The Obama administration would have to challenge the Israeli government's hard line toward the Palestinians in order for the peace process to be successful. Unfortunately, the White House apparently had no interest in doing so.
Are religion and religious values really tangential to this enduring conflict? New evidence is raising questions about this basic assumption, and suggesting that certain aspects of religion may indeed fuel these violent clashes.
The Palestinian political divide -- Fatah ruling West Bank, Hamas controlling Gaza -- is one of the reasons the Israeli government and public have shown very little enthusiasm to get back to the negotiating table.