This Week’s Podcast: Aaron David Miller on Mid-East Peace

Jan 23, 2009 4:23pm

In this week’s ABC News Shuffle Podcast — offered on and on iTunes and produced by Huma Khan — we chat with the ubiquitous Aaron David Miller, a Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, former adviser to six Secretaries of State on Arab-Israeli Negotiations, and author of "The Much Too Promised Land: America’s Elusive Search for Arab-Israeli Peace."

You can listen to the Podcast HERE.

One of the many interesting analyses that Miller shared: his belief that President Barack Obama’s administration will find more success in a peace treaty between Israel and Syria than he will in any resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"I do not believe on the Palestinian-Israel track, there is a conflict-ending agreement — and I’ll choose my words very carefully here — a conflict-ending agreement that could lead to a peace treaty," Miller said. "There’s certainly no such agreement right now. There is, however, another peace treaty between Israel and an Arab state which is much more doable and could be achieved in the next three years, and that is an agreement between Israel and Syria.

"And while Obama cannot ignore the Israeli-Palestinian situation because it’s at the heart of the conflict, if he can’t resolve it, then he needs to look for other opportunities and Israel-Syria is a huge opportunity, that’s where I would go," Miller said. "Two states — issues are clear cut, they’re not religious, fewer settlers on the Golan Heights and it seems to me as a real opportunity."

Listen to the podcast HERE.

– jpt

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