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Changing the rules

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Changing the rules

Maybe King Abdullah's suggestion of a 57-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict is more practical than it looks.

The one way Obama may be able to get Israelis - and Americans - to accept concessions for peace is to put the conflict in a much bigger context. America has vital interests in stability, oil supplies, and undermining sympathy for Al Qaeda. Without weakening America's commitment to Israel, Obama can argue that it has to play its part in a bigger picture.