POLITICO - If there's a neglected front in the administrations Middle East P.R. front, it's the 51st State: A recent survey found that only 6% of Israelis think Obama's on their side, while 50% thought he was pro-Palestinian and only 36% said he's neutral.
That's a topic in a new report from the Center for American Progress, an administration ally, on the prospects for peace:
The communications campaign cannot only be directed toward the Arabs and Palestinians. The Obama administration will achieve its goal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict only if its actions are not viewed by Israelis as hostile to their interests. Washington needs to reassure Israel that it will continue to support its security and work to maintain a close bilateral relationship while also pushing forcefully for a two-state solution which it sees as in the best interests of the region. Israel and the United States cannot afford to surprise each other with unexpected, uncoordinated initiatives that collide with each other’s strategic position.
The authors also call for more active engagement in Gaza and with Palestinian elections, but the push from the left(ish) to reassure Israelis that the U.S. remains an ally is a new development.