The President's Peacemaking Quest

How the new President can push for a quick truce in Gaza and a larger Palestinian solution

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Barack Obama promised during his election campaign that he would pursue a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from Day One of his presidency. The Gaza crisis has now turned that interest into an urgent requirement while making progress even more difficult. Nevertheless, in this crisis, as in the many other challenges the new President will face, there may also be an opportunity, which he can turn to his advantage.

The President-elect has wisely used the cover of "one President at a time" to avoid taking a position on the deepening Gaza crisis, but there's not much sand left in the hourglass....

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