1. An editorial cartoonist often uses humor to make light of a serious situation. How does this cartoonist take a lighthearted approach to a serious situation?
2. Ask a parent how confident he/she is that the Israelis and Palestinians will come to a permanent peace agreement this year and to explain why. Ask a grandparent the same question.
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1. The cartoonist is making light of the situation by saying that the Palestinian and Israel leaders both attended peace talks but refused to speak to each other.
BACKGROUND ON ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN PEACE TALKS:
- The latest round of peace talks this week between the Israelis and Palestinians started off much like similar endeavors in the past.
- The Israelis and Palestinians have conducted many peace talks over the years since the Six Days War in 1967.
- Many U.S. presidents believed that the U.S. could negotiate a lasting peace between the two groups, but have never succeeded in doing so.
- The Obama administration hopes that this time, the outcome will be different.
- The first face-to-face peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians in nearly two years (that were held this week) were modest – and acknowledged as such by all sides.
- There was no detailed negotiation on any substantive issue, according to George Mitchell, the administration’s special envoy for Mideast peace, who held months of preparatory talks and was a participant in most of the day’s discussions.
- The outcome of the 9/2/10 meeting was that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas have agreed to a series of talks in the coming weeks and months.
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