Good News and Bad News for Israel in the New 'Obama Doctrine' for the Mideast

In his UN speech, the U.S. president outlines policy guidelines that enhance his commitment to prevent Iranian nuclear weapons but place a resolution of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians on an equal footing.

Two years ago, in March 2011, President Barack Obama rebuffed suggestions that there is an “Obama Doctrine” for the Middle East, claiming that states in the region are different from one another and there was no point in applying a singular policy “in a cookie-cutter fashion across the board.” A few months later, his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton...