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Obama’s Mideast Peace Push

The president has done a smart and a good thing by bringing the leaders of the Palestinians and the Israelis together at the White House. It’s good both for the “peace process” and for himself politically.

History shows that one of the best ways  to get close to peace in the Middle East is to have direct involvement of the U.S. president. Jimmy Carter achieved a peace deal between Israel and Egypt in 1978 at Camp David while Bill Clinton nearly got one between Yassir Arafat and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in 2000.

For Obama, it’s a no-lose situation. He increases his stature with voters by presenting himself as a leader on the world stage. If the talks fail, no one blames him anymore than you would blame a four year old for failing to solve Rubik’s Cube.

The concern here is that this doesn’t become a forum for pressuring the Israelis, especially given Obama’s history of petulance toward Netanyahu and sympathy for the Palestinians.

But he’s doing the right thing.

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4 Responses to Obama’s Mideast Peace Push

  1. IMO.
    The right thing would be for our President (whoever that might be) to tell these folks that “Israel is like my kid brother, mess with him and you mess with me” and really mean it. If we, the USA, can’t stand with and behind our allies then we might as well just quit now.

  2. If I remember correctly, Hillary Clinton actually gave a speech during the 2008 election in which she said that if Israel were attacked by Iran, the U.S. (with her as Madame Prez) would “reply with a nuclear response.” I will have to try and find the video. David Gergen just stated on CNN that Mr. Obama may let Hillary take over the negotiations. After all, Hillary has a pair.