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New Thinking for Old Problems: The Challenges of Middle East Peacemaking in the Shadow of the Iranian Threat

Recorded on June 3, 2009

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Allison Auditorium


The recent meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exposed significant differences on policy approaches regarding Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and how to block Iran's drive for nuclear weapons.  Are there linkages between these two issues?  How does Iran's growing power affect Israel's security needs and its strategy for peace negotiations with the Palestinians and other Arabs?  What are the implications for American policy on these issues?