The 'Arab Spring' and Diplomacy in the Middle East

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Next week, the UN General Assembly may be asked to recognize a Palestinian state, with the potential for isolating both Israel and the United States. Meantime, Israel is in trouble with its only regional allies. In Egypt Friday, mobs attacked the Israeli embassy, sending a message to the shaky military regime. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan is visiting Cairo with harsh words for Israel's attack on the Gaza flotilla and support for Palestinian statehood. In an address to the Arab League, he said recognizing Palestinian statehood is "not a choice but an obligation." We hear why Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu sees a "political earthquake" he compares to "a new world order."

Credits

Guests:
David D. Kirkpatrick - New York Times - @ddknyt, Ilter Turan - Bilgi University, Shlomo Avineri - Hebrew University of Jerusalem , Marwan Bishara - Al Jazeera English - @marwanbishara, Eric Trager - Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Sonya Geis, Christian Bordal