Patt Morrison for September 2, 2010

With low expectations, U.S. once again plays peacemaker between Israelis & Palestinians

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U.S. President Barack Obama with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a meeting in 2010.

It was a campaign promise of Barack Obama’s to reengage in the tortured Middle East peace process, a process that was more-or-less left for dead when the Bush Administration left office. After a tumultuous first two years spent mostly on domestic issues, President Obama is now attempting to breathe life into peace negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians with an opening summit this week in Washington D.C., kicking off talks that could last throughout the next year. Expectations are low on both sides—a combination of distrust, indifference and wariness has set the bar very low on a potential two-state solution with a sovereign Palestinian state right next to Israel. But sometimes when expectations are at their lowest good things can happen…can President Obama pull off the impossible?


PJ Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State at the U.S. State Department

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