From the Vault: United States pursues peace in the Middle East

One of Secretary of State John Kerry’s priorities during his tenure has been to pursue a new peace agreement between Israel and Palestine, and now as a new wave of violence and rocket attacks has risen up between Israel and Gaza, Kerry is considering a trip to the Middle East to pursue a cease-fire. But this isn’t the first time the United States has tried to end the conflict, and U.S. presidents have a long history of intervening in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton invited both Palestinian President Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak to Camp David to negotiate a peace treaty.  The summit lasted 15 days and ended without an agreement.  In July 2000, Martha Raddatz of ABC News joined Gwen Ifill to discuss the progress of the talks, the domestic pressure on both leaders to reach a compromise, and the most important decision between the two – who controls Jerusalem.

Israel and Palestine most recently sought compromise in 2010 -- the first chance for the Obama Administration to participate in the dialogue.  In September 2010, Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times discussed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s motives behind reopening peace talks and President Obama’s role in facilitating the discussion.