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Leslie H. Gelb says that President Obama's speech on the Middle East was sensible, courageous, and fair, but it has been challenged for reasons good and bad in a region unable to transcend its ancient grudges.
Elliott Abrams discusses President Obama's suggestion that Israel return to its 1967 borders.
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.
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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.
Elliott Abrams discusses George Mitchell's resignation as President Obama's special envoy for the Middle East.
David Makovsky considers the conditions under which Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu woudl consider peace negotiations with Palestine.
Elliott Abrams discusses continuing Palestinian refusal to come to terms with the existence of the State of Israel.
Leslie H. Gelb warns against overreaction by Israel to the protests at its borders.
In this Washington Post op-ed, David Makovsky, distinguished fellow at and Director of the Washington Institute's Project for Middle East Peace Process, argues that when Netanyahu addresses the U.S. Congress next week, he had better come prepared with a plan to renew peace negotiations with Palestinians.
Anthony Shadid of the New York Times offers a picture of what life may be like for Israel if pressure continues on Bashar al-Assad to step down.
With envoy George Mitchell's departure, U.S. policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict changes, from the quest for an end of the conflict to the search for a strategy to manage the current crisis, says CFR's Robert Danin.
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.
Fuad Siniora, former prime minister of Lebanon, discusses the implications of Osama bin Laden's death for the Middle East, the Hamas-Fatah agreement, and the U.S. role in supporting the Arab Spring with Mohamad Bazzi, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Robert Danin, Senior Fellow for Middle East and Africa Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, says the deal between the secularist Fatah and radical Islamist Hamas factions will effectively put Obama administration efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks on hold.
In this Foreign Policy argument piece, Michael Oren argues that America needs Israel more than ever.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
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