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FP: The Middle East Crisis That Just Won't Go Away

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.

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NYT: Bibi And Barack

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.

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A Political Vision for Israel

David Makovsky interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

With Israel facing a regional democratization movement, a unity pact between Hamas and Fatah, and a possible UN vote on Palestinian statehood in the fall, Prime Minister Netanyahu should offer a swap of territory in return for Palestinian acceptance of a Jewish state, says Israel expert David Makovsky.

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