Cite: El-Khawas, Obama and the Middle East Peace Process

Mohamed A. El-Khawas. "Obama and the Middle East Peace Process: Challenge and Response." Mediterranean Quarterly 21.1 (2010): 25-44.

URL: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/mediterranean_quarterly/summary/v021/21.1.el-khawas.html

 

Abstract

The author examines the steps taken by the new administration to resolve the decadesold Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The search for a solution requires dealing with many players with conflicting interests and contradictory agendas. President Obama’s relaunch of the Middle East peace process soon ran into problems. His two-state solution was not endorsed by Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu until June 2009. President Obama’s early call for a settlement freeze in the occupied territories was hailed by the Palestinians, but US envoy George Mitchell was able to get Netanyahu to agree only to a partial freeze, which was rejected by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Obama’s subsequent retreat on a settlement freeze shocked the Palestinians, who refused to start the peace talks.

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