chapter  6
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Is Peace Really an Option? Hope, Despair, and the Peace Process

As can be seen from this quote, on his first visit to Israel as American president, Barack Obama chose to focus his speech on inducing hope for change and for a better future among Israelis and Palestinians. By doing so he reflected two major insights he had regarding the current state of that conflict: (1) hope for peace is critical to promote change and progress toward peace; and (2) both Israelis and Palestinians share deep feelings of despair, do not believe that such change is possible, and therefore are not willing to act to promote the seemingly impossible change. Although President Obama, who extensively used the hope card in his first presidential election campaign (“Yes, we can”), is known as a big fan of hope, most people probably would agree with the two insights mentioned.