February 24, 2013

Palestinians in America's Back Seat

James Zogby, The National

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Previous maiden voyages to the region by presidents and their top emissaries have focused on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking. I hope that I will be proven wrong, but I do not believe that we will see any serious new US effort on that subject now. I say this not because I believe the White House has lost interest in resolving this conflict, nor because I think American leaders no longer understand that Israeli-Palestinian peace is vital to US interests in the region. The reason for my pessimism is simpler: current conditions make progress impossible, and pretending otherwise would be foolish.

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