have participated, according to The AP.

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