Until now, President Obama’s interaction with the Middle East has been mired by the paths set forth by his predecessors. Many of those conflicts have been resolved and core allies are now asking the President to clarify his plans for the region in the future. With the upcoming trip to Israel and Jordan at the end of March, he has the opportunity to forge his own vision on how the US will engage in Middle East peace talks moving forward. The choices he must make and the obstacles before him are no less difficult than those that came before.
At a recent press conference, Former Ambassador Zalmon Shovel, a close confidant to the current Israeli government, said Israeli leaders are preparing to talk to President Obama during his visit to Israel about specific issues, with Iran’s nuclear program at the top of the list. 
Conversely, in Jordan, President Obama will hear from Queen Noor of Jordan, an American Harvard graduate, who plans to ask the President to stop pressing Iran. In an interview with Yahoo News, Queen Noor said President Obama should instead “make good on a pledge made in Prague in April 2009 to reduce the U.S. nuclear weapon stockpile.”  She goes on to say that she believes if the US and Russia reduce their arsenals, others will follow. 
Whether President Obama and the US will be able to find solutions among these two factions in the Middle East remains to be seen, as these concerns may not even be on his agenda. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times by Paul Richter, President Obama’s main thrust is “winding down America’s wars overseas and prevent conflicts from spreading,” and they go on to say that he does not have a specific plan to present during his visit. 
Some experts think the President should not reach out to the Middle East without a concise plan. One such group assembled at the U.S. Institute of Peace to present “America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace: What Lies Ahead.” These experts insist that the President needs a clear, concise plan on how the US will help to facilitate peace in the Middle East. The team says it must be a plan that is palatable to Congress and the American people. 
It is clear that President Obama’s trip to the Middle East will be challenging. Hopefully, his negotiation skills will serve him as well overseas as they have in the United States.
 Shoval, Zalmon. National Press Club. Washington, D.C. 13 Feb 2013. Press Conference.
 Fouhy, Beth. “In Yahoo News interview, Queen Noor presses U.S. to reduce nuclear stockpile.” Yahoo News 06 Mar. 2013. Web. 6 Mar. 2013. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/yahoo-news-interview-queen-noor-presses-u-reduce-170130104–politics.html.
 Richter, Paul. “Kerry’s divergence from Obama on foreign crises raises questions.” Los Angeles Times 22 Feb. 2013. Web. 6 Mar. 2013. http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/22/world/la-fg-kerry-diplomacy-20130223.
 America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace: What Lies Ahead. U.S. Institute of Peace. Washington, D.C. 19 Feb 2013. Press Conference.