Here is an excerpt of my latest in Today's Zaman (20 February 2013)
During the coming month, US President Barack Obama will visit Israel for the first time since becoming president. While some are speculating that he will commence a peace summit, bringing together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his counterpart, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, others are claiming that the real purpose of his trip is to discuss with Netanyahu the standoff with Iran. However, it should be pointed out that for the US, the policy governing Palestinian-Israeli peace and the growing Iranian nuclear threat should not been seen as separate, but rather as working in unison.
Put simply, if Palestinian and Israelis are placed back on a track of peace, then Obama's attempts at pressuring Iran will have a greater effect, especially in creating a momentum for support in the Middle East.
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