Obama Still in the Non-Skeptic Camp on Middle East Peace

The composition of the new Israeli governing coalition under Benjamin Netanyahu, a peace-process skeptic, has raised questions about just how far the Obama administration will be willing to push America’s Middle East ally, if necessary, toward negotiations.
In a statement marking the 30th anniversary of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel released a few minutes ago by the White House, President Obama made it clear, in a broad way, that he was decidedly less skeptical about the idea of negotiations: “[P]eace is always possible even in the face of seemingly intractable conflicts,” he said.
On Tuesday, Obama said during a news conference that Netanuahu’s leadership of the Israeli government does not make the prospect of a peace agreement with the Palestinians “easier than it was,” but said that his administration would be persistent in working toward that goal.

Obama Still in the Non-Skeptic Camp on Middle East Peace