March 21, 2013

More symbolism than substance?

We speak to Israelis and Palestinians about the US president's visit.

US President Barack Obama acknowledges the audience after delivering a speech on policy at the Jerusalem Convention Center, March 21, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed

As Barack Obama continues his first visit to Israel and the West Bank as president, many are wondering if this tour will have any impact on the peace process. Although US officials said the president is not bringing any new initiatives, Obama spoke of his hopes for peace on his arrival.

The Stream speaks to Palestinians and Israelis on the ground about whether or not the US president can re-energize the peace process.

In this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Josh Rogin @joshrogin
Senior Staff Writer, Foreign Policy

Avi Mayer @avimayer
Director of New Media, Jewish Agency for Israel

Linah Al Saafin @linahalsaafin
Blogger, The Electronic Intifada

Talal Jabari
Palestinian Documentary Filmmaker

Dimi Reider @dimireider
Journalist, +972 Web Magazine

Mohammed Abu Hashem
Human Rights Activist

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