Diplomacy

Obama Hits Mideast Roadblocks

Experts warn our world-beating president that he may be facing insurmountable challenges in trying to start negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week. There's finger pointing on both sides. Israelis say they can't make progress on Jerusalem or borders until institutions grow stronger within Palestinian society. Meanwhile, Palestinians say talks should begin with issues that Israel had once placed on the table but now have removed, like the question of the return of Palestinian refugees. "If Obama thinks he can finish it fast—it is much more complicated," an Israeli member of parliament said.