Opinion, The National| September 16, 2010
If the ongoing peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians fail, the repercussions for the region and US would be dire. ++ The US, as a mediator, has been unable so far to provide the "favorable environment" for the talks to succeed. ++ Furthermore, the current wave of increasing "Islamophobia" in the US, if not checked, is going to create umpteen problems. ++ In addition, the US needs to fulfill its promise to make Iraq "sovereign and independent" in true sense to ensure a long lasting peace in the Middle East.