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What"s next for U.S.-Israel relations and Syria? How should Iran be viewed?

Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian offers some answers a in a 13-minute interview with IDC radio at the 12th Annual Herzliya Conference in Israel. The full video is above.

The conference, which is held annually by the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, focuses on Israel"s long-term future and related strategy and issues, including policymaking.

During the interview, Djerejian was asked about Israel"s prospects for peace with Palestinians.

"Israel should do everything possible to get to the table with the Palestinians. As frustrating as it is, this is the key if Israel wants to do anything to influence the so-called Arab Spring," he said. "The one thing it can do is move forward on peace with the Palestinians. That would have such a positive impact in avoiding worst-case scenarios with the Palestinian street."

Noting that "it takes two to negotiate," Djerejian said he had just met with Palestinian Authority leaders whom he believes are sincere in their quest for peace, though he noted that pressure from Hamas is taking a toll. That said, he believes there is a way forward, citing recent efforts in Jordan to get Israelis and Palestinians to talk.

"There"s no question in my mind that I hope these exploratory talks that took place in Aman will move forward in a more serious manner frankly so that the parties can start negotiating," he said.

  • For links to interviews and news stories about U.S. policy in the Middle East that feature Ambassador Djerejian and Baker Institute fellows and scholars, please click here.