Thought I’d share this exchange I had yesterday afternoon with MSNBC anchor Ari Melber on Secretary of State John Kerry’s impressive diplomatic efforts between Israel and Palestine. We haven’t seen a Secretary of State put himself or herself on the line like this in a very long time.
His efforts deserve attention, and skeptics should think twice before dismissing the potential outcome here. In my view, Kerry is finally doing something the Obama team should have done in January 2009 — which is communicating the outlines of a potential deal and creating a track that allows both sides to potentially agree with the framework without suffering debilitating political backlash at home.
We’ll see how it goes.