Westchester forum deals with Israeli, Palestinian and U.S. views,
and what it means to be ‘pro-Israel.’
Who is to blame for the lack of progress in the now-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and what should be done about it were issues sharply debated during a panel discussion on Sunday evening in Westchester among Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester), former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer and J Street co-founder Daniel Levy.
How will the apparent end of Hosni Mubarak's long regime affect stalled Middle East peace talks?
Some on the left are hoping the change to something else – a transitional government, a government led by Mohammed ElBaradei, a coalition that includes the feared Muslim Brotherhood, something we can't even forsee – will convince Israeli leaders that time is running out for a two state solution.
In the next few days you're going to hear a lot of spin about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy on Friday night – the first major administration pronouncement since it abandoned its efforts to win a 90 day extension of Israel's settlement moratorium in return for a rich package of incentives, a deal they hoped would lure the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.