.. Up to now, the presidential candidates have largely ducked the question of what they would do to further peace between Israelis and the Palestinians.
"It’s quite remarkable it has not been raised," says Stephen Walt, coauthor of "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," a controversial book published last year. "They have gotten a free pass on details for a peace process."
The Harvard University political science professor further criticizes the press for not questioning the candidates about what they would do to push forward a two-state solution to the decades-old struggle with its sizable cost to American taxpayers. Presumably a lever the US has in the dispute is to withhold the aid it gives to Israel and the far smaller amount ($73.5 million requested for fiscal 2008) given to the Palestinians.
"The presidential candidates make it a point never to talk about Middle East foreign aid," says McArthur.
Why the silence?..