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The Missing Piece in Obama’s Middle East Speech

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Colleague Massimo Calabresi has a marginally sunnier view of the President’s imminent Middle East speech this morning than Tony Karon did last night:

In his much-hyped speech on the Middle East scheduled for Thursday, President Barack Obama will argue that the region’s anti-autocratic uprisings and the death of Osama bin Laden have laid a foundation for democratic and economic change. But the most urgent issue of the day will be unaddressed: how Obama, or anyone else for that matter, can prevent a new outbreak of violence between Palestinians and Israelis that could terminally damage hopes for peace in the region, and undermine the prospects for moderate change in the Arab world.

Check it out on Swampland.

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