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While In Israel, Obama Should Hit the Pubs

US President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at the Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday.

Photo by AP Photo/Ariel Schalit

Miriam Elman mentions Aziz Abu Sarah’s peacebuilding efforts in her opinion article on Syracuse.com:

In anticipation of his trip to Israel this week, his first while president, Barack Obama gave an interview on Israeli television where he regretted being unable to have an informal bar-chat with the locals. It is a shame that Obama won’t be able to meet up with any ‘ordinary’ Israelis or Palestinians. His highly choreographed itinerary will involve a terrific set of photo-ops with prime ministers and presidents, none of whom have brought Israelis and Palestinians any closer to peace. Because it is the leaders on both sides that have stymied conflict resolution efforts, Obama would be better off meeting up with the true voices for peace: Israeli and Palestinian activists who have sensible ideas and practical plans for achieving a just and sustainable end to this intractable conflict.

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