A Palestinian boy sleeps on a mattress inside the remains of his family's house, which witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014 summer, during a sandstorm in Gaza September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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In recent months, many in the Middle East had assumed – some in hope, others with concern – that once the Iranian nuclear issue was resolved, the U.S. would make another push for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.A U.S. State Department official told the Associated Press that the U.S. is not planning any bold new diplomatic initiatives after the Iran deal makes its way through Congress.The Palestinians have also said they have received vague assurances from the U.S. that they have not been forgotten.Even after Obama secured the needed support in Congress to uphold the deal last week, Netanyahu vowed to continue fighting it.Israeli media often depict Obama as naive or even hostile to the country.The logic is that unless Israel finds a way to truly partition, its Jewish majority will be doomed by march of demography: Israel plus the West Bank and Gaza together have some 12 million people, with the Palestinian birthrate higher than the Israeli birthrate.
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