Will President Obama Raise New Hopes for Middle East Peace?

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As President Obama plunged back into the perils of Middle East diplomacy, the White House worked hard to lower expectations. But in his visit with Palestinians in Ramallah and his speech in Jerusalem to Israeli students were all about hope for peace and the necessity of a two-state solution. The President backed a Palestinian state at the same time supporting Israel almost without reservation. He condemned earlier rocket fire from Gaza into Southern Israel that broke a three-month cease-fire. He called settlements in the occupied West Bank "counterproductive," and urged young Israelis to pressure an older generation of political leaders. We hear excerpts and a variety of reactions.

 

Credits

Guests:
Margaret Warner - PBS NewsHour - @MargaretWarner, Jeffrey Goldberg - Atlantic - @JeffreyGoldberg, Daoud Kuttab - Al Monitor - @daoudkuttab, Gerald Steinberg - Bar Ilan University - @GeraldNGOM, Jeremy Ben-Ami - J Street - @JeremyBenAmi

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Anna Scott, Christian Bordal, Kerry Cavanaugh