Is Barack Obama, the US president, drafting his own peace plan in an effort to resolve the decades-old conflict between Israel and the Palestinians?

Obama has expressed his frustration over the stalled peace process. Last week, he drew a direct co-relation between the Middle East dispute and American interests, saying resolution of the decades-old crisis was a "vital national security interest of the United States".

He also said conflicts such as the one in the Middle East ended up "costing us significantly in terms of both blood and treasure".

Many in Washington have questioned Israel's commitment to peace after it announced plans to build more settlements in Occupied East Jerusalem during the visit of Joe Biden, the US vice president, last month.


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Now, senior American government officials have told the US media that Obama is reportedly mulling his own proposal to end the impasse.

On Monday's show we ask: Does Israel really want peace in the Middle East - and will a White House plan help or hurt the peace process?

Joining the show will be Gil Hoffman, the chief political correspondent and analyst for The Jerusalem Post, along with M.J. Rosenberg from the US media monitoring group - Media Matters Action Network. He is also a former member of AIPAC - a powerful group that represents Israeli interests in the US.

This episode of the Riz Khan show aired on Monday, April 19, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera