In a surprise White House question and answer session Tuesday, President Obama said he and Israeli President Shimon Peres agreed the change sweeping the Arab world is both a challenge and an opportunity.
Meanwhile, some experts say the uprisings put to rest the theory that an Israeli-Palestinian settlement is the key to Middle East stability.
“You could solve the Israeli -Palestinian problem tomorrow and it would clearly improve our credibility and our interests, but it certainly is not going to guarantee regional harmony,” Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center said. [Read about Mr. Miller’s November 2010 lecture in Springfield, Illinois.]
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Obama praised Peres as “an extraordinary statesman” who shared “some very interesting ideas” about the peace process during his visit, his second to the Obama White House.