November 26, 2012

America's Responsibility in the New Mideast

Dennis Ross, The New Republic

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In addition to cooperating with Egypt on Israel, the U.S. also needs to work together with Israel in determining whether the future address and identity of the Palestinians will be Islamist or nationalist. After his coming failure in New York, will Abbas choose to focus on a legacy of symbolism or is he still willing and able after the Israeli election to try to make peace? Given the stakes, the Obama administration would be wise to work with Israel to test that possibility, even as we both position ourselves to hedge against a Palestinian future that could be shaped more by Islamists than nationalists. Because what's clear is that Hamas' interest in preserving calm with Israel does not equate to an interest in making peace.

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TAGGED: Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi, Gaza, Egypt, Hamas, Israel, Middle East, Barack Obama, United States

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