Obama’s Middle East Trip: Security Goals Should Be the Highest Priority
President Obama should make the urgent security issues related to Iran’s nuclear program and Syria his highest priority during his trip to the Middle East. Those problems pose the greatest immediate threats to the U.S., Israel, and Jordan. Reviving direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority would be a step in the right direction, but it cannot yield a final settlement until the Hamas terrorist threat has been decisively ended. This is extremely unlikely before the end of Obama’s second term. The best that could be hoped for would be to reach an interim agreement that could provide the framework for a final settlement. But for the immediate future, resolving the security challenges posed by Iran and Syria should be the President’s highest Middle East priorities.