The decision to inject a passage detailing what Obama’s vision for an Arab-Israeli peace agreement into this speech makes no sense if it is seen as an actual blueprint for a resolution of that conflict. The circumstances are such that his ideas have no more chance of being accomplished than any past American plan. The reason for throwing it in is a way to appease the Arab world so as to help “reset” U.S. relations with the Islamic world. Israel is being asked to pay the price for Obama’s popularity in the region.
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