Obama Set for Mideast Diplomatic Push
By JAY SOLOMON and CAROL E. LEE, WSJ, Feb. 12, 2014
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama has lined up a chain of summits with leaders from the U.S.’s closest Middle East allies over the next six weeks in what has emerged as a furious diplomatic effort to narrow major divisions over the region’s hot spots.
Mr. Obama’s top diplomatic priorities—a deal on Iran’s nuclear program and a Mideast peace treaty—depend in part on his ability to harmonize his policies with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the kings of such Arab states as Jordan and Saudi Arabia. But the Obama administration has repeatedly clashed with Israel and Saudi Arabia on these issues, as well as on Syria……