Another President, Another Try for Middle East Peace

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Secretary of State Clinton today formally opened the first direct talks in almost two years between Israel and the West Bank Palestinians. In a public ceremony, she addressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Under non-stop pressure from the United States, the challenge is to resolve decades-long disagreements in the next year, but even advocates of a Palestinian state say failure could make matters worse. How far apart are they on settlements, borders, the "right of return" and the status of Jerusalem? Neither Abbas nor Netanyahu has much domestic support for historic compromise. Did they come together because of their worries about Iran?

 

Credits

Guests:
Robin Wright - joint fellow at the US Institute of Peace and Woodrow Wilson Center, and contributing writer for the New Yorker - @wrightr, Martin Indyk - Brookings Institution, Yousef Munayyer - US Campaign for Palestinian Rights - @YousefMunayyer, Yossi Beilin - former Israeli Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Scott Wilson - Washington Post - @PostScottWilson

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Darrell Satzman, Sonya Geis, Karen Radziner