The Annapolis Summit: Will Shared Concerns About Iran Promote Compromise?

Source Organization: Pew Research Center

Author: Richard Wike


11/27/2007 - While negotiators gathered this week in Annapolis face formidable obstacles – many in the Middle East say they doubt that Israelis and Palestinians can ever find a way to live together – the most recent Pew Global Attitudes survey also reveals that Arabs and Israelis, as well as Americans, share some common concerns, most notably, concerns about Iran. Many in the region see Iran as a growing threat and worry about its potential acquisition of nuclear weapons.

The chances for progress at Annapolis should be bolstered by the 11th-hour decision by Saudi Arabia, along with 15 other Arab nations, to attend. Respondents throughout much of the Arab world view the Saudis as a key ally and respect Saudi King Abdullah's judgment in international affairs.

Read the complete commentary The Annapolis Summit on the Pew Research Center Web site.

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