Editor: Rob Malley
Robert Malley is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the U.S./Middle East Project, and editor of the US/MEPolicy series. He is also the Director of the International Crisis Group's Middle East and North Africa Program.
- August 2, 2011
- ‘Facts on the Ground’ in Israel/Palestine
- June 23, 2011
- Perspectives on the Arab Spring
- September 10, 2010
- Israel, Iran and the United States
- September 3, 2010
- Preparing for the End Game: United Nations Membership for Palestine
- July 9, 2010
- The Palestinian ‘Reconciliation’ Maze
- June 2, 2010
- The New Iraq and the Palestine Question
- May 1, 2010
- Peacekeeping in Palestine
- December 11, 2007
- Looking Back, Looking Forward: Washington’s Playbook After Annapolis
- November 10, 2007
- IS EUROPE ADRIFT IN THE MIDDLE EAST?
If the purpose of President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel was to dispel the view held by most Israelis, and by rightwing American Jewish supporters of AIPAC and the Likud’s annexationist policies, that he is hostile to Israel and to the Zionist enterprise, it must be judged a brilliant success. Not everyone was converted, but his words and personal charm seemed to have worked wonders on most Israelis.
While his visit was not expected to revive prospects for a two-state solution, he spoke far more directly and energetically about the need for an end to Israel’s occupation and about his own continuing efforts to help the parties achieve an agreement than his recent disengagement from the peace process prepared anyone for. But nothing he said in Jerusalem or Ramallah–and, more importantly, that he failed to say–justifies an expectation that his reengagement will be of a kind that has any chance of preventing Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government from finally nailing down the coffin in which they are burying a viable two-state outcome.