The advent of a new unity government in Israel provides a fresh opportunity to revive the peace process. Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz is on record favoring immediate recognition of a Palestinian state with provisional borders that would give them sixty percent of the West Bank, (to be followed by final status negotiations). However, it is unlikely that talks can be reborn in the near future without the assistance of an American midwife.
If President Obama stays clear of the delivery room until after the election, it promises to be a long night in the waiting room and the end result may well be a stillbirth. However—allow me to milk the metaphor for all it’s worth—if the President were able to exploit the change in the coalition to induce labor, he could get the peace process into stirrups, and help bring these long-beleaguered twins into the world—two states for two peoples living side by side in peace and security.