In this piece for Foreign Policy, Senior Research Fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine Hussein Ibish looks at the Palestinians concerns about recognizing Israel as a Jewish state, specifically in response to Prime Minister Netanyahu's increasing demand for Israel's recognition as a prerequisite to peace.
The recent speeches by President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu haven't advanced prospects for peace, which are crippled by disagreements over core issues and mistrust between U.S., Israeli, and Palestinian leaders, says CFR's Steven A. Cook.
In this piece for The New Republic, William Galston, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and contributing editor, looks at the diverging priorities and strained relationship between Netanyahu and Obama.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave these remarks to a joint session of U.S. Congress on May 24, 2011. In 2015, Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke before Congress again, in response to U.S. negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.
The four speeches given by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama highlight the lack of agreement and level of mistrust between the leaders, and emphasize the need for better channels of communication, says CFR's Robert Danin.
Senior political writer for the Daily Beast and Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, Peter Beinart, writes that Netanyahu's response to Obama's parameters for Palestinian and Israeli peace was nothing short of bizarre.
In this opinion piece for the Financial Times, Michael Herzog, a Fellow at the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, argues that if Israel wishes to garner international support it must outline its own peace initiative.
Leslie H. Gelb says that President Obama's speech on the Middle East was sensible, courageous, and fair, but it has been challengedfor reasons good and bad in a region unable to transcend its ancient grudges.
In an interview conducted by Edmund Sanders of the Lost Angeles Times in Jerusalem, Ehud Barak, Israeli Defense Minister, discusses Netanyahu's US trip, Israel's need to make a bold peace proposal, and whether Israel can work with the newly unified Palestinian Authority.
In this piece for Foreign Policy, Salman Shaikh, Director of the Brookings Doha Center and a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, writes that the Arab Spring has only further complicated the hopes for Palestinian and Israeli peace because it has renewed the Palestinians hope for greater freedoms.
Robert Danin argues that President Obama, in his speech on the Middle East, provided an American response to the Middle East uprisings that was bold and ambitious, but his plans for an Israeli-Palestinian settlement lacked a clear way forward.
The Daily Beast's Peter Beinart writes that if the United States and Israel cannot agree on the borders of a Palestinian state similar to those drawn in 1967, other regional actors may seize the opportunity to re-shape the Middle East.
The New York Times' Thomas Friedman argues that both Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel and U.S. President Barack Obama are failing to "manage the unavoidable". Friedman criticizes Obama's energy policy and urges Netanyahu to devise a plan to cede the West Bank to the Palestinians.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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