In Washington DC, panelists at the Middle East Institute’s annual conference clashed on the topic of a US-Iran rapprochement. Dr. Mohsen Milani of the University of South Florida remarked that a US-Iran rapprochement would more profoundly influence the Middle East in the future than either the Syrian conflict or sectarianism, but Dr. F. Gregory Gause of the Brookings Doha Center countered that Dr. Milani and others were “getting ahead of themselves.”
As President Obama departed for Israel, there came a startling report. Bashar Assad's regime had used poison gas on Syrian rebels.
Renewing U.S. support for the difficult "work of generations," President Barack Obama assured Israel that his administration would pursue a Mideast peace that would allow residents of the Jewish state to live free from the threat of terror.