The Gaza conflict has further exposed and aggravated the tense relationship between Netanyahu and Obama, as well as the consequences of America's diminished role in the Middle East.
Itamar Rabinovich was Israel's ambassador to the U.S. from 1993–1996, is the author most recently of The Lingering Conflict: Israel, the Arabs and the Middle East 1948-2011 (Brookings Institute, 2011)
The upcoming presidential visit represents an unprecedented attempt to shape an Israeli coalition amenable to the peace process. Resolving the conflict, in Obama’s view, is key to the U.S. relationship with the Arab and Muslim worlds.
U.S. and Israeli administrations have found common cause as well as periods of difficult relations. But the U.S. itself is changing: When we celebrate the 4th of July with our American friends a decade from now we may be celebrating it with a different America.
The strained relations between Ankara and Jerusalem affect the balance of power in the entire region.
It is possible that Uzi Arad's assertion that the only deal with Syria Israel can accept would based on a partial withdrawal from the Golan is a tactical move, a kind of setting up of a bargaining position.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address can, and must, be a significant first step on Obama's path to peace.
Georgian crisis likely to have specific repercussions on the Middle East. There is a greater chance that Russia will wage a more ambitious and aggressive policy, including selling advanced weapons systems to Iran and Syria.
New York University and the government of Abu Dhabi announced that a branch of NYU would be inaugurated in Abu Dhabi in 2010.
The day after the elections will see an increase in the efforts to convince the new president that there is no better way to shake off Bush?s legacy than by bringing about a far-reaching change in the Middle East policy of the United States.
The current relationship between Israel and Syria is reminiscent of the relationship between Israel and Egypt in 1971-1973 - and is cause for concern.