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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 28, 2011 / 26 Sivan, 5771

Hit the Mideast restart button: With peace prospects flagging, Obama should enlist Bill Clinton

By Richard Z. Chesnoff





http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | President Barack Obama should bring in President Bill Clinton for some help in the Middle East.

With the election season nearly in full swing, President Obama's campaign fund-raisers have reason to be nervous. The U.S. economy remains deep in the doldrums and there's growing bipartisan criticism in Congress over Obama's Afghanistan withdrawal plans - not to mention his costly and confusing undeclared war mess in Libya.

That's not even mentioning the Mideast's longest festering wound: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Obama White House, which entered office with grand plans of getting peace talks back on track, has even failed to coax the two sides back to the negotiating table. Obama's irresponsible talk on the 1967 borders seems to have backfired.

Now, real war clouds are beginning to reform, with the Syrian-backed Hezbollah threatening Israel from the north and the Iranian backed Hamas piling up new rockets along Israel's southern coast.

One result here at home according to leading community insiders: Obama's American-Jewish support is slipping.

American Jews have voted primarily Democrat ever since the Roosevelt years; 78% voted for Obama in 2008. But this Democratic President's frequent run-ins with Israeli leadership and the impression among many of Israel's American supporters - Jews and non-Jews alike - that Obama is a less than reliable friend of our only true Mideast ally has done little to reassure that support this time around.

With an eye to convincing Israel's American Jewish friends that they can bank on Obama - and also contribute to his 2012 campaign - the President spoke last week to a well-heeled group of Democratic donors who billed themselves as Americans in Support of a Strong U.S.-Israel Relationship.

His pitch: That "both the United States and Israel are going to have to look at this new landscape with fresh eyes." That though there may be "tactical disagreements," he was a strong friend of Israel, and if views diverged, it would be over strategy rather than principle.

Do I buy it? No. Obama's problem in dealing with the Arab-Israeli conundrum has a root cause: his inflated view of his own talent to solve hitherto insoluble problems. Perhaps even more egregiously, he seems to have an exaggerated sense of his own depth of understanding of the Middle East, which is simply not borne out by his background or experience. Put bluntly, Obama just doesn't know enough about the Middle East to win Israel's trust, which is crucial to advancing negotiations.

So what can he do now?

If anything is to change, Obama must immediately insist that the Israelis and Palestinians sit down and negotiate face to face without preconditions.

The time may be ripe. That loathsome accord between the Palestinian Authority and terrorist Hamas is on the verge of self-destruction. The Palestinians are beginning to back away from their misguided plot to get the UN to unilaterally recognize an "independent Palestine." And Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu is increasingly bold in talking publicly about living side by side with a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

Obama must appoint a peace negotiator who will prove more convincing, more energetic, more inventive and eventually more successful than George Mitchell, who failed badly in his mission.

I propose he call on our 42nd President, Bill Clinton.

Clinton almost succeeded in making peace the last time he tried negotiating between Israelis and Palestinians, in 2000. The deal he worked out was not unlike the one that's been bandied around lately: mutual recognition of two states in the Holy Land, Israeli retreat from the West Bank, a fair exchange of territories that would enable Israel to hold on to many of its borderline settlements. The Israelis agreed and at first, so did Yasser Arafat.

Then he changed his mind.

Let Clinton try again. He has the prestige, the conviction and above all, the understanding of the Middle East that the current White House resident still doesn't.

One source with a line to the White House told me that he proposed Clinton as Mideast negotiator in the early days of the Obama administration. The suggestion, he said, was "blown off" by staffers. There's also no guarantee that Clinton, who is central to the global works of his multi-million-dollar aid foundation, would accept the job.

But if the Obama administration wants to see a real chance for peace between Arabs and Israelis - and do a better job reassuring anxious Jewish voters at home - it needs some quick movement. I believe it needs Bill Clinton.

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JWR contributor and veteran journalist Richard Z. Chesnoff was Senior Correspondent at US News & World Report, and is now a columnist at the NY Daily News and the Huffington Post. A two-time winner of the Overseas Press Club Award and a recipient of the National Press Club Award, he was formerly executive editor of Newsweek International. The paperback edition of his critically acclaimed book, "Pack of Thieves: How Hitler & Europe Plundered the Jews & Committed the Greatest Theft in History" is now on sale. (Click on cover above to purchase. Sales help fund JWR.

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