… Barack Obama came to office four years ago believing that resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was a key to restoring stability in the Middle East and dealing with other regional problems. That widely held theory of linkage was blown out of the water by the rise of Islamist regimes and the fall of pro-western secular national Arab leaders, the growing confrontation with Iran over its nuclear ambitions and the Syrian civil war that threatens to explode beyond that country’s borders.
None of that would be any different even if Israel and the Palestinians had made peace years ago.
When Air Force One lands at Ben-Gurion Airport on March 20, Obama’s job will be to convince Israelis that when both sides are ready to make peace, they can count on the United States to give them its full backing, ready to help close the deal that they themselves will make.
But anyone predicting major new US peace moves in the near future just isn’t paying attention to a changing region and two parties to the conflict paralyzed by domestic politics.
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). In this position, he was responsible for developing and guiding strategy on Capitol Hill to secure military and economic aid for Israel and strengthen US-Israel relations.
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