U.S. President Barack Obama brought together the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in New York on Tuesday.
The meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas did not produce a breakthrough, but it was a moment deep in symbolism — the beginning, perhaps, of a new and more productive phase in the struggle for peace in the Middle East.
For his part, Obama had a strong message for the leaders after meeting with them individually: Get moving again on a comprehensive peace agreement.
After the meeting, Netanyahu said there was general agreement that the peace process has to be resumed as soon as possible with no preconditions.
Ghassan Shabaneh, an assistant professor of international studies at Marymount Manhattan College, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the significance of the meeting for the peace process.