Having recently traveled to Jerusalem and Ramallah for meetings with key Israeli and Palestinian leaders, Martin Indyk, vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, contends that new attitudes in the region, combined with public support for diplomatic initiatives, may have paved the way for serious movement toward peace. President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have already developed a constructive working relationship, coordinating to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions through U.N. sanctions, and working to ease tensions in their recent meeting in Washington.
Despite the hopeful climate, the situation remains fragile, with history indicating that peace will be difficult to achieve.
On Wednesday, July 28, Martin Indyk answered your questions about the current status of the Middle East peace process and the role of the United States in negotiations, in a live web chat moderated by David Mark, senior editor at POLITICO.
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