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Q: What was the effect of President Obama's May 19, 2011 Speech on the Middle East?


A: Obama caused serious harm to the negotiations [on May 19]. People hear what they want to hear. His comments were not necessary and were counter-productive. He could have said a number of very positive things that would have moved negotiations forward, but the United States delving into the particulars, especially at a time when matters are most delicate, should not have taken place.

Ambassador Sam Fox

Ambassador Fox served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium from 2007 to 2009. He is the founder of Harbour Group Ltd, a very successful private operating company that specializes in the acquisition, development and operation of high-quality companies. Prior to his service as Ambassador, he was the Company's Chairman and CEO. He returned to the company when his service was completed.