There is a realist strain in US foreign policy for the present. The neocon philosophy of clash of civilizations and don't talk with somebody who disagrees is not in vogue. Nixon realized China and Taiwan were two separate countries. Reagan talked to the commie Soviets and told them to tear down their wall. And he cut a deal to reduce nuclear arms with them. Clinton has even talked with Lil Kim. Who knows what the future might hold. Reagan funded bin Laden and sent a cake to Khomeini. Strapping a superpower into a straight jacket is unwise.
UN: Gaza could be 'uninhabitable' by 2020 if trends continue (AP)
from the article: When will Obama start talking to Hamas and Hezbollah?