Correction Appended: Dec. 18, 2009
The time has come for the Obama Administration to do a reset of American policy in the Middle East. At the moment, things are a mess. Earlier this year, U.S. officials requested that the Israelis stop all construction of settlements. Having drawn such a line in the sand, they appeared to blink when the Israelis kicked some of the sand in their face. Nor were the Americans able to get Arab countries to offer enticements to Israel in exchange for further concessions. So peace talks are on hold.