01/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama Team's Warring Middle East Views

President-elect Barack Obama and his presumptive secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, both pledged during the campaign to press for peace in the Middle East.

But the Middle East conflict is, perhaps unsurprisingly, already playing out on a small scale within Obama's own transition.

Top policy jobs haven't been filled -- the org chart, insiders say, hasn't even been drawn -- but Middle East politics watchers, and Obama backers concerned with Israel, are carefully eyeing the interplay between two of his most important advisers on the Middle East.