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Yasser Arafat
Social networks as a grass-roots approach to Mideast peace

The Quartet for Middle East peace met in Washington last week, and after the meeting a senior U.S. administration official said, "there are still gaps [between the Israelis and Palestinians]," and "more work needs to be done." A new path to peace and better lives for Israelis and Palestinians are desperately needed, and the pro-democracy movements sweeping across the Middle East point the way. A key lesson of the Arab Spring — that everyday people can and must play a critical role to achieve fundamental change in the Middle East — also applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For decades, efforts to reach an agreement between Israelis and Palestinians...