The second term for President Barack Obama is just getting under way and there is new talk about U.S. policy in the Middle East, especially with regards to the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
Talk about the Middle East gained momentum during the Senate hearings for John Kerry who is expected to receive Senate confirmation next week as the U.S. Secretary of State. He testified Thursday that one of his priorities would be to revive the peace talks between Israeli and the Palestinians.
Kerry told his fellow senators from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he hoped that last week’s elections in Israel would open a new window for dialogue to find a two-state solution.
For many months, Middle East analysts in Washington have been talking about the possibility of new talks between Israel and the Palestinians along with other Middle East topics such as how the U.S. should handle the Syrian conflict and other upheavals politically that have taken place due to the uprising started two years ago by the Arab Spring.
Some feel the U.S. could start talks by stating clearly its support for a two-state solution, while others disagree. Others have said Obama’s new White House administration should move quickly by working with Russia, the European Union and the United Nations to bring a speedy solution to the ongoing conflict and present a package to be negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians.
Arab Spring has brought new challenges as well for the White House. Now each nation has to have diplomacy that is individual and not a one size fits all approach that worked often times in the past.