White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, told an interviewer it was not the right time for a new plan for peace in the Middle East and emphasis should shift to talking about how all sides will get together in order to talk about talking. He argued “those conversations that eventually will lead to direct negotiations” are the most important issues facing Middle Eastern nations. He described US-Israel relations as “solid and emphasized “our bond with Israel is unshakable.” Despite numerous articles which describe President Obama as disgusted by the shifting views of Prime Minister Netanyahu, Mr, Emanuel claims there is an “honest relationship” between the two men.
Discussions about how to have discussions have been going on for years, but Rahm believes we need more talking. What happens when either side gets disgusted with talks about talks and resorts to violence? Will that lead to negotiations?