Pope Francis visited the Middle East at the end of May. Now he's following up by inviting leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to "pray for peace" in the Vatican this coming Sunday. The Pontiff from Argentina is injecting a new perspective into the heart of diplomacy at a time of increasing tension. Yesterday, Israel announced more settlements in the West Bank, in response to recent "unity" between the Palestinian Authority and its "terrorist" rival Hamas. We hear how all these developments reflect changes in the region. Are Israel and the Obama Administration further apart than ever?
Praying for Peace in a Hostile Climate
John Allen - Boston Globe - @JohnLAllenJr, Hussein Ibish - Arab Gulf States Institute / International New York Times - @Ibishblog, Jonathan Schanzer - Foundation for the Defense of Democracies - @JSchanzer, Robert Danin - Council on Foreign Relations - @robertdanin