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Hope of peace in Gaza remains Categories: Israel, Op-eds, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

Is the new Netanyahu Government likely to be headed for a major confrontation with the Obama Administration? The argument often made is that while Barack Obama will push hard for Israeli-Palestinian progress, the supposedly "hard-line" Netanyahu Government does not even support a two-state resolutio

Bibi and Barack Can Unite Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Yossi Klein Halevi

In Washington, a new president is reaching out to the Muslim world, including Iran. In Jerusalem, the new government represents the disillusionment of the Israeli public with 15 years of failed peace talks.

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Editorial: Washington and Jerusalem Categories: Israel, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

President Obama has reportedly said he wishes to begin renewing peace progress by asking for a series of "concrete steps" as reciprocal "confidence-building measures". This is potentially fully congruent with Netanyahu's approach - especially in terms of his concentration on "reciprocity"

Editorial: The Rules of Engagement Categories: Iran, Israel, United States     Author: Colin Rubenstein

First, it's important to note – as demonstrated by the West's attempts to improve relations with Iran under Khatami – that Obama's approach is not actually a new policy. To the contrary, for the past 30 years every US administration has tried to use diplomacy and "engagement" to resolve the West

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An Israeli-Palestinian agenda for Obama Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: Adam Frey

Before his inauguration, US President Barack Obama promised that his administration would be engaged in the Middle East peace process from "day one". Because he is venerated in Europe and the Arab world for being perceived as fundamentally different from previous President George W. Bush, but has al

Scribblings: The Talking Cure Categories: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, United States     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

US President-elect Barack Obama is going to change US policy toward Iran and end the Bush Administration approach of refusing to directly engage Teheran diplomatically, right? Actually, things are not nearly so cut and dried as this conventional wisdom holds.

How to Put the Squeeze on Iran Categories: Iran, United States     Author: Orde F. Kittrie

If Barack Obama is to persuade Iran to negotiate away its illegal nuclear weapons program, he will first need to generate more leverage than what the Bush Administration is leaving him with.

Obama's Options Categories: Israel, Palestinians, United States     Author: David Makovsky

When it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict, a strategy of "engagement without illusions" will most likely drive the Obama Administration. Prospects of diplomatic success are worth trying, but at a minimum, engagement would attempt to reverse the slide toward radicalisation.

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