January 7, 2013
Wading into the Middle East Morass
Jackson Diehl, Washington Post
On his second day in office in 2009, Barack Obama launched an ambitious effort to broker peace in the Middle East, ignoring warnings that neither Israelis nor Palestinians were ready for a deal. He was badly burned. Despite the appointment of former senator George Mitchell as an envoy and plenty of direct presidential involvement, the initiative flopped. Israelis and Palestinians never began substantial negotiations, and Obama’s first term ended with another mini-war in the Gaza Strip.
Four years later, the diplomatic landscape looks even more forbidding.
TAGGED: John Kerry, Middle East, Palestinians, Israel, Barack Obama