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Hillary's Dangerous Mideast Leap

Author: Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow
September 15, 2010
The Daily Beast

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Maybe Hillary Clinton, Washington's current flavor of the month, knows something the rest of us don't know. Perhaps the much-heralded secretary of State and the administration's other Middle East expert, President Obama, have received promises or bankable hints from Israeli and Palestinian leaders that they are prepared to make major compromises. You wouldn't think the two American leaders would risk the prestige and power of the United States of America on yet another effort to reconcile these two blood enemies without good grounds for doing so, would you?

Let's hope for all concerned that the Obama administration did not shove Palestinians and Israelis into direct talks, for the first time in over two years, just to get them talking to each other.

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