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“We knew at the outset that the task would be difficult. We acknowledged that publicly and privately. We knew this would be a road with many bumps— and there have been many bumps—and that continues to this day. But we are not deterred. We are, to the contrary, determined more than ever to proceed to realize the common objective, which we all share, of a Middle East that is at peace with security and prosperity for the people of Israel, for Palestinians, and for all the people in the region. We will continue our efforts in that regard, undeterred and undaunted by the difficulties, the complexities or the bumps in the road.”—George Mitchell, special envoy for Middle East peace, remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu, September 29, 2010

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Heard on the Street on U.S. Middle East Policy

    • Shared Interests Underlie U.S.-Turkish Relations
    • Heard on the Street | Mar 9, 2010
    • Robert Wexler, former congressman (D-FL), president, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, address, “Model Partnership: Creative Approaches to U.S.-Turkey Relations,” SETA Foundation, February 17, 2010:

      “American-Turkish relations I think are at a point of honesty to a degree that they haven’t been before. They are based on real mutual interests, and at times, differences of perspectives, which are fine amongst allies, if they are explained and we seek to avoid working at cross purposes unless it’s absolutely necessary.


    • On the Same Page
    • Heard on the Street | Feb 23, 2010
    • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, interview with Anne McGinn of the Network Pool, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, February 16, 2010:

      “[I]in today’s world, there is increasingly little difference between inside and outside. Everything is instantaneous. The words you say go around the world with the flick of a keyboard. So I think that it is a place to raise it, because clearly, it is in this region that people are most concerned about what the effects on their security will be


    • Israeli Security Needs and Palestinian Territorial Goals Can Be Reconciled
    • Heard on the Street | Dec 1, 2009
    • Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, remarks, November 25, 2009:

      “[Last week's] announcement by the Government of Israel helps move forward toward resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We believe that through good-faith negotiations the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments


    • Taking Inspiration from the Past
    • Heard on the Street | Oct 27, 2009
    • President Barack Obama, statement on the anniversary of the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, October 26, 2009:

      “Today marks the anniversary of the peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, signed fifteen years ago near the Israeli-Jordanian border. As we honor this historic event, we remember that peace is always possible despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The courage of King Hussein and Prime Minister Rabin demonstrated that a commitment to communication, cooperation, and genuine reconciliation can help change the course of


    • Finding a Way Forward
    • Heard on the Street | Sep 22, 2009
    • President Barack Obama, statement before trilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, September 22, 2009:

      “Simply put, it is past time to talk about starting negotiations. It is time to move forward. It is time to show the flexibility and common sense and sense of compromise that’s necessary to achieve our goals. Permanent status negotiations must begin and begin soon. And more importantly, we must give those negotiations the opportunity to succeed.

      “And so


    • Shared Responsibility
    • Heard on the Street | Aug 11, 2009
    • Jeffrey Feltman, assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs, interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, July 16, 2009:

      “We are demanding from both parties, the Arab and Israeli ones, to find ways for taking decisions that give the other party an indication of its seriousness [toward peace] and that there is a new environment and a new commitment. For example, one of the reasons why we are focusing on the settlements issue with the Israelis, not only this issue since it


    • Unchanged U.S. Policy
    • Heard on the Street | Jul 7, 2009
    • Daniel C. Kurtzer, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Egypt, “The Settlements Facts,” The Washington Post, June 14, 2009:

      “No one suggests that Israelis stop having babies. Rather, the blessing of a new baby does not translate into a right to build more apartments or houses in settlements. The two issues have nothing to do with each other. Israelis, like Americans, move all the time when life circumstances—children, jobs, housing availability—change. … The Obama administration is pursuing policies that every


    • A Regional Road Map
    • Heard on the Street | May 19, 2009
    • Senator John Kerry (D-MA), chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, opening statement, hearing, “The Middle East: The Road to Peace,” May 14, 2009:

      “If we are to avoid perpetual conflict and radicalization, more missed opportunities and countless lives lost, we must pursue peace now and with urgency. One particularly promising diplomatic opening is Saudi King Abdullah’s Arab Peace Initiative, which never got the focus it deserved when it was proposed in 2002. Every Arab country has now agreed to


    • Peace Brings Substantial Dividends
    • Heard on the Street | Apr 28, 2009
    • King Abdullah II of Jordan, address, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, April 24, 2009:

      “Few crises in history have presented such a potent mix of threats—from the regional instability and violence it promotes—to the worldwide divisions it has caused, divisions actively exploited by extremists. But, there have been equally few situations where a just solution could bring such powerful benefits—not only to the parties, not only to the region, but to the world as a whole. Yet time,