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Obama and the Middle East: a BBC debate

In Israel-Palestine: What’s Next?, Leading with Questions, The Arab Spring

In 2010, the BBC Doha Debates invited me to debate the question: is Obama too weak to make peace in the Middle East?

You can enjoy here the video of this pre-Arab Spring debate: so many fundamentals are still here today, so many things radically transformed… 

I then contended that Obama was NOT too weak to make peace. With hindsight, I acknowledge that he was too weak to make it in his first mandate. I believe, that in the case of reelection, with an economy that is finally getting Americans back to job, he might put his weight back in the region. The years 2013-2016 are years of incredible transformation to come in the Middle East. The hypothetical Obama II administration would have new cards to play to bring more actors to the table and put increased pressure on its Israeli ally.

What do you think?