Foreign Relations Expert on Israel-Gaza Cease-Fire: 'If Barack Obama Can't Get This Right, I'm Not Sure Any Future President Can'
Just after it was announced that a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is expected to go into effect within the hour, two experts broke down what this will really mean for the region and for the U.S.
Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies said that what he's looking for now in terms of extracting the meaning of the agreement is what the terms of this cease fire might be. Second?
"I'd look for Iranian proxy groups ... that would try to shatter this ceasefire by firing rockets out of Gaza into Israel."
So, could this actually be a durable solution, as the Obama administration has vocally sought? Ed Husain, of the Council on Foreign Relations, says that "only time will tell."
"I think what Hillary
Clinton's done proves the point of indispensable American influence in the region," he said, as well as proves our allies in the region are vital to the peace-making process.
However, he said the ball is in the U.S.'s court in terms of ensuring any lasting, peaceful relationship.
"If Barack Obama can't get this right [with] his background and his name ... then I'm not sure any future president can deliver," he said.