U.S. Must Engage With the Arab League Peace Initiative

If Obama wants to go beyond crisis management of the Israel-Palestine conflict, he should not turn to Abbas but to the peace initiative, which offers Israel recognition, full diplomatic relations and normalization with all members of the Arab League in return for a full retreat to the 1967 borders.

At the time of writing the ceasefire has not yet been reached, and the bomb-attack on a Bus in Tel Aviv increases the pressure on Israel’s government towards further escalation. In any case it is clear that this new round of bloodletting and violence will not lead to a long-term...