A New Hope for Middle East Peace?

Obama will try to persuade Netanyahu to accept the idea of an independent Palestinian state

Monday, May 18, 2009

Today, President Obama meets with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for the first time since either leader took office. On the agenda will likely be whether Mr. Netanyahu will accept the idea of an independent Palestinian state and how the U.S. and Israel could work together to combat Iran's nuclear threat. Joining The Takeaway is Aaron David Miller, former adviser on the Middle East to both Republican and Democratic Secretaries of State, and the author of The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace.
"The media has portrayed this meeting as a meeting between President Yes-We-Can and Prime Minister No-You-Won't. And that notion that we're headed for a confrontation seems to me, provides the background for this meeting."
—Former Middle East adviser Aaron David Miller on Obama's meeting with Netanyahu


Aaron David Miller

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