Obama: Earn your Nobel Prize – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

a weary retired Israeli agronomist told me: “Obama should come to Jerusalem, speak to the Knesset, offer American security guarantees in exchange for a two-state solution. Change Israeli public opinion as Sadat did. Change the game.”

As a leader of Palestinians in Washington told me later, what Obama has to gain is nothing more or less than a historic achievement.

the U.S. “will push the parties to lay out their positions on the core issues … will work to narrow the gaps asking the tough questions and expecting substantive answers … will offer our own ideas and bridging proposals.” Hardly enough to jolt anyone out of stagnation.

“Negotiations between the parties” is a prescription for nothing. Obama needs to do more than take a hand. He needs to take command. He has a prize to win – retroactively.

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