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Let us count all the ways the Middle East peace process has failed before

New peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians began this week. Here's what's gone wrong in the past. Any chance of learning from old mistakes?

EU shedding impartiality before Israel-Palestine peace talks begin

Commentary: Guidelines seek to keep Israel within pre-1967 borders.
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A construction site for a new neighborhood is seen on July 18, 2013 in the Jewish Settlement of Ariel in the West Bank. Israeli President Shimon Peres urged the European Union not to publish its new guidelines regarding Israeli settlements to avoid hindering the peace process. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
The European Union seems to be going out of its way to shed any pretext of neutrality on the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

As the Middle East implodes, should the US focus on Israel-Palestine?

Commentary: A pact would help solve an underlying cause of dysfunction in the Arab world.
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Labourers use a bulldozer to raze a Israeli building in the Western Wall plaza of Jerusalem's Old City with the Dome of the Rock mosque and Al Aqsa mosque compound in the background, on February 6, 2013. (AHMAD GHARBALI/AFP/Getty Images)
As the Middle East explodes before our eyes, our new Secretary of State John Kerry devotes his time to what, under the circumstances, one can't help but consider yesteryear's problem: finding a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli nightmare.

The Israeli military does social media better than you

The IDF, for one example, is this week tweeting the events of the 1967 Six Day War, complete with grainy black and white Vine videos of the action.

Chart of the day: Obama's Cairo speech to the Muslim world compared to Israel

A visualization comparing US President Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world in 2009 to his speech today in Israel.
What can we learn from this graphic aside from Obama's (or his speech writers'?) love to repeat "people," "world" and "must"? The subject of both speeches touched on similar points: Israel has the right to exist, but so does Palestine as an independent state.

Anger persists among Palestinians after death of Arafat Jaradat, a prisoner in an Israeli jail

With Palestinian groups attributing Arafat Jaradat's death in an Israeli prison to torture, tensions in the West Bank are mounting.

Europe divided over Palestinian UN bid

LONDON — Today’s United Nations vote on elevating the Palestinian status has exposed European concerns over how it would affect the Middle East peace effort even as the continent anguishes over the prospects for a long-term resolution. Although European countries strongly support a two-state solution to the crisis, several major powers say they’re concerned granting the Palestinians the title of non-member observer state is premature.

Gaza not 'livable' by 2020, UN report

"Action needs to be taken now if Gaza is to be a livable place in 2020, and it is already difficult now," UN humanitarian coordinator, Maxwell Gaylard said.

Anonymous hackers target Bahrain, US munitions manufacturer

In support of the Arab Spring revolutions, Anonymous strikes again.
Egyptian protesters point to the 'Made in USA' tag on a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police at Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on November 20, 2011. Egyptian protesters streamed into the square after a night of deadly clashes that signalled the start of a violent countdown to the first polls since Hosni Mubarak's ouster. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images)

The infamous hacker collective Anonymous has affixed its digital crosshairs on Jamestown, Pennsylvania based chemical munitions manufacturer Combined Tactical Systems on the anniversary of Bahrain’s protest movement that began one year ago.

The twitter account @YourAnonNews, which has become the mouthpiece for alerting those outside of the IRCs (internet relay chat, simply an independent online chatroom) to Anon's various operations, announced that the company's website was being attacked. After the initial announcement, the account tweeted a series of statements calling attention to Bahrain's "forgotten" protest movement in conjunction with a destributed denial of service attack on Bahrain's official website

More from GlobalPost: Has the internet become an interest group?

The group also released a statement on, where they traditionally post what are essentially press releases for the general public. In this statement the collective dicussed the motivation behind the attack on Combined Tactical Systems and their continued support for Arab protesters. 

“From the streets of Oakland to Tahrir Square, to Palestine, Greece, Bahrain and Syria, your sinister instruments of torture and brutality have been used by the vile swine enforcers of the rich ruling classes to repress our revolutionary movements,” read the statement. 

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