Barack Obama’s trip to Israel was a great success and should boost his influence and support there. So what comes next? Does he plan to capitalize on that by trying to restart peace negotiations, and do Israeli and Palestinian leaders share that desire or do they just prefer to talk about talking instead of talking about peace?
John Kerry has a lot more interest in the subject than his predecessor, who farmed the job out to George Mitchell. But don’t look for President Obama to get very involved unless he is needed to avert a crisis or close a deal. Read more about the outlook in my Washington Watch column.