Political Change and Continuing Conflict in the Middle East

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On Sunday, Israel's 63rd anniversary, massed Palestinians approached the country's borders from Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. Some were fired on by soldiers, but Israeli leaders concede that a shift from suicide bombs to unarmed masses creates challenges of a new and different kind. Another challenge will come in September, when the UN General Assembly might well declare a Palestinian state. This week, it's President Obama's turn, with a much-anticipated speech on the so-called "Arab Spring" and meetings with regional leaders, including today's meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan.

Credits

Guests:
Joel Greenberg - freelance reporter, Laura Rozen - Al-Monitor - @lrozen, Jim Gelvin - University of California, Los Angeles, Uri Dromi - Miami Herald, Mouin Rabbani - Institute for Palestine Studies - @jadaliyya

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Katie Cooper, Andrea Brody