Israel officially announced on Wednesday that all of its troops are out of the Palestinian territory of Gaza.
There are still Israeli soldiers and tanks stationed near the border as the two sides attempt to work out a permanent cease-fire. Israel’s conditions reportedly include the release of a soldier captured in 2006 who is still being held by Hamas. Israel is also demanding the closure of smuggling tunnels on Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, some of which were back in operation on Wednesday despite weeks of bombing.
Martin Indyk, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel during the Clinton administration and the director of the Saban Center for Middle East policy at the Brookings Institution, joins Martin Savidge to speak about the challenges and opportunities facing the new Obama administration in the Middle East.
They discuss what the Obama administration can do in Gaza and how it will approach Hamas and Iran.