The latest "crisis" in the Middle East peace process — and U.S.-Israel relations in particular — has been over the announcement during Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Israel last week that more Jewish homes would be built in East Jerusalem.
That's put renewed focus on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is due in Washington next week, and whether he might be willing to make any concessions in order to get the peace process started again.
Martin Indyk, former U.S. ambassador to Israel, has known the prime minister for years. He says Netanyahu isn't necessarily the hard-line leader he's perceived to be. "He's a fairly pragmatic politician," Indyk told All Things Considered host Robert Siegel earlier today:
Netanyahu Is 'Pragmatic', Former U.S. Diplomat Indyk Says
Much more from Indyk is due on ATC. Click here to find an NPR station that broadcasts or streams the show. Later, the as-broadcast version of the interview will be posted here.