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By Brahma Chellaney
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Aram Nerguizian
As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met at a State Department dinner Monday night for their first direct talks in more than three years, some in Washington's foreign policy community said ongoing meltdowns in other Middle Eastern nations may have created a rare window for peace between the two sides.
Israel's top military intelligence analyst claimed Tuesday that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad repeatedly have used chemical weapons during the past 12 months of that country's 2-year-old civil war.
Lebanon's year-old coalition government collapsed Wednesday amid fears that a United Nations report into the 2005 assassination of the country's prime minister will trigger a new civil war and plunge the Middle East into another conflict.
Furthermore, Mr. Nerguizian said, the choice of Mr. Indyk as the key U.S. representative could be "an interesting indicator" of the Obama administration's true posture toward the talks and the likelihood of any tangible progress during the days, weeks and months ahead.
"There are too many things happening in the region, too many countries that are in a state of flux and, ironically, that's actually producing an incentive to get these negotiations going again," said Aram Nerguizian, a senior fellow on the Middle East at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.