Divided by the Same Father

Author: Reza Aslan
Tony Blair Faith Foundation

Reza Aslan says, "It has always been extremely easy to inject God into political conflicts... But if we are to find an equitable end to such intractable conflicts as the one between Israel and Palestine, we must learn to actively strip them of their religious connotations. Otherwise, we will never stop fighting them."

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Wistful in Jerusalem

Author: Elliott Abrams
Weekly Standard

Elliott Abrams sums up impressions of a recent trip to Israel, where he found Israelis worried but not depressed about the challenges they face and wistful about what they see as the ways in which American power could address the major problems--but is not being used.

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Peace Was Not at Hand

Author: Elliott Abrams
Weekly Standard

Elliott Abrams says that while former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert claims he had very nearly clinched a peace deal with the Palestinians before leaving office, an agreement was in fact not at hand.

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Leaky Diplomacy and Arab Anxiety

Authors: Dana H. Allin and Steven Simon
Oxford University Press

Dana H. Allin and Steven Simon say that while the WikiLeaks disclosures were reckless, Washington does not have to change its course on dealing with Iran.

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Obama's Mideast Bribes Won't Work

Author: Leslie H. Gelb
The Daily Beast

Leslie H. Gelb says that while Israel will likely take Obama and Clinton's $3 billion offer in exchange for a settlement freeze, a peace deal would depend on a dramatic step not by the Israelis, but by the Palestinians.

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